Fragrance Lake Trail

MODERATE 228 reviews
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Fragrance Lake Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bellingham, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,099 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Excellent trail just outside of Bellingham and across from Larrabee State Park.

hiking
2 days ago

This is a neat hike, all up hill to the lake but worth it! .9 miles to the Puget Sound view point, 2 miles up to the lake, .75 mile loop around the lake, and toward the back of the lake there's a trail leading back to a waterfall, I'd say about .5 mile downhill to that. I recommend doing it all! About 5-5.5 total. On Chuckanut drive there's a small pull off directly across from the Larrabee camping area, you can park in either, discover pass required. Remember it's tough getting up, but all downhill from the lake to the car! We did it with a 4 year old mini hiker :)

hiking
12 days ago

Hiked this many times in the 90s!

2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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
3 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

hiking
5 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 :)

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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!

6 months ago

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!

hiking
6 months ago

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.

7 months ago

hiking
7 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!

7 months ago

Fun, easy hike. Saw beavers in the pond!

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
10 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.

hiking
10 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.

hiking
10 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.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Parked at the trail head today and my car plus all the cars next to mine were broken in today many valuables were stolen so be careful parking at the trailhead!

hiking
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Great challenging first time hike....totally enjoyed the hike up with friends....#firsthikeever

hiking
Monday, November 13, 2017

Awesome trail! Lots of great views and the lake is beautiful! Beware, lots of dogs off leash.

hiking
Sunday, November 12, 2017

The trail was great! The hike is a lot of climbing at an incline. The lake was beautiful. Definitely a fun and challenging hike for my family of beginners.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

great trail, with great views.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

We actually didn't end up going to the lake. Instead we walked the fragrance lake trail until you are nearly at the lake, and instead took a right, then a left up the mountain to Cleator road. Once we got to Cleator road we continued uphill to the Cyrus Gate Outlook. It's a lot of uphill but wasn't very difficult for us, as moderate hikers. That view is worth it.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Excellent!

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