June 1, 2019

Annette Bagley
Visit Bellingham

Galbraith Mountain in Bellingham Named Most Popular Mountain Bike Trail Area in Washington State

For the 6th year in a row, has named Galbraith Mountain in Bellingham, WA the most popular mountain biking location in Washington State on its 2019 rankings for the United States and Canada. Five of the top six Most Popular Washington State Mountain Biking Trails on are also Galbraith Mountain trails including: Atomic Dog, Unemployment Line, Evolution, Cedar Dust and Ridge Trail.

Galbraith features 65 miles of trails maintained by Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition on 2,800 acres. It is located east of Bellingham between Lake Padden and Lake Whatcom and is approximately 1/8 the size of Bellingham, reaching an elevation of 1,785 feet. The land is owned by Galbraith Tree Farm LLC.

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Recreational use on Galbraith Mountain was secured in August 2018 with easements purchased by the City of Bellingham and Whatcom Land Trust. The total area of the easement is 2,182 acres, with 1,023 of those acres inside the Lake Whatcom watershed. Expanded parking and restroom facilities are now in development to improve access to Galbraith trails.

The acquisition adjoins 4,250 acres of public land on Lookout Mountain managed by Whatcom County Parks with more than 45 miles of trail planned for development over the next decade.

Bellingham is also home to 13 bike shops, 3 national bike manufacturers (Transition, Kona and EVIL Bikes), and 4 custom bike fabricators (Lost Bikes, Donkelope Bikes, Rebula MTB and Morris Custom Cycles), making it a hub for mountain biking in the Pacific Northwest.

For more details about mountain biking in Bellingham visit

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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