Whatcom Falls Park is an urban oasis in Bellingham, Washington. The park features a number of multi-use trails through a cool forest. It’s a great hike on a hot summer day ! There are waterfalls, swimming holes, a great old stone bridge and a decommissioned railway trestle. There are so many routes here, but I picked a nice loop (because I like loops !).
The geology of the area features sandstone, which is eroded smooth and holes form in the rock. This park is similar in features and geology to Kanaka Creek Park in Maple Ridge, BC.
Distance: 6.7 km (4.2 mi) (loop)
Time: 1-2 hours
Low point: 29 m
High point: 117 m
Elevation gain: 88 m
Trailhead and parking: 48° 45’ 4.7” by 122° 25’ 43.7” (Google Maps and navigation)
The route with downloadable gpx…
Before heading out on your hike, make sure you are well prepared. This means, having the TEN ESSENTIALS. It is also important to leave a trip plan (route details and estimated return time) with someone you trust.
Bring your smartphone, fully charged and put it in airplane mode while hiking. I always bring back-up battery packs for extra piece of mind. It is highly recommended that you bring a GPS device; I use my smartphone with a GPS app (Backcountry Navigator). The GPS will work in airplane mode. Learn how to use it before your hike.
For anyone new to hiking, there is a rule to which hikers follow; it is called “Leave No Trace” or LNT. The concept is generally to pack out what you pack in and respect nature, so all future visitors can enjoy what you have enjoyed.
To learn more about LNT, please check out this BLOG by a certified LNT Trainer.