If you haven’t figured it out on your own, one of our favorite parts of the Northwest is our access to the great outdoors! Besides all the one-of-a-kind landmarks around us, the Chuckanut mountain range is literally right out our front doors. There’s a lot to explore, here are some of our usual day trips and camps.  

1) Cedar Lake

Trailhead: A couple miles down Old Samish Highway you’ll find a good sized parking lot on the South side of the road—it even has bathrooms!  48.691421, -122.453054

Pass Required? Yes, Discover Pass.

Complete with full lake loop and viewpoint overlooking the lake and Southeastern Chuckanuts, Cedar is a one-stop-shop for anyone looking to experience a backwoods lake. This is one of the busiest destinations in the Chuckanuts. Expect day hikers and trail runners with friendly pups at any time of the day. The trail is in great shape (the first mile is a calf burner!) and grants you access to deeper Chuckanut mountain adventures. 

Mt. Baker is visible from the Cedar Lake view point on a clear day. 

2) Pine Lake  

Ok, I’m cheating here. Pine and Cedar lakes are basically the same destination, less than half a mile apart, Pine is the further lake of the two lakes that pair for a pleasant day adventure.

Trailhead: Same as Cedar Lake. Parking lot accessible off Old Samish Highway  48.691421, -122.453054

Pass Required? Yes, Discover Pass.

The crowd thins out here, mostly due to limited trail access around the lake. If you’re a backpacker, you’ll find all you need in the single campsite on a peninsula in the near middle of the lake. If it weren’t for the full trees surrounding the campsite, you’d have nearly a 360 degree view of the lake from the log bench. This is a killer spot for feeling like you’re further in the woods than you really are. Not much hiking around the lake, but if you’re on a day hike this is a great spot for lunch!

3) Lost Lake

Trailhead: This depends on your preference. Lost Lake is near the heart of the Chuckanuts and there’s more than one way to get there! Check out North Lost Lake Trail as an access point out of Arroyo, or the new Rock Trail as a connector.

Pass Required? Depends on where you park! A Discover Pass is always a safe bet for the Chuckanuts.

The name of the lake does not disappoint, this is the most secluded of the 4 lakes. While in season, fishers will find an ample supply of Lake Trout, the challenge is avoiding the shoreside snags! There is a primitive trail that goes along the Eastern side of the lake, otherwise don’t expect the luxuries you find at Fragrance and Pine Lakes.

If you’re traversing to Lost lake from from Pine and Cedar Lakes, make sure you check out the viewpoint on the Raptor Ridge Trail (I promise it’s not always this foggy).

Foggy morning at the Raptor Ridge lookout.

4) Fragrance Lake

Trailhead: Roadside parking on Chuckanut Highway across the street from Larrabee State Park, or you can use the State Park parking lot 48.653077, -122.490145

Pass Required? Yes, Discover Pass.

With the trailhead located just across the highway from Larrabee State Park, this is likely the busiest of the four lakes. The trail benefits from the heavy traffic with great trail maintenance, a full lake loop, multiple benches around the lake, and connecting trails that lead further into the Chuckanuts. Swimmers, fishers, trail runners, and day hikers are your likely fellow adventurers on this short lake destination.

The Fragrance Lake trail also features a short side trail to a viewpoint overlooking the bay and Larrabee State Park.   

Stones Throw cairn at the Fragrance Trail view point.

These are just a few of the destinations in the Chuckanut mountains. Where do your favorite adventures take you?