On a clear day, driving up to the Cyrus Gates Overlook, you may wonder if it's even worth going on a hike. Believe me, it totally is. Please forgive me while I wax poetic about the trail, but it's not often that you can drive less than ten minutes from your house and find such a remarkable trail.
Budding geologists will find a haven on the Rock Trail, as the trail skirts sandstone rock walls, concave in places, with interesting cubbyholes, and dripping ferns. Continue further on the trail as it winds down through two mossy erratics—a Tolkien landscape made tangible. Continue on, and shortly thereafter meet up with the Lost Lake Trail. The largest of the Chucaknut range's lakes, Lost Lake offers fishing and picnic spots, and a waterfall along the south Lost Lake trail.
We hiked out to the Rock Trail just after a moderate snowfall in Bellingham. Encountering slushy-mudholes on Cleator Rd, we had to park the Jeep midway and hike an extra mile and a half or so to the Cyrus Gates Overlook. Many of the trails along the ridge boasted nearly a foot of snow, but dissipated from the trail with each set of steps down. The snow added an intrigue of the landscape, coupled with the lush green of ferns shaking powder from their fronds.
For additional information on the Rock Trail, check out the following:
Washington Trails Association
The Bellingham Herald