Trail Running in Bellingham, WA
About Bellingham Trail Running
Bellingham is hilly and if you want a challenging run, it’s there for the taking, as well as moderate, flatter routes. Whatcom Falls Park offers easy trails and the meditative sound of the falls. If you want to ratchet up the difficulty, you can gain access to the labyrinth of trails at Galbraith Mountain via the Birch Street Trailhead across Lakeway from the Upper Whatcom Falls parking lot.
The Interurban Trail is a great flat trail with a forest atmosphere that will take you all the way to Larrabee State Park. At Sehome Arboretum, you’ll find groomed trails that are easy access for a quick run that gives you the feeling of being far from the city, and if you head to the top on Huntoon Trail, you’ll get a payoff of some great bay and city views.
Groups: Bellingham Trail Running Club
Races/Events: Series Races
The Happy Trails are an unnamed, unmapped web of single-tracks nestled off of the Interurban Trail, perfect for exploratory hiking and trail running.
Salal Trail, with its soft terrain and winding turns, has been called the quiet gateway to the Chuckanuts. A beautiful single-track escape from the wider Hemlock and Lost Lake trails.
Fragrance Lake affords a beautiful run/hike up through the surrounding forest, offering a spectacular view of the bay.
One of the most dramatic viewpoints in the Chuckanuts, Raptor Ridge is worth every uphill inch of its roughly 7-mile route.
Sehome Hille Arboretum offers an easy trail running destination, close to downtown.
The Chuckanut Ridge Trail is a ridge line trail through the Chuckanut Mountains that offers gorgeous views of the bay and islands to the West and the Chuckanuts (and Mt. Baker on a clear day) to the East.
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