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Michael McFarlane

Whatcom County Parks & Recreation Headquarters
3373 Mount Baker Highway
Bellingham, Washington 98226
Telephone: (360) 733-2900

Whatcom County Parks & Recreation
View of Mount Baker from Canyon Lake Forest

Canyon Lake Community Forest -
Old Growth Forest and Canyon Lake Ridge Trail

This strenuous 7.5 miles round trip trail has a 150' elevation gain. The trail wanders up through the Canyon Lake watershed, passing waterfalls, great views and geologic outcrops, to the old growth forest area. The trail winds through this primeval forest of Alaska Yellow Cedar, Pacific Silver Fir and Mountain Hemlock, some 800 - 1,000 years old, to a ridgetop viewpoint of Mt. Baker and the surrounding area.


Canyon Lake Creek Community Forest is managed as a nature reserve. The park is an excellent place to view owls, bears, cougars, and the diminutive pica. In order to protect wildlife and enhance wildlife viewing, pets, livestock, and bikes are not allowed.

Upper Forest at Canyon Lake
Canyon Lake BridgeFireweedFossilView of Mt. BakerWaterfall

Storm Damage Notice:

The access road to Canyon Lake Community Forest was washed out in several places by the January 2009 storm. The road is closed at the gate, requiring a 5.7 mile hike to the trail heads.

For more information you can contact our Parks & Recreation Main Office from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday at:
Lead Ranger: Erika Miranda
Phone: 360.599.2776
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Go east on Mt. Baker Highway. After milepost 16, turn right on Mosquito Lake Road. Go 1.6 miles and turn left onto Canyon Lake Road. Follow signs and arrows on graveled access / logging road for 6.7 miles to the parking lot and lake.

Map to Canyon Lake Community Forestpdf