Stimpson Nature Preserve

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Stimpson Nature Preserve is a 2.9 mile loop trail located near Bellingham, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from May until December.

Distance: 2.9 miles Elevation Gain: 347 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

walking

running

forest

lake

wildlife

no dogs

This trail opened in October of 2003. It is well maintained through a dense forest. The start of the trail passes a large beaver pond. Cougars have been sighted in the area so pay attention. Water crossings have new wooden bridges. The name "Nature Reserve" is well deserved. This land was donated by the Stimpson family.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail was amazing!!!!i would go a lot so plz go!it is great for family’s! It is rocky and there are some bugs but like flies so it is ok I would go so go now or where are you at!!!!!Best view and there are looking points Nice trees so go go No dog allowed But fun Highly recommended for all ages Trail is a very peaceful place no pets there are some climbing parts that may challenge some if you’re careful you might see some trout hanging out on the water surface Just the right length

hiking
2 months ago

Great well maintained trail. 3.1 miles of pure quiet nature!

hiking
2 months ago

A pleasant refreshing woodland stroll. Tranquil.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail!!! Pretty quiet. Got my heart rate up!

hiking
3 months ago

My go-to walk as a Sudden Valley resident. Even as popular as this trail is, it never feels crowded.

hiking
4 months ago

Tried this with our kids. A lovely couple of hours trundling along at 5-year-old's pace. Well maintained trails, not too muddy, lots of huckleberries.

hiking
5 months ago

This is a nice and quiet trail. No dogs or bikes, so if you're looking to avoid those, this is the place to be. Lots of birds throughout all in a serene PNW forest setting. This is a local treasure not to miss.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice quick hike close to Sudden Valley.

hiking
6 months ago

Wonderfully maintained trail, nice hike. Enjoyed it!

hiking
6 months ago

As beautiful as any forest trail around here but nothing makes it stand out particularly from the rest.

hiking
7 months ago

gront them

hiking
7 months ago

This trail is a very peaceful, no pet, “stroll in the park”. Is is marked as easy, and it is however, there is a decent little climb that may challenge some. Make sure you do the Lake Geneva section too. If you are careful you may see some little trout hanging out just below the water’s surface.

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome fun for our Cub Scouts first hike of the year!

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing hike, it was mild but the ecosystem was just amazing. highly recommend this hike for all ages.

9 months ago

doesn't allow dogs

hiking
10 months ago

We loved it. Rolling terrain. Nice views.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice meandering trail through old growth forest.

10 months ago

Just the right length. Beautiful trees.

hiking
Sun Dec 09 2018

Who else saw the bear today!? We could hear another group whistling, clapping etc. for about 3 min ahead of us! He/she scooted up the gully across from us PDQ but was visible for about 10 seconds or so before it disappeared into the under growth. Great hike and outstanding scenery! Trail in great condition and anyone could make the trek

walking
Sun Dec 02 2018

Beautiful fall hike with deers and chip monks. Outstanding vegetation and moss. :)

nature trips
Thu Nov 22 2018

Gorgeous

Fri Nov 02 2018

Awesome trail for hiking! Beautiful fall foliage. If you reverse the loop, it makes a doable trail run too. Love this trail!

Sun Aug 26 2018

Nice little trail for hiking, and running. Very beautiful. Would be a pretty nice for mountain biking but they are not aloud.

Sat Aug 18 2018

Really great trail that doesn't take all day. Perfect level for people just strarting to hike and arent in perfect shape. The entire trail is in the shade and is just beautiful. Takes just over an hour walking.

Wed Aug 08 2018

Beautiful hike. Accessible for our 6 and 4 y.o. boys. Our only regret was that the pond is not accessible from the trail.

Wed Aug 01 2018

absolutely gorgeous! very peaceful. heads up that people break into cars here... we saw evidence of that today. :(

Mon Jul 23 2018

We went in the fall. It was a very pretty trail, and we didn’t really see any other people

Wed Jul 18 2018

my favorite

Fri Jul 13 2018

Great hike through the trees! Perfect family hike.

Wed Jun 20 2018

This is an incredibly pleasant evening walk through a great example of the Pacific Northwest Rain Forest. Well shaded with enough easy terrain and ponds to keep it interesting.

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