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South Ridge Trail

Intermediate

Trail

0.5 mile 0.8 kilometer point to point
75% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 270' 82 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 561' 171 m
Low: 291' 89 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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Trail shared by Eric Ashley

A great ridgeline trail with some climbs and a strong natural feel despite being in the city.

Eric Ashley

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Quite a nice option if you want a more natural tread and a workout.

Description

The South Ridge Trail starts climbing from the southern tip of the arboretum. It quickly crosses over the Fairhaven Trail to a small flight of stairs. Clusters of roots and a steady grade at the bottom will keep runners working as the trail twists about.

Very soon though the grade lessens and the singletrack continues to move up along a rounded ridgeline and up past the Douglas Fir Trail. Above, a nice patch of crowding salal gives the trail a delightfully natural feel even though the faint hum of traffic reminds you of how close you are to the roads. The trees eventually become denser, but the pleasant open-woods feel persists.

Along the way, there are a number of connecting social paths that scamper around the woods to one viewpoint or rock. By sticking to the most traveled path you should stay on track without much issue. Where the trail turns to the left near the top it enters into a especially nice wood depression full of ferns and trees. From there, it's just a hop and a skip to connect back to the Douglas Fir Trail.

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A variety of vegetation keeps Sehome Arboretum looking lush year-round.
Jan 11, 2018 near Bellingham, WA
You'd hardly guess this trail skirts the road to the top of the hill.
Jan 11, 2018 near Bellingham, WA

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