33 – Whatcom Creek – Trails Above the Gorge

Discovering a dirt trail along the south side of the ridge above the Whatcom Creek gorge while following the Waterline Trail to Whatcom Falls Park the other evening (go here – 60before60-YouTube-Whatcom-Falls – to view my video of Whatcom Falls just before sunset taken during that walk), I knew I would be back to explore that trail more thoroughly.

Dirt trail along ridge above the Whatcom Creek gorge

A wilder, more rugged trail system with several shorter, off-shoot trails leading to views of the creek far below, this trail offers a view of the lookout point on the other side of the creek. Go here – https://60before60.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/08-checking-out-the-view.jpg – to see a photo taken during Hike #25 – Whatcom Falls when we were checking out the view from the other side.

Looking across to the viewpoint on the north side of the creek

Beginning at the Bellingham Civic Athletic Complex, I first followed the Civic Trail until I connected with the Waterline Trail along Woburn Street, and followed that to the Whatcom Creek Greenway Trail that leads into Whatcom Falls Park.

Me . . . Along the Waterline Trail

Once at Whatcom Falls Park, I thoroughly explored the park and creek shore. Then visiting the Bellingham Fish Hatchery, I watched as the fish in one of the tanks were being fed.

Bellingham Fish Hatchery . . . at Whatcom Falls Park

Continuing out of Whatcom Falls Park along a trail that leads to Bloedel Donovan Park, I turned around at about the midway point and backtracked to the Whatcom Falls. From there, I followed the Whatcom Creek Greenways Trail until I had reached the trailhead for those dirt trails. Turning off from the main trail, I thoroughly explored the ridge above the Whatcom Creek Gorge along those more rugged trails.

Along the dirt trail . . . above the creek gorge

When I came to the end of those dirt trails, I reconnected with the Waterline Trail and followed that back to Woburn Street. Crossing Woburn Street, I connected with the Whatcom Creek Trail on the north side of the creek and continued on through Salmon Park, eventually reconnected with the Civic Trail and returned to my starting point.

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This turned out to be a fairly long hike. Often curious about how many miles I actually cover during some of my hikes, I really should consider getting a pedometer.


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