Hiking in Bellingham is nothing short of magnificent. Sweeping views of the San Juan Islands, mossy forests with ferns and deer, beaches with clear water and rocks decorated with colorful starfish are some of the nature’s bounty easily visible from the trails. The Chuckanuts alone provide many hiking opportunities from quickie hikes to overnights.
Fragrance Lake involves a steady climb and some switchbacks to the small lake perfect for jumping in and cooling off. About half way up the trail is the Fragrance Lookout, which offers some of the best views in Bellingham.
For a more difficult hike, head for Pine and Cedar Lakes. At the top of a strenuous uphill jaunt, you get two dreamy petite lakes surrounded by forest and rock. This is one of the few places in the Chuckanuts that you can camp. Don’t get discouraged by the 1,300-foot climb in the first 1.7 miles. Feel like camping? Take advantage of four available (and secluded) spots. Be sure to bring a water filter as there are no facilities.