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WTA's hiking guide is the most comprehensive database of hikes in Washington, and comprises content written by local hiking experts and user submitted information. All data is vetted by WTA staff. This resource is made possible by the donations of WTA members.

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89 Hikes
Cama Beach Historical State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 275.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
Enjoy the easy, forested trail to Cranberry Lake - an extensive wetland created by energetic beavers - plus trails along the high bluffs with views out to Saratoga Passage and Whidbey Island. Optionally, explore a trail to the eastern edge of the park. To finish up, visit the Historic District and vintage beach cabins.
 
 
Oyster Dome

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1050 ft.
Highest Point: 2025.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.10
(154 votes)
Oyster Dome is a rocky promontory on the western slope of Blanchard Mountain, the grandest member of the Chuckanut Mountain range, an extension of the Cascades that rises directly from the ocean. The sheer cliffs of Oyster Dome offer year-round access to commanding views of the San Juans, Skagit River flats, Olympic Mountains, and Samish Bay.
 
 
Sharpe Park - Montgomery - Duban Headlands

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
1.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 425 ft.
Highest Point: 370.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
Follow well-signed but sometimes rough trails to a great viewpoint near the water's edge at Porpoise Point. Enjoy views of distant islands, and on a clear day of the distant Olympic Mountains. Sightings of seals, eagles, waterfowl, and sometimes otters are likely.
 
 
Kukutali Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 230.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.18
(11 votes)
Thanks to a partnership between Washington State Parks and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Kukutali Preserve in Similk Bay near La Conner opened to the public on June 16, 2014. Believed to be the first park in the United States to be co-owned and managed by a tribe and another government, management of the area focuses on conservation and research, public education and limited recreational use, including hiking!
 
 
Cascade Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
22.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 230.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
This 22.5-mile rail trail follows the abandoned Burlington Northern grade connecting the towns of Sedro Woolley and Concrete, and can be accessed from three trailheads off of the North Cascades Highway.
 
 
Whatcom Falls Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(10 votes)
There are three and a half miles of trails in Whatcom Falls Park. Many routes wind through the forests, some overlooking the creek gorge and still pools. Some wind through open meadows, while others stay in deep forest.
 
 
Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
6.5 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(7 votes)
Several hiking trails exist in the Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve, part of the Whatcom County Park system, including a 2.2-mile loop with a one mile viewpoint spur trail, a quick waterfall trail, and lower loop trail. Alternatively, head up and up to Lookout Mountain on an eight mile service road.
 
 
Beaver Pond Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 125 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Located in the Eaglemont neighborhood of Mount Vernon, this short little out and back gravel trail delivers visitors through wetlands and past beaver ponds.
 
 
Curry Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Short loop trails through fields with views of Mount Baker.
 
 
Baker Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 1050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
This trail climbs steeply to reach an overlook with views of the San Juan Islands and beyond.
 
 
Berthusen Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 111.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Berthusen Park offers up plenty of great opportunities to get outdoors and explore. This beautiful park, the site of a homestead from the late 1800s, has antique farm machinery, a historical cabin, a big red barn and a great playground with a wonderful swing set for kids.
 
 
Four Springs Lake Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.00
(1 vote)
This is a quiet alternative to the busy trails in the state parks on Camano Island. The lake is not much more than a pond, but you can hear the bubbling of the small springs feeding into the wetland and listen for birdsong as you stroll along the path.
 
 
Galbraith Mountain

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
65.0 miles of trails
Gain: 1785 ft.
Highest Point: 1785.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This park outside the city of Bellingham has 65 miles of trails and is popular with hikers and mountain bikers.
 
 
Anacortes Community Forest Lands - Eastern Fringe Forest Loop

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
3.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 520 ft.
Highest Point: 550.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Hike a varied, nearly-four-mile forest loop in the eastern part of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands (ACFL). Appreciate the variety of coniferous and deciduous trees of different sizes and ages. View a few wildflowers in season, and some fall colors later in the year.
 
 
Port of Skagit Trails

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
10.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
This small network of trails between Anacortes and Burlington offers a nice outing for kids and adults alike.
 
 
Lake Whatcom Park - Chanterelle Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 1314.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(7 votes)
Enjoy a steep trail to a summit east of Lake Whatcom with gorgeous views of Puget Sound and the surrounding mountains.
 
 
Pioneer Park - La Conner

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
0.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 360 ft.
Highest Point: 140.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
La Conner is well known for its museums, interesting shops, pubs and dining establishments. Less well-known is this small park at the southwest corner of town that offers a forested retreat with a few short hiking trails and some wildflowers in season. As a hike extension, continue on across Swinomish Channel to visit a tribal park.
 
 
 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 110.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(41 votes)
On your next trip to Deception Pass State Park, don’t cross over the Deception Pass bridge. Instead, take the road down to Bowman Bay for some fine hiking along the rugged cliffs. Great views of the bridge over Deception and Canoe Pass, calm Lottie Bay, a woodland walk through hemlock, fir and Pacific Madrone, plus the legend of the Maiden of Deception Pass are what await you here.
 
 
Two Dollar Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 1100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(4 votes)
The Two Dollar Trail is one of three approaches to Fragrance Lake. It is popular with runners, bikers and hikers alike because of its good surface throughout. It traverses a west facing ridge through a forest of cedar, Douglas fir, hemlock, bigleaf maple and red maple with views out to the Salish Sea. The trail wanders through a groundcover of salal, Oregon grape and a variety of ferns and a small waterfall whose configuration changes with the seasons.
 
 
Little Mountain Park - Darvill Loop

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 860 ft.
Highest Point: 934.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
An old trail made new! The land on this southwest side of the park was recently donated to the Skagit Land Trust and Mount Vernon Parks to prevent it from becoming a big housing development. Now, the land will be kept for posterity for all to enjoy. Hike this loop for some fine forest walking on the south slope of Little Mountain.
 
 
Little Mountain Park - Up Quick

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
0.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 241 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(3 votes)
This short connector trail on Little Mountain Park helps visitors connect the Darvill Trail with the Ridge Trail, making for a direct route to the summit of this little park.
 
 
Little Mountain Park - Bonnie and Clyde Loop

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 934.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(8 votes)
Aptly named Little Mountain is easily accessible year-round. This 522-acre forested park—just a few miles from Mount Vernon’s downtown area—feels much farther from the city. A narrow road leads to the sub-1,000-foot summit, where Skagit Valley views await. While driving to the top is pleasant, it is far more rewarding to hike.
 
 
Lily Lake Loop

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1360 ft.
Highest Point: 2025.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
This strenuous uphill climb leads to big-payout views of the San Juans from Oyster Dome before visiting tranquil Lily Lake.
 
 
Larrabee State Park - Chuckanut Falls

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 640 ft.
Highest Point: 540.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
Take a short hike to a pleasant waterfall tucked away on the northeast corner of Larrabee State Park.
 
 
Hemlock Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
The Hemlock Trail is one of the many trails on Chuckanut Mountain, just south of Fairhaven. This is a main trail, with many alternate routes branching off to provide visitors with a variety of hiking options.
 
 
Sharpe Park - Sares Head

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 440 ft.
Highest Point: 490.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(7 votes)
This hike just south of Anacortes offers superb views of the ocean and islands from a pair of high vantage points, and it has some fine trails through mixed forest along the way.
 
 
Larrabee State Park - Rock Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1820.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.27
(11 votes)
The Rock Trail is one of WTA's signature projects, built from scratch thanks to WTA’s partnerships with various organizations, including Larrabee State Park and Chuckanut Conservancy. A dedicated group of enthusiastic WTA volunteers worked countless hours here, carving a connector trail out of the steep, rugged hillside from the top of Cleator Road to the South Lost Lake Trail. The Rock Trail provides hikers and trail runners a steep climb, gorgeous views, and a peek at the area's fascinating geology.
 
 
Pine and Cedar Lakes

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 1600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.81
(16 votes)
With two small lakes and numerous branching trails that sport views to Mount Baker and the Puget Sound, this moderate trail through shady forest can be hiked or backpacked year round. Trails circle both of these lakes, and on nice days you’ll find people out fishing or canoeing here.
 
 
Larrabee State Park - North Lost Lake Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
9.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
One of the best ways to access the heart of Chuckanut Mountain is via the North Lost Lake Trail, entering from the Interurban Trail at Arroyo Park.
 
 
Lake Padden Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
7.7 miles of trails
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Enjoy a stroll on the main loop trail that goes around Lake Padden or lengthen your trip by exploring some of the short trails at the east end of the park. To find a little solitude take a turn off the beaten path to rise above the south side of the lake on a less-trodden upper trail.