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Springtime PSA: Courtesy to Neighbors

Hi folks,

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.

Dog etiquette:

  • 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.

Trail Day, Sunday March 13th

Howdy folks,


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.




High School Composite Team Update

Just a reminder, our Student/Parent meeting is this Thursday, February 11th from 6:30pm-8pm at the Kona Bike Shop in Bellingham at 1622 N. State St. So far it sounds like we should have a pretty good turnout, and we’re very excited to share all the details about this coming season!
Also, a big thanks to those who were able to make it to our coach/volunteer meeting last month. If you didn’t make it, and still want to volunteer it’s not too late! If you are interested in coaching or volunteering and can attend the meeting it will be a good opportunity to meet some of the riders. Additionally, students who aren’t able to make this Thursday’s meeting can still sign up to join the team. If you have any questions about how to do this, don’t hesitate to let me know. We hope to see you there!
For more info on the Washington Student League, check out
Our team Facebook page can be found here.

Evo Build Day on 2/20

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Upcoming Build Day on February 20th on Evolution, sponsored by Tree Lines Northwest!

Upcoming Trail Days

Sunday January 31st Irish Death and Evo Trailday sponsored by Iron Horse Brewing and the WMBC

Sunday, January 31  – Grasshopper sponsored by Manual Mike
Saturday, February 13
– Grasshopper sponsored by Manual Mike
Sunday, February 21
– Grasshopper sponsored by Manual Mike
Saturday, March 5
– Grasshopper sponsored by Manual Mike
Sunday, March 13
– Grasshopper sponsored by Manual Mike

DNR Meeting Notes


There was a great showing at the DNR meeting tonight and an even representation of both motorized and non-motorized user groups.   The meeting started with a brief introduction explaining the purpose of DNR, the development of the trail policy, and the estimated timeline for the regional planning in Whatcom County.  Following the intro was a long open session where people were encouraged to walk from station to station and answer a few questions to help with the planning process for Whatcom County.  If you didn’t make it to the meeting, here are a few questions asked at each station that may help you write your email to the DNR.   They’re also hoping establish a diverse trail planning committee so send them your resume and explanation as to why you’d be a good candidate if you’re interested.

Please e-mail  if you have further questions regarding the planning committee or want to submit your thoughts and opinions regarding how you’d like to see official recreation established on our local DNR land.  There will be more meetings in the future so stay tuned!



  • What do ou like about recreating in the Baker to Bellingham recreation area?
  • What is your favorite place to visit?
  • What is missing from your recreation experience?


  • Do you have any concerns about the future recreation management of the planning process?
  • Are there areas of environmental concern?
  • Are there concerns about impacts to private property?


  • Where do you go to get onto DNR land?
  • Do you access other public lands from DNR lands? If so, where?


  • What opportunities are there for partnerships with communities, other land agencies?
  • What opportunities are there for landscape connections with other lands-county, state & federal?

High School Mountain Bike League

Calling all high schoolers in Whatcom County (grades 9-12).  The High School Mountain Bike League is starting up soon.  It’s a great way to meet new people to ride with, ride new places that you may not have known about, and of course become a better rider.  Check out the flyer for more information.

There’s also a coach/volunteer meeting on Thursday, January 28th.

Please contact Becca Margulies at 541-261-1225 , or  for more information

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Whatcom County DNR Planning Meeting


if this isn’t on your radar yet, it should be. It won’t be an overnight process, but it could result in some really good recreation options for Whatcom County residents (not to mention tourism). There are two meetings on the 19th and 20th of this month.

Open Houses
Tuesday, Jan. 19
7 to 9 p.m.
Port of Bellingham Cruise Terminal
Dome Room
355 Harris Ave.
Bellingham, WA 98225
Wednesday, Jan. 20
7 to 9 p.m.
Lynden Community Center
401 Grover Street
Lynden, WA 98264

– See more at:

DNR Trail Planning Meeting is set for Whatcom County


The DNR Trail Planning meetings have been set for Whatcom County

Bellingham’s Planning Meeting:

Tuesday January 19th at 7pm to 10pm
Located in the Dome Room in the Port of Bellingham Cruise Terminal on 1801 Roeder Ave 98225

Lynden’s Planning Meeting:  

Wednesday January 20th at 7pm to 10pm
Lynden Community/Senior Center 401 Grover St. Lynden, WA 98264

Planning for recreation in DNR’s northwestern forests DNR is embarking on a new planning project that will guide recreation on DNR-managed lands from the three forks of the Nooksack River to western Lake Whatcom for the next ten to 15 years. The plan will help DNR ensure recreation on DNR-managed lands in the Whatcom County area is fun and sustainable for years to come.

Reconveyance: Your Voice is Needed

Stewart and Lookout Mountains flanking Lake Whatcom

Hi all,

First off, we’d like to thank everyone who has attended the reconveyance park planning meetings, written email responses or done both.  It’s obvious that the mountain bike community is passionate about trails in this park and our numbers and well-crafted letters reflect it.  More than 51% of people who have provided feedback (so far) are mountain bikers and if you looked around the room at every meeting, we have been well represented.  Now is not the time to slack off….please send the parks department your feedback!  The deadline is technically November 29th but we’re working on getting an extension.

If you’ve not had a chance to review the Park’s DRAFT plan, it has made great strides in addressing many issues like various trail types, single-use and directional trails and incorporating user-built trails where they make sense.  It also has a good balance for protecting our watershed. You can see the full plan here:

There are two issues in the DRAFT that we find as important and worth addressing. The plan doesn’t include trails in the Repeater Road area of Lookout Mountain and or Surfin’ Turf trail on Stewart Mountain.

Repeater Road (Access and trails):
There are currently 3 user-built trails that are extremely popular – despite the very steep climb.  One issue is access to this area because Repeater Road goes through Sudden Valley – which is private land.  The WMBC is working with Parks department to figure out solutions for access and work with the Sudden Valley Homeowners Association.  We have scouted a Repeater Road to Lookout Road connector which is viable.  There are also issues with having trails exit to Lake Whatcom Boulevard, however, there are possibilities for climbing trails and potential parking at the southern end of the park’s property.

Surfin’ Turf Trail:
This trail was the 2nd most mentioned trail behind Cougar Ridge and is the type of trail that people come to Bellingham to ride.  We presented the parks department with routing adjustments and solutions to address their concerns almost 2 years ago and we still believe those suggested changes are viable.  In the past meeting, there were 117 people that asked the park to incorporate user built trails into the park plan and this is one that many people have expressed a lot of concern about losing.

If these two items or others are important to you, please email the park and let them know that you’d like them to work to figure out solutions to these issues.

We’d also like to let you know that we are pleased with the Whatcom County Parks staff.  They have sat down with our board to learn about the bike community’s needs and work closely with our Trail Director.  We’re excited for the opportunity to work together with the parks and also other user groups to develop a trail plan that includes mountain bike trails from the beginning of the planning process.  The latest draft reflects that the park staff has been listening.  There’s just that last couple of items that we’re working through.


WMBC Board