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Evo Build Day on 2/20

treelines shirt

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

New Level 1 Mountain Bike Instructors

Just wanted to congratulate and welcome our next batch of IMBA- ICP Level 1 instructors. Matt Burns, AJ Lear, Nate Hooch, and Gary Holboy will be helping run the after school mountain bike programs. Zoae Spackman will be involved in leading and developing the WMBC Joy Riders – our women’s bike club. Thank you Shaum’s March for being a rad instructor!

IMBA class

WMBC has been working with school districts and youth programs in Whatcom County to engage youth in the sport of mountain biking through service learning projects and group rides. Below is a list of programs that we have been and/or are currently involved with:

  • Carl Cozier Mountain Bike Club
  • Silver Beach Elementary Mountain Bike Club
  • Birchwood Elementary
  • Wade King Elementary
  • Alderwood Elementary
  • Fairhaven Middle School
  • Whatcom Middle School
  • Sehome High School
  • Windward High School
  • Lummi Nation Tribal School
  • Mt Baker High School
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Whatcom County Composite Mountain Bike Team
  • WA State High School Mountain Bike League

2015 Enduro of Subdued Excitement


Saturday, October 17th at Larrabee State Park

Sign up NOW!  Registration is LIVE!

The Course
Racers can expect 4 stages with approximately 3,800 feet of descending and overall times should be in the 20-30 minute range.  The overall course is about 16 miles long with lots of pedaling between stages. Racers should plan for 2-4 hours of saddle time.


The Schedule:

Friday, October 9th, 2015:   The course will be announced.

Thursday – October 15th, 2015:  Online Registration Closes at noon.   ***NO  Friday or DAY OF REGISTRATION.

Friday, October 16th, 2015:  Packet Pickup 3 pm – 6 pm at the Larrabee South Day Use Shelter.  A $20 deposit is required for your timing chip at packet pick up.

The course will be marked by the 15th, but all of the trails and roads will be open to traffic and user groups will be notified of riders. Warning signs will be posted around the park, but PLEASE use proper trail etiquette as this is a popular area for hikers and equestrians.

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

8:00 am to 9:00 am: Packet Pick Up – A $20 deposit is required for your timing chip at packet pick up

9:00 am to 9:20 am: Riders Meeting_CEB2744_STT

9:20 am: Riders make their way to Start

10:30 am: First Rider Starts

1:00 pm: First Riders Finishing. (Estimation)


Larrabee State Park

245 Chuckanut Drive

Bellingham, WA 98229

From I-5 soutbound:

City of Subdued Excitement

City of Subdued Excitement

Take exit #250, and turn right onto Fairhaven Pkwy. Go to second stoplight. Turn left on SR 11/

Chuckanut Dr. Stay left at next stoplight, and drive six miles to park entrance.

From I-5 northbound:

Take exit #231. Turn right onto SR 11/Chuckanut Dr., and drive north 14 miles to park entrance.

Click here for a map.

The Discovery Pass is required in Larrabee State Park. Click here for purchase information.

Overnight Camping

Larrabee has 51 standard tent sites, 26 utility sites, eight primitive sites, one dump station and six showers (four ADA). Four showers are open Oct. 1 to May 1. Utility spaces have sewer, power and water. Maximum site length is 60 feet (may have limited availability). A working train track runs through the park and west of the campground. Campers are advised to check in at the registration booth upon arrival. To make a reservation, visit online or call (888)

CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

Learn more here:

Accommodations in Bellingham:

Best Western Lake Way Inn_CEB2618_STT

Guesthouse Inn

Hotel Bellweather

Chrysalis Inn

Fairhaven Village Inn


If for some reason a participant has to withdraw from the race:

  • 50% of the registration fee will be reimbursed up to one month from race date
  • No refunds will be given within one month from race date.

If the event has to be cancelled due to natural disasters (storm, flooding, etc) a portion of your entry fee will be refunded.

Just to get folks in a Bellingham State of Mind:

Many thanks to our generous Sponsors!

Transition Bikes

One Up Components

One Up Components

Clif will have shots and bars for racers!

Clif will have shots and bars for racers!

Kulshan Brewing will be at the beer garden!!

Kulshan Brewing will be at the beer garden again!!

Fanatik Bike’s Bacon Station!

Thanks to Liet Unlimited for their Design work!

Thanks to Liet Unlimited for their Design work!

Freehub Magazine will be manning one of our rest spots.

Freehub Magazine will be manning one of our rest spots.

Dirt Jump Park Build Days


Hey folks!  The dirt jump park at Civic Field is in some need of repair.  Mike Storm (aka Manual Mike) has been the one keeping the lines open and flowing but could use some extra hands.  Whether or not you ride the park you should still check it out!

Build days are on September 6th and October 10th and run from 9am to 12pm. If you have questions, please contact Mike at and check out his site