Enjoy views of Lake Whatcom, the surrounding hills, waterfalls, and giant old Douglas Fir trees.
Ride up the Chantrelle Trail, recently doubled in length with an additional 2.8 miles. Now, users can continue their ride to the upper trail terminus.
The trail addition is part of Whatcom County Parks and Recreation’s Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve and Lake Whatcom Park Recreation Trail Plan, which was adopted in 2016. The end goal is to connect the Chanterelle Trail with the shore-side Hertz Trail, according to Whatcom County Parks and Recreation Director Michael McFarlane. The result will be a 6- to 7-mile-long loop trail open to hikers and uphill bikers.
6.2 MILES ROUND TRIP WITH 60 FEET OF ELEVATION GAIN, 375 FT HIGH POINT
The Hertz trail follows the shore of Lake Whatcom on the former Bellingham & Eastern Railway grade. It is an out and back accessible to bikes.
4.8 MILES ROUND TRIP WITH 1,000 FEET OF ELEVATION GAIN, 1,315 FT HIGH POINT
The Chanterelle trail heads up to a picturesque overlook with views down to the lake and out to the San Juan Islands. This is an uphill-only trail for bikes.
9 MILES ROUND TRIP WITH 2,550 FEET OF ELEVATION GAIN, 2,900 FT HIGH POINT
Follow the Wickersham Truck Trail, a to the summit of Stewart Mountain. Enjoy views of Mount Baker, the Twin Sisters, Lake Whatcom, the San Juan Islands, and British Columbia's Gulf Islands.
Climb up the new Chanterelle climbing trail to the top and cross the Wickersham Truck Trail road to the top of Brown Pow. More information on Trailforks.
HOW TO GET THERE
Take Exit 253 off of I-5 and drive 1.7 miles east on Lakeway Drive. Turn left onto Electric Avenue, drive for 1.1 miles, and turn right onto Northshore continuing when it becomes Northshore Road. In 7.2 miles turn left and continue 0.5 mile to the trailhead (350 ft).
Photography by Jack Goodwin & Brandon Fralic