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Bellingham: A Last-Minute Summer Escape for Seattle-Area Families

Just 90 minutes from Seattle, this outdoorsy town features fun parks, trails, ice cream and more

Published on: August 27, 2021

Bellingham: A Last-Minute Summer Escape for Seattle-Area Families

A trail at Larrabee State Park
A trail at Larrabee State Park. Credit: Jesperdo/Flickr CC

Hike and explore geology at Larrabee State Park

Just south of the city along scenic Chuckanut Drive, find all kinds of geologic and active adventures at Larrabee State Park. Explore the short waterfront trails at the beach, which feature interesting sandstone rock formations. Hike the Fragrance Lake Trail, a 5.5-mile round-trip trek, or drive up the bumpy gravel Cleator Road to hike the newer Rock Trail, completed in 2014. This fascinating trail is only 1 mile round-trip and includes unique geological features called tafoni, which are honeycomb holes worn into the sandstone. Cliffs with exposed rock layers and conglomerates, as well as giant, mossy boulders, are additional highlights of this trail. 

Tips: You can read about the tafoni and other geologic phenomena on Dave Tucker’s excellent website, Northwest Geology Field Trips. A Discover Pass is required to park at Larrabee and all state parks. 

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