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118 mi 190 km of trail 5 Featured Rides

Easy Trails 66 Trails Intermediate Trails 63 Trails Hard Trails 12 Trails

Nestled between Lake Whatcom and the bay, Bellingham is outrageously well-stocked with recreational opportunities. The seven different sports that make up the annual Ski to Sea Race stages are a great showcase of the variety of activities that can be enjoyed in this small city. In addition to plenty of local parks, the town also boasts Washington's oldest state park, nearby Larrabee State Park. The multitude of outdoor recreation options combined with an active restaurant and brewery scene, make this small town a recreational mecca that visitors won't want to miss.

Local Info

Galbraith Mountain is easily Bellingham's best known selection of trails, and it's easy to see why. With over 50-miles of trails intertwined with logging roads, there are a lot of options for all-mountain shredding and cross-country adventures. The trails on "Galby" draw visitors from all over the West Coast and beyond.

In addition to the wealth of trails at Galbraith, nearby Larrabee State Park and Chuckanut Recreation Area also feature great singletrack.

Bellingham is well-steeped in mountain biking and is lucky to have such a strong community of volunteers and avid riders. It's not just riders who are stoked on the area, as Transition Bikes and Canfield Brothers also have offices in Bellingham, and Kona Bikes is based out of nearby Ferndale.

Visiting Tips

Spring and fall are especially good times to visit the trails in and around Bellingham, and the summer is great too. A milder climate means that trails can generally be enjoyed year-round as long as riders comes prepared with the right gear and a willingness to tolerate some rain.

Camping & Lodging

Bellingham has an assortment of hotels, such as the adventurer friendly Heliotrope Hotel, but not many camping options. Larrabee State Park operates a campground, and the couple who owns the "Dollar Lot" offers a few seasonal campsites on Galbraith's south side.

Food & Drink

There's no lack for post-trail food and libations. Bellingham is well stocked in the brewery and restaurant department, so the biggest challenge may be choosing just one to try. Visit Bellingham Whatcom County's website for a list.

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0.9 mi 1.4 km
#1 Golden Spike
Bellingham, WA
0.9 mi 1.4 km Bellingham, WA
Bad / Closed
Update
Fallen Trees - Open to just past Road 2600 and then the rest of the trail has been obliterated by logging.
31 days ago
1.1 mi 1.8 km
#2 Double Down
Bellingham, WA
1.1 mi 1.8 km Bellingham, WA
Minor Issues
Update
Some Mud
44 days ago
0.7 mi 1.2 km
#3 Unemployment Line
Bellingham, WA
0.7 mi 1.2 km Bellingham, WA
All Clear
Update
Mostly Dry, Some Mud: Evolution and U-line were in near perfect condition. Atomic Dog was mostly dry with a few patches of mud towards the bottom.
2 days ago
1.2 mi 2.0 km
#4 SST
Bellingham, WA
1.2 mi 2.0 km Bellingham, WA
Bad / Closed
Update
Fallen Trees - The section from the top of SST to just before Checkpoint Lima has been obliterated by logging. Below there is running well.
31 days ago
1.1 mi 1.8 km
#5 Double Diamond
Bellingham, WA
1.1 mi 1.8 km Bellingham, WA
Minor Issues
Update
Muddy, Fallen Trees - Some mud and one downed tree. Still in great shape.
44 days ago
0.8 mi 1.2 km
#6 Pony Express
Bellingham, WA
0.8 mi 1.2 km Bellingham, WA
Minor Issues
Update
Mostly Dry
31 days ago
1.1 mi 1.8 km
#7 Ridge Trail
Bellingham, WA
1.1 mi 1.8 km Bellingham, WA
Minor Issues
Update
Mostly Dry
31 days ago
0.5 mi 0.8 km
#8 Evolution
Bellingham, WA
0.5 mi 0.8 km Bellingham, WA
All Clear
Update
Mostly Dry, Some Mud: Evolution and U-line were in near perfect condition. Atomic Dog was mostly dry with a few patches of mud towards the bottom.
2 days ago
0.5 mi 0.8 km
#9 Upper Bob's
Bellingham, WA
0.5 mi 0.8 km Bellingham, WA
Minor Issues
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Muddy
32 days ago
Bellingham, WA
0.6 mi 1.0 km Bellingham, WA
Minor Issues
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Some Mud
16 days ago
0.5 mi 0.8 km
#11 Irish Death
Geneva, WA
0.5 mi 0.8 km Geneva, WA
Minor Issues
Update
Muddy - Plenty slick and muddy.
12 days ago
0.8 mi 1.2 km
#12 Atomic Dog
Bellingham, WA
0.8 mi 1.2 km Bellingham, WA
All Clear
Update
Mostly Dry, Some Mud: Evolution and U-line were in near perfect condition. Atomic Dog was mostly dry with a few patches of mud towards the bottom.
2 days ago
0.4 mi 0.6 km
#13 Grasshopper
Bellingham, WA
0.4 mi 0.6 km Bellingham, WA
Unknown
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Bellingham, WA
0.1 mi 0.1 km Bellingham, WA
Unknown
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0.4 mi 0.6 km
#15 Happy Hour
Bellingham, WA
0.4 mi 0.6 km Bellingham, WA
Unknown
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1.1 mi 1.8 km
#16 Oriental Express
Bellingham, WA
1.1 mi 1.8 km Bellingham, WA
Minor Issues
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Fallen Trees - Reports indicate this trail is running, but you’ll have to walk through a logging section for about 100 feet.
15 days ago
Geneva, WA
0.7 mi 1.1 km Geneva, WA
Minor Issues
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Reports indicate trail is open after logging but tread may be soft.
15 days ago
0.8 mi 1.2 km
#18 Tough Love
Bellingham, WA
0.8 mi 1.2 km Bellingham, WA
Minor Issues
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Reports indicate trail is open after logging but tread may be soft.
15 days ago
1.3 mi 2.1 km
#19 Raptor Ridge
Bellingham, WA
1.3 mi 2.1 km Bellingham, WA
Unknown
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0.3 mi 0.5 km
#20 Radical Dragon
Bellingham, WA
0.3 mi 0.5 km Bellingham, WA
Unknown
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