Interurban Trail and Fragrance Lake

Bellingham, Washington

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Linking up the Interurban Trail with Fragrance Lake Road creates a good out-and-back ride (16 miles round-trip). The pedaling on the compacted dirt and gravel trail is mostly easy. The path narrows and begins to zigzag as it drops into Arroyo Park. The climb out of the park s steep, short, and fun. there is one other short, steep hill before you arrive at the south end of the trail. The gravel road to Fragrance lake starts out as a gently grade, but it soon becomes a very steep climb. Fragrance Lake Road is in good condition and is closed to public motor traffic. Your primary concern will be looking out for descending cyclists as you weave and waver your way to the top. After 2.3 miles you'll reach the end of the road and a trailhead. A short hiking trail leads to and around picturesque Fragrance Lake. The return road descent is exhilarating. Back at the Interurban Trail, you can lock your bike to a tree and walk down to a beach on Samish Bay. This hike is a 1-mile round-trip. Beginners and families can forego the climb to Fragrance Lake and enjoy an easy pedal on the Interurban Trail. Scenery: The Interurban Trail passes through woods and residential areas; the road to the lake is shaded by dense second-growth forest.
Mountain Bike! Washington

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Mountain Bike! Washington

by Bennett & Leman (Menasha Ridge Press)

Linking up the Interurban Trail with Fragrance Lake Road creates a good out-and-back ride (16 miles round-trip). The pedaling on the compacted dirt and gravel trail is mostly easy. The path narrows and begins to zigzag as it drops into Arroyo Park. The climb out of the park s steep, short, and fun. there is one other short, steep hill before you arrive at the south end of the trail. The gravel road to Fragrance lake starts out as a gently grade, but it soon becomes a very steep climb. Fragrance Lake Road is in good condition and is closed to public motor traffic.

Your primary concern will be looking out for descending cyclists as you weave and waver your way to the top. After 2.3 miles you'll reach the end of the road and a trailhead. A short hiking trail leads to and around picturesque Fragrance Lake. The return road descent is exhilarating. Back at the Interurban Trail, you can lock your bike to a tree and walk down to a beach on Samish Bay. This hike is a 1-mile round-trip. Beginners and families can forego the climb to Fragrance Lake and enjoy an easy pedal on the Interurban Trail. Scenery: The Interurban Trail passes through woods and residential areas; the road to the lake is shaded by dense second-growth forest.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Bellingham
Distance: 16
Elevation Gain: 1,270 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 100 feet
Top Elevation: 1,170 feet
Local Contacts: Whatcom County Parks and Recreation Department, 360-733-2900
Local Maps: Chuckanut Mountain Roads and Trails guide. USGS 7.5: Bellingham South.
Driving Directions: Directions to Interurban Trail and Fragrance Lake

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