Bellingham Hiking & Walking

The natural beauty and the diversity of terrain around Bellingham and Whatcom County make this one of the very best regions to hike in the entire Northwest. Hundreds of miles of trails will lead you through lush forests and flower-filled meadows, past waterfalls and streams, along rocky shorelines and rain-shadow beaches, or up among the towering peaks and glaciers of Mt. Baker and the North Cascades. This is a guide to some of the best hiking and walking trails around Bellingham and Whatcom County, along with resources you can use to find even more for yourself. LiveBellingham.com is committed to providing accurate, useful information on hiking and walking in the area, so keep checking back as our list of hikes and trails is growing by the day.

Hiking in Bellingham

Bellingham Trail Guide
Published by the City of Bellingham Parks Department, the Bellingham Trail Guide gives maps and descriptions of the trails found within the Bellingham city limits.

Connelly Creek Trail
Ferry Ave
Bellingham, WA 98225

Flat terrain along Connelly Creek through wooded canopy and open meadows. The trail is about one mile from Ferry Ave to Donovan Ave, with access to Happy Valley Park and the Interurban Trail beyond.

Interurban Trail
10th St & Donovan Ave
Bellingham, WA 98225

The Interurban Trail connects the Fairhaven District with Larrabee State Park following a former railroad bed. Easy trail, except for a steep canyon section through Arroyo Park. 1.8 miles from 10th St & Donovan Ave to Arroyo Park. 6.6 miles from 10th St & Donovan Ave to Larrabee State Park.

Little Squalicum Park
604 Marine View Drive
Bellingham, WA 98225

The trail starts as a beachwalk on sand and cobblestones along the Bellingham Bay shoreline (not accessible at high tide). It ends at Cornwall Park, for a total distance of about two miles, one-way. Abandoned coal mines and other small relics of Bellingham’s historic industry can be seen from the trail.

Railroad & Klipsun Trail
2214 Electric Ave
Bellingham, WA 98229

A 3.2 mile trail on an abandoned railroad grade that links Memorial Park to Whatcom Falls Park and Bloedel Donovan Park through a large residential and commercial area. Views of Bellingham Bay from the Alabama Street Overpass. Wildlife and marsh birds may be observed in St. Clair Pond, Scudder’s Pond and Lake Whatcom.

Samish Park
673 N Lake Samish Dr
Bellingham, WA 98226

Samish Park has two short trails. The Lakeshore Trail is an easy 0.7 mile loop along Lake Samish where you can enjoy the year-round beauty. The Hillside Trail is a strenuous 1.3 mile loop with two scenic viewpoints.

South Bay Trail & Boulevard Park
Railroad Ave & E Maple St
Bellingham, WA 98225

A 2.3 mile gently graded trail on abandoned railroad grade with scenic views of Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands. Trail links Downtown Bellingham with Fairhaven District.

Hiking Beyond Bellingham

Chuckanut Ridge Trail
Chuckanut Drive
Bellingham, WA 98225

An awesome meandering trail along the ridge with great views! From North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead, hike 1.2 miles up Hemlock Trail to the North Lost Lake intersection. Then hike one mile up N. Lost Lake Trail to where the three mile long Chuckanut Ridge Trail begins. Total hiking distance is about 5.2 miles one-way. This moderate hike connects the front side trails (Cleator Road) to the back side trails (North Lost Lake).

Fragrance Lake
Larrabee State Park
Bellingham, WA 98225

A steady 1.8 miles uphill through cool, shady forest and ferns. Take the short, easy side route early on for a stunning panoramic view of the San Juans. The trail goes around the lake with a few clearings and handmade benches here and there, perfect for a picnic by the clear water.

Oyster Dome
South of MP 10
Chuckanut Drive
Bellingham, WA 98225

This trail starts with some rather steep switchbacks, then evens out somewhat after the first 3/4-mile. Stop at the “bat caves” for some light spelunking, or hike up to the top of Oyster Dome for the truly breathtaking panoramic view. Distance 3.6 to 7.2 miles round trip, depending on side trails.

Pine & Cedar Lakes Trail
Old Samish Road
Bellingham, WA 98225

Strenuous hike, steep 1.5 miles then levels off on an abandoned railroad grade. Cedar Lake has a trail all the way around it and an overlook trail with scenic vistas that go up from the south end. Outstanding alpine-type lakes; vistas of Bellingham, Mount Baker, and the San Juan Islands. No bicycles or horses allowed around the lakes due to wetland conditions. Rustic camping at both lakes, limited restroom facilities. Distance: two to three miles, one-way.