Teddy Bear Cove Trail
ElevationAscent: 191' 58 m
Descent: -190' -58 m
High: 205' 63 m
Low: 22' 7 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (8°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)
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“A somewhat steep descent through the trees takes hikers to a picturesque cove.”— Eric Ashley
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 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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