Chuckanut Ridge & Mountain

Combine trails to make a loop trip over Chuckanut Ridge or Chuckanut Mountain just south of Bellingham. Any combination can give you up to 15 or more miles and over 2,000 feet of elevation gain. Be sure to include a stop at Cyrus Gates Overlook for some great views.

getting there

Arroyo Park

From Bellingham: Take Exit 250 off of I-5 south of Bellingham and turn west onto Old Fairhaven Parkway. Drive 0.1 mile, turn left onto 30th St and drive 1 mile (30th St becomes 32nd St).  Turn right onto Old Samish Rd, drive 0.2 miles to Arroyo Park (200 ft).

From Mount Vernon: Take Exit 246 off of I-5 north of Mount Vernon and drive 4.2 miles west on Old Samish Rd to Arroyo Park (200 ft).

North Chuckanut Trailhead

The North Chuckanut Trailhead is just west of Arroyo Park.

On the trail

Start your hike at the North Chukanut Trailhead or in Arroyo Park and consider these trails to make a loop up to, along and back down from Chucknut Ridge or Chuckanut Mountain in Chuckanut Mountain Park.

  • Chuckanut Falls Trail
  • Chuckanut Ridge Trail
  • Cleator Road
  • Fragrance Lake Trail
  • Hemlock Trail
  • Huckleberry Trail
  • Interurban Trail
  • North & South Lost Lake Trails
  • Madrone Crest Trail
  • Raptor Ridge Trail
  • Lower Ridge Access Trail
  • Lower Salal Trail
  • Salal Trail
  • Difficulty: Very Strenuous
  • Length: 15.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,500 ft
  • 1,924 ft
  • Land Manager: Whatcom County Parks & Recreation
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • USGS Bellingham South
  • USGS Bow
  • Trails of the Chuckanut Mountains
  • Chuckanut Mountain Recreation Map

Upcoming Activities

Backcountry Trail Run - Chuckanut Ridge & Mountain

Trail Running Trip
Chuckanut (light) preview - 25K, 3300'
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sun, Mar 3, 2024
0 participants 0 leaders
Registration closes Mar 1
Foothills Branch
John Murphy
Qualified Youth Leader

CHS 2 Hike - Chuckanut Mountain

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
HIKE THE MADRONE CREST TRAIL! CHS hike led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-3.0 mph)
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Apr 20, 2024
No Prerequisites
8 participants 0 instructors
Registration opens Mar 25; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch
Justin Bland

Day Hike - Chuckanut Ridge & Mountain

Day Hiking Trip
Bellingham Uphill Training Series: 30-50lb hike to Raptor Ridge from the North Chuckanut Trailhead
Difficulty: Very Strenuous
Thu, May 9, 2024
No Prerequisites
10 participants
Registration opens May 1
Bellingham Branch
Audrey Gleser

July Hikes: 3.75 to 6.5 miles, 500 to 1,750 feet gain - Chuckanut Ridge

Day Hiking Field trip: GoHike: Beginner Hiking Course
Join me for this hike through lush forest, interesting rock formations and a hike along
Difficulty: Moderate
Sun, Jul 21, 2024
No Prerequisites
10 participants 0 instructors
Registration opens Jun 7; Instructor registration open now
Foothills Branch
Trip Reports

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  • Arroyo Park & Chuckanut Falls
  • Chuckanut Falls
  • Chuckanut Mountain
  • Chuckanut Ridge
  • Chuckanut Ridge Loop

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