Chuckanut Ridge — Follow a rough and tumble ridge to sweeping viewpoints

Quick Facts: Location: Chuckanut Mountains Land Agency: Whatcom County Parks and Washington State Parks Round Trip: 10.8 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 2000 feet Contact: Whatcom County Parks Recommended Resource: Urban Trails Bellingham (Mountaineers Books) Detailed map: Square One Maps Chuckanut Recreation Area Notes: Dogs allowed on leash Access: From Bellingham follow I-5 south to Fairhaven […]

Hertz Trail –Hike along a wild shoreline of Lake Whatcom

  Quick Facts: Location: western Whatcom County, near Bellingham Land Agency: Whatcom County Parks Round Trip: 6.2 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 60 feet Contact: Whatcom County Parks Detailed Information: Urban Trails Bellingham (Mountaineers Books) Notes: Dogs allowed on leash Access: From Bellingham follow I-5 to Exit 253. Then follow Lakeway Drive east for 1.7 miles […]

Heart Lake– A perfect destination for a St. Valentine’s Day hike

Quick Facts: Location: Fidalgo Island Land Agency: Anacortes Parks Department Roundtrip: 3.0 miles Green Trails Map: Deception Pass/Anacortes Community Forest Lands No. 41S Elevation gain: 160 feet Contact: City of Anacortes Parks and Recreation; Friends of the Forest   Notes: Dogs must be leashed; some trails open to bicycles, horses. Access: From Exit 230 on […]

Padilla Bay Dike Trail–shore fine hike in the Skagit Valley

Quick Facts: Location: Skagit County Land Agency: Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Roundtrip: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 30 feet Contact: Padilla Bay NERR Access: From Burlington (exit 231 on I-5) proceed through roundabouts and head west on Josh Wilson Road for 6.4 miles. Upon entering the village of Bay View turn left onto 2nd Street […]