Explore the most popular 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.


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Nice hike to a nice lake that’s perfect for swimming!

trail running
1 day ago

Relatively flat and easy for trail running. Great for beginners and those who just want to take it easy. Awesome views and lots of spots for cooling off after running in the heat!

Several years ago this was a nice and quiet trail if you wanted to go on a stroll, now it’s so overpopulated.

Nice workout. View at the top is beautiful, you can see Lake Whatcom and the bay in the distance. Beautiful place to go to see the sunset.

moderate 2.2 miles up with a few spots to swim. water is warm. mosquitos are out. if you find a gray lululemon ballcap, you can keep it :)

Beautiful hike. Accessible for our 6 and 4 y.o. boys. Our only regret was that the pond is not accessible from the trail.

very easy, but slightly steep going up. bring your bathing suits...saw many people enjoying the lake.

Car got broken into at the trailhead camping for one night. Good one night backpacking trip but not worth it if your car is gonna get broken into.

14 days ago

Great walk/run/jog/bike ride...a few spots with elevation but doable for all people. out of shape or not

Pretty decent trail. I did the upper trail and it was a good incline most of the way. I wish the view at the top showed a little more, probably wouldn't be worth it if it wasn't a completely clear day. But I still enjoyed it!

absolutely gorgeous! very peaceful. heads up that people break into cars here... we saw evidence of that today. :(

It was a nice little hike to and around the lake. My teenage daughter even enjoyed it, and had no problem keeping up.

We went in the fall. It was a very pretty trail, and we didn’t really see any other people

26 days ago

Great hike. Way more of a challenge than we assumed. Should be ranked moderate not easy. Especially if you do the whole loop with the oyster dome view and carry a 25lb baby carrier. Steep in places and long. My tracker said 9.5 miles my husbands said 10. Beautiful nonetheless.

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.

my favorite

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!

1 month ago

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
1 month 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.

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