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Our members are what drive the WMBC!

Without our community’s financial and volunteer support, we simply wouldn’t be able to do what we do.   To learn more about what we did in 2018 and are planning in 2019, you can read our annual report here.

Our December Membership Drive is over, but you can still donate to the WMBC here.

Angi Weston gets to coach and ride bikes all over the world, yet she believes Bellingham has the best trails and community anywhere! Thanks for always sharing your stoke and supporting the WMBC, Angi!

Learn more about Angi and why she supports the WMBC here.


Zoae Spackman and her husband, Peter, made the conscious decision to raise 3 very active boys in Bellingham where easy access to trails was a major factor in their decision.

Beyond being a dedicated wife and mom, Zoae mentors/coaches kids for March Northwest and leads the WMBC Joyriders – Women’s Mountain Bike Club. To say that Zoae is a champion for getting people out on bikes would be a huge understatement!

Learn more about why the Spackman’s support the WMBC!


Mark Belles is a long-time trail builder and supporter of the WMBC. He’s often out doing the thankless tasks of brushing, drainage work and rebuilding trail after timber harvest.

In recent years, he’s also funneled his creative energy into the many trail signs that help make Galbraith unique & beloved!   Thanks Mark for all you do!

#legend #originalwhimp #wmbcmtb #galbraith #memberindecember #memberdriven


Jessica and Byron Cleary came to Bellingham on a roadtrip and instantly fell in love with our special community and easy access to trails. Two months later, they decided this is where they wanted to raise their kids, so they could play outside more as a family.

You’ve likely run into them towing Marco and Matteo on their bikes up Galbraith, helping out on a trailday, riding on Karma trail or at the Whatcom Falls pump track. In a short time, they’ve become a great part of our community and are helping instill the love for the outdoors and stewardship to the next gen in the process.

Thanks for supporting the WMBC, Cleary’s!

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

Hey Kids, Grab a Parent and join us for our annual Take a Kid Mountain Bike Day at Lake Padden on Sunday October 7 from 2-5.
Thanks to all who help make these events possible!

March Northwest RRAD Darren Clark- Farmers Insurance Agency Fanatik Bike Co. Bellingham Parks and Recreation Bellingham Events Jack’s Bicycle Center WMBC Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition #riderunanddig #marchnorthwest#fanatikbike #farmersinsurance #cityofbellingham#cityofbellinghamparks #bellinghamevents#wmbcmtb

Additional Property on Galbraith has Recreation and Conservation Easements

This property is located in the large patch of trees within 911 and Jack and the Beanstalk and is now known as the Lake Forest Preserve.  Below is the story of this property and how it ended up as a preserve.

Over a year ago, Josh Neyman from City Parks received a call from Jennifer and Steven Lake who were coming into Bellingham in August.  Steve grew up in Bellingham and attended Sehome High School, but had lived on Maui for 27 years where he owned a business.  Steve’s father George had just passed away and they needed to handle his estate and were curious about a 1.4 acre parcel of land they owned up on Galbraith.  Josh immediately gave them Eric Brown’s  information and they contacted Eric shortly after.  As soon as Steve and Jennifer described the property and confirming it on City IQ software, Eric knew the piece of land that the Lake’s owned and it’s exact location….the big woods that 911 and Jack and the Beanstalk go through!


Steve’s dad,  George Lake, used to work for Jim Hoag and even excavated Hoag pond back in the 1940’s.  To thank George, he wanted to give George a parcel of land on Galbraith, but George declined the offer.  So, instead, Jim Hoag deeded the property in 1951 to Steve when he was only 6 months old!

When the Lake’s arrived into Bellingham, Eric gave them a tour of the mountain and drove them up to the top of 911.  They hiked into their property over recent logging debris at the top of 911 and they got to see this property for the first time ever!  They fell in love with the big trees and the beautiful understory and really wanted to preserve this beautiful setting on the mountain forever.

Over the past year, the Lakes and Eric spoke many times about their land and they decided to put the land in a trust and then enter into a recreation and conservation easement with the WMBC.   The agreement, which was prepared by the firm of Brownlie, Wolf & Lee, guarantees recreational access and will ensure the big trees stay forever on Galbraith.  To dedicate the new “Lake Family Forest Preserve”, Steve’s son, Tyler, donated Elm wood slabs and our own Mark Belles welded a frame for a beautiful new bench.  On Saturday, July 28th, the Lakes along with their family, friends and several of the WMBC Board members convened at the new bench – which is located at the 911/Jack and the Beanstalk intersection and held a really nice dedication ceremony.  The bench has a plaque that dedicates the forest preserve to Steve’s parents – George and Eleanore Lake.


WMBC is the 2018 benefactor of the Tour de Whatcom! We are in desperate need of volunteers on Saturday, July 21st. We’re looking for 11 volunteers to help run the bike valet from 11am-5:30pm at Boundary Bay Brewery. Shifts are 2 or 3 hours (depending on time.) We are in search of two SAG volunteers with trucks who can be on standby to rescue riders and take them to the nearest rest stop with a mechanic 7:30am-4:30pm (or in shifts).

As always, we’ll have WMBC schwag on hand for our volunteers.

If you can help out for a few hours, shoot Kaela Joslyn an email at:

More information regarding Tour de Whatcom below:

April Trail Building and Event Information

CDC Race – 4/21 – Volunteers needed!

I’m officially putting the call out for volunteers for the Cascadia Dirt Cup.  If you’ve volunteered in the past and know what you want to do, let me know.  As always, we’ll take good care of you with tacos, beer, a jersey and our undying gratitude.  As always, we’ll need course timers, course marshals, EMS folks, parking attendants, beer garden (including setup and takedown) and course sweepers.

“Be Considerate” Springtime PSA:

It’s that time of year again and the trails and parking will be busier than ever soon enough.  So, we have to remind everyone to be extra considerate when using our various the trail networks.  That includes:

  • Be Considerate and friendly to our fellow  trail users whether on bike, foot or hoove.  It’s not too hard to slow down and say “hi” as you pass someone or ask someone if they know where they are going if they look lost.
  • If you’re riding up Birch St. or  Galbraith Lane and a car is approaching, ride single file so the neighbors can safely pass you.  If you are riding on Galbraith Lane and can move over for a neighbor, please do so as soon as possible.  I recently heard about some bikers being really rude to a neighbor who was simply trying to drive down the street to their house.
  • Being considerate to neighbors also includes not leaving your car doors open as you get ready, leaving your bike in the road, letting your dog run all over the place, blasting music, changing clothes, etc.  Pretend that you live on their street and treat it as such.
  • Leashing your dog to and from the trailheads and picking up your dog crap….AND not leaving the bag on the side of the road/trail.  We all know that everyone’s dog is perfect and would never take a dump in the neighbors yards, but do us all a favor and use your leash while on the roads to/from the trails.

Upcoming build days and projects on the schedule:

  • This Sunday April 8th – Cedar Dust Trail day – sponsored by Boundary Bay Brewing:    This is being led by Javon Smith with the plan to get it dialed in before spring and summer hits.  They will be meeting at the Samish lot at 9 or on the trail at 9:30 near the Rock n Roll intersection.  Lots of goodies from our friends at Boundary Bay Brewing.  More info. here:
  • Saturday, April 21 and May 5th – Mullet trail days – Sponsored by Brownlie, Wolf and Lee and being led by Bill Hawk.  As is tradition, we’ll be meeting at the Samish lot at 9 AM for these and carpooling up from there.  More info. here:
  • Saturday, Aprils 28th –Chuckanut Trail Day – This day will focus on getting any repairs done on the trail tread from the CDC enduro race.
  • June 2nd – National Trails Day – This is a split day where we’ll be working on TWO projects with the folks from Washington Trails Association, Backcountry Horsemen, Whatcom Land Trust and other groups.

o   The first is a cool project with the DNR on Blanchard where we’ll be working on a short re-route to a user-built trail that goes into Lily and Lizard Lake from the North side of the mountain.

o   On Lookout Mountain, we’ll be  kicking off a full 4 months of work planned with Whatcom County Parks and the City of Bellingham.  There will be more of a game-plan for those projects soon, but mark your calendars and we hope to see a big turnout at both events!

April 28th  WMBC Joyriders Spring Kickoff:

The ladies are meeting at the Southside lot at 10 and riding ‘til 1.  Then, they will head to Kulshan on James for a post-ride party.  More info. here:


Bears and Goldilocks Logging update:

The loggers were still pulling logs off the Papa, Baby Bear and Goldilocks area as of last Friday.  As soon as I hear that we can get in there to assess the state of those trails, I’ll let you know.  If you want to help get them opened back up, please reach out to me asap.  The tree planters are going to be in this zone almost immediately, so it will be extra important to try to get it reopened ASAP.

House for Sale on Galbraith lane:

If any mountain bikers are looking for a place near Galby with lots of land, Joan just put her place on the market and is moving to Lynden.

Movie Premier: The Moment

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Bellingham Screening Presented by: WMBC and Freehub Magazine

Saturday, February 17 at 6 PM – 9 PM

Bellingham Technical College, Settlemyer Hall

There will be a Q&A session with Chris Lawrence who was a part of the Freeride movement in Rossland during this era and co-stars in the movie.WMBC Members who donated $100+ can pick up their tech T’s at this event.  Shirts will be shipped out after the event. (Thank you Adam from Treelines!)

And…… we’ll have frosty beverages from Boundary Bay, Kulshan and Melvin!

Tickets are $15 (kids under 11 free) and currently available at Fairhaven BicyclesThe Kona Bike ShopFanatik Bike Co.Jack’s Bicycle CenterEarl’s Bike ShopAlleycat Bike Shop, and Mister Lost Bike Shop

This film is the origin story of a small movement of mountain bikers who rose up, challenged the status quo, and changed the sport in ways that can be seen in every aspect of mountain biking today.

From technology, to media, to fashion, to the creation of a multi-billion dollar industry, this small, dedicated crew of adventure seekers from the backwoods of British Columbia, Canada, were
quietly and unknowingly carving their path in history. The momentum they created from pushing themselves and their bicycles harder, steeper, and faster sent a wave into the action sports world that still has not slowed to this day.

This film is about the tipping point when freeride mountain biking became a global sports phenomenon, and the people who were
passionate enough to make it happen in the face of industry adversity, injury, and heartache. This is a story that has never been told, told by the people who lived it firsthand. This is the story of the moment that changed everything.

Cordata Community Park – Public Meeting

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When: January 10th

Where: Birchwood Presbyterian Church, #3 Chapel, 400 Meadowbrook Ct, Bellingham.

Time: 6-8pm


Hello all,

If you’d like to learn more about the future Cordata Community Park along with the proposed pump track (among many items), here’s more info.

Bellingham Parks and Recreation invites the public to the first of three public meetings to review and comment on plans for the first phase of the new community park in the Cordata neighborhood. The meeting will be held January 10, 2018, from 6-8 PM at Birchwood Presbyterian Church, #3 Chapel, 400 Meadowbrook Ct, Bellingham.

The design is based on the park master plan adopted by the City Council in September 2017. Phase one focuses on the north activity node including a spray park, playground, parkour area, bicycle pump track, adult exercise area, picnic shelter and restroom. Phase one also includes a trail loop through the park, an open playfield, pedestrian gateways, landscaping, art, and parking.

The Parks and Recreation Department welcomes all residents to attend the Jan. 10 meeting but will also accept written comments, which can be e-mailed to Jonathan Schilk or mailed to the Parks and Recreation Department at 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, WA 98225.

The City acquired the new 20-acre park in 2015 with voter approved Greenways 3 Levy funds. The park is located on the east side of Cordata Parkway between Stuart and Horton Roads, in the Cordata Neighborhood.

For more information or to sign up for future notices, please contact Jonathan Schilk at Parks and Recreation, or visit the Parks website at

Reduce Bike Theft by Registering Your Bike with Project 529 at Shoot the Trails!

Here’s how it works:

Register your bike here:

Provide the serial #, manufacture, model, frame color and accent color

If your bike gets stolen, you use the Project 529 app to notify local authority and others app holders to keep an eye out for the bike.  Your description gives the police probable cause to question and seize your bike.  It will also be easier to claim your bike if it is recovered by the police.


There are also free registrations Thursdays from 4pm to 6pm at the Bellingham Police Department (BPD) on 505 Grand Ave.


Statistics from the BPD

From 10/17/16 to 10/11/17 there were 282 reported bike thefts.  205 (73%) were reported without a serial number.  74 bikes (26%) were recovered after being stolen.  There were 203 bikes found abandoned and impounded by the BPD.  BPD was only able to return 30 of them based on looking up the serial number and finding the owners. The rest were donated or sent to auction.


Thank You Wander and Cyclist’s Menu!

We had a great night at Wander with great food and beer, fun people and great energy! Thank you to everyone who came out and participated in the ride and the raffle!  Thank you Wander Brewing for hosting us and donating to the WMBC and thank you Cyclist Menu for thinking about our local non-profit, brewery and farms and bringing us all together.


Ride Bikes Eat Food Tour on Tuesday, October 10th

Tour poster credit: @wild_on_tap

Bikes, food, beer? Sounds like fun eh’?
The Cyclist’s Menu is stopping in Bellingham and working on building community and spreading the love of Ride Bikes Eat Food.
Tour Goals: Raise money for local trail organizations, work together with local businesses to host an incredible group ride, farm direct foods & meet a lot of new friends.
Introduce each community to our core brand partners: Kitsbow & Zeal Optics.
Wander Brewing Community Tuesdays! October 10th, 2017
Location: Wander Brewing meet at 4pm
*PINT NIGHT! $1 from each beer sold goes towards Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition. More Trail! WMBC Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition
Group Ride: Leaves Wander Brewing at 4:20pm
*Come one, come all, NO DROP, MTB Ride with The Kona Bike Shop
Ride starts and finishes at Wander Brewing Co.
Raffle Tickets: $5/each OR 5 tickets for $20!
*There will be a bunch of awesome locally made goods and items from Kitsbow Cycling Apparel.
Bellingham Trail Organization: Funds generated will benefit WMBC Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition
Bellingham supporting businesses: Wander Brewing , The Kona Bike Shop , Community Food Co-op , High Above Designs