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Fragrance Lake Trail

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Larrabee State Park

Fragrance Lake Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily 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

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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

hiking
muddy
12 minutes ago

The trail is a bit muddy but nothing hiking boots can’t handle. Lots of slugs! Passed quite a few people with not much opportunity to pass with 6 feet distance.

hiking
1 day ago

06/29/2020 You can get parking to the side of the road if you’re early, or at Larrabee State Park directly across. On a sunny Monday at noon there were quite a bit of people. Average difficulty hike. Steep switchbacks, never for long. Loop around the lake is .75 miles. Always great views.

hiking
5 days ago

Fantastic trail. Great huge trees. Fern covered floor. Incredible views out to the islands from the lookout point. Nice lake at the top.

hiking
7 days ago

this was a beautiful hike and somewhat challenging as it was almost entirely uphill. my dog was very happy hiking this trail, as well. however, it was wildly overcrowded which was only disappointing because nearly everyone was acting as if we weren't in the middle of a health pandemic; all mask-less, walking the extremely narrow trail with no effort to social distance. needless to say, this hike took nearly 3 hours round trip due to how frequently we had to completely walk off the trail so people could pass, in order to maintain a 6ft distance. I wouldnt advise hiking this trail during this time for this reason. However the nature/scenery of this hike was phenomenal and the lake while tiny was very serene.

hiking
9 days ago

Nice hike and kids can do it.

hiking
11 days ago

Easy trail takes about 45 mins up 30 mins down including extra view point if you’re an avid hiker

hiking
18 days ago

Definitely a great workout on this trail, front loaded with the big incline up front through fern-lush forest with a stellar finish at beautiful Fragrance Lake. Balsam pine fills the air, along with a bit of Mary Jane along the shore of the lake where the young folks enjoy. :) Some of the most beautiful birdsong I’ve heard accompanied us the whole way, complicated little warbling notes delighting the ears. The lake has a lovely loop with a few different places to sit and relax or picnic. We walked out on the giant tree that fell across part of the lake. Definitely don’t miss the lookout on the way back down. Bring your waterproof hiking boots, it’s muddy in places. Highly recommend this trail.

hiking
muddy
19 days ago

A nice moderate hike. Starts off a bit steep but easy to manage. If you're looking for a wider path, you can take the extended trail back down to the parking lot and you'll pass a pretty waterfall. Dog friendly and all the owners we passed were good about keeping dogs on leash.

1 month ago

Loved this hike! A great place that is close to home that makes me feel like I am far out. A great workout on the way up, and beautiful greenery and rock formations.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great trail! Definitely recommend the view point (it’s off of the main trail) and the loop around the lake. The lake is small but very serene. Several spots around the lake to sit and enjoy it.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike for most anyone. Lots of ferns and beautiful greenery. Well worn path made it easy to hike with wooden walkways even around the lake. It is .75 around the lake and a good place to stop and have your lunch. In a Wednesday it was not crowded at all.

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bugs
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Lot of people

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this 3/22, easy hike for me and my 13 year old dog. Didn’t see many people throughout the hike. I didn’t hike around the lake when I got to the lake, but it’s not that far around if you choose to do it. There is a log that extends out into the water which is fun or stand on and climb out towards the middle of the lake...just be careful in case you fall (the water is cold).

hiking
1 month ago

Good for kids

1 month ago

Quick hike out and back. Not too many hikers early on because there are lots of other trails. The water in the lake felt warm.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail- shady hike through the woods, wide trail in many parts & places to pull off the trail to allow people to pass. The viewpoint gives you a reward before you even get to the lake. Saw a bald eagle sitting on a log in the water at the lake, amazing experience!

hiking
1 month ago

nice, short warmup hike. ran into about 10 people overall. there was a extremely obnoxious group of young adults who kinda ruined fragrance lake itself. on a quiet day, this is a tranquil place to visit. trail is well maintained and was just a little muddy!

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Hiked on a Tuesday. Met 5 groups on this trek . A calm and rejuvenating hike

hiking
2 months ago

Easy short hike. Plenty of parking nearby. G

muddy
3 months ago

Great hike/workout with a great view point about half mile up. we waited to see it on our way down to the lake. Would do this hike again

hiking
3 months ago

Today was a great day to get out of the house. Got to the trailhead at 11am and had no problem parking in one of the few spot right at the trail. There is more parking at the state park across the street as well. This was my 3rd time doing this hike. It is great for beginners, a quick leg stretcher and good for dogs. It is easy to get to, well maintained and well marked.

hiking
3 months ago

Today was a great day to get out of the house. Got to the trailhead at 11am and had no problem parking in one of the few spot right at the trail. There is more parking at the state park across the street as well. This was my 3rd time doing this hike. It is great for beginners, a quick leg stretcher and good for dogs. It is easy to get to, well maintained and well marked.

hiking
3 months ago

Today was a great day to get out of the house. Got to the trailhead at 11am and had no problem parking in one of the few spot right at the trail. There is more parking at the state park across the street as well. This was my 3rd time doing this hike. It is great for beginners, a quick leg stretcher and good for dogs. It is easy to get to, well maintained and well marked.

hiking
3 months ago

It was a great day to get out of the house! I got to the trailhead at 11am and had no problem parking in one of the few spots right at the trailhead. There is extra parking across the street in the state park. This trail is great for beginners or just easing into hiking season. The trail is well marked, well maintained and great for dogs.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

Today was a great day to get out of the house. Got to the trailhead at 11am and had no problem parking in one of the few spot right at the trail. There is more parking at the state park across the street as well. This was my 3rd time doing this hike. It is great for beginners, a quick leg stretcher and good for dogs. It is easy to get to, well maintained and well marked.

hiking
3 months ago

Today was a great day to get out of the house. Got to the trailhead at 11am and had no problem parking in one of the few spot right at the trail. There is more parking at the state park across the street as well. This was my 3rd time doing this hike. It is great for beginners, a quick leg stretcher and good for dogs. It is easy to get to, well maintained and well marked.

hiking
3 months ago

Today was a great day to get out of the house. Got to the trailhead at 11am and had no problem parking in one of the few spot right at the trail. There is more parking at the state park across the street as well. This was my 3rd time doing this hike. It is great for beginners, a quick leg stretcher and good for dogs. It is easy to get to, well maintained and well marked.

hiking
3 months ago

Today was a great day to get out of the house. Got to the trailhead at 11am and had no problem parking in one of the few spot right at the trail. There is more parking at the state park across the street as well. This was my 3rd time doing this hike. It is great for beginners, a quick leg stretcher and good for dogs. It is easy to get to, well maintained and well marked.

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