Fragrance Lake Trail

MODERATE 194 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
1099 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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.

3 months ago

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
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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.

5 months ago

great trail, with great views.

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.

7 months ago

Excellent!

hiking
7 months ago

A nice 3 hour hike that included the lookout and the loop around the lake. Probably 5.5 miles total. Not for the really unfit but very doable for the occasional hiker. Not many sitting options around the lake (2 or 3). Trail well maintained. Busy by noon (weekend).

7 months ago

Great hike up and down.

hiking
7 months ago

Very shady hike - perfect on a hot sunny day. Lightly trafficked until about 2pm then more moderately trafficked. Keep an eye out for giant slugs!

8 months ago

Nice shady trail up to a pretty lake. Be sure to do the short lookout trail - beautiful views of the San Juan islands.

hiking
9 months ago

good trail worth the effort.

hiking
9 months ago

Fun Trail, spotted some Juvenile Owls.

10 months ago

cool lookout, pretty lake, big trees, nice workout, good hike!

hiking
10 months ago

10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Thought I would give this one a try with my kids (5 and 9) on a sunny Sunday. Luckily we arrived kind of early so parking wasn't a problem, but by the time we got back, everything was full. Lots of people and dogs on the trail, but I don't mind that when it's just my kids and I. Everyone was super friendly. Trail is easy to follow and well maintained. It took us a while, but both kids completed it, including around the lake. I wish there was more places to sit once you got to the lake, but we made it work. (Probably not much of an issue during the week, but it was busy today.) We all enjoyed the scenery.

hiking
11 months ago

This was a pretty easy trail. There are a few switch backs & no view points up to the lake. I don't suggest doing this hike on a sunny day. There is no view at the top, only a small lake & trees, so if you're looking to take full advantage of a sunny day I don't suggest this hike. However, It is still a nice small hike!

11 months ago

Nice trail left early morning. Trail got busy as we were finishing up.

hiking
Monday, April 10, 2017

This hike was okay. The lake is pretty, but I enjoy hikes with more of a lookout. Going back down the trail, there is another trail to wander on that takes you to a lookout point, which made the hike worth it.

hiking
Monday, April 03, 2017

Went up there today with the kids and had an absolutely wonderful time. Easy enough for kids, challenging enough for those who like some elevation. The weather was beautiful too! Get there early for a good parking spot.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Muuuuuuuuddyyyyyyyyyy. Beautiful & small lookout is worth the short detour. Lake was pretty. Several spots to stop & take a break.

hiking
Sunday, January 29, 2017

Nice trail for families and dogs. Very well maintained and moderately difficult for average exercisers.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Nice Hike nothing spectacular . It is an easy trail, good for little ones.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

I thought this trail and lake were a serious gem! Easy to follow paths but significant gain in elevation for the relatively short distance (be prepared to huff a little). Lookout excursion well worth it. Can't wait to swim next summer when it's warmer.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Good for a quick hike. The lake is beautiful.

hiking
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Not a bad hike if you want something a little more challenging but not too difficult. Nice view point on the way up to the lake. Pretty lake however there are lots of bugs. If you take the back trail/let lake trail down, it's a nice change of scenery with a view of a waterfall.

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