“An easy loop trail goes around the lake through open and wooded areas.
— Tad Davis
Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Swimming — Wildlife
This is a multi-use trail that can be crowded with walkers, strollers and leashed dogs.
Lake Padden Park is a community park established in 1972. Facilities include two picnic shelters, playground, beach with swimming area, restrooms, trails, parking, basketball court, softball fields, multi-purpose fields, barbecue grills, picnic tables, and fenced dog park. Lake Padden was once the drinking water source for Bellingham.
Starting at the Dog Park parking lot, you'll see a trailhead with a large map of all Lake Padden trails including the main loop described here. Head towards the lake on a mostly flat and open section with just some small rises for the first mile. You'll pass a playground and restroom at 0.25 miles. At the mile marker you'll be at the swimming area and another restroom. The trail now becomes rolling. Just before the 1.5 mile marker you'll cross a large bridge and head up the steepest hill on the loop. Stay to your left along the lake.
The trail will now roll and wind through the forest on the edge of the lake. You'll see various trails to your right which will take you up into the hills and singletrack known as the "Horse Trails." At the 2.5 mile marker you'll head downhill and make a large turn ending back at the sign where you started.