Explore the most popular trails in Lake Padden Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
muddy
6 days ago

Pretty, easy, good workout if you keep the pace up. Good place to walk and chat or take the pup. A bit muddy in a few spots this time of year (April).

*dog popular trail. runner and walkers.
*easy, pleasant hours' stroll.
*would be nice on a rainy day.or a hot day.

*dog friendly- lots of water.
*nice afternoon hike. easy to follow.
*popular people hike too.
*shady, green, and beautiful.
*nice camp spots on the lakes.

23 days ago

steep incline for the first 2 miles, but beautiful views at the overlook. car got broken into though so please be aware and cautious

Awesome trails, the picture perfect view of Mt Baker from The Cedar Lake lookout is well worth the hike! Once you get past the initial ascend (which is a pretty tough hike), the trails level off and there’s multiple routes you can go depending on how ambitious you’re feeling. Highly recommended!

Whew. The initial incline on this trail is no joke. Be warmed up and ready to go when you get there! Beautiful views once you get to the top. He it with my pup and he loved swimming in the lake!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful walk around the lake. Perfect dog walk or walk and chat. Several runners as well.

camping
muddy
snow
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Mostly flat, gentle when inclined. Great easy hike. Lovely area.

My favorite trail in Bellingham. Has some flat areas and some elevation gains. And super convenient to get to.

I've hiked this several times, including yesterday in the snow. The trail gives you no time to warm up before a steep climb, you gain 1000+ feet in the first mile. Once you level off, the hike is easy and peaceful amongst the two lakes - I didn't see anyone else at the top in the snow and wind. Very serene!

I loved this hike! Up here visiting a friend and went while she was in class. Paths are very obvious, making solo hiking less daunting. Fairly steep incline up to the Echo checkpoint. There is a really nice lookout point about a half mile from the lake, you can see everything, BEAUTIFUL!!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy and pleasant.

Hiked this many times!

walking
5 months ago

A nice walk but there is a lot of people.

Beautiful and pretty steep hike up. You can camp, but no fires so I'd recommend if you want to that you do it in the warmer months.

hiking
5 months ago

Very nice and peaceful loop trail around Lake Padden, it takes me about 45 minutes to walk all the way around. The trail is really popular, but is plenty wide to handle it.

trail running
5 months ago

One of my favorite trail running routes. If your a good swimmer, in the summer you can run this trail and swim across the lake and back after.

Car got broken into at the trailhead camping for one night. Good one night backpacking trip but not worth it if your car is gonna get broken into.

walking
8 months ago

Great walk/run/jog/bike ride...a few spots with elevation but doable for all people. out of shape or not

Just went on this hike today and it was easy and beautiful. We had a big surprise at the end when we saw 3 big turtles resting on a log in the lake. They then dove into the water. It was such a blessing to see.

pretty good incline for first 1.5 miles. beautiful overlook and pretty lakes to walk around.

walking
11 months ago

Beautiful day

hiking
11 months ago

Always a great hike because it’s easily accessible and scenic. On a hot day the forest canopy offers abundant shade, making for cool hiking.

Good hike, but concerned for the safety of my car. Saw remnants of broken windshield glass in the parking lot.. too bad we have to worry about creeps

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Enjoyable walk around Lake Padden, 2.7 miles around..More of a woodland trail then a city trail. The Lake and surrounding views are nice.

trail running
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Cars are being broken into every day now at this trail head. Hiked it yesterday came down to find a brick was thrown thru my window. I hike/run this trail 3 days a week and now question its parking lot safety.
So if you plan to hike this trail you should plan on spending $500 for your insurance deductable.
Not sure why this parking lot is not being monitored by the authorities as it is truly a place for the thieves. Thinking it is time to Take Back our Whatcom County Trailheads from criminals...any ideas?

walking
Monday, February 26, 2018

Good easy walk. Has a nice off leash trail at the south end of the main trail and do park.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Took the mtn bikes up here to raptor ridge on a beautiful Feb Saturday. A fair amount of hike a bike the first 1.7 miles as pretty steep and another patch towards the viewpoint up a rock staircase. Otherwise very ridable and a great thigh and lung burner. Probably better as hike or trail run.

hiking
Sunday, February 11, 2018

Nice hike in gorgeous January warm weather....lakes were awesome in the morning dew with sun shining through.

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