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.
In the 1850s, coal-mining claims were made on Sehome and two coal scouts named Henry Hewitt and William Brown who were working for Henry Roeder's lumber mill found coal. The Bellingham Bay Coal Company was founded and began work in 1855. Tunnels are said to be laced through Sehome Arboretum but their exact locations and the tunnel's entrances are no longer known. Logging has taken place in the arboretum since the 1800s with operations ongoing as recently as 1906. The land became a park in 1922 and an arboretum in 1967, with the closure of most of the park to automobiles.
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Zac Owen | Jan 7, 2018
I good place to just relax and take a walk. There is lots of bouldering here as well if you are into that. But if you ever want a place close to downtown just to walk around then this is your place!
Chris Zuber | Mar 25, 2018
I was very surprised how many trails there are too explore. Some are better maintained than others, so you don't have to hike a paved trail if you don't want to.
Mike Linebrink | Apr 7, 2018
Easy parking, well marked trails for a stroll through the woods
Scott Meyering | Apr 4, 2018
Lots of places to explore and hang out here, it is great.
Jeffrey Wilges | Oct 10, 2017
A nice option in town for trail running and walking; plus, the arboretum offers a scattering of easy-access sandstone boulders of varying quality. Bring a crash pad and enjoy some casual climbing.
Beth Joy | May 28, 2018
Nice walking trails. Gorgeous view of Bellingham and the surrounding mountains from the tower. Be prepared for a workout! Perfect on foot, little rough pushing a stroller but we made it. Bit of advice: if you really want a workout, park at the top of the hill and walk all way around. Pretty trees and landscape.
Bethany Waller | May 9, 2018
Well worth! Beautiful views and lots of paced trails.
Steve Austin | May 27, 2018
Great trails of varying difficulty. Stunning views.
Sarah Bond-Yancey | Jul 8, 2018
One of the prettiest places to walk in Bellingham. Be sure to visit the tower!
David Morse | Jul 3, 2018
A lot of great trails and views. Bring bug spray!
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