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Clayton Beach, Double Diamond Trail, Fragrance Lake, South Lost Lake Trail — Jul 05, 2013 — thebrink
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
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(reposting trip with photos) Our group did a one way car shuttle hiking from the Clayton Beach pa...
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Our group did a one way car shuttle hiking from the Clayton Beach parking lot to the North Chuckanut Parking lot. From Clayton Beach parking lot we caught the Interurban to the Fragrance Lake trail and the a short bit on Cleator road to the steep Double Diamond trail. We then dropped down to Cyrus Gate for lunch and took the three Ridge trails, Hemlock and on to Arroyo Park. We missed the more direct route at a junction so we hiked up the road, Hwy-11 back up to the North Chuckanut Parking lot. We managed to get 9.6 miles and a 3400 foot total gain out of the route.

Although you hike mostly in the forest, the surprises of giant boulders and the shear rock drop-offs on the upper Ridge trail make for an interesting hike. Even though you are working your way down from along the ridge trails there is a lot of elevation gain as you follow spine of the north Chuckanuts as it loses and again gains elevation.

The trail throughout is in great condition. Going up the Double Diamond was made a bit more difficult due to ruts made by mountain bikes and on the Ridge trails there are a few naturally steep bits that descend steeply on rocks and roots.

The temperature was in the mid to low 70's and humid but overall a comfortable hike.

The trails in the Chuckanuts can be a bit confusing but a great resource is the Chuckanut Recreation Area map published by Square One Maps available at the REI store in Bellingham
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Clayton Beach — Jan 29, 2013 — treeana
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Sandstone lace cliffs calm waves soothe caress beach walk wander...
Sandstone lace cliffs
calm waves soothe caress
beach walk wander
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Fragrance Lake, Clayton Beach — Jan 17, 2013 — thebrink
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We hiked from the Clayton Beach parking lot, up the Interurban Trail to the Cleator road and caught ...
We hiked from the Clayton Beach parking lot, up the Interurban Trail to the Cleator road and caught the Two Dollar road up to Fragrance Lake and descended the Fragrance Lake trail back for a six mile loop. The whole trail was in good condition, most of the mud is frozen solid but we did have a few slick places on the descent from Fragrance Lake where the was ice and frost on the trail.

The lower end of the Two Dollar trail has had some recent improvements including tread resurfacing and some very impressive bulkheads on switchbacks and steep areas.

Fragrance Lake is frozen over but we found a fine spot on the shore to have lunch and take in some sun.
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Clayton Beach, Fragrance Lake, Double Diamond Trail — Oct 25, 2012 — thebrink
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This a fine "inbetween" seasons hike. We did a car shuttle dropping off a car on Cleator Road at the...
This a fine "inbetween" seasons hike. We did a car shuttle dropping off a car on Cleator Road at the Two Dollar trailhead and then started the hike at the parking lot across from the Clayton Beach trailhaed. From there we took the Interurban north to the Fragrance Lake trail and then crossed over to the Double Diamond and up to the Cyrus Gate overlook for lunch.

After lunch we went down Cleator Road and caught a trail/unimproved road back to the Fragrance Lake Trail, around the lake and caught the Two Dollar Trail at the north end of the lake. That was not signed, but it is a clear trail junction with a very large rock ledge to the left and a stream to the right. This took us down to the other car at the Cleator road entrance to the Two Dollar Trail.

What makes it interesting to hike in the Chuckanuts are all the trails and connections that offer the oppertunity to create your own hike. We did about 6.5 miles with an elevation gain of over 1,700 feet.

The trails wre in good condition throught the hike. A great help in navigating was the Chuckanut Recreation Area map (Square One Maps).
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Fragrance Lake, Clayton Beach, Double Diamond Trail, Samish Overlook — May 02, 2012 — thebrink
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Mudholes | Water on trail
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This turned out to be a longer hike in the Chuckanuts than one would think there is room for. We did...
This turned out to be a longer hike in the Chuckanuts than one would think there is room for. We did a one way hike starting from the south at the Fragrance Lake Trail (across from the Clayton Beach TH), took the Interurban to the trail to Fragrance Lake and the caught the Double Diamond to Cyrus Gate and then took the Ridge Trail (Upper, Middle and Lower) and on to Old Samish Road where our shuttle car was parked.

The series of Ridge Trails had a lot of up and down, so just following a ridge does not mean a relitively flat tread, but the pay offs are the many rock overlooks we encountered. Our total hike was 9.5 miles with a total gain of 3,400 feet.

When we neared the end of the Hemlock Trail we were a bit confused by the junctions of trails and lack of signage but another hiker not only helped out but suggested a short trail to the Chuckanut Falls which turned out to be an unexpected bonus.
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WTA worked here!
2010, 2011, 2013
Location
Puget Sound and Islands -- North Sound
Larrabee State Park
Features
Coast
User info
Good for kids
Discover Pass required

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