CHS 1 Hike

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 1 Hike - Lake Whatcom Park: Chanterelle Trail

Hike the original forn and moss laden, forrested Chanterelle Trail to a viewpoint of Lake Whatcom, Lookout Mountain, and Bellingham Bay. Continue on the 2019 built Chanterelle extension and Wickersham Truck Trail to an overlook of the San Juans and beyond. CHS hike led at a CHS 1 pace (1.5-2.0 mph)

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.3
  • Elevation Gain: 2,500 ft

Expect to meet at the trailhead at 8:30AM.  No parking pass is needed.

Carpooling possibilities will be sent in the Hello Hiker letter.

When hiked at the end of May, the trail tread was in excellent condition with very few tree roots or mud spots.  The grade is fairly constant at about 450 to 500 feet per mile for the first 5 miles where almost all of the altitude gain is achieved.  Most of the hike is shaded with  a little over a mile in open exposure.  By the time of this hike, there will most likely no running streams  available for refilling water bottles. 


Lake Whatcom Park

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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