Explore the most popular hiking 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.

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.

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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.

I've rated this with a lone one star: Upper Loop (2.2 miles) is a fairly steep incline to an unimpressive lookout view. On a positive note this hike was close to where we live and excellent for exercise to get your heart pumping! My legs are a bit sore .

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!

Great hike, but be prepared for hike a steady incline

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!

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

As of July 13th, 2018 the overlook at the top of the upper trail is CLOSED.

Notes for Newbies Like Me:
The Lower Loop is a good short hike, some small hills but overall good.
The Upper Loop is 2.2 trail. The first mile of that trail is completely uphill, it’s a pretty steep climb.

Nice wooded hike, definitely a glute workout!

Great hike through the trees! Perfect family hike.

Good morning hike.Short but good exercise.

had a great hike. next time bring my swimming suit.

Great loop trail with thigh burning climb. Trail is maintained by city. Parking lot is clean with bathroom on site. Will definitely hike again. Lower part of trail is perfect for trail running.

Just went on this hike today and it was easy and beautiful. We had a big surprise at the end when we saw 3 big turtles resting on a log in the lake. They then dove into the water. It was such a blessing to see.

nature trips
18 days ago

This was a pleasant, easy walk with lots of birding opportunities. The trails are clear cut and fairly easy to follow. I got there around 10:30 and it wasn’t too busy yet (I’m sure it helped that it’s a Monday) but by the time I left around 1:30, there were a lot of people. Like most places, I’d recommend arriving early if you hope to do any solo exploring without other people popping up.

Nice fairly easy hike with few people.

hiking
19 days ago

access is not the same as shown on this map the entrance off the road has been moved due to private land owner complaints. You have to take the road all the way up to the Gate and Switch trail and enter in that way or there is the Last Call to Dog Patch trail which should not add too much length as long as you know you have to go this way ahead of time.

Super super easy trail that lets out by the beach.

hiking
20 days ago

walking
23 days ago

Quick and easy hike. I think it took me about half an hour to do the loop and that was with stopping to take pictures. Most of the elevation is at the very beginning of the hike. Nice and quiet during the morning.

Awesome! Kid and dog friendly, can cut over to other trails within and around main trail.

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.

walking
26 days ago

Nice walk ... along lake family friendly

pretty good incline for first 1.5 miles. beautiful overlook and pretty lakes to walk around.

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.

Great beginner hike!

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

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike for beginners. Gradual, steady incline of 1000ft without big roots, mud or boulders to climb over. Trail is well maintained and well marked. Nice view at the top of Lake Whatcom.

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.

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