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Lake Whatcom Trail is a 6.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bellingham, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.2 miles Elevation Gain: 459 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

partially paved

views

wild flowers

Lake views, family friendly, wildflowers and waterfalls Lots of large Douglas fir trees, cedar, maple and Madrone trees. The trail ends in 3 miles at a fenced private property. This is a good hike for birding. Lake Whatcom basin was carved by a glacier over a mile thick. It is filled by rain, mountain streams and water diverted from the middle fork of the Nooksack river which comes from the Deming glacier on Mt. Baker. This lake supplies water for over 60,000 people in the Bellingham area.

hiking
2 days ago

This trail is a good family hiking trail with kiddos. I feel like the trail goes on forever but enjoy the lake and our baby loves taking a dip in the lake.

hiking
28 days ago

Wonderful 6 mi roundtrip mostly flat easy trail. Great for all. Families with younger kids will truly enjoy. Trail is wide and follows Lake Whatcom. Lots of photo opportunities with added places to stop and sit and absorb the surrounding beauty!

recorded Lake Whatcom Trail

mountain biking
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Sunday Stroll. Very popular trail for folks with dogs, bikes, strollers, wheelchairs. Basically flat and wide, and clean- aside from the multiple dog poop bags that are seen hanging on bushes and waiting alongside the trail

2 months ago

Easy trail down the sunny side of lake Whatcom

walking
3 months ago

Took my two kids (5&11) plus our two dogs today and it was beautiful. easy and flat. I would recommend this trail. Going to run it next time without my kiddos.

walking
3 months ago

Great walk today. my wife did well with this considering she had a knee replacement and waiting on another. great easy trail

hiking
blowdown
5 months ago

Beautiful trail...some bigs trees blocked the trail halfway to the end from Tuesday night’s wind. Hopefully some trail angels with chainsaws can fix it up!

hiking
6 months ago

Easy, level trail, with benches and mileposts along the way. You’ll see all ages and skill levels on this trail. Waterfalls, creeks and bridges along the way. The trail follows the shoreline of the lake and has great views and plenty of shade. The creek is a protected salmon spawning area. Birdwatching is pretty good, too. This is a popular trail and parking can be an issue, so plan accordingly. There is a pit toilet at the trailhead.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail by the lake with waterfalls

hiking
10 months ago

Took my dog once, and biked it with an exploring grandson. Love this trail as you are next to water the whole time.

hiking
11 months ago

*nice wide trail follows the lake shore. *water for the dogs- lake + a couple creek crossings. *very pleasant and pretty and easy.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice walk easy going. saw a few bikes on the trail to about the point B marker. After that very few people at all. was a very pleasant nice hike. would be easy for anyone

hiking
Sat Mar 30 2019

Very flat and beautiful trial along the lake! Great for dogs and kiddos.

hiking
Sat Mar 16 2019

Lake Whatcom. Easy, beautiful, would do again

hiking
Fri Mar 01 2019

Love this trail. Well maintained, parking at trailhead, and bathroom facilities. Great for all skill types. Nice easy stroll along the beautiful, Lake Whatcom. Scenery couldn't get better. Kid and dog friendly.

hiking
Tue Feb 05 2019

Beautiful afternoon sun off the lake.

hiking
Sun Jan 20 2019

Nice walk!

hiking
Sun Jan 20 2019

A very serene trail that follows the shore of Lake Whatcom. This is a great hike to do in the afternoon when the sun lights up this side of the lake. I'd say this hike is much more quiet and scenic than Lake Padden, but it is further away.

Sat Jan 19 2019

Nice view along the lake but the view doesn’t change. Easy stroll I could do thru the neighborhood

Sat Jan 19 2019

Nice trail, soothing lake views the whole way. would love to do this in summer!

walking
Wed Nov 21 2018

Beautiful walk, but the end is very anticlimactic.

Wed Sep 12 2018

Walk this weekly Beautiful

walking
Sun Aug 26 2018

This is a great place to bring the kids. The trail is flat and wide and runs along the water front. Don't forget to bring your suit and a towel on a hot day, you'll be glad you did.

running
Fri Aug 17 2018

Relatively flat and easy for trail running. Great for beginners and those who just want to take it easy. Awesome views and lots of spots for cooling off after running in the heat!

Fri Aug 10 2018

Several years ago this was a nice and quiet trail if you wanted to go on a stroll, now it’s so overpopulated.

walking
Sun Jun 24 2018

Nice walk ... along lake family friendly

running
Mon May 14 2018

Easy out and back. First two miles are well maintained gravel and dirt. Third mile is dirt, rocks and roots but very manageable. Trail stays on the lake and is well shaded.

Sun May 06 2018

awesome trail around lake. Beautiful scenery

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