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Sunday Morning Hike - Chuckanut Falls and beyond, Bellingham

TRACTION DEVICES, SUCH AS YAK TRAX OR MICROSPIKES, ARE REQUIRED ON ALL WINTER HIKES. YOU MUST HAVE THESE WITH YOU IN THE EVENT WE ENCOUNTER ICY OR SLICK CONDITIONS ALONG THE TRAIL. Make sure your back pack is ready for the conditions.

PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION IN ITS ENTIRETY AND THE ACCOMPANYING LINKS SO SEE IF THIS HIKE IS APPROPRIATE BEFORE YOU RSVP.

COME PREPARED WITH ALL THE ESSENTIALS, THE MOST IMPORTANT OF WHICH IS COMMON SENSE.  THOSE THAT SHOW UP WITHOUT MUCH SENSE MAY BE ELIMINATED FROM THE EVENT.

 WEATHER , ROAD CONDITIONS,AND WELLNESS MAY CAUSE SCHEDULE CHANGES.  PLEASE COME PREPARED. ALWAYS CHECK THIS SITE AND EMAIL THE MORNING OF THE HIKE FOR ANY LAST MINUTE CHANGES.

I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REMOVE YOU FROM THIS HIKE IF I AM UNSURE IF YOU ARE ABLE TO DO THIS OR IF YOU  FREQUENTLY NO SHOW OR LATE CANCEL ON PREVIOUS EVENTS.

The chuckanut falls trail is less than 3 miles round trip, but there are a variety of interconnecting trails to hike to add mileage, such as hemlock trail, salad trail. We shall see where the day takes us.

Take a short hike to a pleasant waterfall tucked away on the northeast corner of Larrabee State Park. 



From the North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead, head up trail on a moderate grade. You'll traverse first through Arroyo Park, where several trails can make some forks a little confusing. When in doubt, take the trail to the right. You'll cross several lengths of boardwalk, pass babbling creeks, and one small waterfall. 



After one mile of forest walking, come to a sharp hairpin turn. A sign to your left marks Chuckanut Falls. Begin heading downhill, switchbacking along until you arrive at a junction. Take the trail that continues downhill, eventually evening out on a southwest traverse. 



Just 0.3 miles from the signed junction, a viewpoint with a wooden fence and small bench hove into view. Just beyond that is the waterfall. Stop a moment and enjoy the area before heading back to the trailhead the way you came. 



WTA Pro Tip: For a slightly longer hike, take the right branch of the first fork that you come to on your way back from the waterfall. This offers a little more elevation gain, and about a half-mile extra of woodland wandering. When you arrive at a 'T' intersection with a large road, turn right. You'll be hiking on the Hemlock Trail. Simply follow this trail downhill, and in about 0.25 miles you will arrive at the hairpin turn and the lower trailhead for Chuckanut Falls.

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/chuckanut-falls

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/hemlock-trail

Plan on 6-7 miles round trip

640ft elevation gain or more

NO PASS required

Dogs on leash.

Date and time subject to change

Driving Directions

From I-5, take exit 250 to Fairhaven Parkway, a left if northbound or a right if southbound. In about 1.4 miles turn left to stay on Fairhaven Parkway. There will be a 76 station on the corner. Stay on this road for another 1.4 miles and you will see the North Chuckanut Mountain parking area on your left just past the Old Samish Way intersection. If you see California Street you've gone too far.

































































































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  • Kathy L.

    Good hike, dry but cold. Found the falls then went a bit further for about 6.5 miles round trip. Trails are in good condition and, for the most part, well marked. Lots of options for further explorations. Thanks for coming , Kristy, Vanessa and Dan!

    3 days ago

  • Janell

    Would love to go - but have to work!

    November 27

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