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Fragrance Lake Trail

Larrabee State Park

Northern Puget Sound, Washington

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Fragrance Lake Trail

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  • The first few switchbacks take you up to the Interurban Trail junction.- Fragrance Lake Trail
  • The trail continues on the other side of the Interurban Trail. - Fragrance Lake Trail
  • The first stretch passes through dense forest.- Fragrance Lake Trail
  • At 0.9 miles in, choose to take a 0.2-mile side trail to a viewpoint overlooking the Puget Sound.- Fragrance Lake Trail
  • The San Juan Islands from the viewpoint.- Fragrance Lake Trail
  • There are benches on several of the switchbacks.- Fragrance Lake Trail
  • Mixed forest.- Fragrance Lake Trail
  • Fragrance Lake from the south shore.- Fragrance Lake Trail
  • You can walk around the lake on a 0.7-mile loop trail.- Fragrance Lake Trail
  • A view of the lake from the west shore.- Fragrance Lake Trail
  • A small boardwalk on the lake loop. - Fragrance Lake Trail
  • A bench on the east shore.- Fragrance Lake Trail
  • A bridge on the lake loop.- Fragrance Lake Trail
  • Not too cold for this guy.- Fragrance Lake Trail
  • Choose to make a loop back down to the Interurban Trail via Fragrance Lake Road.- Fragrance Lake Trail
  • - Fragrance Lake Trail
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Pros: 
Scenic lake. Great view from the overlook.
Cons: 
Many trail junctions.
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Region:
Northern Puget Sound, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
900.00 ft (274.32 m)
Parking Pass: 
Washington Discovery Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.70 mi (7.56 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
150.00 ft (45.72 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Settled in the midst of the Chuckanut Mountains just 1000 feet above the Puget Sound, Fragrance Lake is an enjoyable day hike during any season. Within the extensive trail system of Larrabee State Park, the lake can be accessed from virtually every direction, and it is a great addition to a trip to its larger neighbor, Lost Lake.

The route departs from a pullout on Chuckanut Drive, climbing steeply but briefly to intersect the lengthy green corridor of the Interurban Trail. Spot a bench across the way to resume the hiker-only path into a hilly second-growth forest of cedar and Douglas fir. Close to a mile in, an optional 0.2-mile path takes you to an overlook with views that stretch into the heart of the San Juan Islands.

Back on route, continue winding through the mixed forest and a few forgiving switchbacks until you reach a junction beyond a mossy bike barrier. Head left for Fragrance Lake, and stay right if you plan on extending your trip via the South Lost Lake Trail. In another 0.1 miles, a junction marks the lake’s loop trail. Head right for the quickest distance to a lakeside rest, where you’ll find a bench on the south shore near a giant rock that slopes gently into the water. If this area is occupied, keep circling around and you’ll find another pleasant nook with benches along the east shore.

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