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Larrabee State Park - North Lost Lake Trail

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area
48.7008, -122.4893 Map & Directions
Length
9.2 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1100 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate/Hard
The north tip of Lost Lake. Photo by raring2hike.
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
  • Good for kids
  • Waterfalls

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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. Continue reading

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Hiking Larrabee State Park - North Lost Lake Trail

One of the best ways to access the heart of Chuckanut Mountain is via the North Lost Lake Trail. You can enjoy hikes of varying lengths from several different trailheads, but because the web of trails here is complex, a map of the area is a must. It makes navigating easier, allowing you to create loops with other trails and ensuring you can find your way back. Because of its large parking lot, start at the North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead for this hike, where you’ll connect with the Interurban Trail, then the Hemlock and North Lost Lake Trails.

From the trailhead, climb moderately, looking out for a sign on your right for North Lost Lake Trail. Most of the route is an old forest road transforming into a trail, so the grade is never terribly steep. The sounds of the road below fade away as you round the west side of the mountains. Look for a riot of ferns and conifer trees along the way, until the trail levels off into a relatively flat section just before reaching the quiet lake.

Hiking 9 miles can seem daunting but the views are well worth it, and you may enjoy some solitude, as many day hikers do not come this far.

At the lake, peruse your map and consider alternate adventures at Larrabee State Park. One option: follow the trail beyond the lake, heading south to where it links up with Lost Lake Trail 3, South Lost Lake and the WTA-built Rock Trail, leading to the top of Cleator Road. Or explore the Fragrance Lake trailhead, accessed from a parking area off Chuckanut Drive. Once you’ve finished hike planning, head back the way you came.

WTA Pro Tip: Park at either end of Larrabee State Park to make this a thru-hike, coming down the hillside to Clayton Beach. Work with a friend to do a key swap or get dropped off at one end and hike to your car at the other.

WTA worked here in 2020, 2019 and 2016!

Hike Description Written by
Mike Morrison, WTA Correspondent

Larrabee State Park - North Lost Lake Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.7008, -122.4893 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

Driving north on I-5, take exit 250 and follow Old Fairhaven Parkway/SR 11W 1.3 miles to 12th Street. Turn left onto 12th Street and follow Chuckanut Drive/SR11 south 1.5 miles to trailhead parking area on the left.

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Trailhead

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

Washington State Parks

Guidebooks & Maps

Hiking Whatcom County - Ken Wilcox

Chuckanut Recreation Area map (Square One Maps)

USGS Bellingham South

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