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Teddy Bear Cove Trail

Intermediate
 3.7 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A somewhat steep descent through the trees takes hikers to a picturesque cove.


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Miles

0.9

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Out and Back

205' 63 m

High

22' 7 m

Low

191' 58 m

Up

190' 58 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (8°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Swimming · Views

Family Friendly The short length and quick access to the cove make this a good option for families. Though you may have to help younger kids on the way back up.

At one point, the trail crosses an active rail line. Look and listen for trains while in the area.

Overview

Hike to local's favorite Teddy Bear Cove to access a picturesque sea-side setting, swimming location, and seasonal displays of bioluminescence.

Description

The short trail starts off of Chuckanut Drive just north of a small parking area. Hikers immediately plunge into the shade as the mostly smooth singletrack switchbacks down through a beautiful grove of trees.

At the bottom of the steep slope, the trail spills out onto an active rail line just across from a small hill. Cross over the rail line and hike south through the loose gravel for a short distance to where the singletrack climbs up the tree-covered mound. The trail from there is less distinct as it circles around to a few viewpoints overlooking the water and small beaches.

Really at this point, the experience is more about exploring and enjoying this picturesque setting. It's a nice spot to relax surrounded by interesting rock formations, ocean critters, and views. There is a beach on either side of the mound that provides an option for a summer swim (Whatcom County notes nudity is not permitted). When you're ready, retrace your steps back to the car where you'll probably remark on how much steeper it seems on the way up.

If you want to see the bright displays of bioluminescence cascading against the beach that this place is known for, plan your visit for a late summer night. For the best results, wait for a new moon in July, August, or September as the the absence of moonlight will make the effect brighter.

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Eric Ashley

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Sunset from Teddy Bear Cove
Oct 18, 2017 near Bellingham, WA
One of many cascades along this trail.
Jan 3, 2019 near Bellingham, WA

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