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Sehome Hill Arboretum

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Address: Bill McDonald Pkwy at 25th Street, Bellingham, WA

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Great place to hike!

We planned our walking tour of Bellingham and Fairhaven to include walking through the Arboretum. We approached the Arboretum from the north, via Jersey Street. The climb from... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2017
Cliff S
Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

We planned our walking tour of Bellingham and Fairhaven to include walking through the Arboretum. We approached the Arboretum from the north, via Jersey Street. The climb from that direction is not for the faint of heart. The Arboretum is a lovely place to escape to within the city. You can easily spend an hour or more exploring it. We... More 

1 Thank Cliff S
Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

There is a good chance you'll have to share the view with a college kid or two. However, if you get the right time and are alone, it can be extremely peaceful. The walk up is a fairly steep incline, but not difficult. You will likely be winded though! There is parking at the bottom, but you still have to... More 

2 Thank dansonman22
Bellingham, Washington
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Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

I walk my way to work through here almost every day. It's a great walk that offers a main trail thats pretty easy, as well as more difficult side trails. Or you can just go off the trail.

Thank rampagingUNI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

Trails maintained for any access level. Most of the trails are gently sloped so its easy to take a long or short walk through the woods. There are several paved roads so even in rainiest conditions its easy to walk without getting your shoes muddy. Observation tower is built sturdy to last many generations of enjoyment. Steady foot traffic with... More 

1 Thank PattiWall
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

The Sehome Hill Arboretum is a great place for a walk. Make sure to go to the observation tower for a nice view.

Thank irisho_10
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 24 September 2016

After a great meal at Boomer's Drive-In we drove to the top and walked to the tower. On the drive up we saw wildlife just off to the side of the road. Even on a cloudy day the view from the tower was enjoyable and could see Bellingham Bay. The tunnel was a cool section of trail with a brief... More 

1 Thank Neil J
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

The Arboretum has a very long climb from base to the top of the hill, so expect to get a good workout. The view from the Observation Tower is impressive, and walking through the short tunnel was fun. We took a detour while at the base of the hill to explore the neighboring university and see the sculptures and architecture... More 

2 Thank OnRoader44
Greenville, South Carolina
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Reviewed 17 September 2016

The nature trails are well-traveled, so ease of access is good. I recommend good traction footwear, especially if the weather is wet. The view is worth the short hike, which is about 500 feet of elevation gain.

Thank globalexplorer1
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 27 August 2016

How lucky to have this right in town. We hike in the arboretum once or twice a week. Often are the only ones there, (early morning) esp on weekends. College kids sleeping in. Sometimes run into do g walkers. Don't miss the fire tower lookout. Great view of Bham.

1 Thank klmf65
Vancouver, Washington
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Reviewed 3 August 2016

Gentle hiking trails in a wooded setting above Bellingham. Partial views of the bay. Pleasant area. Climb the tower for the best views. Fall and winter offer better views when the foliage is off of the trees.

1 Thank Lorraine D

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