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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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Results List

90 Hikes
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.
 
 
Whatcom Falls Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.22
(9 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.
 
 
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 - Montgomery - Duban Headlands

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
1.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 425 ft.
Highest Point: 370.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 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.
 
 
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.
 
 
Oyster Dome

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1050 ft.
Highest Point: 2025.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(149 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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
Lily and Lizard Lake Loop

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
7.15 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 2120.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.78
(9 votes)
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.
 
 
Blanchard Hill - Alternate Incline Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 1890.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
A short but steep backdoor connector trail on the lower east side of Chuckanut Mountain, the Alternate Incline offers access to Lily and Lizard Lakes, North Butte, Oyster Dome and even the Pacific Northwest Trail from the spacious Blanchard Hill upper trailhead parking lot.
 
 
 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 110.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.21
(39 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.
 
 
Larrabee State Park - South Lost Lake Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1950 ft.
Highest Point: 1650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
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.
 
 
Camano Island State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.82
(11 votes)
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.
 
 
Lake Whatcom Park - Hertz Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.56
(9 votes)
Enjoy lakeside views and the surrounding hills plus waterfalls and giant old Douglas-fir trees from an old railroad grade of the Bellingham Bay & Eastern Railway that borders the southeast shore of Lake Whatcom.
 
 
Padilla Bay

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 30 ft.
Highest Point: 30.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.23
(13 votes)
Walk along a bay where the Skagit River meets the Salish Sea. This estuary at the saltwater edge of the Skagit River delta is eight miles long and three miles across, and you can walk a portion of it. This hike can be enjoyed by almost anyone in any season. The easy flat walking make this an ideal hike for those just starting to hike, or someone recovering from injury or illness. Birders will definitely want to bring the binoculars! Before you start, be sure to check out the large tree on the road to the trailhead, there is a pair of bald eagles that sometimes hang out here.
 
 
Berthusen Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
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.
 
 
Skagit Wildlife Area

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.90
(10 votes)
Each year, from fall to spring, this area is a bird paradise, with snow geese and trumpeter and tundra swans overwintering in huge numbers. There are several access points in the wildlife refuge. The Headquarters area has a two mile trail and staff may be able to point you to other appropriate areas to visit.
 
 
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.