Hiking Project Logo

Bellingham

loading
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Overview

Nestled between Lake Whatcom and the bay, Bellingham is outrageously well-stocked with recreational opportunities. The seven different sports that make up the annual Ski to Sea Race stages are a great showcase of the variety of activities that can be enjoyed in this small city. In addition to plenty of local parks, the town also boasts Washington's oldest state park, nearby Larrabee State Park. The multitude of outdoor activities combined with an active restaurant and brewery scene, make this small town a recreational mecca that visitors won't want to miss.

Visiting Tips

Spring and fall are especially good times to visit the trails in and around Bellingham, and the summer is great too. A milder climate means that trails can generally be enjoyed year-round as long as hikers comes prepared with the right gear and a willingness to tolerate some rain.

Camping & Lodging

Bellingham has an assortment of hotels, such as the adventurer friendly Heliotrope Hotel, but not many camping options besides Larrabee State Park.

Food & Drink

There's no lack for post-trail food and libations. Bellingham is well stocked in the brewery and restaurant department, so the biggest challenge may be choosing just one to try. Visit Bellingham Whatcom County's website for a list.

Recommended Routes in Bellingham - 10

Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. Add Your Recommended Routes

Favorite San Juan Islands
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Oyster Dome Loop

8.3 mi 13.4 km 1,971' Up 600.87 m Up 1,970' Down 600.49 m Down

Bow, WA
Explore in 3D
Favorite Padilla Bay shore trail at Indian Slough -- You can see a bit of the wide, flat, well-maintained trail to the right of the barn.
Difficult Difficult

Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail: Oyster Dome-Deception Pass

37.8 mi 60.9 km 1,266' Up 385.84 m Up 1,299' Down 396 m Down

Bow, WA
Explore in 3D
Favorite A view east off of the Chuckanut Ridge Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Chuckanut Lost Lake Loop

8.1 mi 13.0 km 1,182' Up 360.16 m Up 1,182' Down 360.3 m Down

Bellingham, WA
Explore in 3D
Favorite View from North Butte Trail
Intermediate Intermediate

North Butte from Lower Blanchard Hill Trailhead

9.8 mi 15.8 km 1,666' Up 507.85 m Up 1,666' Down 507.85 m Down

Bow, WA
Explore in 3D
Favorite Sunset along the Main Loop Trail at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve.
Intermediate Intermediate

Stimpson Family Nature Reserve Loop

3.1 mi 4.9 km 369' Up 112.61 m Up 370' Down 112.74 m Down

Sudden…, WA
Explore in 3D
Favorite Ashley enjoy a sunny hike around Squires Lake.
Intermediate Intermediate

Squires Lake Park Loop

2.1 mi 3.3 km 334' Up 101.78 m Up 333' Down 101.57 m Down

Alger, WA
Explore in 3D
Favorite Sunset from Teddy Bear Cove
Intermediate Intermediate

Teddy Bear Cove Trail

0.5 mi 0.9 km 191' Up 58.12 m Up 190' Down 58.04 m Down

Bellingham, WA
Explore in 3D
Favorite The bridges are wide and stable, but they can also be a tad slick in the fall and winter.
Intermediate Intermediate

Lookout Mountain Preserve Loop

4.0 mi 6.4 km 898' Up 273.86 m Up 883' Down 269.19 m Down

Sudden…, WA
Explore in 3D

Bellingham Hiking

  • 138 Miles 222 Kilometers of Trail
  • 10 Recommended Routes
  • 78 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 112 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 14 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. Share what you know about this area!

Areas Within Bellingham

Weather Averages


High
 
Low
 
Precip
 
Days w/
 
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Trails in Bellingham - 194

Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. Add Your Trails

1.3 mi 2.1 km #1Raptor Ridge
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Bellingham, WA
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Bellingham, WA
0.7 mi 1.2 km #2Rock Trail
Difficult Difficult
Bellingham, WA
Difficult Difficult
Bellingham, WA
2.4 mi 3.9 km #3South Bay Trail
Easy Easy
Bellingham, WA
Easy Easy
Bellingham, WA
8.2 mi 13.2 km #4Burnout Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Bellingham, WA
Intermediate Intermediate
Bellingham, WA
7.0 mi 11.2 km #5Interurban Trail
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Bellingham, WA
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Bellingham, WA
1.5 mi 2.4 km #6Whatcom Creek Trail - East
Intermediate Intermediate
Bellingham, WA
Intermediate Intermediate
Bellingham, WA
0.7 mi 1.1 km #7Clayton Beach Trail
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Bellingham, WA
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Bellingham, WA
0.8 mi 1.2 km #8Huckleberry
Intermediate Intermediate
Bellingham, WA
Intermediate Intermediate
Bellingham, WA
1.7 mi 2.7 km #9Pine and Cedar Lakes Trail
Difficult Difficult
Geneva, WA
Difficult Difficult
Geneva, WA
2.9 mi 4.7 km #10Chuckanut Ridge Trail
Difficult Difficult
Bellingham, WA
Difficult Difficult
Bellingham, WA

Photos of Bellingham - 131

Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. Add Your Photos

San Juan Islands
Apr 17, 2016 near Bow, WA
Sunset along the Main Loop Trail at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve.
Nov 14, 2016 near Sudden…, WA
View from North Butte Trail
Jul 12, 2017 near Bow, WA
The bridges are wide and stable, but they can also be a tad slick in the fall and winter.
Nov 15, 2017 near Sudden…, WA
This giant sets quite a scene on the Lookout Loop Trail.,
Nov 15, 2017 near Sudden…, WA
The forest around the Lake Whatcom View Trail gets more vibrant the higher up you climb.
Nov 15, 2017 near Sudden…, WA
The southern half of the Lookout Loop Trail is more of a road, but there are still some good views along the way.
Nov 15, 2017 near Sudden…, WA
You'd hardly guess this trail skirts the road to the top of the hill.
Jan 11, 2018 near Bellingham, WA
Welcome

Join the Community

Create your FREE account today!
Already have an account? Login to close this notice.

Get Started