Mountain Biking in Bellingham, WA
About Bellingham Mountain Biking
Galbraith Mountain is Bellingham’s mountain biking mecca, an ever-changing labyrinth with more than 100 trails. The south side is the downhill playground, while the north side offers classic cross-country mountain biking. On Galbraith, bikers are rewarded with views of the water and the San Juan Islands. This is a hotspot for runners too, so be on the lookout for others enjoying the trails. Because Galbraith can be maze-like, it’s strongly recommended to bring a current detailed map, which you can find at Kulshan or Fanatik bike shops.
For a trail that has it all—uphill workout, downhill fun, great views—check out the Lost Lake Mountain Bike Loop. Start at Chuckanut Trailhead and you’ll get a good 2.5-mile warm up on the flat terrain of the Interurban Trail before making a 3-mile climb and enjoying the downhill ride toward Lost Lake. On the way back, consider detouring to Salal Trail, a singletrack downhill technical trail with big rocks and shady trees.
The South side of Galbraith is some of the most sublime and technical downhill riding in the Northwest, possibly the country.
Galbraith is known world-wide for its mountain biking, and the north side is a mix of the best cross country and free ride mountain biking you can find.
Hidden on the backside of the Blanchard Mountain and Oyster Dome lookout are some of the fastest flowing single-track mountain bike descents.
Lost Lake features an awesome loop with some great downhills, roughly 12.5 miles on the map, and touches some of the best parts that the Chuckanuts have to offer.
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