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Results List

89 Hikes
South Bay Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 20.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.12
(8 votes)
Hike along the abandoned Bellingham & Skagit Interurban Railway grade between Fairhaven and Bellingham, which has been reclaimed as pedestrian trail. The gentle grade makes it a good option for new hikers, and excellent views of Bellingham Bay make for great trailside distractions.
 
 
Kayak Point Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
Kayak Point Park is a lovely saltwater beach park with a short trail system located along the shores of picturesque Port Susan. It's great for family outings by the shore or an easy night of camping.
 
 
Elger Bay Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 125 ft.
Highest Point: 225.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
One of many nice day hike options on Camano Island, Elger Bay Preserve has several interpretative trails featuring beautiful views across Elger Bay.
 
 
Fort Casey State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.57
(7 votes)
This is more of a stroll than a hike . It is of historical interest with interpretive signs along the way. Beach walking is also present. Fort Casey was one of three forts chosen in 1896 to form a triangle for protection of Puget Sound. Fort Worden and Fort Flagler were the other two. All have become State Parks. Their use for coastal protection proved to be impractical so their use became a place for instruction and training of troops during both of the world wars.
 
 
Larrabee State Park - Double Diamond Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(3 votes)
A nice hike to some ridgelines in Larrabee State Park. Connect to Fragrance Lake Trail, South Lost Lake Trail, Clayton Beach Trail, and Interurban Trail. This is also a very popular downhill mountain biking trail, so if you venture onto it, please keep an eye out for bikers.
 
 
Deception Pass State Park - North Beach

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(8 votes)
A wooded hike from the West Beach area of Deception Pass State Park to the North Beach Parking area. Enjoy the numerous side trails to the wonderful beach and rock outcroppings along the way.
 
 
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.
 
 
Larrabee State Park - Chuckanut Ridge Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
Traverse across beautiful Chuckanut Mountain in Larrabee State Park. Enjoy views of Puget Sound, as well as Mount Baker along this high trail.
 
 
Clayton Beach

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
Clayton Beach is closed to public access per the Washington State Parks website: "Previous access to the beach via unauthorized use of Burlington Northern Santa Fe property must be discontinued because of inadequate sight lines for pedestrians to see on-coming trains when crossing the rails to access the beach area."
 
 
Cascade Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
22.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 230.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 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.
 
 
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
(5 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.
 
 
Camano Ridge Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
5.0 miles of trails
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
The trail at Camano Forest Preserve winds through a typical evergreen forest with plenty of sword ferns, and maple trees that are lovely in autumn. Originally set aside as Camp Lake and managed by the Department of Natural Resources, it is now managed and maintained by the Friends of Camano Island and Island County.
 
 
Birch Bay State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Terrell Creek Marsh is one of the few remaining saltwater/freshwater estuaries in northern Puget Sound. The half mile loop through a mixed forest of maple, alder, paper birch, cedars, and hemlock has 10 informative signs along the way. There are 1.5 miles of saltwater shoreline to explore.
 
 
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.
 
 
Semiahmoo Spit

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
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Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The trail on the east side of the spit is paved and 0.8 miles one way. There are spectacular views of Mt. Baker, Twin Sisters and other peaks. Activities include beachcombing, birdwatching, and picnicking.
 
 
Tammi Wilson Memorial Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
0.82 miles, one-way
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Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A nice break from in-town shopping, the Tammi Wilson Memorial Trail is a short, ADA-accessible trail in Burlington.
 
 
Lily Point Marine Park and Reserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
With nearly 300 acres and a mile and a half of shoreline along Boundary Bay, Lily Point Marine Park & Reserve is an excellent coastal retreat for adults and children alike.
 
 
Interurban Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
11.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
This trail can be short or long, depending on how much you want to hike and which trailhead you start from. Along the way, you will pass several quaint waterfalls and some spectacular views of the San Juan Islands and Chuckanut Bay.
 
 
Breazeale Interpretive Center

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
This family-friendly educational center features a short nature trail that will take you through forests and meadows. At low-tide, you can also explore down onto the beach via path away from the center and a spiral staircase.
 
 
Tommy Thompson Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
6.6 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 25.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
This hike is a flat 3.3 mile one way blacktop trail that starts at The Port of Anacortes and ends at March Point near The Shell and Tesoro Refineries. The trail has great views of Mount Baker, Fidalgo Bay and lots of blue heron, especially when the tides are low.
 
 
Stimpson Nature Reserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(7 votes)
Take a stroll through 350 acres of undisturbed old-growth forest and thriving wetland ecosystem at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve, a quiet place where hikers can experience the intricate grandeur of nature. Interpretive signs encourage adults and children to discover the nature of the reserve.
 
 
North Centennial Trail (Snohomish)

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 171.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.80
(5 votes)
Local, national and world histories intersect on this peaceful farm north of Arlington.
 
 
Goat Island

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
 
 
 
Tennant Lake and Hovander Homestead Trails

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
 
 
Les Hilde Trail System

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
1.00
(1 vote)
 
 
 
Josephine Lake (Skagit)

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
 
 
 
Wiley Slough - Fir Island

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
 
 
Camp 2 - Lookout Mountain

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 2767.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.57
(7 votes)
 
 
Anderson Mountain

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)