The Hertz Trail (also known as the North Lake Whatcom Trail) follows the eastern shoreline of Washington's fourth largest freshwater lake. The relatively flat, fine-gravel pathway traces the former Bellingham Bay and Eastern Railroad, which was used to transport coal from the Blue Canyon Mine at the south end of the lake.
An interpretive kiosk at the trailhead provides information about the railroad and the importance of the lake as a source of drinking water for nearby Bellingham. The scenic route offers moss-covered trees, ferns, picturesque waterfalls and access to beaches and the lake.
Parking and Trail Access
Parking access is only available from the north end of the trail in Lake Whatcom Park (3330 North Shore Drive). From Bellingham, follow North Shore Drive east to near the road's end and then follow signs to the parking lot.