Miles: 8 Round Trip Elevation Gain: 3400 Ft A fairly steep hike with an excellent pay off. The first portion is a bit deceiving. Once you reach the upper portion you will get the leg burn you are, or maybe aren't, looking for.
This trail is just all around excellent. There is a stunning waterfall, a nice walk through some old growth and even multiple camping options for an overnight. Truly an excellent trail for the whole family.
A moderately steep climb to small lake in the Chuckanut mountains. the lake was enjoyable but I had come for the view of Baker that it is supposed to have. As Washington goes the weather didn't like my plans so I will have to return sometime soon.
A very steep climb to a not so worthy summit. Maybe it was the completely socked in day, or, maybe it was that I could tell the view wouldn't be comparable to other nearby climbs. Not even on a sunny summer day. Though getting to say you accomplished it is certainly something.
A nice but steep hike to a small bench on the side of Goat mountain. An outing for those looking for the ultimate view of Baker and Shuksan. Of course for the energy filled there is a nice steep snow slope (at least in may) which makes a great climb to an excellent summit.
Weden Creek is a steep trail that is located just off the old Monte Cristo Road. The trail itself has a little bit of everything if you want to brave it. There are several waterfall crossings, incredible views and even some low level scrambling once you reach the basin. Just be careful when you go. Conditions can severely impact the trail's usability.
Miles: 5.4 – 6.4 Round Trip Elevation Gain: 1350 ft
A gentle hike, great for the family, to a crystal clear alpine lake. Along the way the trail passes several waterfalls and an endless supply of old growth trees. Although it can be exceptionally busy, coming on a weekday will greatly improve the experience.
Miles: 8.2 Elevation Gain: -100 to 100 (-800 to valley, +900 to saddle, -200 to lake)
A difficult hike done in the snow but worth the work to get to the lake and walk along Mt Han's Ridge. The Forest service lists the hike as more difficult so summer conditions must not alter it much. Great views of Shuksan, Baker and numerous other peaks.
Another typical Chuckanut Mountain trail. You can here the freeway most of the way but it does disappear eventually. The view the day I went was blocked but it looked like it would have a great view of Mt Baker and the Twin Sisters.
Miles: 8.4 If you Choose the old trail - new trail loop Elevation Gain: 4000 ft
A steep climb that makes you feel like your legs can't take anymore on the way up and destroys your knees on the way down. Worth it for the views and the satisfaction of saying you did it. Come in winter for a smaller crowd, but make sure you have the gear and experience for it.
A steep but fairly short climb to a rocky ledge on the west side of the Chuckanuts. It's a great way to spend an afternoon. It looks out over the islands and on good days you can see the mountains in British Columbia. The lakes are not that special but are still a joy to visit and provide camping opportunities
Park Butte is a fantastic hike. Your knees will shake, but you will forget it all once you reach the top. A day well worth the effort for sure. Certainly some of the best up close views you can get of Mt Baker.
Miles: 4.9 for both loops Elevation Gain: 430 ft according to my GPS.
A pleasant walk through one of Bellingham's many wooded parks. There was a surprising amount of wild life along the trail for being so close to a populated area. Definitely take the side loop to Geneva Pond.
During the summer Vesper Lake is a worthy destination. There are options for scrambling and some excellent views depending on where you choose to end your trip. Though, once the snow comes for the year it can be extremely difficult to access.