Bellingham has some terrific running along the waterfront. We’ve combined two waterfront paths that can be run standalone or combined for a 10.6 mile spectacular!
The first section of the route is the The South Bay Trail — the signature waterfront run in Bellingham. The paved multi-use path follows Bellingham Bay for 2 miles from the central business district in Bellingham south to the Grace Statue on Taylor Dock. There are great views of the water, Lummi Island, and the Chuckanut Mountains. A particularly scenic section is the 1/2 mile Bellingham/Taylor Dock Boardwalk that juts into the bay. Start downtown at the waterside Maritime Heritage Park, or at the trailhead off Railroad Ave, 0.6 miles from the park.
The other waterfront goes around Squalicum Harbor, out to Zuanich Point. To access the path, run through Maritime Heritage Park. and then along Roeder Ave. (a bit industrial) for 0.5 miles. Join the paved waterfront path, which follows the water for 1.6 miles around the beautiful Hotel Bellwether, Squalicum Harbor, to Zuanich Point Park. Great water views and lots of gorgeous boats!
Add-Ons. In Bellingham, our Western Washington University/Arboretum route is 1/2 mile inland. At the Fairhaven end, add with the Lower Padden Creek and Larrabee Trail or some of the residential streets in Fairhaven and Edgemoor.
- Combined route is 10.6 miles; South Bay Trail is 4 miles out and back; Zuanich trail 3.2 miles out and bacl
- 391 feet (119m) for combined route
- Maritime Heritage Park is a good central starting point; Or at trailheads