Alabama Hills is one of the new neighborhoods in Bellingham and is the perfect picture of suburbia. The area is almost all single-family homes. Connected in the south to one of the most beautiful and largest recreation areas in the area, this neighborhood is a dog walker's dream come true! You won’t find any amenities that you or your pup might be looking for, so you will have to hop into your car to find your best friend's essentials. Fortunately, this neighborhood is not very far from the downtown areas of Bellingham where you can find these stores and services.
Bellingham weather is, in general, quite mild. It is far enough north that being on the water means it rarely gets really hot and, as part of Puget Sound, snow and cold weather are rare events. Your biggest issues for walking will be rain storms from the Pacific that bring in heavy rain and wind.
Much of the terrain, unsurprisingly, is hilly since the neighborhood was built on a hill. Many of the elevation changes are mild though, so all is not lost if you are a newcomer to dog walking. You can usually find flat terrain that will be easy on you and your dog as you learn to exercise your walking legs! On the other hand, if you are a veteran walker, you can look forward to lots of hills in the neighborhood and in the adjacent park to the south.
The suburban nature of Alabama Hill does mean that many of the roads have no sidewalks and not much in the way of shoulders. You should be very cautious about walking the roads, especially when visibility is not great. Fortunately, there is also a trail that runs through the neighborhood that leads into Whatcom Falls Park, allowing you to get off the road and walk someplace safe.
Alabama Hill has one small park in the interior of the neighborhood. Highland Heights Park is a small park, but it has a lot of grass and trees to wander around in. The railroad trail also runs through the neighborhood and provides a safe place to walk as well as a greenway that gets your pup off of the concrete. This trail goes through a larger greenway where it intersects the trail that goes through Whatcom Falls Park. You can also drive to the park if it is too far to walk as it is adjacent to Alabama Hill on the south boundary. The park is 241 acres and has miles of trails to explore. Some of the most beautiful scenery in Washington is here and, to make things even better, the north area of the park above the creek has an off-leash area where your pup can run to their heart’s content.