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“a walk in nature in the city” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sehome Hill Arboretum

Sehome Hill Arboretum
Bellingham, Washington
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“a walk in nature in the city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

One thing that is lovely about Bellingham is that there are so many trails and walks in wooded areas without having to leave the city. The arboretum offers a variety of trails that snake all around the mountain and the backside of Western Washington's campus. There is also a small lookout tower that offers a view of the bay on a clear day at the top. You can drive almost to the top and park at the parking lot or park at the bottom and hike all the trails. Another great place to take dogs and many of the trails here are off leash (any unpaved trails) and a wonderful way to get from campus to the surrounding areas too. Highly recommended.

Visited October 2013
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English first
Washington State
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Hidden smack in the middle of town!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

A great place to walk, run on forested trails right in the middle of town. You may see owls, ravens, pileated wood peckers and more. This is probably the most underutilized green space in town. We are very lucky to have it

Visited August 2013
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Bellingham, Washington
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12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Seriously overrated”
2 of 5 stars 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.

Visited October 2012
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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315 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Great Hiking Area”
5 of 5 stars 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.

Visited September 2013
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Courtenay, Vancouver Island, BC
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95 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“First time find”
4 of 5 stars 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.

Visited September 2013
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