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A wide, switch-backing trail that climbs up a hillside to a beautiful lake in Larrabee State Park.


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4.1

Miles

6.5

KM

Out and Back

1,084' 330 m

High

199' 61 m

Low

1,000' 305 m

Up

993' 303 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Spring · Swimming · Views

Family Friendly An excellent and well-maintained trail that doesn't require straying too far from the road, and isn't too difficult or strenuous.

Overview

Fragrance Lake Trail in Larrabee State Park offers a scenic hike through a dense forest and around a beautiful lake. The trailhead starts near the Clayton Beach parking lot and winds its way up through fern-lined paths and large trees. As you go up, you'll have views of the surrounding Chuckanut Mountains and glimpses of Samish Bay.

Need to Know

Bathrooms are available in the parking lot on the ocean side of Chuckanut Drive. The small official pullout for Fragrance Lake Trail is tiny and fills up fast, and it requires a Discover Pass to park there.

Description

The trail is about 2.5 miles one way (not including the Fragrance Lake Loop around the lake), making it a moderate hike suitable for most ages and fitness levels.

From the trailhead on the Interurban Trail, climb the switchbacks to the first intersection. Take a left for a short trail to a viewpoint. Head right to continue the main trail. After more climbing with some switchbacks and rooty section, you'll encounter the top gate.

Continue straight ahead for a short way to the lake, where you'll be rewarded with peaceful views and the opportunity to relax by the water. It's a popular spot for picnics, swimming (if weather permits), and simply enjoying some of the best outdoors in Washington State!

Note that this is an extremely popular trail and you'll likely encounter lots of groups hiking/running on this trail during the weekends. If you are looking to avoid the crowds your best bet would be to go early in the morning or sometime during the middle of the week.

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Justin Daniels

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Photos

Near the intersection with Fragrance Lake Road.
Jan 20, 2020 near Bellingham, WA
Smooth waters at Fragrance Lake.
Mar 11, 2020 near Bellingham, WA
Winding section towards the top of Fragrance Lake Trail.
Apr 14, 2015 near Bellingham, WA
Climbing the early switchbacks of the Fragrance Lake Trail.
Apr 14, 2015 near Bellingham, WA
On the hunt in the 2014 Chuckanut 50k
Apr 28, 2015 near Bellingham, WA

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