Explore the most popular views 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.

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!

Good morning hike.Short but good exercise.

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.

Super super easy trail that lets out by the beach.

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
27 days ago

Nice walk ... along lake family friendly

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

Road not open yet to cars past upper parking lot, (about last 3 miles) lake Ann trailhead still had decent amount of snow.
Bagley Lakes starting to become visible.

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.

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.

hiking
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!

hiking
1 month ago

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

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.

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