Squires Lake Trail

Washington

Squires Lake Trail Facts

States: Washington
Counties: Whatcom
Length: 0.4 miles
Trail end points: Old Highway 99 and Squires Lake
Trail surfaces: Dirt, Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6844764
Trail activities: Fishing, Walking

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Squires Lake Trail Description

The Squires Lake Trail offers a short, but scenic, route along a former railroad grade about 13 miles south of Bellingham, the largest city in Whatcom County. The surface is dirt and gravel, but the trail is well maintained and well marked. And, although it's just a few minutes from Interstate 5, the dense tree cover offers a quiet peacefulness that you might not expect from such close proximately to a major roadway.

The hike involves a few short switchbacks, but you'll be rewarded with a beautiful view of the lake at the end of your journey, and benches along the trail offer places to rest. To further explore the area, you can continue on the Squires Lake Loop for just shy of a mile. Other trails through the park also offer outstanding vistas, but are more challenging.

Parking and Trail Access

From I-5, take Exit 242 and drive east three-fourths of a mile to the parking area and trailhead for Squires Lake Park.

Squires Lake Trail Reviews

This is a short and easy hike with a few switchbacks up to the lake and then an easy loop around the lake with a couple of hills. Great for kids and takes around an hour. Supposedly you might see beavers there, but I never have. All kinds of berries grow along the trail and it's a good spot for bird watching. I prefer to use this trail to hike to Alger Alp via the Southridge trail and some old logging roads that connect the two. That's about a 3 hour hike. Nice views from Alger Alp.

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