Sehome Hill Arboretum, Bellingham

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Sehome (Lummi: six̠ʷóm), also called Sehome Hill, is a forested hill in Bellingham, Washington. The Sehome Hill Arboretum is an 180-acre (73-hectare) park of second growth forest is located on the hill, adjacent to the campus of Western Washington University. Though called an arboretum, the hilly expanse atop Sehome is not consciously planted as an exhibit of tree species, but naturally wooded and rich in the plant species (both native and nonnative) typical of the region. The arboretum is jointly managed by both the university and the city. Its care is overseen by the Sehome Arboretum Board of Governors, composed of city employees, university employees, university students, and city residents. The park offers students and city dwellers over 5 miles (8 km) of public trails for walking and running and, in some areas, bicycling. Unique features of the park include an 80-foot (24 m) wooden observation tower atop Sehome, with aerial views of Bellingham Bay to the south. There is also a large tunnel, hand cut into rock in 1923, originally used for car traffic in the early 1900s. Its tall, thin shape shows its creation for cars like Model T Fords of the day. Cars are no longer allowed in the tunnel and it is part of a trail along which hikers can walk.
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  • We drove to the Arboretum parking area and the lookout was just a short hike. Wonderful views from up there. Very peaceful place 
    We drove to the Arboretum parking area and the lookout was just a short hike. Wonderful views from up there. Very peaceful place  more »
  • We were just out driving around, killing time until our hotel room was ready and happened to find this place. It is beautiful!! 
    We were just out driving around, killing time until our hotel room was ready and happened to find this place. It is beautiful!!  more »
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  • Dope hiking spot. Especially since its basically still in town.
  • A beautiful and stunning forest with great trails to walk in. There is an observatory tower that is a few floors of steps that gives great views over the forest and Bellingham township. There is a lot of bird life in the trees in this forest. It is very steep in places so take your time when walking around.

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