Pine and Cedar Lakes Trail

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Pine and Cedar Lakes Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bellingham, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,535 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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camping

hiking

beach

forest

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views

Take exit 250 on I-5 (Bellingham, WA) and head south on SR #11 aka Old Fairhaven Parkway. Take a left at the first light (ARCO station on corner) onto 30th. Drive .9 mi. to the end of 30th. At the 3-way intersection take a left onto Old Samish Road and drivr 1.3 mi. to Whatcom Co. Park sign on the right. Trail begins in the SW corner of lot.

backpacking
blowdown
icy
muddy
11 days ago

Super crazy muddy, and very steep too. A great hike none the less with some good camping. Also, a lot longer than listed, so make sure to give yourself plenty of time.

hiking
muddy
17 days ago

Starts with serious incline! No switchbacks just incline! Levels out eventually and has some variation. The massive stumps and moss covered trees are pretty. Same with the giant boulders. You can hear the sounds of I-5 for the first half of the hike so didn’t feel like we had truly gotten away. Decent for a drizzly day. Glad we went.

hiking
muddy
snow
26 days ago

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Went up to Pine Lake then back to Cedar, then up to Overlook and down shortcut. Then over to Raptor Ridge. Makes a nice loop. Very windy and colder the whole time at the top this is the usual for this trail in the winter. It is a wonderful very mossy forest. Rock formations are awesome on Raptor Ridge section of trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Great workout hike for the first 1.7 miles. Pretty muddy though, and some snow on the ground, but still an excellent hike for this time of the year.

2 months ago

Good hike but no garbage to put the dog poop!

hiking
2 months ago

We needed a family friendly hike we could do in the rain and this hike was great. The first part is steep but was doable for our younger hikers. We hiked to Cedar lake and turned around. The lake is smallish and the shore is covered with trees but still nice. It was perfect for a bit of outdoor exercise and fresh air.

2 months ago

This is a fantastic hike; however it tracked closer to 7 miles on two apps (not 4.7) out and back if you walk both lakes and go up to Cedar Lake Overlook, which has a peekaboo view of Mt. Baker. The start is a no joke bum burner for the first two miles, then it's a lovely hike through the woods and very quiet. Plenty of shade, soft trails and huge rocks covered in moss to wonder about. This amazing hike is well-worth the extra effort!

hiking
3 months ago

This is a good workout.

hiking
3 months ago

good exercise? good exercise. i’ll bring a hammock and a beer next time—the peninsula at Pine Lake is an enticing place to relax.

hiking
3 months ago

quite the ascent straight out of the truck, once you get past the elevation climb it is a relaxful beautiful place.

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Get Vertical!! The first 2 miles are not for the faint of heart. Should be rated as Advanced IMO. Beautiful hike however since it does flatten out at 2.5 miles in. We stopped and had lunch at Pine Lake.

hiking
5 months ago

great swimming at pine lake.

backpacking
5 months ago

All the reviews are correct: the first 1.5 miles are no joke. I should have trained, it was a grind getting up there. But once you do, it evens off and the lakes are beautiful. I overnighted on the Pine Lake peninsula and had it to myself.

hiking
5 months ago

This trail is nice but for the first miles and half straight up but the views are great

hiking
6 months ago

Very steep for 1.7 miles of the about 2.4 mile hike! So be prepared! Wasn’t expecting it to be so steep for so long. We had 3,522ft of elevation gain!

Pretty steep for the first little ways but good trails. Pretty lakes at the top.

hiking
bugs
7 months ago

Great trail for dogs. Definitely steep at the beginning 2 or so miles. Depending where you start, it is more miles than stated. We strayed from the chuckanut trailhead and it was around 10 miles RT. Nice and quiet with beautiful scenery.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail! Very steep in the beginning.

recorded Pine and Cedar Lakes Trail

hiking
bugs
rocky
8 months ago

9 months ago

*dog friendly- lots of water. *nice afternoon hike. easy to follow. *popular people hike too. *shady, green, and beautiful. *nice camp spots on the lakes.

9 months ago

steep incline for the first 2 miles, but beautiful views at the overlook. car got broken into though so please be aware and cautious

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome trails, the picture perfect view of Mt Baker from The Cedar Lake lookout is well worth the hike! Once you get past the initial ascend (which is a pretty tough hike), the trails level off and there’s multiple routes you can go depending on how ambitious you’re feeling. Highly recommended!

9 months ago

Whew. The initial incline on this trail is no joke. Be warmed up and ready to go when you get there! Beautiful views once you get to the top. He it with my pup and he loved swimming in the lake!

camping
muddy
snow
10 months ago

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