You’ll find it’s easy to embrace Bellingham’s natural beauty as you explore Whatcom County’s trailheads, boat launches and paths. We’ve also have suggestions for a caffeine fix or post-adventure beer.
Explore 65 miles of bike trails on Galbraith Mountain in Bellingham or Chuckanut Mountains just south of Bellingham. Galbraith is known as the “mountain bike Mecca” of Northwest Washington for its accessibility to any kind of rider. Cross country, downhill, advanced or beginner riders can all find aspects of the mountain to enjoy. Bring your own bike or rent one by the hour or day from one of several local bike shops.
According to Outside Magazine and Outdoor Northwest, Bellingham is one of the “Best Places to Paddle.” Bellingham offers more than 100 miles of shoreline for kayakers, canoeists and paddle boarders to access and explore. Take a sunset kayak on Chuckanut Bay out of Larrabee State Park, guided or on your own. Jump in your canoe and explore local lakes like Lake Padden, Lake Whatcom or Lake Samish. You can also head to the waterfront and dip your paddleboard in at Boulevard Park or the new Waypoint Park and explore Bellingham Bay.
C. Take A Hike
Head to Mt Baker on State Route 542 (also known as the Mt Baker Highway) for a full-day adventure through the hundreds of miles of lush National forest and trails. For current trail and weather conditions, stop at the National Forest Ranger Station in Glacier. Expect an hour to hour and half trip via car. For a closer-to-Bellingham hike, try the Chuckanut Mountains. Trails are less steep out there but still offer gorgeous views of Bellingham Bay.
Bellingham and Whatcom County are now home to more than 15 craft breweries, many of which are national and international award winners. Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro is the oldest, and the most quintessential Bellingham stop for a locally-crafted American-style beer. Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen is loved for its traditional German-style beers. Additional favorites include: Kulshan Brewing, Aslan Brewing, Stone’s Throw Brewing, Atwood Ales, Northfork Brewery, Twin Sisters Brewing and Melvin Brewing.