Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

Beautiful trail in Bellingham area. Easy to find and access. Well maintained. Mountain bikers and hikers seem to get along well on this trail. Amazing views and a great workout.

mountain biking
9 days ago

So many trails for mountain biking! I love this area, and it is truly a mountain bikers playground.

9 days ago

Good views. Good for running and taking out of towners to.

trail running
9 days ago

Great trail for trail running. Best views of waterfalls in the area. I would recommend this as a good place to take people from out of town for a nice and easy walk, with good views.

Great trail! So many beautiful sites. Great workout but, not too hard. Be sure to take the small off trails to the overlook and waterfall on the backside of the lake.

One of my favorite hikes in the area! Beautiful, well maintained trail with a sweet, woodsy fragrance that's impossible to describe. Linger at the lake for a swim & packed lunch.
Will be a little challenging for new hikers but on the easy side for stronger ones.

I love driving on Chuckanut Dr especially in the Fall. The maple trees throughout the winding roads were amazingly beautiful with intense Fall colors. Also there are few great places to pullover to watch the sunset here.

Quick but invigorating 2-hour hike with lots of Fall color on this late October day. Be sure to take the .2 mile hop out to the view point overlooking Bellingham Bay and the San Juan islands, and the .75 mile loop around the little lake. (This makes for a total distance 5 miles, up and back to the parking lot.) Enjoy a handful of pretty spots on the lake edge for snacks and the pretty view. A classic Bellingham hike with easy-moderate difficulty.

Hiked on Saturday 21s of Oct. Weather was perfect and hike was very colorful with fall foliage.

Lake was very pretty, with loop around entire lake. We were graced why the presence of a bald eagle in a tree on the west side of the lake, too.

Trail is in perfect condition. If you haven’t hiked the trail, you find the trail head in the Larrabee State Park lot, on the East side of Chuckanut drive, just south of the Larrabee State Park Campground. Even on a Saturday, the trail wasn’t heavily used. A few mountain bikers, possibly 6 other groups of hikers. .

Beautiful little cove with a nice trail, although you do have to cross train tracks to reach the water.

Nice easy hike with some beautiful views. Next time i go on this hike I'm bringing my dog. This hike is super pet friendly.

Beautiful Fall hike up to a tree-framed view of the tip of Mount Baker and just a hint of Lake Whatcom below. Oodles of mushroom varieties to be seen along the way (in October). Take a left at the loop if you want to get the elevation gain early and have a shallower descent coming home.

1 month ago

The lake was beautiful and echoey, also the mushrooms were cool

Great trail for those wanting a nice, relaxing stroll. Its uphill on the way to the outlook but the trail is designed to make it not seem that way. Nice distance and when raining the tree cover keeps you pretty dry.

1 month ago

Great hike for kids! Beautiful loop aroudn the lake for kids to be able to run.

so fortunate to have such a great hike on our doorstep...beautifully woods...lovely spots for resting and taking in the view...and then the view of Beautiful Bellingham and the lake below... Thank you !!!

Excellent short hike. Up and back in about 2 hours and the view was great. The leaves are starting to turn and it was a warm fall day.

Nice little hike

I thought I had reviewed already! great training hike going through some great changes! may become part of the Galbraith trail network! Lots of work being done on this trail!

this trail is in my neighborhood and l do it on a regular basis. Now is undergoing a great change. It looks like is going to be also part of a mountain bike trail! we're very close to the Galbraith trail network. So excited!

2 months ago

Did this with a buddy took 2 hours round trip. Beautiful view of the sound and bham. A lot of switch backs.

2 months ago

I love this trail. It's a great trail for beginners because it's got a lot of switchbacks so the elevation gain doesn't seem too crazy. The whole trail is beautiful, the forest isn't too dense and there's a lot of cute bridges. The view at the top is great. Can't wait to do it again.

2 months ago

Great trail, lots of switch backs, beautiful surroundings with the blanket of ferns amongst majestic trees. The view of the city and bay from the west side is stunning and there’s also a view of Mt. Baker on the southeast side. We will return

First, please know that my wife and I are beginner hikers with this being our first recent attempt to get into the lifestyle. The beginning of the trail is great! Although, I am not sure I would categorize this trail as easy in comparison to other actually easy trails in our area, for example, Lake Padden. This trail was not easy for us and here are the reasons why:

One, the start is an immediate climb to get up the Interurban Trail. We were breathing hard right off the bat, again, beginners. It was flat once on the Interurban until we got to the Teddy Bear Cove turn off. We then had a steep descent about twice the distance we went up and were now near the water. Very nice views!

Two, we knew we had to cross with a bit of railroad track serving as the trail. It turned out to be about .5 mile. The downsides were 1) our shoes got scuffed up with oily sludge and 2) WE HAD TO RUN FROM A TRAIN! We heard the horns coming from the north end from Bellingham and we had to pick up the pace, including crossing a short trestle. We made it! But we were frazzled and had no idea where the trailhead was located. We started up the left side of the tracks on a visible trail. We realized we were heading to Clark's Point which we elected earlier to skip because we were slow. We then decided to read what others had experienced and read a post about the trailhead being under water at high tide! It was high tide! We went back to see if we could see a trailhead. *NOTE: The trailhead is located immediately at the end of the levee and goes straight down to the beach! In our case it was under water.

Three, we had to admit defeat of completing the loop and accept the fact that we'd have to double back. We crossed the levee and lo-and-behold another train comes! This one was a bit more stealth coming from the south end with no horns and not much rumbling. We had a visual before hearing it. We scurried to the side and waited the gross smelling toxic coal dust from the empties and extreme screeching.

We had the steep incline back up and short decline which by then was hard on our knees. We decided that this was more adventure than defeat and look forward to future hikes!

The view is gorgeous (on a clear day) but the trail itself is not that enjoyable. Not so much that it is difficult, but rather not very pretty. There are few patches of ferns and little bridges in the beginning, but then it's just claustrophobic switch-backs amid short, dense, pine trees until the top.

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!

Nice workout. View at the top is beautiful, you can see Lake Whatcom and the bay in the distance. Beautiful place to go to see the sunset.

3 months 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.

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