Lily & Lizard Lakes

A moderate day hike or bikepack just south of Bellingham in the Chuckanut Mountains. Enjoy a trip to two unique lakes in Blanchard Forest. Hike up the Lily Lake Trail, then in to Lizard Lake and return making a loop via the British Army Trail.

getting there

Take Exit 240 off ofI-5 and turn northwest onto Lake Samish Road. Drive 0.5 mile, turn left onto Barrel Springs Road, and drive 0.7 mile.  Turn right onto DNR Road BL-ML, drive 0.7 miles to the lower trailhead (700 ft). For the upper trailhead (900 ft) continue another mile on DNR Road BL-ML, turn right, and drive 0.2 mile.

on the trail

suggested bikepack route

12-mile loop with 3,100 feet of elevation gain

Start at the Blanchard Forest Upper Parking Lot and ride north on Road B-1000, then take the left fork onto Road B-1500, and bike to the Service Trail Trailhead. Ride the trail to Lizard Lake and camp at Lizard Lake or Lily Lake—the campsites are available on first-come, first-serve basis. Using the WA DNR Blanchard Trail System Map, ride to Checkpoint V and then to Checkpoint U, take a short detour on foot to go see the view (remember to lock your bikes), then retrace your route to Checkpoint V and ride Max's Shortcut to Checkpoint X. Ride the Larry Reed Trail to the Samish Overlook for another viewpoint stop (Checkpoint Y). Ride back to Checkpoint X and take the Lily Max Connector Trail, then the Lily Lizard Trail, finally the Lily Lake Trail left back to camp. Pack up camp and reload your bikes. Ride to the Lily Lizard Trail and take a left at Checkpoint T. Ride the Alternate Incline Trail down to Road B-1000 and descend it to the Blanchard Upper Parking lot.

  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Bikepacking, Day Hiking
  • Seasons: Year-round
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 9.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,530 ft
  • 1,864 ft
  • Land Manager: Blanchard Forest
  • Parking Permit Required: Discover Pass
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • USGS Bow
  • USGS Bellingham South
  • Trails of the Chuckanut Mountains
  • Chuckanut Mountain Recreation Map
  • see Land Manager

Upcoming Activities

CHS Alumni Hike - Lily & Lizard Lakes

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series Alumni
Alumni-only hikes offered for graduates of Seattle CHS. This is a CHS 1 paced hike.
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Feb 11, 2023
11 participants on waitlist 1 instructor on waitlist
Registration closes Feb 8
Seattle Branch

CHS 2 Hike - Lily & Lizard Lakes

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
CHS hike led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-3.0 mph)
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Apr 15, 2023
No Prerequisites
8 participants
Registration opens Mar 22
Seattle Branch

Conditioning Hike - Lily Lakes

Day Hiking Field trip: Hiking Conditioning Series
Scheduled day hike with a loop to Lily Lake from Lower Blanchard. Pack at 30%
Difficulty: Moderate
Wed, May 3, 2023
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
11 participants
Registration opens Apr 26
Bellingham Branch

CHS 1 Hike - Lily & Lizard Lakes

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
CHS hike led at a CHS 1 pace (1.5-2.0 mph)
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, May 6, 2023
No Prerequisites
8 participants
Registration opens Apr 19
Seattle Branch

August Hikes: 4 miles to 7 miles, 600 to 2,000 feet gain - Lily & Lizard Lakes

Day Hiking Field trip: GoHike: Beginner Hiking Series
This hike counts toward your monthly required GoHike course hike for August.
Difficulty: Moderate
Mon, Aug 7, 2023
No Prerequisites
10 participants 0 instructors
Registration opens Jul 7; Instructor registration open now
Foothills Branch
Trip Reports

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  • Lizard Lake
  • Lily Lakes
  • Lily Lakes Loop
  • Lizard & Lily Lakes Loop
  • Blanchard Forest
  • Chuckanut Mountain
  • Chuckanut Mountain, Blanchard Forest
Blanchard Forest Bikepacking GPS Route

A GPX file for the bikepacking route in Blanchard Forest created with Gaia GPS by Emma Agosta, April 2021.

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