CHS 2 Hike

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Lily & Lizard Lakes

Let’s go hiking and explore this wonderful loop on the Blanchard Mountain in the Chuckanuts that offers an other-world ancientness with its dark forests, moss, and house-sized boulders. This route passes by waterfalls, swamps, two lakes, wildlife activity, old growth, awesome views, and evidence of logging operations from the nineteenth century. CHS hike led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-3.0 mph).

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,750 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-3.0 mph

Location:  Blanchard Mountain Trail Upper Parking Lot

Meeting Time:  8:00am   Boots on the Trail:  8:15am

Directions: Take Exit 240 off I-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.

 Parking Pass:  Discover Pass

 Carpooling:  Meet at Ash Way Park & Ride in Lynnwood at 6:30am.  Load up and depart by 6:40am.  It’s about an hour’s drive to the trailhead with time to stop and use the facilities along the way. 

 Route: https://www.gaiagps.com/public/W9mhOEr5m6JjVUzXsGR4Ki7M

Weather: Please check the local weather the night before and the morning of the hike at the NWS here.

If the trail conditions and or the weather is unfavorable, the hike will be canceled or reschedule for a different location.

Please be ready to wear a mask if you are carpooling.

 Trails may be wet and muddy, and we will cross a few small creeks.  Water-proof footwear and trekking poles are recommended.

 Facilities are available at the lower parking lot but not the upper parking lot.

Since we are likely to complete this hike around lunch time, we will not stop for a formal lunch break.  Please bring small, energizing snacks that are easily consumed during our short 5-10 minute breaks or  snacks that you eat while we hike  along. 

 I am looking forward to sharing this delightful loop hike with you.  More details about this hike will be provided in the “Hello Hiker” email.

Route/Place

Lily & Lizard Lakes



  • USGS Bow

    USGS Bellingham South

    Trails of the Chuckanut Mountains

    Chuckanut Mountain Recreation Map

    see Land Manager
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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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