Everyday Walks

Fort Ebey  Explore Fort Ebey State Park, the site of an artillery fort built to protect Puget Sound. Walk on trails with panoramic views of Puget Sound, past a 1942 gun battery, campgrounds and Lake Pondilla. Views of Pt. Townsend, Straight of Juan de Fuca, San Juan Islands and on a clear day Victoria, BC. Walk on trails through diverse forests, watch for wildlife and wildflowers. In the spring walk under the wild rhododendrons in bloom or in the fall look for the different kinds of fungi. Two 5k loops. Walk daily, 8am to sunset. Discover Pass Required for parking.  Details







Historic Town & Country  Explore the historic town of Coupeville and walk along country roads in Ebeys Landing Historical Reserve with views of Puget Sound and farm fields. Views of Penn Cove, Puget Sound, Olympic Mountains, and on clear days Mt. Baker & Mt. Rainier. Optional 10K addition (available January 1 through August 31) takes you into Fort Ebey State Park. The bluff trail in Fort Ebey State Park offers views of Port Townsend, Protection Island, Dungeness, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Vancouver Island and more. Part of walk is on rural roads. Dogs ok on leash but not in buildings. No wheelchairs or strollers on 10k addition to Fort Ebey State Park.  Details

Deception Pass State Park  Walk the south side of Deception Pass State Park. Views of Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, Olympic Mountains and Deception Pass Bridge. Walk through old growth forest, sand dune environment and view marshland habitat. Photo opportunities at every turn. Beach combing and picnic opportunities abound. WA State Park Discovery Pass required, $10/day or $30/ year.  Details

Friday Harbor  Hours M-F 5 AM to 2 AM Daily. Register for this walk in Anacortes and then drive 4.4 miles to the ferry. (Fee parking at ferry terminal). Driving directions are on the walk directions. You need not take your car as the walk begins and ends from the ferry landing in Friday Harbor. There is a parking fee. Walk along country roads with fabulous water views. The walk finishes through downtown Friday Harbor. The 5 km stays in Friday Harbor business and residential districts. Toilets available at ferry landing but not on the walk routes. Take water as there is none on the route. Check ferry sailing times at: http://www.wsdot.com/Ferries/Schedule/  Details

Oak Harbor  Walk along Oak Harbor's shoreline and through the downtown area. Visit Reverberation Circle. The walk is all on paved or gravel trails and very suitable for using your Nordic Walking poles. Toilets, restaurants and picnic areas are along the route, with mountains in the distance - North Cascades, Olympics, Mount Baker, and on a clear day, Mt Rainier.  Details

Downtown & Waterways  Walk along the Cap Sante Marina and over to the Guemes Channel passing boat works and historic Causland Park. Explore the quaint downtown with many shops and restaurants.  Details

Padilla Bay Shore  Drive 3.3 miles to begin the walk. Driving directions are on walk directions. There is a parking lot available with a porta potty. The walk will take you through the Bayview State Park, walking to the beach and then back to Padilla Bay Shore Trail. The trail is along the Puget Sound with beautiful views. You may see eagles, herons, seals, etc. Walk 3.4 k to the end of this trail. There is a porta potty here. You then reverse directions and return to your car.  Details

Downtown and Skagit River Walk  Walk on the dike bordering the Skagit River and through the old business district including small shops and nice restaurants and a restored train station. Start box is a two-drawer wooden file cabinet. Register and drive 2 miles to start. Restrooms at start, at Skagit River Park and behind the Chamber office in the restored RR station downtown (open at 10am). 7am to Dusk (park gates closed and cars can't get out). Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas day.  Details

  Walk past the marina and along the beautiful Swinnomish Channel on a brand new walkway. Walk along First Street browsing in the unique gift shops and galleries. Walk through Pioneer Park. There are many restaurants and fun sculptures along the way. 5K Rated 1A; 10K Rated 2B.  Details

Downtown & Riverwalk  Walk through downtown Mount Vernon passing many local restaurants and small businesses, including the historic Lincoln Theatre. Pass through quiet residential areas. Enjoy the Riverwalk with beautiful views of the Skagit River and Skagit Valley. Picnic spots along route. Hours are Mon -Sat: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Sun: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.  Details









East Mount Vernon  Daylight Hours. Closed 10 pm Christmas eve and Christmas day. This walk is mostly on the eastern side of Mount Vernon. Walk along a short path that is a favorite place for ducks when there is enough water in the small ponds. Through housing areas with a slow steady climb up the hill and through newer housing developments and city park. The apex of the walk is on a short city trail that leads to a panoramic view of the Skagit Valley, Mount Baker and the start of the route across the North Cascades. The route back is mostly down hill with weather dependent views to the west of Mount Erie and the valley between. Restroom at Start and portapotty at city park.  Details





Parks & College  Daylight Hours. Closed 10 pm Christmas eve and Christmas day. Walk through parks, on a semi-rural road and through the Skagit Valley College, restrooms at start/finish and in a park or at the College along the way.  Details













Bloedel Donovan Park Whatcom Falls  Walk through residential areas to Bloedel Donovan Park on trails around wooded Whatcom Falls park with views of Bellingham and the San Juan Islands from the Alabama St. Bridge. The trails are prepared and maintained on a gravel base. Ideal for walkers using walking poles. Restrooms at start/finish and in the parks along the way.  Details







NW/Marina  Walk through wonderful historical neighborhoods, the marina, Lower Whatcom falls, fish hatchery, by the newly renovated Theatre Guild bldg. and views of Bellingham Bay. Restrooms start/finish and along the way.  Details








Cordata Neighborhood  Walk on city sidewalks, wooded trails, through residential neighborhoods, a new city park, and the campus of Whatcom Community College.  Details










Lake Whatcom Trail  (also known as the Hertz Trail) is a former railroad bed located in a completely wooded area with great views along the north shore of Lake Whatcom. Parking lots for general public and special needs people at trailhead. The trail is prepared and maintained on a gravel base. Ideal for walkers using walking poles. Restroom available at start/finish only.  Details








Northridge-Big Rock Garden  Walk on Klipson trail to forested Northridge Park and Big Rock Garden (sculpture) and back on the Railroad trail with views from the Alabama St. Bridge.  Details










Northwest - Cornwall Park  Walk through Historical residential neighborhoods, 5 parks, Bellingham Vocational College and on trails in northwest Bellingham. Fabulous old homes with a couple of mansions along the way. Restrooms at start/finish and along the way.  Details










Peace Arch Walk  Walk thru the Peace Arch Park, Blaine Marine park, pier, boat docks, downtown and residential areas of Blaine. Great views of White Rock, Semiahmoo, Mt. Baker, Pt. Roberts and Drayton Harbor along the way. Start Times: Wed-Sat 7am -8pm; Sunday 7am -2pm; Mon-Tues 7am - 3pm  Details

Fairhaven - Connelly Creek, Interurban Trail  Revised Walk through historic Fairhaven, the Connelly Creek nature area, to the Interurban Trail and Fairhaven Park. Lots of restaurants near start/finish. Restrooms start/finish and in Fairhaven park near the end of the walk.  Details









Fairhaven - WWU - South Bay Trail  Revised walk. This walk takes you through historic Fairhaven, Western Washington University campus with wonderful views of Bellingham Bay and outdoor art displays, the gravel & paved South Bay Trail, Boulevard Park and Taylor Dock, a popular walking trail. On Saturdays, April through September, walk through the Farmers Market. Restaurants. Restrooms available at start/finish and along route.  Details

Ferndale  Revised walk thru downtown, Pioneer, Hovander Homestead, Tennent Lake parks and along the Nooksack River. Enjoy murals, historic buildings and views of Mt Baker as you walk through Ferndale's parks and downtown. Wonderful boardwalk walk thru Tennent Lake (closed hunting season).  Details

Town and Parks  Walk through the picturesque town thru residential areas,downtown and parks with views of Mt. Baker and the Canadian Cascades. Restrooms at start and finish and along the way.  Details