Top Mountain Biking Locations in Bellingham, WA

July 1, 2015.nwt3k.1 Like.0 Comments

Drawing in mountain bikers from around the world – Bellingham acts as the premiere destination for world-class mountain biking in Washington state. Offering a wide variety of different riding styles from beginner to expert, Bellingham features world-class mountain biking for all different skill levels.

We’ve put together this simple Bellingham mountain biking guide so you can easily pin-point your next biking destination.

Galbraith Mountain

Riding Style: Single track, jump and flow trails, XC, Enduro, Freeride

Skill: Beginner, intermediate & expert

Galbraith Mountain is a world class mountain biking destination located within riding distance of downtown Bellingham. Featuring over 50 miles of singletrack that winds through over 3,000 acres overlooking the city and Bellingham Bay. Many consider Mt. Galbraith a self-accessed, mountain bike park featuring some of the most popular mountain biking trails and premiere Northwest dirt in Washington today. If you can only pick one spot to visit, Galbraith Mountain should be on the top of your list.

The mountain is accessible to all non-motorized use but all of the trails are built and maintained by the Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition. Additionally, hundreds of local volunteers and local businesses donate thousands of volunteer hours every year to help maintain the mountain biking trails on Mt. Galbraith.

Resources:

Five Ten Bike Shoes  – perfect for My. Galbraith mountain biking

Free Interactive Galbraith Trail Map

Location

Chuckanuts

Riding Style: XC, single track, Downhill, roots

Skill: Intermediate – Advanced

Featuring some of the most scenic mountain biking trails in Bellingham, the Chuckanut mountain range offers large amounts of vertical, great views and high quality single track mountain biking. Offering both shuttle roads and self-accessed trails, there is a diverse set of mountain biking styles available.

Riding and navigating the Chuckanut trail systems can be difficult if it’s your first time therefore we recommend joining forces with someone who’s ridden and is familiar with the area. As a precaution – there are many hiking trails throughout this area as well so be sure to confirm you’re descending on bike specific trails only.

Resources:

Ridge Trail Map

DNR trail map

Location

Bellingham Jump Park

Riding Style: Dirt Jumps, flow park, pump track

Skill: Beginner, intermediate, expert

Located smack in the middle of Bellingham across from Civic Field – the Bellingham dirt jump park is designed for all skill levels looking to advance their biking skills. From kids and families all the way to expert dirt jump riders the park offers jumps both big and small.

The Bellingham dirt jump park is open daily during daylight hours and is even a great spot to come check out if you don’t ride bikes – watching riders sore through the air is always a good time!

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Location

Lake Padden Park

Riding Style: XC, windy single track

Skill: Beginner, intermediate

Located directly on the outskirts of Bellingham and near the south side entrance of Galbraith Mountain, the Lake Padden Park offers mountain biking trails for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders. Hosting popular mountain biking events such as the Padden Mountain Pedal (July) or the Mountain Bike Duathlon (Oct) these trails act as a popular spot for local riders.

Resources:

Lake Padden trail map

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City of Bellingham Interurban Trail

Riding Style: Flat, crushed dirt

Skill: Beginner

While not specifically designed for mountain biking, Bellinghams interurban trail offers riders spectacular views across Bellingham Bay to the San Juan Islands and beyond. A great trail for beginners and always a fun ride for the family. If you’re looking for an easy, scenic ride – the interurban trails are for you.

The mostly flat trail packed with gravel and dirt combines the corridors of two former railroads that serviced the area before reliable roads were built in the Pacific Northwest. The longest segment follows the Bellingham & Skagit Interurban Railway. Another section of trails in the north follows the rail bed of the Fairhaven & Southern Railroads

Resources:

Interurban trail map

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