Explore the most popular trail running 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.

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
12 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.

13 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.

14 days ago

17 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.

21 days ago

Nice walk ... along lake family friendly

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.

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.

Challenging but beautiful views!

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

Great hike, only did lookout loop with added look out trail to top. Will come back to check out other loops. Great early morning hike with no others on trail.

1 month 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!

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

Fun, easy hike. Saw beavers in the pond!

trail running
2 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
2 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.

2 months ago

Easy morning walk on an uncrowned trail.

2 months ago

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

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