Due to the March 24, 2020 "Stay at Home" order from Governor Inslee, we will no longer be marking trails. We do encourage families to continue to get outside, exercise and have fun with your immediate families. If you have come up with clever ways adventure in your backyard, neighborhood or close to home trails, let us know and we will share it with others! 

Each day, please send a photo or story about your adventures in the outdoors to jgallant@whatcomymca.org

Or you can share your image on our Facebook pages:

Week #1 Challenge: March 15

Our first challenge is a Trail Blazer favorite! We call it "Roller Coaster". This is a fun 2 3/4 mile loop. You'll find plenty of logs to balance on, trees to climb in and obstacles to jump over. The famous roller coaster section is about 1 1/2 miles from the start. Look for the flour arrows beginning near Lake Padden's play structure. Take Samish Way to the East entrance. Park near the playground or dog off-leash play area.

 

We would love to see photos from whatever outdoor adventure you choose today! Happy trails!

 

Week #1 Challenge: March 16

It was so much fun to read about your adventures yesterday. Thank you for sending photos and stories. They warmed our hearts. We entered 52 names in to the raffle! 

 

It is another beautiful day to get outdoors. Nature can provide significant relief from stress and anxiety.  These are difficult times for all of us so we encourage you more than ever to get outside and move your bodies! 

 

Which brings me to today’s challenge! We will be marking a 2 1/2 mile course through Cornwall Park. You can start near the playground off of Meridian. This is a great route for bicycles and strollers as well. Happy trails! 

Week #1 Challenge: March 17

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!  

 

You may find a few treasures on today's adventure! Unfortunately, it is not a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow but keep your eyes peeled while heading to Teddy Bear Cove today! 

 

You can park in the lot at North Chuckanut Trailhead off of Chuckanut Drive (just past Old Samish Road and before California Street). Follow the arrows to one of the most beautiful beaches in Washington. Please use caution when crossing Chuckanut Drive and the train tracks. If you want a shorter hike (or do not feel comfortable crossing Chuckanut) you can park in a pullout next to the trail down to Teddy Bear Cove. You can find the pullout on the right side of Chuckanut Drive just past the turn off for Woodstock Farm (1200 Chuckanut Dr).

Week #1 Challenge: March 18

WOW! We have had four gorgeous, sunny days in a row. Phew!  I don’t know about you but this weather is keeping me sane during this crazy time.

 

Today’s challenge course begins at Squalicum Creek Park (directions below). Follow the arrows from the playground to Little Squalicum Beach. Bring your four-legged “children” along because much of the course involves dog-off leash trails!

 

Remember, ANY adventure goes! If you cannot get out to the trails we mark feel free to pick another trail or simply run, bike or skip laps around your neighborhood! Happy Trails!


 

Week #1 Challenge: March 19

Today’s Challenge will take you to Hovander Park & Tennant Lake in Ferndale! Believe it or not, Hovander Park is only 12 miles from downtown Bellingham. It took me 18 minutes to drive there from the downtown Y. 

 

You can park in the lot near Hovander Homestead Park (directions below). The playground at Hovander is closed for construction (which is a good thing since we shouldn’t be playing on playgrounds right now anyway!) 

 

Say hello to the chickens and rabbits behind the big red barn before following the arrows to Tennant Lake. The Interpretive Center at Tennant Lake is closed but you can walk through the fragrance garden and then climb the 50-foot viewing tower to see spectacular views. The best news is that the boardwalk is open! It was closed during our last visit with the Trail Blazers so I am very excited for kids to get out on the boardwalk. 

Week #1 Challenge: March 20

Today’s Challenge will bring you to another Trail Blazers’ favorite! Big Rock Garden is a hidden gem in Whatcom County and you will have a blast exploring the surrounding trails! Unfortunately the gate to Big Rock Garden is closed. However , you can still park on Sylvan and access the trail by going around the gate until you see the arrows!

 

Once you get to Big Rock Garden, spend some time enjoying the lovely, peaceful sculpture garden. Just outside of the gate you will find arrows leading you on a fun 2 ½ mile adventure along the Silver Beach and Northridge Park trails. 

 

As always, if you see your friends during your adventures please say hello from afar! Happy Trails!
 

Week #1 Challenge: March 21

We have marked the start of the adventure at Lake Whatcom Park. There are mile markers along the Hertz Trail so you can choose how far you'd like to go.

 

You can go for a mile and turn around OR you can bike or run to the end of the trail (which is at the three-mile marker). This is a beautiful, flat trail along Lake Whatcom. It is great for bikes, leashed dogs and strollers! There are lots of spots to stop and skip rocks or have a picnic. Enjoy! 

Week #1 Challenge Winner

We drew one name out of a jar that was overflowing with raffle tickets. 226 raffle tickets to be exact! How cool is that? 226 outdoor adventures were had in the last seven days!

 

Congratulations to Winslow! She is the proud new owner of a rainbow tie-die Trail Blazers hoody AND a gift card to Bliss!

 

Receiving the photos and adventure stories made our week. THANK YOU, families! We will keep the raffle tickets in the jar and hope to add another 226 tickets this week (we'll need a bigger jar)! We will pick TWO winners for week two so adventure on and keep the photos and stories coming!

 

We added more photos to the Trail Blazers/Girls on the Run Challange gallery. We hope you enjoy looking at the photos as much as we do!