Sehome Hill Arboretum

On a warm day the perfect place for a short hike is Sehome Hill Aboretum.

From’s website:

It is an island of woodland in the heart of Bellingham. Spanning 165 acres of the Sehome hilltop, the Sehome Hill Arboretum crowns the city. This vast preserve of park land offers 5.9 miles of winding trails up, down and around the hilltop. Lightly used, nature lovers may witness birds and squirrels frolicking among the canopies of the towering evergreens. Deer are also abundant at the arboretum, as it serves as a haven from the increasingly developed surrounding area. The natural setting presents an abundance of indigenous plants, shrubs and trees.
All of Sehome Hill Arboretum’s trails come to a head at the hilltop where an opposing lookout tower stands. The only structure in the park, the 80-foot tower boasts an impressive view of the city, the San Juan Islands and beyond.

The large mature trees provide a wonderful shady canopy.

It is a steep climb up but at the top there is a reward: a tower you can see for miles all around Bellingham.

On a clear day the mountains seem to float above the city.

This tunnel is completely carved out of the rock. The perfect end to a beautiful hike.

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