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Lake Padden Loop

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 4.0 (5)

An easy loop trail goes around the lake through open and wooded areas.


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2.7

Miles

4.3

KM

99%

Runnable

498' 152 m

High

450' 137 m

Low

78' 24 m

Up

76' 23 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Wildlife

Runner Notes

This is a multi-use trail that can be crowded with walkers, strollers and leashed dogs.

Description

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.

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Shared By:

Tad Davis

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Photos

The pack on the Lake Padden Loop
Apr 28, 2015 near Geneva, WA
Cresting the last small hill at the end of the Lake Padden Loop.
Apr 26, 2015 near Geneva, WA
A little runner enjoys a flat section of the Lake Padden Loop.
Apr 26, 2015 near Geneva, WA
Intersection of the Lake Padden Loop and Lake Padden Horse Trails
Apr 26, 2015 near Geneva, WA
Flat, crushed gravel section of the Lake Padden Loop on a fall day.
Apr 13, 2015 near Bellingham, WA
Flat crushed gravel section of the Lake Padden Loop.
Apr 13, 2015 near Bellingham, WA

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