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“Fabulous trail system traversing most of south Bellingham.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Interurban Trail

Ranked #13 of 73 things to do in Bellingham
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Owner description: A 5.5-mile biking trail.
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“Fabulous trail system traversing most of south Bellingham.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013 via mobile

Bellingham's Interurban Trail is actually a long system of connected trails originating in the Fairhaven District and following Padden Creek to the Sehome District, then following scenic Chuckanut Drive to Larrabee State Park. Most travels through dense, lush, beautiful coastal rainforest. There are spurs leading to Marine Park, Fairhaven Park, Lake Padden, Chuckanut Mountain, Downtown, and other interesting locations. Well graded and maintained, family and pet friendly, on mostly level ground and gentle grades (except for steep trail spurs up Chuckanut Mountain). Very few cities can boast such a beautiful trail system. But, in fact, the Interurban Trail is just the longest of many beautiful trails in Bellingham and surrounds. We are blessed to have such fabulous resources!

Visited October 2013
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bellingham, wa
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“Bellingham has the best trails!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

If you are visiting Bellingham and you enjoy walking/biking you have to take time to walk the trails. A beautiful walk would be the trail between downtown Bellingham and the artsy berg of Fairhaven. This trail has it all! It's fairly flat so perfect for families, you get to view the ocean, cross a train track, play in a park and they even built a coffee shop right into the trail! When you arrive in Fairhaven (probably a 2 mile walk/bike ride) you can shop a bit and find a delightful café for lunch. So much to see and two you will be glad you took the time!

Visited September 2013
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Bellingham, Washington
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“The Bellingham part is very nice, the Chuckanut part not so much so”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

This trail for the most part follows the grade of the Whatcom-Skagit Interurban Railway, which was then renamed Pacific Northwest Traction Company, and ran between Bellingham and Mount Vernon from 1912 to 1928 (formally disbanded in 1930).

With the exception of switchbacks that replaced a former trestle over a creek near its origin on the south end of Bellingham, the grade is very gradual.

The Bellingham end is well maintained, but the other end, along Chuckanut Mountain, is a rough ride, with plenty of almost cobble-sized pebbles, and lots of mud after a rain.

Visited August 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“Good Though More Ambitious Than I Thought”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

I did the ride from the B'ham waterfront to Larrabee State Park with my 15 yr old and 12 yr old son. The switchbacks through Arroyo Park were a bit more challenging and required us to get off our road bikes more than I would have liked, and we kept hoping for more than a few peek-a-boo views across the water. But overall a nice trail.
(On the ride back from Larrabee, we detoured on Chuckanut Drive for about 0.2 miles and it saved us from re-doing the up-and-down switchbacks at Arroyo)

Visited September 2013
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Bellingham, Washington
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“Nice Biking Trail to Larrabee State Park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Trail follows an old streetcar line, so the grade is practically non-existent, except where they took out the trestles. At these points it has several steep hills which are a challenge. Otherwise, it is a nice ride to Larrabee State Park and back. (About 14 miles)

Visited July 2013
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