Fragrance Lake Trail

MODERATE 249 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
4 days ago

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

1 month ago

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

hiking
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 :)

2 months ago

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

2 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.

2 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.

3 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.

3 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!

3 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
3 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.

4 months ago

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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!

4 months ago

Fun, easy hike. Saw beavers in the pond!

hiking
5 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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6 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
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.

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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.

9 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
10 months ago

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

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11 months ago

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

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11 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.

11 months ago

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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Monday, September 04, 2017

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).

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Great hike up and down.

hiking
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

good trail worth the effort.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Fun Trail, spotted some Juvenile Owls.

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