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    Lily/Lizard Lakes Loop

    Bellingham, Washington

    Lily/Lizard Lakes Loop

    Lily/Lizard Lakes Loop Professional Guide

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    "Located on Chuckanut Mountain, one of the most popular recreational areas in Bellingham, the trails in and around Lily and Lizard Lakes are fun and semi-technical (this particular loop has a descent that even Hans Rey might have trouble negotiating).

    But the views of Rosario Strait and Samish Bay, the San Juan Islands, the hang gliders, and the trail itself make that one small, annoyingly steep section bearable. This loop can be completed in just a couple of hours, so you‘ll have time to explore the other trails if you feel like it."

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    Explorer | 50 pts
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    Not a biking trail. All uphill then the down is too narrow and rooty to ride. Pedal catch the edges of trail and send you flying. It is possible to climb up and return the same way you went. Views are spectacular. Better to drive up to top and hike to the oyster dome.
    Cottage Lake, WA
    Pathfinder | 125 pts
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    Frogs and owls will sing you to sleep at Lizard Lake. Trail is well kept. We stayed two nights at Lizard Lake and also hiked over to Lily Lake to explore. The last time we were at Lizard Lake (1995 :P) there was a pit toilet. There is no longer any pit toilet at Lizard Lake so appropriate human waste practices need to be used. The camp area at Lizard Lake has been trashed by many irresponsible people hacking away at the trees growing in the area, despite more than enough kindling/logs laying around for the taking for fires- very depressing. Fires are difficult to get started and keep going, fire starters are great, however, it will take alot of sticks and twigs continually fed to keep one going due to most wood being very wet from just coming out of the winter. There is broken glass as well as trash (some highly intellectual person thought it smart to leave a bag of it stuffed inside a nearby stump and unfortunately we were maxed out in our packs and couldn't take it out with us). It was very disappointing to see the way campers have taken care of the area (or have not taken care of the area). Nice tent sites still exist at both Lizard and Lily lakes, however, Lizard has the best access to running water- you will have to hike further to get it at Lily. Wildflowers are in full bloom, mosquitoes are plentiful, but manageable with skeeter nets. A hike worth doing, but the area needs a lot of TLC.
    Anacortes, WA
    Explorer | 40 pts
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    This is a great local trail. Camped at Lizard Lake with our Scout Troop. The campsite has no toilets, and we found a bit of trash left behind which we picked up. Elevation gains gently on the main trail.

    Be advised that there is logging planned on Blanchard Mountain, which would destroy the experience for future generations. Visit to voice your opposition.


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    1,450 feet
    Elevation Gain
    Trail Type
    Moderate to Difficult
    Technical Difficulty
    2 to 4 hours
    Best in spring, summer, autumn
    650 feet
    Trailhead Elevation
    2,100 feet
    Top Elevation
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    USGS Bellingham South, Bow
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