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Larrabee State Park is a 2,683-acre camping park with 8,100 feet of saltwater shoreline on Samish Bay near Bellingham in northwest Washington. The park features two freshwater lakes, coves and tidelands. Sunsets are gorgeous. A variety of non-motorized, multiple-use trails wind through the park.

7 days ago

The lake was beautiful and echoey, also the mushrooms were cool

August 2018– Very dry, dirt path, uninteresting hike, swampy lake. With all the beauty the northwest has to offer, I don’t know how this has almost 5 stars. We only had time to do one short hike and I should not have chosen this one! I’m sure the smoky weather didn’t help the situation!

Nice hike to a nice lake that’s perfect for swimming!

2 months ago

moderate 2.2 miles up with a few spots to swim. water is warm. mosquitos are out. if you find a gray lululemon ballcap, you can keep it :)

very easy, but slightly steep going up. bring your bathing suits...saw many people enjoying the lake.

It was a nice little hike to and around the lake. My teenage daughter even enjoyed it, and had no problem keeping up.

I’m not sure if I completely agree with this being super kid friendly- it was a LOT of fairly steep switchbacks on the way up. We had two five year olds with us, and they made it, but barely. The lake is cute, the trail is well-maintained.

I have tried the other Fragrance Lake trail twice. I tried this one the other day. I enjoyed this trail better. It was a bit more narrow but not as many switchbacks.
near the top there is a spot that separates, we took the left. It took us to the lake.
It is still a bit of a challenge if you are not a hiker or walk a lot.

This hike was great! If you are new to the PNW, then this can seem more of a hard hike than moderate. take water and a snack. I am in my 50's and moved here from Oklahoma. It was super hard on my first time but today was 4 months later and my 3rd time, much easier.
take hiking poles if you have bad knees or ankles.

Great hike to take with teens and tweens. Take the time to go to the overlook and take in the view of the San Juan Islands!

Many reviews mention the switchbacks, but they aren't difficult! the trails are relatively wide to allow others to pass while you take a quick breather, and there are even a few benches along the way. The lake is small and quiet with many places to sit down and have lunch. Very peaceful and pretty!

Nice trail some signs missing to direct you.Pretty peaceful hike.

3 months ago

Great hike, minimal traffic and some great views. Good trail to prepare for harder ones!

Was not expecting the steady steep incline on the way up but our 9 year old daughter had no problem with the hike up to and around Fragrance Lake and back down with a stop at the viewpoint.

Wonderful trail. Snuck off and hit the Secret Trail - kapow! Straight up fantastic elevation gain. Great trail.

Challenging but beautiful views!

Nice hike with lots of stairs to climb. Pretty viewpoint of the Twin Sister mountains. Beware of bugs at top.

4 months ago

Great hike! Nice switch backs on the way up. When you get to the lake I recommend doing the loop ,75 mile around, it’s beautiful with large rocks and I thought it was one of the best parts. If you can’t get parking at the trail head you can park at the state park and walk 5 minutes up. Will definitely do this trail again!

Fun, easy hike. Saw beavers in the pond!

The trail itself is very nice. Tall, fat firs and cedars. The trail itself is wide and comfortable to walk on. The lake itself was a bit of a let down. The viewpoint was very nice, though.

trail running
5 months ago

Good trail conditions. Get there early for parking. BUGGY, so bring repellent. We started at 0730, so it was quiet and we were alone most of the way. No great views of Lost Lake, because it's wooded right to the edge. But the spur to Fragrance Lake is worth it, and you can even swim.

Great hike, signage could be better! But what a great day!

5 months ago

Quick hike with a lookout or all the way to the lake. Great one for your first moderate hike.

Fun trail. Beautiful. Part fire road part trail. Pickaboo views of Samish Bay. Really enjoyed, but weather was sunny n warm when we went. Stop by the Oyster Bar for nice post hike meal. About 3 miles south on Chuckanut.

Started at the Cyrus Gates Trailhead and connected through Rock Trail. Very narrow and muddy going down towards the lake, and if you’re not looking it’s easy to lose the trail. I did this and had to back track. The lake itself is unremarkable. GPS put me at 7.9 miles.

This is a great 3-4hr hike for most fitness levels. The Viewpoint and the Lake are good spots to have a snack!

7 months ago

Well maintained trail that pretty much is up switchbacks to the lake. Starts off up right away and then after the lookout is uphill. Lake is very pretty and a great place for lunch. The backside is beautiful with boulder towering over your head. Lots of people and dogs on a Saturday.

7 months ago

This hike is super peaceful and a great little workout. The only thing to note - around 12 pm, the hike gets significantly more crowded with people and (lots of) dogs. We got there around 10 am on a Saturday and it was a wonderful, quiet hike up to the lake.

7 months ago

I didn't realize it was uphill all the way. Slow and steady but made it. The lake at the end is so beautiful.

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