Day Hike - Chuckanut Ridge & Mountain


Day Hike - Chuckanut Ridge & Mountain

Hike above the Salish Sea to two lakes, a waterfall, and along ridges offering great views!

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  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 15.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,500 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 1,900 ft
  • Pace: 2.5 mph

7:30am Ash Way Park & Ride, southwest end of lot closer to the street

Discover Pass required for drivers to trailhead

Views, lakes, a waterfall, ridges! This is the best of the Chuckanut Mountains! 

Up Fragrance Lake Trail past a nice view of the sea and San Juans. Take South Lost Lake Trail to Lost Lake and an amazing waterfall at its outlet. Up the Rock Trail past some giant boulders and under some incredible towering cliffs to the top of Chuckanut Mountain for another nice view of the San Juans and even toward Vancouver. Hike along Chuckanut Ridge for 2 miles past a nice view of Twin Sisters and Baker. Back along Fiona Ridge to Fragrance Lake then back up onto one final ridge to hike down Secret Trail, then back along Interurban Trail to trailhead. 

This will be a long loop hike with a lot of ups and downs to total a pretty reasonable amount of elevation gain. Only breaks will be at lakes or viewpoints. Otherwise expect to keep a steady pace at 2-2.5 mph. Please be in shape for this sort of hike. 

Original plan was to visit a nearby brewery and restaurant afterwards. Due to the Governor's orders, we will no be stopping anywhere after the hike unless it is a to-go place (taco truck?) in Burlington/Mount Vernon area. 


Chuckanut Ridge & Mountain

  • USGS Bellingham South

    USGS Bow

    Trails of the Chuckanut Mountains

    Chuckanut Mountain Recreation Map
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Standard 10 essential hiking gear including hiking shoes or boots, non cotton/denim clothing, rain jacket, headlamp with extra batteries.

Lots of food and water (at least 2 liters, ideally even 3)

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