Galbraith Mountain

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13 mi 21 km

Rides

50 mi 80 km

Trails

19

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Intermediate Trails
37 Trails
Hard Trails
7 Trails

Galbraith Mountain is a very popular area of trails that backs the southeast side of Bellingham. The working-forest is really part of Lookout Mountain, but Galbraith or sometimes "Galby" have long been the recognized designation for this beloved network of trails. Efforts from the WMBC - Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition have continued to make Galbraith a renowned recreation destination enjoyed by a variety of trail users.

Local Info

Galbraith is a PNW mecca for bikers and draws visitors from all over the west-coast and beyond. 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 area is well-steeped in mountain biking and blessed with a devoted community of volunteers and avid riders. It's not just riders who are stoked on the area, you'll find Transition Bikes and Canfield Brothers with offices in Bellingham. And Kona Bikes is based out of nearby Ferndale.

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

Visiting Tips

Spring and fall are especially good times to visit the trails on Galbraith. And a milder climate means that the trails can generally be enjoyed year-round as long as riders comes prepared with the right gear and a willingness to stand for some rain.

Camping & Lodging

Bellingham has an assortment of hotels, 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 your biggest challenge may be choosing just one to try. Visit Bellingham Whatcom County's website for a list.

After the Ride: Local Favorites

Boomer's Drive-In Best Burgers in Bellingham. And good ice cream, and waffle fries, YUM!
El Rinconcito 2 Great simple Mexican food.
2416 Yew St, Bellingham WA — (360) 647-9055
Mambo Italiano Cafe slow service but good food
1303 12th St, Bellingham WA — (360) 734-7677
Harris Avenue Cafe If you like chorizo, get the Texas Taters...delicious! Average $10-$12 meals, but large servings are worth it!
Nelson's Market / Marlin's Cafe It was really great food. On weekends breakfast runs till 2pm and the breakfast burritos are huge.
514 Potter St, Bellingham WA — (360) 734-2448
Ovn Wood Fired Pizza Amazing pizza and customer service!
1148 10th St, Bellingham WA — (360) 393-4327
Colophon Café Come for the desserts. Stay for the food.
1208 11th St, Bellingham WA — (360) 647-0092
Rocket Donuts Try the Bacon Maple Bar.... Don't knock it till you try it!
Fairhaven Pizza Chrome Dome is phenomenol. Beer is good too.
1307 11th St, Bellingham WA — (360) 756-7561
Fat Pie Pizza Pretty good deep dish, the Chicago menu is more authentic.
Skylark's Hidden Café They have a fair number of gluten free options! Also have a thrifty section on the menu - awesome!!
1308 11th St, Bellingham WA — (360) 715-3642
Underground Coffeehouse Grab a seat. Grab a cup-a-Joe. Grab your friends and relax.
516 High St, Bellingham WA — (360) 650-3263
Rudy's Pizzeria $5 Slice+Salad+Soda
Old World Deli Best place for lunch, the soups and sandwiches are fantastic. I have yet to try their breakfast... :)
Cafe Rumba Excellent, must-try restaurant. Unique sandwiches to die for. Don't forget your side of yams.
Jalapeños The pineapple salsa is delicious!
Pepper Sisters Get the table by the front window for some of the best people watching in the city$
La Fiamma Wood Fire Pizza One of the best lunch specials in town. Get any one of their great pizzas, personal size and a fantastic salad (I recommend the Dill Ranch) for only $9! Awesome deal!
Avenue Bread & Deli Turkey Pesto sandwich FTW!
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0.9 mi 1.4 km
#1 Golden Spike
Bellingham, WA
0.9 mi 1.4 km Bellingham, WA
All Clear
Update
Dry - There's a new line before the step-down that sneaks up on riders.
20 days ago
0.7 mi 1.2 km
#2 Unemployment Line
Bellingham, WA
0.7 mi 1.2 km Bellingham, WA
All Clear
Update
Dry - Get out there and shralp!!!!
6 days ago
1.2 mi 2.0 km
#3 SST
Bellingham, WA
1.2 mi 2.0 km Bellingham, WA
All Clear
Update
Dry
8 days ago
Bellingham, WA
0.6 mi 1.0 km Bellingham, WA
All Clear
Update
Dry - Freshly brushed.
24 days ago
0.5 mi 0.8 km
#5 Upper Bob's
Bellingham, WA
0.5 mi 0.8 km Bellingham, WA
Minor Issues
Update
Some soft dirt work and a bit brushy.
10 hours ago
0.5 mi 0.8 km
#6 Evolution
Bellingham, WA
0.5 mi 0.8 km Bellingham, WA
All Clear
Update
Dry - Get out there and shralp!!!!
6 days ago
0.4 mi 0.6 km
#7 Grasshopper
Bellingham, WA
0.4 mi 0.6 km Bellingham, WA
All Clear
Update
Trails are drying up nicely and the dirt is getting good.
87 days ago
2.1 mi 3.3 km
#8 Whoopsie Woodle
Bellingham, WA
2.1 mi 3.3 km Bellingham, WA
All Clear
Update
Trails are drying up nicely and the dirt is getting good.
87 days ago
0.4 mi 0.6 km
#9 Happy Hour
Bellingham, WA
0.4 mi 0.6 km Bellingham, WA
All Clear
Update
Trails are drying up nicely and the dirt is getting good.
87 days ago
1.1 mi 1.8 km
#10 Oriental Express
Bellingham, WA
1.1 mi 1.8 km Bellingham, WA
All Clear
Update
Trails are drying up nicely and the dirt is getting good.
87 days ago
1.1 mi 1.8 km
#11 Ridge Trail
Bellingham, WA
1.1 mi 1.8 km Bellingham, WA
All Clear
Update
Mostly Dry
9 hours ago
0.3 mi 0.4 km
#12 Devilcross
Bellingham, WA
0.3 mi 0.4 km Bellingham, WA
All Clear
Update
Dry - Freshly brushed.
24 days ago
0.5 mi 0.8 km
#13 El Pollo Elastico
Bellingham, WA
0.5 mi 0.8 km Bellingham, WA
All Clear
Update
Trails are drying up nicely and the dirt is getting good.
87 days ago
0.5 mi 0.7 km
#14 911
Bellingham, WA
0.5 mi 0.7 km Bellingham, WA
All Clear
Update
Trails are drying up nicely and the dirt is getting good.
87 days ago
0.8 mi 1.3 km
#15 Mullet
Bellingham, WA
0.8 mi 1.3 km Bellingham, WA
All Clear
Update
Dry - Freshly brushed.
24 days ago
0.8 mi 1.2 km
#16 Atomic Dog
Bellingham, WA
0.8 mi 1.2 km Bellingham, WA
All Clear
Update
Dry - Get out there and shralp!!!!
6 days ago
0.5 mi 0.8 km
#17 Scorpion
Bellingham, WA
0.5 mi 0.8 km Bellingham, WA
All Clear
Update
Trails are drying up nicely and the dirt is getting good.
87 days ago
0.5 mi 0.8 km
#18 Irish Death
Bellingham, WA
0.5 mi 0.8 km Bellingham, WA
All Clear
Update
Muddy
75 days ago
0.7 mi 1.2 km
#19 Lower Bob's
Bellingham, WA
0.7 mi 1.2 km Bellingham, WA
Minor Issues
Update
Some soft dirt work.
10 hours ago
0.2 mi 0.3 km
#20 Pump Track
Bellingham, WA
0.2 mi 0.3 km Bellingham, WA
Bad / Closed
Update
Under construction.
57 days ago

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