Explore the most popular forest 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.

Easy parking next to waterfalls and lots of trails if want to explore.

hiking
1 day ago

Fun, easy hike. Saw beavers in the pond!

trail running
12 days 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
12 days 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.

hiking
13 days ago

Easy morning walk on an uncrowned trail.

Nice easy walk. The main loop will take about 1 hr and 15 mins if you are walking.

Great (nice and wide) trail with a meandering climb and lots of flat traverses. Nice view of Lake Whatcom at the top. Hiked it with my husband and dad. I plan to trail run it next time. Note: Mountain bikers can ride up trail but not down. There is a gravel trail down for mountain bikers.

awesome trail around lake. Beautiful scenery

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

hiking
25 days 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.

Good hike, but concerned for the safety of my car. Saw remnants of broken windshield glass in the parking lot.. too bad we have to worry about creeps

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.

Enjoyed hiking through this preserve today. Well maintained, open parking area with bathroom facilities. Great for all skill levels. Some signage, around the loop, follow arrows painted to stay on the right trail.

Love this park!! Beautiful scenery, water all around you and waterfalls roaring. Tranquil, well maintained and marked trails, plenty of parking, bathroom facilities accessable for the whole family. Kid and dog friendly. Will come here again

Great signage, steady elevation gain, good terrain, great payoff at the top with view of Lake Whatcom. Very little mud even after days of rain.

trail running
1 month ago

Cars are being broken into every day now at this trail head. Hiked it yesterday came down to find a brick was thrown thru my window. I hike/run this trail 3 days a week and now question its parking lot safety.
So if you plan to hike this trail you should plan on spending $500 for your insurance deductable.
Not sure why this parking lot is not being monitored by the authorities as it is truly a place for the thieves. Thinking it is time to Take Back our Whatcom County Trailheads from criminals...any ideas?

on Lake Whatcom Trail

1 month ago

Perfect with a run stroller

on Squires Lake Trail

1 month ago

Pretty little Lake loop

hiking
1 month ago

This is an easy hike around the lake and nice falls with access to the bottom.

All up hill, but not at a terribly steep grade. The views at the top are incredible!

hiking
2 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.

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

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!

Super short but fun hike. Got a little off the beaten path and there were some great photo spots

hiking
2 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.

I love this trail and have hiked it in all seasons! It can showcase any weather! In the rain the moss hangs heavy and intensely green! In snow, it’s a wonderland, and in spring it’s perfect to begin your hiking season with its gentle ups and downs! In summer, it will keep you cool even in intense heat!

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