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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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90 Hikes

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 640 ft.
Highest Point: 540 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
Take a short hike to a pleasant waterfall tucked away on the northeast corner of Larrabee State Park.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 493 ft.
Highest Point: 531 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(8 votes)
The popular access point for Sumas Mountain (off Sealund Road) utilizes private property. Hikers are asked to refrain from using this access point.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 360 ft.
Highest Point: 257 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Wildlife
  • Coast
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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 124 ft.
Highest Point: 165 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 367 ft.
Highest Point: 229 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 256 ft.
Highest Point: 219 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Good for kids
Short loop trails through fields with views of Mount Baker.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
0.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 26 ft.
Highest Point: 34 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers
A nice break from in-town shopping, the Tammi Wilson Memorial Trail is a short, ADA-accessible trail in Burlington.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
0.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 94 ft.
Highest Point: 170 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1820 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(12 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Dogs allowed on leash
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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 1600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(18 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
1.5 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 192 ft.
Highest Point: 157 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
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
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1050 ft.
Highest Point: 2025 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.10
(161 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
7.15 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 2120 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.91
(11 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Lakes
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
This is a loop made up of several well signed trails on Blanchard Mountain in the Chuckanuts. The trail offers that other-world ancientness with its dark forests, moss and house-sized boulders. It makes a good year-round hike, with a route that passes by waterfalls, swamps, two lakes, wildlife activity, old growth and evidence of logging operations from the nineteenth century.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1950 ft.
Highest Point: 1650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
Tucked away atop Chuckanut Mountain is shallow Lost Lake. The south trail to the lake leads through a recovering forest of bigleaf maple, alder, Douglas fir, and western hemlock, meandering 4.5 miles to a riparian hideout, providing waterfalls, old growth, fall color, and year-round hiking to those who make the journey.
 
 
 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 110 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(46 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(12 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
A fine little park with beach access, camping, a boat launch and trails. A popular park in the summer, this is a great place for a quiet off-season hike. On this loop trail, there are views, a forest walk, birding and beachcombing.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
0.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 360 ft.
Highest Point: 140 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(10 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(3 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 275 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
65.0 miles of trails
Gain: 1785 ft.
Highest Point: 1785 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Mountain views
This park outside the city of Bellingham has 65 miles of trails and is popular with hikers and mountain bikers.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
22.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 230 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers
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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
11.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 350 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
  • Waterfalls
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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
10.0 miles of trails
Gain: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
This small network of trails between Anacortes and Burlington offers a nice outing for kids and adults alike.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 490 ft.
Highest Point: 220 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
4.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(7 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
6.12 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 910 ft.
Highest Point: 2178 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 934 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(8 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
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.