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Sehome Hill Arboretum
Reviewed September 22, 2013

If you like walking in the deep gloom of an unbroken Douglas fir forest, you will love this "arboretum."

Just keep in mind that it is not an arboretum in the sense conventionally used elsewhere. This is just native monoculture Douglas fir forest, not a variety of trees from around the world. It is not even a climax forest, which would be a lot more diverse.

Also, do not expect to see much in the way of birds or other wildlife here. They do not like monocultures. For wildlife observation try the excellent Whatcom Falls and Lake Padden city parks.

In principle, you can get a commanding view from the observation tower atop the hill, but when I visited, the forest had grown to the point that the view no longer existed. What a disappointment. However, the city does have plans for a partial culling that would at least partially restore the view.

Thank binati0nal
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

Great for short hardy hikes to stay in shape. While the views aren't the best because of so many amazing trees, the area is just beautiful. You climb a little which is great for the legs and lungs but nothing is particularly difficult. Nice area.

Thank Rick U
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

We saw this on a Bellingham map in the motel room, and visited before we left town. Really nice walking trails, well marked and some interesting plaques along the way; good views from some spots.

Thank WileyFrench
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

The Arboretum does provide a wonderful view of Bellingham. It is a bit run down and can be occupied by WWU students drinking/smoking sometimes - but is worth it if you can get there when it is clear of students!

Thank DebGC
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

This is by Western Washington Uni. There is a tower to climb and the view of parts of Belllingham is awesome. A romantic hike as this trail is not as popular as Whatcom Falls Park.

Thank mango58
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