Sehome Hill Arboretum Trail

The Sehome Hill Arboretum Trail is a six-mile network of loose hikes that weaves alongside 25th Street as it summits Sehome Hill. Footpaths, dirt trails, and paved trails give this great hill many options for all skill levels to get out and explore, and is a popular spot among Western Washington University students due to its proximity. The past remains a curiosity here as you view an old driving tunnel carved into the rock, a few historical markers, and other interpretive signs. The occasional bench, and even an outdoor classroom, provide nice rest spots to soak up the forest atmosphere. Climb the observation tower perched near the summit — views through the foliage include greater Bellingham and the bay, along with Mount Baker and the Coast Mountain Range.

A favorite section of the trail is the large exposed rock face of the old quarry. If you’re looking for a quick trail run through Douglas fir or a quiet place to study or meditate, the arboretum makes for a quick escape from town. It’s big enough to drown out the sounds of town, and close enough from downtown Bellingham that it takes only five minutes to get there by car.

To get there, follow Ellis Street out of downtown. It will become North Samish Way. Turn right at Bill McDonald Parkway and enter Western Washington University. Take a right on 25th Street. The main loop trail means you can either park at the bottom of the hill and start there or drive up to the summit and park there. Trail access is easy, or you can follow along 25th Street until you see a path to follow.

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"The past remains a curiosity here as you view an old driving tunnel carved into the rock, a few historical markers, and other interpretive signs."