Fragrance Lake

October 19, 2008

Fragrance Lake Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bellingham, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate.

The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Fragrance Lake is part of Larrabee State Park, which became Washington’s first state park after a 20-acre parcel of land was donated by the Larrabee family in 1915.

The Fragrance Lake trailhead is on Chuckanut Drive, directly across from the main entrance to Larrabee State Park.

Many nearby trails allow backpackers, equestrian and mountain bike use, but the trail to Fragrance Lake is restricted to day hikers and (leashed) dogs. There are “kissing gates” at either end of the trail to help with enforcement.


Fragrance Lake

After a mile of steady uphill hiking through old-growth forest, arrive at a junction to a short spur trail that ends at an unexpected viewpoint of Samish Bay and the San Juan Islands.


Fragrance Lake

Whoever was responsible for the name must have been inspired by the tall trees that completely surround the lake, and the rich scents of bark, pine and soil they provide as the breeze wafts by.

 


Fragrance Lake

There’s a 0.6-mile loop trail along the shore that provides additional viewpoints and privacy.


Fragrance Lake

Rockhounds will love exploring the huge boulders on the west side of the lake.


Samish Bay and San Juan Islands

If the weather is good and the body is willing, wade in and cool your feet. Or swim out and join the trout for more frigid exercise.

 


Samish Bay and San Juan Islands

Head back the way you came, skipping the spur trail on the return. You can extend your hike to Lost Lake and add another 5.5 miles and 860 feet of cumulative gain to your day. A car drop or key exchange hike might incorporate the Rock Trail.