Fragrance Lake Trail

Larrabee State Park, Washington

Elevation Gain60ft
Trailhead Elevation197ft
Elevation Min/Max137/197ft
Elevation Start/End197/197ft

Fragrance Lake Trail

Fragrance Lake Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Whatcom County, Washington. It is within Larrabee State Park. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 197 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 60 feet. Fragrance Lake Trailhead and another parking are near the trailhead. There is also an information office. This trail connects with the following: Fiona Ridge, Two Dollar Trail and Interurban Trail.

Fragrance Lake Trail Professional Guides

Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Joan Burton
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"This beautiful 2-mile trail through low-elevation old-growth cedars and firs leads upward to a serene woodland lake. The trail, recommended for older children, has a view of boats in Wildcat Cove. Downed nurse logs supporting young hemlocks are common, but children will laugh at the sight of a nurse rock at about 1 mile, with tree roots wrapping the oblong rock like cord around a package. Fragrance Lake is crescent-shaped, has trout and skipping water bugs, and can be circled on a level shoreline trail. Ask your children how they think this lake got its name."
Day Hiking: North Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"A popular spot in the heart of the Chuckanut Mountains, little Fragrance Lake makes for a fine destination any time of year. On a well-built hiker-only trail through big timber, the way to Fragrance Lake includes a scenic lookout of Samish Bay and a glistening horizon dotted with islands. Loop back on a gentle old fire road and admire a crashing cascade. And if more exercise and exploration are desired, miles of interconnecting trails will more than satisfy. You won’t be without company however—folks from Bellingham flock to this “backyard wilderness.”"

Fragrance Lake Trail Trip Reports

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A lovely hike! I have taken this trail several times and always enjoyed it quite a bit. The lake is gorgeous and there is good scenery along the way.
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This is a nice easy day hike with a great viewing of the San Juans a couple of hundred meters off the main trail. There is a well maintained trail that is easily accessed that follows around the lake and offer many pleasant views. All of the people we met were from Bellingham-and very friendly. I would go back. William

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Trail Information

Larrabee State Park
Nearby City
Larrabee State Park
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Skill Level
Larrabee State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Bellingham South
Local Maps

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