The Padillla Bay Shore Trail Walk

Since the amount of time I am allowed to walk until my foot completely heals is about 20 minutes per day, we rode this walk on our bikes. I am allowed to ride freely and have happily rediscovered the joy of riding my bike! Aaron and I have walked this 4 1/2 mile round trip walk at least two times before. It is a lovely walk with wide open views of Padilla Bay, the farm land around Bayview, Washington, and even Mount Baker.

Mount Baker peeking out from The Padilla Bay Shore Trail

We set out on the last Saturday in July to attend the Samish Island Arts and Craft Show. We took our bikes, thinking we could explore this island on bike after our time at the show. Truth to tell, we had never been on Samish Island and weren’t exactly sure how to get there. From Bellingham, we drove south on I-5 to the Bow-Edison exit and followed the signs west to Edison, an artsy town that deserves a stop. Once through Edison, we followed the small green signs to Samish Island and found the art show. We thought we could explore the island on our bikes after the show but found that the narrow roads had no shoulders for bikes so decided to drive the short way down to Bayview, Washington and ride on this car-free picturesqueΒ trail.

The north end of The Padilla Bay Shore Trail with Padilla Bay beyond.

This trail has parking lots on both ends. We have always parked in the north parking lot, walked south 2 1/4 miles to the southern terminus, turned around and walked back. There are outhouses at both ends but no water. It was veryΒ hot the day we were there and I was glad we had wheels. Be sure to bring water!

Little Indian Slough….one of the two sloughs visible at low tide.
Old wooden building on slough
Little Indian Slough
No Name Slough from Padilla Bay Shore Trail

This is a great walk fairly close to Bellingham. Add this to a day of museums, art galleries, farmers markets, and antique hunting in LaConnor or Edison (both near by) and you have a wonderful plan for any Saturday.

Happy walking!

Yours Truly,









2 thoughts on “The Padillla Bay Shore Trail Walk

  1. kathietupper August 9, 2017 / 5:35 am

    What a great walk/ride, Ann! I have done the shore walk many times, including on crutches, while rehabbing foot/ankle stuff. It’s great for that because it’s so flat. And lovely. I am glad you are out on your bike, as it’s such a great alternative when walking is limited. Continue healing well, and thanks for the post!


  2. artmaker85 August 9, 2017 / 6:47 am

    As always, I love your writing and pictures! Makes me want to get out and GO! Loved seeing you and Aaron this last weekend. Be safe going home today. πŸ™‚ On to more Happy Trails…..<3 Lynne


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