Raptor Ridge

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One of the most dramatic viewpoints in the Chuckanuts, Raptor Ridge is worth every uphill inch of its roughly 7-mile route.

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Brian Bates

Destination Distance From Downtown

3.4 miles

Difficulty

3 of 5 diamonds

3

Time To Complete

1-2 Hours

Seasonality

All Seasons

Dog Friendly

Yes

Fees Permits

None

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Review

When you head up to Raptor Ridge, bring a camera. Very few other spots in the Chuckanuts offer a stunning view like this 7.3 mile roundtrip hike. Primarily on the Hemlock Trail in the Chuckanuts, head up above Arroyo Park and continue on, passing the Huckleberry Trail. Half a mile after you pass the Huckleberry Trail, continue left up Hemlock at the fork for about a mile. From here, take a right on the Raptor Ridge trail. It's about 0.3 miles to the viewpoint. A great hike, with a reward at the top of the hill. 
Mountain Bikers: Follow Hemlock up to Raptor like the description above. But you may have to hike your bike up to the top of Raptor Ridge if you want to descend it. It's a fast, narrow and tight descent, but not too technical. Very scenic. The Hemlock Trail is a large attraction for this ride as well, as it isn't a punishing uphill, yet is an awesome downhill. 
Getting There: From Bellingham, head south on Chuckanut Drive for about 5 minutes from the Fairhaven District. Right after the Old Samish Road is the North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead. Park here. You can choose to ride through Arroyo and the switchbacks to get up to Hemlock, or ride up California Street instead. 

Location

Raptor Ridge

North Chuckanut Mountains Trailhead, Chuckanut Dr
Bellingham, WA, 98229
48.700764, -122.489256

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