Sehome Hill Arboretum, Bellingham

#10 of 22 in Parks in Bellingham
Nature / Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
Sehome (Lummi: six̠ʷóm), also called Sehome Hill, is a forested hill in Bellingham, Washington. The Sehome Hill Arboretum is an 180-acre (73-hectare) park of second growth forest is located on the hill, adjacent to the campus of Western Washington University. Though called an arboretum, the hilly expanse atop Sehome is not consciously planted as an exhibit of tree species, but naturally wooded and rich in the plant species (both native and nonnative) typical of the region. The arboretum is jointly managed by both the university and the city. Its care is overseen by the Sehome Arboretum Board of Governors, composed of city employees, university employees, university students, and city residents. The park offers students and city dwellers over 5 miles (8 km) of public trails for walking and running and, in some areas, bicycling. Unique features of the park include an 80-foot (24 m) wooden observation tower atop Sehome, with aerial views of Bellingham Bay to the south. There is also a large tunnel, hand cut into rock in 1923, originally used for car traffic in the early 1900s. Its tall, thin shape shows its creation for cars like Model T Fords of the day. Cars are no longer allowed in the tunnel and it is part of a trail along which hikers can walk.

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  • We were just out driving around, killing time until our hotel room was ready and happened to find this place. It is beautiful!!  more »
  • It is so great to know you can be right in town and take a little hike not far from home. I particularly love to come here in the fall when the leaves are turning and I am adjusting to the weather...  more »
  • My dog and I love this hike. Walk from western up the trails and make a loop out of it. The big fountain is a favorite on hot days before and after going up the trails.
  • Good walk and good views from tower. Park at bottom somewhere and walk up and back down. Unless you have little time or energy then drive up and walk to tower.
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