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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

10 days 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.

Great run, except for the flat section from mile 5.3 - 7, it’s like an ice rink.

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!

Beautiful hike, and right out back of the house

14 days ago

I didn't realize it was uphill all the way. Slow and steady but made it. The lake at the end is so beautiful.

Nice easy one, beautiful

Good easy walk. Has a nice off leash trail at the south end of the main trail and do park.

23 days ago

During the hike it was a bit snowy and slippery but beautiful. Would do it again.

Took the mtn bikes up here to raptor ridge on a beautiful Feb Saturday. A fair amount of hike a bike the first 1.7 miles as pretty steep and another patch towards the viewpoint up a rock staircase. Otherwise very ridable and a great thigh and lung burner. Probably better as hike or trail run.

Nice hike in gorgeous January warm weather....lakes were awesome in the morning dew with sun shining through.

Great hike and camping

Nice and close with some great cliff jumping too

This is a great little trail if you're looking for something closer to Bellingham. The first mile and a half is pretty steep but don't give up! Once you make it up the incline it's a pretty straight shot to the lakes. The camping is nice but no fires are allowed.

Beautiful sites and fairly hard to get lost. Great for everyone!

Super easy, good for a quick run! Took my 12 week old puppy up with no problem!

Parked at the trail head today and my car plus all the cars next to mine were broken in today many valuables were stolen so be careful parking at the trailhead!

2 months ago

Just an amazing drive. Gorgeous views everywhere.


2 months ago

Very easy walk in the woods on dirt trails...some trails next to creek. The Whatcom Falls is a bonus. You can expect walkers, hikers, runners, bikes and dogs. Family friendly.

Awesome time and beautiful water falls

Best example of Northwest Rain Forest.
A must for anyone visiting or new to Bellingham. The short uphills and frequent bends make it an interesting run too.

Great hike, did the Lower and Waterfall loops and plan to go back to do all three!

4 months ago

Great challenging first time hike....totally enjoyed the hike up with friends....#firsthikeever

Awesome trail! Lots of great views and the lake is beautiful! Beware, lots of dogs off leash.

The trail was great! The hike is a lot of climbing at an incline. The lake was beautiful. Definitely a fun and challenging hike for my family of beginners.

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