Fragrance & Lost Lakes

A moderate day hike just south of Bellingham in the Chuckanut Mountains on a trail that switchbacks up to Fragrance Lake and then onto the more isolated Lost Lake.

getting there

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 0.6 mile, turn left onto Chuckanut Drive (SR-11) and drive 4.4 miles south to the  Lost Lake Trailhead (200 ft).

From Mount Vernon: Take Exit 231 off of I-5 north of Mount Vernon and drive 14.2 miles north on Chuckanut Drive (SR-11) to the Lost Lake Trailhead (200 ft).

on the trail

fragrance lake

5.5-mile loop with 1,000 feet of elevation gain

An easy loop hike on trail that switchbacks up steeply through old cedars to a secluded lake.

fragrance & lost lakes

10 miles with 1,300 feet of elevation gain

Follow the trail up switchbacks to Fragrance Lake and then onto the more isolated Lost Lake.

Information for Leaders


The Mountaineers has a commercial use permit with Washington State Parks for all free and fee-based outings at state parks. Leaders should carry a print or digital copy of our  commercial use permit to show rangers they may encounter. 

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 8.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,300 ft
  • 1,600 ft
  • USGS Bellingham South
  • Trails of the Chuckanut Mountains
  • Chuckanut Mountain Recreation Map

Upcoming Activities

Day Hike - Lost Lake

Day Hiking Trip
A "top down" loop hike to Lost Lake from the Cyrus Gates trailhead via the
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Oct 5, 2019
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration opens Sep 14
Seattle Branch
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  • Fragrance Lake
  • Fragrance Lake Loop
  • Lost Lake
  • Fragrance & Lost Lakes Loop

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