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Direct access to the Tower Rd (RD 2000) is now closed and a reroute is still in the process of being built. The only gate open for public access is at end of Galbraith Ln (RD 1000). Last Call will be closed temporarily until the reroute has been completed and detour signs and mini maps have been set up at the base of the hill to help you navigate through the changes.
Galbraith is a really busy hill and all public traffic is now be funneled straight through Galbraith Ln. Please be courteous to the residents by keeping your pets on a leash, picking up your poo bags, and respecting people’s private properties. This a shared space that we’re lucky to use. Thank you for your patience and for all of your support!
If you’re sick of stinging nettles or terrible sight lines on your favorite trail(s), then tune up that weedeater and/or leaf blower and help us out this coming Saturday morning at 9 AM. This is a brushing day to clear plant growth over the trails. It’s going to be a “divide and conquer” approach. The central meeting spot will be at blue rock. There will be someone available to direct you to where to go to help. If you don’t have a weedeater, come anyway and we’ll pair you with someone who has one so that you can work as a team and rake debris off the trail. Meet at the Galbraith Lane parking lot at 9am and we’ll shuttle you up.
Hi there fellow trail user!
Do you enjoy having 45 miles of amazing trail that’s right here in town? Did you know that every year, volunteers spend around 10,000 hours grooming, draining, brushing and rebuilding the very trails you’re riding. This isn’t just on Galbraith though. We have trail crews working on Blanchard, Chuckanuts, and Larabee State Park as well.
This is just one of the many things that the WMBC does to enhance your riding experience. We are also running lots of kid programs and doing a heck of a lot of advocating towards preserving and developing non-motorized trails and trail access in Whatcom County.
We hope you recognize that it takes a dedicated community to make this all happen and hope that you show off your support with this little sticker. We want you to be an official WMBC Supporter and show our volunteers that you care and support their work!
Saturday, June 18th is WMBC day on Galbraith. We hope to see people rocking the WMBC t-shirts and hats. Don’t have WMBC merchandise or a WMBC Supporter sticker? No worries! We’ll have a tent set up and will be selling merchandise for most of the day. You can find us at the gravel parking lot across form Galbraith Lane. Can’t make it out on Saturday? Here’s a link to our donation page and we can mail the sticker to you! DONATE HERE!
In efforts to keep my message simple, I left out the details of what caused the gate go up. The residents living around the perimeter of Galbraith are being directly impacted by its increase in popularity. To help manage this issue, the WMBC has been advocating and educating users about parking issues, dogs off leash, use of vulgar language and noise, and increased vehicular and foot traffic for several years (this was our most recent post in April: https://wmbcmtb.org/…/21/springtime-psa-courtesy-to-neighb…/ ) We have also been working with some of the Galbraith Lane residents for some time to negotiate permission to continue to use the spur, while looking for alternatives to maintain access to the mountain.
Residents on Galbraith Lane have experienced car prowling and note that their private drive is frequently being used for drop off/pick up and turning around in. There have also been several negative encounters during their attempts to ask people to stop. The purpose of the gate is to reduce traffic on the spur, reduce car prowlers, and minimize negative interactions.
This is an unfortunate situation, but I hope that this will create momentum within the city and county and help them speed up their efforts in finding a solution to take pressure off of the neighboring residents. The city and county council are aware of the situation and Eric Brown, our Trail Director, and I will continue to work with them to find a solution. As you may already know, government does not move quickly. It’s going to take all of us to work together to make this change a positive one so please be courteous to the residents and remember that negative interactions will not help the WMBC as we all continue to work together. The gate is still open, the connector is going in, and you can still ride on the mountain. Also, the gate will remain open until the connector is fully built.
Barbara Karabin, WMBC President
The residents that live along the right hand spur of Galbraith Lane that leads to the double gates and the Tower Road (2000 Road) have decided to install a gate that will block public access to the mountain in the near future. This is a private road from the corner and Galbraith trail users have had permission to use it for access until now. We will continue to have access through the gate at the end of Galbraith Lane via the pipeline road (1000 Road) due to a public right of way.
There are trails from that area that take you back to the Tower Rd (i.e. Last Call, Pipeline and Dog Patch) and we are currently working on constructing an easier and wider connector that will make this detour less of an inconvenience. Our goal is to get the new connector in place prior to the gate being fully constructed. The WMBC is also working with the neighbors to ensure trail builders retain vehicle access so we can continue to maintain our trail network. We ask that you respect the wishes of the Galbraith Lane residents and continue to be courteous as we go through these changes.
Barbara Karabin, WMBC President
We would like to give Kulshan Brewery and McKay’s Taphouse a big THANK YOU for supporting us! McKay’s recently hosted a weekend long Sour Fest event and donated a percentage of the proceeds. If you missed out, they might still have some sour beer on tap, so pucker up and go for it! Kulshan Brewery hosted the WMBC Joyrider kick-off after party. It looks like our girls have quite a thirst for beer! Well done ladies!
With the great weather and insanely good riding conditions right now, things are ramping up with more folks out riding, running and hiking on the mountain. As such, we’d like to send out our Spring courtesy reminder to everyone. Remember that, while many of our neighbors are passionate bikers, runners and hikers, they also have to deal with a lot of traffic through their neighborhoods on a daily basis. As such, a bit of extra courtesy really goes a long, long way with our friends who adjoin Galbraith.
- Please leash your dogs when going to and from the trails on the road.
- If your dog goes #2, please pick up the dog poop and do NOT leave the bags on the road or trail.
- Please don’t ride several people wide and block neighbor traffic on the roads. If you see a car coming/going, please get over and let them pass you.
- Limit your volume. You’re riding through people’s neighborhoods, so try to refrain from screaming to your buddies and use appropriate language. There are kids around. Yes, we’re all stoked from our ride, but keep it to a normal volume please.
Cars and traffic:
- Whenever possible, carpool or ride to the trails.
- If you drive to the northside, try to park in Whatcom Falls Park whenever possible.
- Northside: If you park on Birch Street, please don’t leave your car doors open or bikes in the road as you’re getting ready to ride or coming back.
- Southside: If you’re drive to the Southside, please do NOT park on the North side of Samish Way. It blocks the view of the Galbraith Lane neighbors as they enter onto Samish Way and it eliminates a safe shoulder for riders to utilize between the parking lot and Galby lane.
- If you are bringing your kids to the mountain, we ask parents to not drive up Galbraith Lane and drop your kids off there. We understand the parking lot can be super full and make it difficult to drop them there, but please recognize that it’s a continual source of irritation for the neighbors. If you’re concerned about them crossing Samish Way, we’d ask you to help them get across safely and then be on your way.
Last, if you see or hear folks doing any of the above, can you please call them out in a respectful manner? One thing we are really proud of is that folks are good at self-policing ourselves, so if you can help without getting in a confrontation, every little bit helps. Please feel free to share with your riding and running buddies.
Sorry for the late notice, but we’re going to have a trailday this Sunday.
We originally planned to work on Evo (we may still put a big crew on that), but because of the crazy winds and potential rain, we may do a divide and conquer day to clear trees and debris and get drainages fixed. I’ll know more after we get out to assess and cut trees today.
Meet Time: 9 AM
Location: Samish Way / Galbraith Lane Parking Lot
What to Bring: Weather Appropriate Clothing, gloves and boots. Plan for rain.
Lunch: We’ll supply lunch if we go into the afternoon (weather will dictate)
If you have a saw and know how to use it well, bring it. If we still have stuff to clear, we’ll send groups out to get blowdown.