Explore the most popular birding trails near Bellingham with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

My partner and I are new to Washington, and are getting back into our groove of regularly hiking. We drove up from Seattle to this trail, specifically hiking the Interurban trail from the Chicanut Trailhead. A sizable length of the trail overlaps with the railroad tracks, which traverses levee partially blocking an inlet of Bellingham Bay. The only gripe is once you have crossed the levee and arrive a the tunnel, the turn to the right which loops you back to the trailhead is not all that visible. Other than that, this trail offered us opportunities to take some of the best nature photography we have done to date. It is a must-hike trail.

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

trail running
3 days ago

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!

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

11 days 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 :)

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

It was a nice little hike to and around the lake. My teenage daughter even enjoyed it, and had no problem keeping up.

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.

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.

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!

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!

1 month ago

Great hike, minimal traffic and some great views. Good trail to prepare for harder ones!

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.

1 month ago

Nice walk ... along lake family friendly

Wonderful trail. Snuck off and hit the Secret Trail - kapow! Straight up fantastic elevation gain. Great trail.

Forest stretches and beautiful views! You have to walk on a railroad track or right next to it on the narrow bar between the bay and the lagoon for at least a half mile. Easy to hear and see if a train is coming. You can only do this as a loop hike as pictured if the tide is out. It wasn't when we hiked so we had to walk back across the train tracks. It's possible you could find another way back after the tracks through a short tunnel on some nearby streets.

Nice hike with lots of stairs to climb. Pretty viewpoint of the Twin Sister mountains. Beware of bugs at top.

2 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!

Fun, easy hike. Saw beavers in the pond!

trail running
3 months ago

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.

trail running
3 months ago

Good trail conditions. Get there early for parking. BUGGY, so bring repellent. We started at 0730, so it was quiet and we were alone most of the way. No great views of Lost Lake, because it's wooded right to the edge. But the spur to Fragrance Lake is worth it, and you can even swim.

awesome trail around lake. Beautiful scenery

Great hike, signage could be better! But what a great day!

3 months ago

Quick hike with a lookout or all the way to the lake. Great one for your first moderate hike.

Fun trail. Beautiful. Part fire road part trail. Pickaboo views of Samish Bay. Really enjoyed, but weather was sunny n warm when we went. Stop by the Oyster Bar for nice post hike meal. About 3 miles south on Chuckanut.

Started at the Cyrus Gates Trailhead and connected through Rock Trail. Very narrow and muddy going down towards the lake, and if you’re not looking it’s easy to lose the trail. I did this and had to back track. The lake itself is unremarkable. GPS put me at 7.9 miles.

on Lake Whatcom Trail

4 months ago

Perfect with a run stroller

5 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.

Beautiful trail and is now one of my favorites! The trail is both covered with shade and has areas uncovered to feel the sun. Lots of trees and benches along the way, and spots to take in the views, have lunch and enjoy. Perfect for families and biking riding, running and for dogs. There’s a small waterfall, swimming areas, and perfect for kayaking. I’ll be back lots now that I found this spot!

5 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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