30 – Lake Whatcom Park – Hertz Trail

Still a favorite, the Hertz Trail is a year-round, easy access trail that I have been frequenting for the last thirty years. Even on a heavily overcast, rainy day, because the trail so closely follows the shore of Lake Whatcom, the feeling of natural daylight seems to bounce off the lake and grace my every step. These sandstone cliffs appeared to take on an extra glow from the constant drizzle.

Sandstone cliffs along the Hertz Trail

Cozy at home the day before as I looked out my living room window at the heavy winds rocking the trees in my neighborhood, I wondered what new blowdowns might be discovered along the trails. Sure enough, a couple of trees had come crashing down along the Hertz Trail.

Blowdowns over the Hertz Trail . . .

Surrounded by twisted logs and tangled branches, the smell of damp, freshly bruised tree greeted me as I stepped my way through a mass of broken limbs.

Stepping over the blowdowns along the Hertz Trail

Here I am, slightly damp from rain, at the turn around point at the end of the trail.

A slightly rained-on me . . . at the end of the Hertz Trail

Originally the route for the old Bellingham Bay and Eastern Railway that was used to transport coal from the Blue Canon Mine in the early 1900s, the Hertz Trail follows a portion of that railroad easement. For more information, see the Rails-to-Trails Conserancy link – http://www.traillink.com/trail/hertz-trail.aspx – at http://TrailLink.com). The trail is 3.1 miles from beginning to end with a few of short side trails – one to a  viewpoint for a falls, and others to quiet beaches. Recording a short video of that falls before heading up that side trail, you can go here – Hertz Trail Falls – to view on YouTube. By including all of the side trails and making the round trip, this hike can be stretched to almost 6-1/2 miles. The trail is well maintained and except for the last half mile, even on a day with constant rain, there is very little water to slosh through along the route.

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