Shifting Gears provides opportunities to explore beyond the boundaries of Bellingham and what the mountains of Washington offer. Do you love keeping your feet on the ground, moving slowly through the outdoors, and taking in the gorgeous landscape of places like Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest? If so, we encourage you to join us for one of our monthly day hikes!
Our Day Hikes are designed to make individuals feel comfortable and empowered on hiking trails. The day hikes vary in length and elevation gain, but typically we find routes that are achievable for everyone. Expect to hike around 6-9 miles and 1500' - 3000' depending on the hike.
We are here to adventure together, work through challenges, and celebrate every one of us for taking a chance to set out on an adventure together. We spend all day at a casual pace, taking breaks when needed, taking in the sights, and supporting each other.
Day hikes are at least two trip leaders, so there will always be someone there to provide you with directions, help, fuel, emotional support, and more! The day hikes are free to participate in and open to all women. We provide transportation and depart from downtown Bellingham. You can expect to spend a full day with us! We limit the groups to 10 participants; pre-registration is required through the links below.
Lake Ann Day Hike
August 26, 2023
The trail starts in cool woods and descends about 2 miles and 800 feet to a lush meadow and Swift Creek. Then the trail switches uphill 1000 feet through boulder fields and meadows. At about 4 miles you reach the saddle above Lake Ann. The close-up view of Mt. Shuksan and its glaciers is unforgettable. Now and again you hear the crack and crash of ice calving off the glaciers and the roar of dozens of waterfalls.
Length: 8.6 Miles
Elevation Gain: 2,047ft
Chain Lakes Day Hike
September 30, 2023
Hike through rock formations and catch views of soaring mountain tops on the Chain Lakes Trail. You can see Mount Shuksan, Mount Herman, and Table Mountain. There are multiple beautiful blue lakes of all sizes such as Iceberg Lake and Bagley Lakes scattered along the way. The lakes have campsites and beaches and are good places for swimming.
Length: 6.2 Miles
Elevation Gain: 1,794ft
Yellow Aster Butte Day Hike
October 8, 2023
Incredible views all around. Steady incline for the first couple of miles through the forest then becomes more gradual as it opens up through the stunning meadows. Vistas are incredible most of the way, you’ll keep wanting to take photos. The last stretch toward the peak is very steep. Absolutely worth the gorgeous views!
Length: 8.2 Miles
Elevation Gain: 2,828ft
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