After a long day at the office, the Bay to Baker Trail offers a convenient dose of nature right in the heart of Bellingham.
Although still in its infancy, this rails-to-trails conversion will eventually extend 74 miles from Bellingham Bay to the Mount Baker Ski Area. Currently, two segments of the trail are open, one in Bellingham and the other between Maple Falls Park and the town of Glacier.
Starting from Little Squalicum Park in Bellingham, the route follows an abandoned railroad right-of-way and connects a string of city parks. Leaving the park, the trail turns east and descends to Squalicum Creek Park, a worthy detour, where much work is being done to restore and enhance fish and wildlife habitat. Continue onward, curving northeast and ultimately ending at the overpass on Northwest Avenue. If you have time for a bit more walking, you can follow Squalicum Way to Cornwall Park, less than a mile away, before retracing your steps to Squalicum Beach.
Maple Falls Park:
Just off of Highway 542, this segment of the trail starts at Maple Falls Park. As it heads east it gets closer to the highway which it parallels to its end in the town of Glacier.