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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
Welts-Samish Restoration Site

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
Gain: 30 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
This wildlife area is considered one of the best places in northwest Washington to view falcons, short-eared owls, and shorebirds.
 
 
Madrone Crest Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1290 ft.
Highest Point: 1390.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
This hike takes you through a lush area of the Chuckanuts that offers solitude and an experience of primal setting getting you away from the old logging roads turned trails that are close by. Going to the crest via the Salal trail is enhanced by thick undergrowth of Oregon grape, a variety of ferns and mosses and of course salal. The route winds through huge glacial erratics and an overstory of cedar, Douglas fir, hemlock, red maple and bigleaf maple.
 
 
Fragrance Lake

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 950 ft.
Highest Point: 1050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.76
(49 votes)
The year-round, dog-friendly day hike to Fragrance Lake in the Chuckanut Recreation Area is popular with college students and faculty from Western Washington University in nearby Bellingham, and with day visitors and car campers at Larrabee State Park. On a sunny weekend afternoon you could easily lose count of the number of smiles and “hullos” you’ll exchange!
 
 
Cap Sante Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 490 ft.
Highest Point: 220.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
Explore roads and trails on, and around, Cap Sante, an impressive rocky headland at the northeast corner of Anacortes. Enjoy views extending from Mount Baker to Mount Rainier, plus the busy harbor.
 
 
Sumas Mountain - Gold Mine Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
 
The popular access point for Sumas Mountain (off Sealund Road) utilizes private property. Hikers are asked to refrain from using this access point.
 
 
Sehome Arboretum

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
6.0 miles of trails
Gain: 325 ft.
Highest Point: 620.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
A lush, green refuge with 6 miles of trails is the backyard playground for Western Washington University and Fairhaven College in Bellingham.
 
 
Pilchuck Tree Farm

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 1400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
This easy-to-moderate hike brings you through lush meadows, planted forest trees, and a stump-filled clearing to the monument dedicated to Robert Henry Hauberg, the founder of the Pilchuck Tree Farm. The monument meadow has great views of the valley below plus the Sound and the islands, but be aware that this is on private property and visitors must fill out a release to hike here.
 
 
Port Susan Bay Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
The Port Susan Bay Preserve, owned by Nature Conservancy, is a 4,122-acre preserve which encompasses much of the Stillaguamish River estuary. A short mile-long dike trail takes you through tidelands and farmlands to the Stillaguamish River, provide the opportunity to view many varieties of birds and other wildlife.
 
 
Hope Island

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
 
Amble around the trail system on Hope Island - if you paddle in from Snee-Oosh, parking is free!
 
 
Cultus Mountain

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
 
Cultus Mountain is a peak east of Mt. Vernon. The land surrounding the mountain is a patchwork of public and private property.
 
 
Squires Lake Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 680.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.62
(8 votes)
This short loop trail around a quiet lake is a great place to enjoy an after-work outdoor stroll or take the kids on an easy outdoor excursion.
 
 
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.
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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.
 
 
Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
This hike boasts a great combination of wetland and sea shore. It is doable by hikers of all ages, and most of the trail is wheelchair accessible
 
 
Anacortes Community Forest Lands - Four Summit Loop

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1700 ft.
Highest Point: 1300.0 ft.
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0.00
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Perhaps you have hiked to each of the four named high points of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands (ACFL), or even combined two of these "summits" for a longer hike (e.g. Little Round Top and Sugar Cube, or Mount Erie and Sugarloaf.) So here's a thought: why not do a grand tour that reaches all four named summits in a single loop hike?
 
 
Deception Pass State Park - Lottie Point Loop

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
A half-mile loop off Highway 20 in Deception Pass State Park, the Lottie Point loop is a nice forest walk in this popular location.
 
 
Jensen Family Forest Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
0.7 miles, roundtrip
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0.00
(0 votes)
This forested park in Bellingham was made possible by the Jensen Family’s generous donation of a public easement. The short, stroller-friendly loop trail includes a picnic table and parking area.
 
 
Arlington Airport Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
6.0 miles of trails
Highest Point: 115.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
A suburban walk around the Arlington Airport with forest, mountain and airport views and interpretative signage.
 
 
Fairhaven Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
3.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
Used largely as a way to cool off in the summer or access the larger network of trails on Chuckanut Mountain and Larrabee State Park, Fairhaven Park also has a small network of looping, interconnected trails that provide a nice distraction for half a day or more.
 
 
Galbraith Mountain

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
65.0 miles of trails
Gain: 1785 ft.
Highest Point: 1785.0 ft.
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0.00
(0 votes)
This park outside the city of Bellingham has 65 miles of trails and is popular with hikers and mountain bikers.
 
 
Beaver Pond Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
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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.
 
 
Lighthouse Marine Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
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Known best for the high likelihood of seeing orcas from here, Lighthouse Marine Park also offers beach access, a boardwalk, camping, and picnic areas.
 
 
Monument Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
0.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 135 ft.
Highest Point: 135.0 ft.
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0.00
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Venture down to a beach in a small Whatcom County park in Point Roberts.
 
 
Sierra Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(3 votes)
This innovative park in Edmonds is a delight for the senses of both blind and sighted visitors. The trail through the park was landscaped with trees and shrubs that provide a wide range of textures and fragrances as well as visual beauty.
 
 
Raptor Ridge Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(7 votes)
The Hemlock Trail is a main east-west arterial of the Chuckanut Mountain trail system that connects the popular (and mostly flat) Interurban Trail with the Pine and Cedar Lakes area. The Raptor Ridge trail is found along this artery, and takes you to a lovely viewpoint over the forested hills of Chuckanut.
 
 
North Butte

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
6.12 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 910 ft.
Highest Point: 2178.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
 
An extension of the Lily Lake trail that leads to the Lily Lake Campsite. It's pretty uphill, but worth the view once you get there. You can get to this trail by several means: The Lily Lake/Lizard Lake Trailhead, Larry Reid/Max's Shortcut/Lily Lake route, or from the Oyster Dome trail from the West.
 
 
Alger Alp (South Route)

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 1350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.18
(11 votes)
Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail (PNNST) segment that runs from Alger through Squire Lake Park has a divergence to the top of "Alger Alp". There are two routes to it: From the North through Squires Lake Park or South from Alger-Cain Lake Road.
 
 
Deception Pass State Park - Pass Lake

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
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Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Pass Lake Loop provides a nice, quiet forested trail near the popular Deception Point State Park. The trailhead is near the boat launch for Pass Lake at the junction of Highway 20 and Rosario Road.
 
 
John Tursi Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
Discover the natural history of South Fidalgo Island on this beautiful forested trail. The trail traverses past meadows and rocky balds, a red rock quarry, a miner’s shack, the “rock” of artist Morris Graves’ lore, and views of Pass Lake, Campbell Lake, and Mount Erie.
 
 
Alger Alp (North Route)

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 1303.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
Whether you're looking for a winter training hike, or some Puget Sound views any time of year, this convenient trail will give you a good workout and some good scenery.
 
 
Deming Homestead Eagle Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
0.7 miles of trails
Highest Point: 220.0 ft.
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Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Deming Homestead Eagle Park is an excellent stop along the Nooksack River. Enjoy bald eagle viewing and gorgeous rambly rivers here.