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Trail Updates 3/19/2016

Howdy Folks, here’s the latest news….

Cleator Road Closure

Cleator Road (access to Double Black Diamond Trail, Upper Ridge and Lower Ridge Trails in Larrabee State Park) will be closed for some long-overdue repairs to the road. For those who prefer to have a bit of solitude up at the Cyrus Gates overlook, now is your time. More information:…/local/article78205147.html

Trail Day on the Three Pigs, Saturday May 21st, Sponsored by Bellingham/Whatcom Co. Firefigthers Local 10613245502_1191004720939619_422309945889501900_n

We’ll be meeting at the Samish Way/ Galbraith Lane parking lot at 9am and driving up from there. Devon Pelkie is leading the day and there will be a focus on brushing back sections, trail tread repair and getting some drains opened up.

National Trails Day, Saturday  June 4th, Sponsored by REI

Join the WMBC, Backcountry Horsemen, Bellingham Paragliding, DNR and many others as we work on Blanchard Mountain.This is a fun day with lots of snacks in the AM and a great BBQ lunch at the end of the day.

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, Saturday June 11th, Lake Padden Ball Fields 2-5pm.

Galbraith Brushing Day, Saturday June 18th 9am, Sponsored by Trailhead Athletics

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Unemployment Line closed for lower half re-haul.

Hey folks!

Unemployment line is closed till further notice. The lower half of the trail is getting reworked. Please respect the closure, the fine folks at Terrain Gym will have the trail up and running in no time.

Also, back to back trail days this weekend! Saturday 9am on SST, meet at Lake Padden ball fields parking lot. Sunday 9am on Cedar Dust, meet at Galby Lane Parking Lot on Samish Way.

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day!


If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact us at

Support the WMBC! It’s easy!


Hello trail users! 

It’s impressive the impact that one employee and an army of dedicated volunteers can have on our community. In 2015, we continued to elevate our stewardship of Galbraith Mountain (again ranked #1 in Washington by, the Civic Dirt Jumps and new trail construction on Chuckanut Mountain. Galbraith now has a network of beginner level trails in the Lost Giants zone and Larrabee State park has its first continuous top to bottom trail that bikers can shuttle.

With our great relationships with our local land managers, combined with our volunteer muscle and expertise, we continue to take leading roles in trail expansion in Whatcom County. One of the highlights has been our pivotal role in support of the future 8,800 acre Lake Whatcom and Lookout Mountain Trail Networks – all within riding distance from town!

Our education programs have been expanding as we continue to provide professional training to parents and teachers to become bike guides, instructors and volunteers for our six afterschool programs (there’s more to come next year!) We also partnered with Chris Mellick from RRAD (Ride Run and Dig) to bring Bike Rodeos to all 14 elementary schools and provide middle school and high school service learning projects out on the trails.

These exciting projects are just a fraction of what the WMBC has been working on and, with your support; we’ll continue to lead the way in creating world-class recreation in Whatcom County.

Become a Supporter

We’re kicking off our annual drive this week and we invite you to become a WMBC supporter for as little as $25 a year. Without our generous supporters and volunteers, the work we plan to do in 2016 and beyond is simply not possible. Below is a list of some of our current advocacy projects.

  • Secure recreation on Galbraith Mountain FOREVER and develop a skills area, parking, and a place to host events.
  • Creating pump tracks and skill zones in city parks.
  • Working with US Forest Service to re-route Canyon Ridge Trail.
  • DNR trail planning process to establish authorized trails in Whatcom County.
  • Expand youth education and riding programs.

Two Ways to Give
Click here to donate with Paypal or download our mail in form to pay with a check or credit card.

With your support, the WMBC will be able to continue developing trail networks that will enhance Whatcom County residents’ quality of life by providing a better place to play for people of all ages.


Barbara Karabin, President





2015 Shoot the Trails Awards Contest Winners

Thanks to everyone who came out to the 5th Annual Shoot the Trails Awards. A big shout out to all of the sponsors and volunteers who make this event so great!  Without further adieu, The winners are:

1st Place Video: Kevin Menard “Over the Hill”

2nd Place Video: Kory Heptner “The Switch”

3rd Place Video: Brian Chapel “True Life Midfat”

1st Place Photography: Javier Vega


2nd Place Photography: Eric Mickelson

3rd Place Photography: Justin Kious

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Shoot the Trails Tickets on Sale NOW!


Also available in Ferndale at Lenny’s Bike Shop.

For submission guidelines, click on Shoot the Trails under the events tab.

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, Sunday Oct 4th

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5th Annual Shoot the Trails Awards


SAVE the DATE: 5th Annual Shoot the Trails Awards 10/10/2015

Stay tuned for updates via Facebook, twitter or under the events tab on this site.


BUILDER Movie Premier at Aslan Brewing Company

Our friends at Aslan Brewing Company are throwing us a fundraiser!

Ride your bike down to Aslan Brewing Co. and support the Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition. Start saving the trails at 7pm, $10 at the door includes bike valet! ALL DONATIONS + 10% of drink sales support the WMBC.
We’ll be premiering Scott Secco’s fim BUILDER at sundown. Get here early and get a good spot. Check out the trailer here: