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Whatcom Falls

Whatcom Falls is by far the easiest waterfall to access in Bellingham, yet this impressive two-part cascade is well-worth the visit!

Hiking Easy

980 m
31 m
31 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
90 m
High Point
107 m
Whatcom Falls Map

To reach Whatcom Falls, you'll walk directly from the trailhead and descend a paved path to reach the stone bridge that crosses the stream. From the vaulted bridge, you'll enjoy a jaw-dropping view of the thundering falls just upstream. This is the main falls, and it's an impressive sight to behold!


While you just accessed the main falls in mere seconds, there are over three and a half miles of trails winding through Whatcom Falls Park, and it's well worth exploring more of these wide, easy paths. If you follow the route as mapped, you'll visit the lower Whirlpool Falls as well.

Whirlpool Falls isn't nearly as tall as the upper falls, but this beautiful cascade drops into a gorgeous pool that swirls in a rock basin, with impressive trees towering overhead. "Whirlpool Falls is a very popular swimming hole within the park," according to Wikipedia. "The falls themselves are only about ten feet in height, but the cliffs adjacent to the falls reach to about 30 feet (9.1 m) high. During the summer, one can usually watch swimmers jumping from these tall cliffs into the punchbowl pool below," the writer continues.

Once done at Whirlpool Falls, you can either retrace your steps to your car as mapped or continue exploring the other trails in this incredible city park.



Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

all year round


  • Picturesque
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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