Lake Whatcom Park

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Enjoy views of Lake Whatcom, the surrounding hills, waterfalls, and giant old Douglas Fir trees. Lake Whatcom Park gives visitors the opportunity to stroll by the lake and walk through a lush forest. The interpretive kiosk, located at the lakeshore, tells the story of Lake Whatcom and its significance to our community.

NOTICE: During summer 2019, approximately 6 new miles of hike and bike trail will be constructed at Lake Whatcom. Click here for more information on this project.

Click here to sign up for a volunteer trail construction work party.

Lake Whatcom Park




Located at:

3220 Northshore Road
Bellingham, WA 

Conservation & Parks Steward

Reid Parker 
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  1. Trails
  2. Rules

Hertz Trail

The Hertz Trail is an easy hike or bike along the shore of Lake Whatcom on the grade of the former Bellingham & Eastern Railway. The trail begins with a gradual slope through a lush forest to the interpretive kiosk at the lakeshore. The trail then follows the railroad grade south for 2.9 miles. Enjoy views of Lake Whatcom and Lookout Mountain. Keep an eye out for waterfalls and remnant patches of old-growth along the hillside or visit one of the many beautiful beaches and coves tucked away along this trail. 

From Parking Area 1:  Continue past the gate at the eastern end of the parking lot.  3.0 miles one way to the trail end.
From Parking Area 2: Choose either of the two connector trails on the southern side of the parking lot.  0.2 miles one way to the junction with Hertz Trail.  2.9 miles one way to the trail end.  

Easy, 3.1 Miles one way
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Chanterelle Trail

The Chanterelle Trail ascends 1,000 feet in 2.4 miles through a mix of forest types to a scenic overlook of Lake Whatcom and Lookout Mountain. The first 0.6 miles of the trail is shared hiking and biking. The remaining 1.8 miles of trail is open to two way foot traffic but bikes travel uphill only. Until a descending bike trail is constructed, bikes return to the trailhead via the Wickersham Truck Road.

From Parking Area 2:  0.6 miles one way the trail is open to two way foot traffic but uphill biking only.  2.4 miles one way to the Chanterelle Overlook. 

Moderate, 2.4 Miles one way
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