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      An up and coming multi use area for riders, trail runners and hikers. Currently, there are 6 miles of hiking and biking trails and 8 miles of gated forest roads available for exploration. Hike or bike on existing trails through second-growth forest, gorges, past two waterfalls, and up to a scenic overlook for a peek-a-boo view of Lake Whatcom and Bellingham.

      Lower Loop Trail
      This one-mile loop connects the trailhead to the Lookout and Waterfall Loop Trails over gentle terrain. Hike or bike your way through a forest canopy of young Hemlock, Douglas Fir, Red Cedar, Big Leaf Maple and Alder trees.

      Waterfall Loop Trail
      Two waterfalls are accessed by a short loop trail near the junction of the Lower Lookout Trail and the Waterfall Loop Trail.

      Lookout Loop Trail
      This 3.6 mile loop trail begins shortly after the road crossing. The trail to the south climbs quickly up the hill on an old forest road while the North Fork meanders along a small ridge before crossing a wetland and climbing steeply on a combination of old roads and single track trail. From the upper intersection where these trails meet, a spur trail leads up through a hardwood forest to a viewpoint where you will find views of Lake Whatcom and Mount Baker.

      History & Planning
      Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve is comprised of the former Olsen Property and land reconveyed from the Department of Natural Resources to Whatcom County in the spring of 2014. Planning for future expansion of the Preserve is ongoing. Please visit the Lake Whatcom Reconveyance planning page for more information.

      Accessed by a trailhead adjacent to Sudden Valley, Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve spans 4,430 acres on the west side of Lake Whatcom. Current trailhead amenities include parking and restrooms.
      Primary Trail Type: All-Mountain & Downhill
      eBikes Allowed: No
      Land Status: State Park
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      Trails (view details)
      46
      Trails Mountain Bike
      45
      Trails E-Bike
      1
      Trails Hike
      40
      Trails Trail Running
      40
      Total Distance
      53 miles
      Total Descent
      22,039 ft
      Total Vertical
      2,277 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      2,664 ft
      Reports
      414
      Photos
      443
      Ridden Counter
      11,823

      Photos of Lookout Mountain Mountain Bike

      trail: Cougar Ridge
      93 |
      Nov 6, 2023 @ 10:23pm
      Nov 6, 2023
      trail: Cougar Ridge
      86 |
      Sep 13, 2023 @ 1:17pm
      Sep 13, 2023
      trail: Cougar Ridge
      146 |
      Sep 13, 2023 @ 1:17pm
      Sep 13, 2023
      trail: Cougar Ridge
      126 |
      Sep 13, 2023 @ 1:17pm
      Sep 13, 2023
      trail: Cougar Ridge
      707 |
      Dec 3, 2019 @ 8:54am
      Dec 3, 2019
      trail: Cougar Ridge
      710 |
      Oct 24, 2018 @ 3:41pm
      Oct 24, 2018
      477 |
      Jun 11, 2017 @ 9:55pm
      Jun 11, 2017
      1,590 |
      Apr 4, 2016 @ 8:00pm
      Apr 4, 2016
      | 2 comments

      Videos of Lookout Mountain Mountain Bike

      Wiggin out
      8:30 | 573 | Mar 29, 2019
      youtuber Galbraith is Mid Tier at Best
      17:18 | 71 | Jan 22, 2024 , Bellingham
      Galbraith: Cougar Ridge (super-fun spicy-blue...
      9:09 | 56 | Sep 5, 2023 , Bellingham
      youtuber Conquering Cougar Ridge // Bellingham, Wa
      12:35 | 329 | May 30, 2023 , Bellingham
      youtuber Cougar Ridge - Bellingham Mountain Biking
      6:05 | 352 | Feb 26, 2023 , Bellingham
      Lookout Mountain - Bellingham Washington
      1:57 | 191 | Oct 5, 2022 , Bellingham
      Lookout Mountain - Bellingham Washington
      1:57 | 112 | Oct 5, 2022 , Bellingham
      Cougar Ridge - Bellingham, WA
      6:26 | 166 | Aug 18, 2022 , Bellingham

      Recent Trail Reports

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      Apr 10, 2024
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      Feb 18, 2024
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      Feb 3, 2024
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      Cougar Ridge
      Feb 1, 2024 @ 10:56am
      Feb 1, 2024
      WetMostly running good, a couple small trees...easyveazie
      Austin Avenue
      Dec 15, 2023 @ 2:39am
      Dec 15, 2023
      Wetjudge-shredd
      Baneberry Trail
      Dec 11, 2023 @ 5:02am
      Dec 11, 2023
      WetNot fun as usual.Joeintern

      Activity Feed

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      Tyflymtb420riddentrailactivity #50998137
      Apr 9, 2024 @ 10:48pm
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      Recent Comments

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      SofakingninjatrailBaneberry TrailVery steep not a green. No technical just...
      Nov 1, 2023 @ 3:14pm
      Nov 1, 2023
      mrbrighteyestrailCougar RidgeDouble blue diamond
      Jul 31, 2023 @ 11:19am
      Jul 31, 2023
      awoodwardreportRufus Creek TrailAs of yesterday (April 19th). Forgot to report...
      Apr 20, 2023 @ 11:48pm
      Apr 20, 2023
      mrbrighteyestrailCougar RidgeSaw a cougar up here the other day! Must be...
      Dec 19, 2022 @ 12:56pm
      Dec 19, 2022
      ScottJiroustrailHigh Pressure Oil Access / Service pathDon’t try to access the park from...
      Sep 23, 2022 @ 10:23pm
      Sep 23, 2022

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      Galbraith 50 104 16 33.7 km
      Lake Padden 1 54.5 km
      Blanchard Mountain 3 20 4 15.1 km
      Samish Crest Open Space 28 75.8 km

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike4552 miles21,919 ft25 miles2,277 ft
      #2,116#1,1344404148,007
      E-Bike11 mile7 ft246 ft384 ft
      1286714
      Hike4045 miles18,051 ft19 miles2,277 ft
      #2,166#1,2852396367
      Trail Running4045 miles18,051 ft19 miles2,277 ft
      #2,172#1,284396153
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