Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve

MODERATE 54 reviews

Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve is a 4.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bellingham, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.4 miles
1,076 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


trail running




wild flowers

10 days ago

Pretty decent trail. I did the upper trail and it was a good incline most of the way. I wish the view at the top showed a little more, probably wouldn't be worth it if it wasn't a completely clear day. But I still enjoyed it!

29 days ago

I've rated this with a lone one star: Upper Loop (2.2 miles) is a fairly steep incline to an unimpressive lookout view. On a positive note this hike was close to where we live and excellent for exercise to get your heart pumping! My legs are a bit sore .

1 month ago

As of July 13th, 2018 the overlook at the top of the upper trail is CLOSED.

Notes for Newbies Like Me:
The Lower Loop is a good short hike, some small hills but overall good.
The Upper Loop is 2.2 trail. The first mile of that trail is completely uphill, it’s a pretty steep climb.

1 month ago

Nice wooded hike, definitely a glute workout!

1 month ago

Good morning hike.Short but good exercise.

1 month ago

Great loop trail with thigh burning climb. Trail is maintained by city. Parking lot is clean with bathroom on site. Will definitely hike again. Lower part of trail is perfect for trail running.

2 months ago

Great hike, only did lookout loop with added look out trail to top. Will come back to check out other loops. Great early morning hike with no others on trail.

3 months ago

Nice hike

5 months ago

Great work out! I loved the variation in trails. We got a bit lost at first but it was definitely worth it!!

5 months ago

Beautiful hike, and right out back of the house

8 months ago

Great hike, did the Lower and Waterfall loops and plan to go back to do all three!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

hell of a hike gets cardio going but disappointing view. overgrown but a sliver of the lake you can see.

Monday, July 17, 2017

This was so excellent and beautiful.

Friday, June 30, 2017

trail was nice, view was amazing, too many dogs off leash jumping on you for a five star rating

trail running
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Close to home so it's a natural. Great trails and logging roads for running or hiking. Some areas are a bit steep but worth the effort. Take time to stop and check out the falls if it's been raining

Monday, May 29, 2017

Great family hike!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Nice clean trail with easy access and parking, quiet wooded area

Thursday, February 23, 2017

just embrace the chaotic nature of the trail system

Thursday, September 22, 2016

very easy hike, imo. very worn trails, marked well. map in parking lot very helpful. I feel like this will still be accessible in winter for a chilly run.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Nice place for an easier home. Some of the trails were slightly confusing/hard to follow.

Monday, June 13, 2016

was a nice variety of easy to moderate hiking

Friday, May 20, 2016

My aunt literally lives across the street, so I do this trail every time I come visit Washington. Good Workout. Good Inclines. depending on the trail you take, will depend on the difficulty. still trying to figure out how to get to the. bottom of the waterfall, lol.

Monday, April 11, 2016

This place was sweet!! Lots of hills. We only went to the waterfall loop but climbed down the 60% grade right to the base of the waterfall. Very fun!!!

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Almost like a choose your own adventure... So many sweet trails and loops to choose from! I only did the mountain loop and the waterfall trail, easy and beautiful!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Descent run in a great area. However however the mileage is wrong, the loop is 2.2 miles with several fingers shooting off, each no more than 1/2 a mile.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Read the sign before you start. The trail is off the access road but doesn't have a sign. Lower loop does at access rd. But not the main lookout trail. I and many others have hiked the access road waiting for the view to come.. 4.25 miles.. 2160 ft in elevation, I finally turned around. Great work out! Lol but now know where to go! Next weekend!

recorded lake lookout loop

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