c. 1800 Old Fairhaven Pkway
It’s not difficult to see why the Interurban Trail is one of the most popular trails in Bellingham. The variance in foliage, ecosystems, views and branching side trails have much to offer the day hiker or biker. The trailhead begins at Old Fairhaven Parkway (or Fairhaven Park) on the south side of town and snakes through the woods along the western slope of Chuckanut Mountain for roughly six miles.
The trail is well groomed and flat -- the remains of an old rail transit system with fine crushed gravel that can accommodate several hikers walking abreast. The Interurban then breaks out on Old Samish Road, which connects Lake Samish with Chuckanut Drive. On the other side of the road is Arroyo Park. You can then pick up the trail again a short distance away on California Street. This part of the trail continues on the side of the mountain above Chuckanut Drive for another 4 miles to Larrabee State Park. From here, there are also intersections with the North Chuckanut Mountain Trail, the Teddy Bear Cove Trail and the Fragrance and Lost lakes trail.
The beauty of the trail can be easily seen in the environment it crosses. The first mile of the trail winds through wetlands filled with birds and flowering plants springing out of the brackish water. The next section of trail transitions into the cool canopy of evergreens, the forest floor populated with scattered sword ferns. As the hiker continues on towards the trail’s terminus at Larrabee, occasional breaks in the trees offer a view of Puget Sound. The spectacular vistas of the San Juan Islands is perhaps the highest recommendation for the Interurban Trail -- a must see on a summer sunset.
You can either pick up the trail at Fairhaven Park or at the official Trailhead off of Old Fairhaven Pkway about 1/2 mile to the east of Fairhaven proper.
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