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Biking is one of the most popular activities in the Bellingham area. Whatcom County also offers endless tails, tracks, country roads and city streets to explore. In Bellingham, you can find bikes to rent at Jack’s Bicycle Center and Fairhaven Bicycles.
It is important to remember to Recreate Responsibly and follow all safety guidelines.
Bellingham Park Trails
The Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department has an extensive Bellingham Trail Guide available in PDF format.
Popular gravel trails and off-road trails within city limits include:
- Cornwall Park Trail (1.5 miles) – in Cornwall Park
- Interurban Trail (7 Miles) – Fairhaven to Larrabee State Park
- Lake Padden Park Trail (2.6 miles) – around the lake
- Railroad Trail (3.5 miles) – King street to Alabama and Vining St
- South Bay Trail (2 miles) – connects Fairhaven, Boulevard Park and downtown
- Whatcom Falls Park Trails (3.5 miles) – trail in and around park
- North Lake Whatcom Park “Hertz” Trail (3 miles one way) – runs along the east shore of the lake. Great views and a waterfall.
- Lake Padden single track trails (5.1 miles) – excellent single track trails connect with lake Padden Park trail. Access in park or parking lot on Samish Way about one mile south of park entrance.
For an insider’s perspective also read Best Bets for Mountain Biking in Bellingham by Todd.
Ranked among the top 10 places to ride in the nation by Singletracks Magazine, Galbraith Mountain is located between Lake Padden and Lake Whatcom and officially named North Lookout Mountain.
Galbraith Mountain is privately owned land and the trails are maintained by the WMBC (Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition) for non-motorized use.
Above images of Galbraith Mountain
WMBC also maintains the Bellingham Dirt Jump Park at Civic Field, located near the skate board park on Puget Street one block south of Lakeway Drive. The park includes a variety of jumps including 2-foot, 3-foot, 5-foot and 7-foot for riders of all ability levels. A 15-foot high roll produces the needed speed for the runs.
Logging Roads and County Trails
Some trails on Chuckanut Mountain are available for biking, as well as US Forest Service and logging roads in the region. Contact the Forest Service for details.
Bellingham in general has several streets with designated bike lanes. For low traffic biking, Bellingham offers a variety of neighborhoods, waterfront and park routes.
Squalicum Harbor is a great place for a short scenic ride. The city has published a Bellingham Bicycle Routes Map, which designates the best roads for biking and proximity to connecting trails. Favorite local road routes and weekly rides information is maintained by the volunteer organization Mount Baker Bicycle Club.
County roads offer sweeping views of rural splendor, Mt. Baker, and the waterfront. A Whatcom County Bike Map is available from Whatcom Smart Trips.
Wide flat trails in local parks and along the waterfront are great routes for families with young children.
Check out Start Your Adventure at Semiahmoo by Todd for the inside scoop.
Annual Biking Events In Bellingham
NOTE: THESE EVENTS WILL NOT TAKE PLACE IN 2020
Each summer, the Tour de Whatcom draws nearly 1,000 bike riders to Bellingham. This popular event begins in Downtown Bellingham at the Depot Market Square and offers riders a choice of three distance routes for enjoying the surrounding Whatcom County in 22, 44, or 105 miles.
- The 22-mile route leaves the Bellingham Farmer’s Market and travels through downtown Bellingham heading north. The ride continues on city streets and back country roads past water views to Ferndale’s Pioneer Park, then returns on the same route.
- The 44-mile route begins and ends on the same 22-mile route, but extends the ride an additional 25 miles to Birch Bay and back, viewing Whatcom County’s northwestern shoreline as it reaches toward Canada. This middle distance rendezvous with the 105-mile riders in Birch Bay and joins the 25-mile riders as they return from Ferndale.
- The 105-mile route is a true loop of Whatcom County. The ride begins in Downtown Bellingham and heads south on back roads past Lake Samish to Alger, where it turns north and travels through thick evergreen forests to the east end of Lake Whatcom. Here the route continues north through Acme to Deming, where it takes a northwesterly angle through the small towns and gorgeous farmland of Everson, Lynden and Custer before reaching Blaine on the U.S.-Canada border. To complete the loop, the ride then heads south to Birch Bay and onto Ferndale, before returning to downtown Bellingham.
The Chuckanut Classic is the signature ride for the Mount Baker Bicycle Club. Featuring multiple distance options, riders have the option to do a 25, 38, 62, or the full century of 100 miles.
The Traverse is a multi-sport event for solo, tandem and relay teams and features a strong theme of salmon. Participants, aka Spawners, are encouraged to “Think Like Fish” as they go through the course.
This is a community event that displays a wide range of athletic abilities from the hard-core to those out in costumes just for fun. The public is encouraged to come out and cheer on the Spawners.
The traverse starts at noon at the Bellingham Farmers Market and makes it’s way through Boulevard Park, Fairhaven, Lake Padden, around Lake Samish, to Fairhaven and Marine Park. Finishers complete the last leg together up Wharf Street to finish at Boundary Bay. The Bellingham Traverse Course includes a 5.5 mi. Greenways Run, 6 mi. Mountain Bike, 18 mi. Road Bike, 3.4 mi. Trail Run, 3.6 mi. Paddle, 0.65 mi. Team TREK to the finish.
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