Summer Activities in Whatcom and Skagit Counties

Summer 2020 wasn’t what any of us expected.

Lockdown and quarantine were in full effect, and we all missed out on those special summer activities we look forward to every year.

Summer 2021 is a different story! The sun is out, life is returning to normal, and many of those summer activities we all love are becoming safe for us to enjoy once again.

Although it might seem a little biased, at PogoZone, we consider ourselves some of the luckiest people in the world because we get to enjoy the summertime in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

If you’re as lucky as we are to be tucked away in the upper left, or you have the chance to visit our beautiful state, then we highly recommend checking out Whatcom and Skagit counties for a mini-getaway.

With an abundance of camping and hiking options, an incredible selection of outdoor events, and many extreme adventures available, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better place to enjoy your summer months.

Here are a few of our favorite activities to do this summer in Whatcom and Skagit Counties.

Hiking and Camping

When you hear about the Pacific Northwest, inevitably, you’re told about the abundance of hiking and camping destinations in the area.

Both Whatcom and Skagit counties are tucked between the shadows of the North Cascade Mountain Range and the beautiful San Juan Islands.

Amongst it all, you will find so many hiking and camping options, and it could make your head spin.

But once you get out into the wilderness, everything settles down, and the destination becomes much less important than the journey itself.

Whether you’re interested in a relaxing family car-camping experience or you’re looking to push your limits with a rugged backpacking experience, Whatcom and Skagit county can provide.

Take a look at these hiking and camping resources when you’re planning your next trip, and check out our recommended camping gadgets before you take off!

Whatcom County Hiking & Camping Resources:

City of Bellingham: Great Hikes Near Bellingham

Whatcom Talk: 7 Whatcom County Hikes You May Have Missed

Google Travel: Whatcom County Hiking Destinations

City of Bellingham: Summer Camping in Whatcom County

Whatcom Talk: Into The Woods – 9 Locations to Car Camp in Whatcom County

Skagit County Hiking & Camping Resources:

Google Travel: Skagit County Hiking Destinations

Visit Skagit Valley: Hike Skagit

Kid Insider: Best Hiking in Skagit County

Google: Skagit County Camping

Go Skagit: Top 10 Local Campgrounds

Visit Skagit Valley: North Cascade National Park Camping

Outdoor Events

When the Coronavirus pandemic struck the world, one industry suffered worse than most.

Throughout 2020, an innumerable amount of events were canceled indefinitely, and even still, not all events are happening in 2021.

But, many have returned, and we’re so excited to attend some of our favorite community events once again!

Whether you’re interested in family activities, activities for kids, or adult activities, there’s an event for everyone this summer.

Outdoor concerts, Farmer’s Markets, Kid’s Camps, Wine or Beer Tours…you name it, our counties have it.

Take a look at these event calendars, and you’ll indeed find something that catches your eye!

Whatcom County Outdoor Events Resources:

City of Bellingham Event Calendar

Whatcom Talk Event Calendar

Google Event Calendar: Whatcom County

Kid Insider: Whatcom County Outdoor Kidtivities

Skagit County Outdoor Events Resources:

Go Skagit: Local Event Calendar

Google Event Calendar: Skagit County

Kid Insider: Skagit Ultimate Summer Guide

Explore Skagit Valley Event Calendar

Extreme Adventures

Finally, we wanted to include some options for those adventurous souls who like to travel off the beaten path.

While Whatcom and Skagit Counties are filled with activities for the whole family, there are also many options for those looking to push their limits.

Mount Baker towers over Whatcom County and provides a world-class ski experience during the summer. The mountain is packed with day hikes but if you want to take it a little further, consider summiting this iconic mountain on a glacial hike.

If you’re an extreme sports enthusiast missing that winter powder, you might want to check out Mount Galbraith’s world-class mountain biking. Just make sure you have all the mountain biking gadgets you need to have the best experience possible.

If it’s a family adventure you’re looking for, the San Juan Islands might be just the spot. Check out our blog post about all the things to do on Lummi Island or explore lesser-known destinations like Cypress or Vendovi Islands! And don’t forget about the whale watching tours if you want to see orca whales and other marine life in their favorite habitat.

You can easily take a ferry to the islands, but consider flying with San Juan Airlines, if you want a beautiful and unique experience!

If it’s a nighttime adventure you’re feeling, we highly recommend the Bellingham Bioluminescence Paddle. Just try to line it up with a new moon for the best experience!


As you can see, there’s an activity for every person to enjoy in Whatcom and Skagit Counties. Now it’s time to fasten those hiking boots, pack that tent, pick out your favorite event outfit, sum up the courage for a new adventure, and join us for an unforgettable summer!


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