Whatcom Falls, Washington

If you live near Bellingham, you may have already heard of Whatcom Falls. If you haven’t, or you’re planning on visiting, you should check out Whatcom Falls Park. This very easy to visit waterfall is found just west of the city center, and the park is enjoyable, even if you’re not planning on visiting the waterfall.

After getting to the park, which isn’t extremely difficult, it’s just a short two minute walk to the falls (maybe even less than that). If I remember correctly, it might even be handicapped accessible. It’s that easy! It was sprinkling when I visited (which isn’t really shocking), though it was expected to get windier and stormier as the day progressed. After finding the main waterfall, I went in search of others. There is a rather complex trail system which is well set up. I thought I had read there was a smaller Whatcom Falls, but couldn’t seem to find it along Whatcom Creek. After wandering around for a while, I gave up, since it wasn’t particularly warm on this early-November day (though it was still a great day to see the main falls). After looking at a few other pictures, I don’t remember how easy it would have been to get the creek from the trail, but there may be some great shots with the bridge going over the creek. I didn’t try that option…


  1. From Bellingham, head west on Lakeway Drive.
  2. After the intersection of Woburn/Yew Street, the next junction on your left will be Silver Beach Road. Turn left onto Silver Beach Road.
  3. This will lead you into the park. If I remember correctly, there are signs pointing the way to the falls/creek bridge. I remember the parking area being directly opposite a picnic/playground area. (If in doubt, look for the creek and walk adjacent to the creek. The falls are just upstream from the bridge over the creek.)

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 20′
Length of Hike: 0.1 miles round-trip

Whatcom Falls in November 2013

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