One of my favorite thinking spots along Bellingham Bay is Squalicum Beach, where the view opens over the Bay out to Lumi Island and the San Juans. Instead of walking onto the beach, I veer to the left, in through the grass and on to the bank. Sitting on the surprisingly comfortable concrete slabs resting along the banks edge, I find the varying and changing blues of the water, sky and distant islands peaceful. The long pier draws your eye east, away from the shore. The salty breeze, warm sun and gently lapping water make for moments untouchable by stress.
On sunny days, seagulls fly overhead while Canada geese swim through the sparkling ocean waves. Trains chug by, while an occasional plane flying out of Bellingham passes over. With nice days the parking lot remains full, and hikers set out from here on the Bay to Baker trail. Tucked back away from the Bellingham Marina, the waves here lap softly on the rough sand and pebbly shore. While certainly not secluded from people, this beach remains pleasant in a rather natural state.
To find little Squalicum Beach:
When traveling north on Eldridge Road, turn right onto Seaview Avenue. Just after passing under the train tracks, turn right onto the gravel section of Roeder Avenue. Or travel north on Roeder Avenue until it turns to gravel. Parking for the beach is just a stone’s throw down the gravel road.
The park closes at dusk and is not a recommended area for swimming or clamming.