Explore the most popular hiking trails in Larrabee State 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
22 days ago

This was my first time on this trail. I went counter clockwise around the lake loop - I think that’s best because the trail down to the lake via that route is pretty steep and rough, I think it would be challenging going up that way. Then again it would be quite a treat to see the views after coming up that way!

I’m glad I had full ankle high boots on for the lake loop portion - trail shoes would have been fine for the rest

Amazing view of Mt Baker at the top. Don’t follow the trail right by the lake as it does not continue, and drops off into the lake.

Great trail! So many beautiful sites. Great workout but, not too hard. Be sure to take the small off trails to the overlook and waterfall on the backside of the lake.

One of my favorite hikes in the area! Beautiful, well maintained trail with a sweet, woodsy fragrance that's impossible to describe. Linger at the lake for a swim & packed lunch.
Will be a little challenging for new hikers but on the easy side for stronger ones.

Quick but invigorating 2-hour hike with lots of Fall color on this late October day. Be sure to take the .2 mile hop out to the view point overlooking Bellingham Bay and the San Juan islands, and the .75 mile loop around the little lake. (This makes for a total distance 5 miles, up and back to the parking lot.) Enjoy a handful of pretty spots on the lake edge for snacks and the pretty view. A classic Bellingham hike with easy-moderate difficulty.

Hiked on Saturday 21s of Oct. Weather was perfect and hike was very colorful with fall foliage.

Lake was very pretty, with loop around entire lake. We were graced why the presence of a bald eagle in a tree on the west side of the lake, too.

Trail is in perfect condition. If you haven’t hiked the trail, you find the trail head in the Larrabee State Park lot, on the East side of Chuckanut drive, just south of the Larrabee State Park Campground. Even on a Saturday, the trail wasn’t heavily used. A few mountain bikers, possibly 6 other groups of hikers. .

hiking
2 months 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!

hiking
4 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.

hiking
5 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.

hiking
6 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
7 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!

hiking
7 months ago

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

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