Canyon Lake Community Forest

The access road to Canyon Lake Community Forest, owned by Sierra Pacific, was washed out in several places from storm damage in 2009.  We have been working with the land owner and the Department of Natural Resources to provide road access to the trail head. Currently accessing the Forest requires a 5.7 mile hike to the trail head. 
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In 1993 an exceptional old growth forest was discovered and became Canyon Lake Community Forest.  With over 2,200 acres this nature reserve has opportunities to hike around a 45 acre lake filled with cutthroat trout or through an old-growth forest with trees 1,000 years old. The excellent habitat provides opportunities to see owls, bears, cougars, diminutive pica and more.
Canyon Lake Community Forest   
Phone: 360.599.2776
Located at:  Canyon Lake Rd
Deming, WA
Lead Ranger: Ted Sellers
  1. Trails
  2. Rules
Lake Loop Trail
The Lake Loop Trail is an easy 2 mile round trip trail meandering around Canyon Lake and through the forest. Viewpoints reveal the features of the lake, from the cutthroat trout living in the lake to the massive landslide that formed the lake, probably as a result of a major earthquake within the last 200 years. A trailside exhibit features a well-preserved palm frond fossil.

Easy, 2 miles round trip

Old Growth Forest and Canyon Lake Ridge Trail
This strenuous trail is approximately 3.7 miles to the ridge viewpoint via the main trail and an elevation gain of 2,150 feet. The trail wanders through the Canyon Lake watershed, passing waterfalls, great views and geologic outcrops, to the old growth forest of Alaska Yellow Cedar, Pacific Silver Fir and Mountain Hemlock that are 800 to 1,000 years old, to a ridge top viewpoint of Mt. Baker and the surrounding area. Please plan at least 5 - 6 hours to hike this trail.

Strenuous, 7.5 miles round trip

Nature Reserve
Canyon Lake Community Forest is managed as a nature reserve. The park is an excellent place to view owls, bears, cougars, and the diminutive pica.  In order to protect wildlife and enhance wildlife viewing, pets, livestock, and bikes are not allowed.

The $3.7 million funding to purchase the forest was made possible through the generous support of The Paul G. Allen Forest Foundation, Whatcom County Conservation Futures Fund, and many community donors.