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The Janicki crews are about to start a month of harvest activity on Galbraith. As such, there will be more vehicle activity during the weekdays, so please be courteous and move over when you come across a logging truck during the day. Also, it is imperative that these closures are respected for your safety and the crew’s safety.
We will sign and flag the trails as closed on the following dates, but these dates are always subject to change.
Cedar Dust – July 10 -24th
Please Use Family Fun Center while all timber activity is taking place on Cedar Dust.
- July 10th – 17th – Cutting
- July 17- 24th – Log hauling
Oly, 187, Lost Sole, Cougar – July 17th – 31st.
Please use Vitamin R or Kaiser to avoid this area.
- July 17th – 24th – Cutting
- July 24th – 31st – Log hauling
Lower Mullet, Upper 911 and Jack and the Beanstalk – July 31st – August 14th
Do not exit from Kaiser on to Mullet. For 911, use Cheech and Chong’s
- July 31st – August 7 – Cutting
- August 7- 14 – Log hauling
Road spraying: There will be one day in August (Date – TBD) of a FULL MOUNTAIN CLOSURE due to spraying on every single road.
Aerial Spraying: There will be several days where certain trails / areas will be closed due to aerial spraying. TBD on specific trails and dates.
We will update you on the above dates as soon as we know.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Bellingham, Washington (July 5, 2017) – Eric Brown, Trail Director for the non-profit organization, Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition (WMBC), has expressed his organization’s support for the sale of the 2,240-acre tree farm on Galbraith Mountain to Galbraith Tree Farm, LLC. The tree farm will continue to be managed by Janicki Logging and Construction, which has operated the farm since 2010.
“The WMBC is excited about having Galbraith Tree Farm, LLC be the new owners. We already have a positive working relationship with Janicki Logging,” says Brown.
”One of the motivating factors behind the purchase of the tree farm at Galbraith Mountain was our desire to provide continued access to the 45-plus miles of trails that are used year-round by tens of thousands of bikers, hikers, and runners,” says Kiersten Sahlberg, spokesperson for Galbraith Tree Farm LLC. The efforts of the Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition began 31 years ago, when a group of mountain bikers known as WHIMPS began building and maintaining a network of trails. WMBC has been the official steward of Galbraith Mountain since 2002, organizing 50+ trail days throughout the year and thousands of hours of maintenance.
A survey conducted by the WMBC last year found that the trails play an important role in the economic health of the region. “We manage a large network of trails that are not only a destination regionally, but also nationally, and Galbraith is the lynchpin of that network,” says Brown.
The study found that 41 percent of visitors to Galbraith Mountain are from the Seattle/Bellevue area, and 14 percent are from British Columbia. Another 25 percent of respondents were from areas outside of the region and country, including Michigan, Alaska, Utah, Florida, New Jersey, Montana, Texas, California and China.
Closer to home, 61 percent of the study’s respondents who moved to Bellingham/Whatcom County stated that easy access to the trails played an important role in their decision to move to the area. In addition, 82 percent of long-time residents stated that easy access to trails/recreation played a very important role in their decision to stay in Whatcom County.
Brown says that WMBC hopes to build on its alliance with Janicki Logging and the new owner, Galbraith Tree Farm, LLC.
“Janicki Logging shares its harvest plans with us. It also takes steps to avoid impacting high-value trail features and minimizes its trail crossings. Any changes to the harvest plans are communicated with us quickly, and I can pick up the phone to contact the crew with any concerns. We have even walked the trails together when necessary. The WMBC looks forward to continuing this strong, cooperative relationship with Janicki and Galbraith,” says Brown.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Eric Brown, Trail Director
Galbraith Tree Farm, LLC
A huge thanks to those who have already stepped up to help brush on Galby these past couple of weeks. With the increased timber harvest in recent years, this has become an increasingly large and important task to take on.
Many hands make for light work!
- SST / Golden Spike – Fanatik Bike Crew
- Here to There, Pick up Sticks, Lower Candy, El Pollo connector – Lacy Kemp, Spencer Paxson and Sarah Paxson (with baby Paxson in tow!)
- Brown Dog, Dos Copas, and Back Door – James and Liz Waltman
- Pony Express to Brick (3 Pig), Meth Lab – Lincoln Humphrey
- Tough Love (top) – Tyler Byrnes and EB
- Tough Love (bottom) – Alex Martin, Chris Luna and EB
- Devilcross – Matt Shelton and Kona Crew
- Bandito (south end) – Bill Hasenjaeger
- Family Fun Center (east end) – Javon Smith and Alex Martin
- Candy – Tim Williamson, Javon and EB
- Hopscotch – Chad Anderson
- New Issues – Chris Rose, Paris Gore, Javon and EB
- Cedar Dust – Forrest Montgomery, Lincoln Humphrey, Jake, Isaac, and EB
- Bandito (north end) – Bill Hasenjaeger,
- Mullet and Cheech and Chongs – Dash
- Dos Copas (upper) – James Waltman
- Air Chair (Bottom) / Dos Copas – Ryan Balfour
- Rock n Roll – Kulshan Brewing / Dave Vitt and crew
- Mole Trap – Chris Rose
- Irish Death (bottom) – Steve and Allie Vidito and Jeff Jaap
- Lair of the Bear (bottom) – Steve and Allie Vidito and Jeff Jaap
- Bottle Opener – Mike Brodskey, Jon Hereen and EB
- Kaiser – Phillips 66 Crew and James Steele
- Oly – Bellingham Cycle Works/Ryan Joslin and “friends of Ed Cruz”
- Papa Bear – Todd Wiersum
- Lost Sole – Todd Wiersum
- WECU crew / Brian Rhodes – Family Fun Center (50%)
- The Ridge – Javon Smith / Mike Naselow
On Saturday, Mike Storm and a crew of 4 guys worked on several of the takeoffs and landings on the medium and advanced lines at the dirt jumps. In total, they cleaned up 5 jumps and the build session went for 3 1/2 hours. Kudos to Dash Willis who weedeated the entire DJ park last week as well.
Afterwards, Mike grilled some burgers and they rode for a while after to test the jumps and sample their hard work. Thanks all!
Well, it was a long time coming, but we finally put tools into the dirt on Stewart Mountain on what will become an up-route for cyclists and bi-directional trail for hikers.
This project started a couple of months ago when Eric, Arlen Bogaards (Washington Trails Association) and Reid Parker scouted and planned the route using some of the pre-existing trails by drastically taking the grade down on other sections. The goal is to have a 7% overall grade that makes it pleasant for riders to ascend on their bikes. The trail tread is being cut with a small mini-ex and then volunteers will do the finish work behind the machine. Trail days will be scheduled up there over the summer!
Last Tuesday, Eric and Mike McGlenn from Backcountry Horsemen drove down to Olympia to present info. to the Board of Natural Resources about the Baker to Bellingham Recreation Planning process. We also discussed how the Draft Marbled Murrelet Long-Term Conservation strategy could impact recreation in Whatcom County and across the state on DNR lands. In our speeches, we echoed the concerns from our committee’s letter which you can read here.
The Baker to Bellingham Recreation Planning Committee is still meeting and we’re in the process of determining appropriate locations for the various recreation groups. We’ll have more information for everyone in the Fall and expect at least 1-2 more public meetings before our plan is finalized. More to come on that.
Head’s up, folks!
The Janicki crew is starting to harvest in the area with Bunny and Art’s trails today. Thanks to Devon Pelkie and Russ Lambert’s efforts, Kaya, Hopscotch and the southern end of Bunny are re-opened (but still need work), but we’ll be closing the northern end of these trails today.
Please share with your riding and running friends.
We had our first public build day on the pump track this Sunday. The weather was incredible and the day was a super family/kid-friendly day. Thanks to our parents, we had lots of groms out with us as well. Also, many thanks to Nate Champagne for grabbing lunch and provisions mid-day and Bill Hasenjaeger for help digging and taking photos!
Things that we tackled on Sunday were:
- Moving bark around the grom track and then adding dirt to the sides. By softening the edges, we made it a bit safer in case the kids go off track.
- We cleaned up the area around the dispersion trench.
- We did a lot of grading and clean-up in-between the tracks.
- Fully rebuilt the one problem berm on the Expert track. That is a LOT of fresh dirt in it now, so it will be soft for a bit and see more love this week. With the sunny weather, this should dry up soon though.
- Added dirt and extended the satellite berm in the back corner of the Expert loop. This will allow riders to carry more speed into/out of this section.
- The middle line of the Intermediate track had several berms that got more berms and packing.
We’ve still got lots to do, so we’ll be keeping folks posted about upcoming build days!
Needless to say, everyone is super excited to ride the pump track and it’s still not officially open right now. Additionally, we are asking folks who do want to give it a go, please no-knobby tires right now. Knobby tires will dig into the dirt and ruin everyone’s hard work. Thanks!!
Over the course of a 12 week period between May and August 2016, the WMBC conducted a survey to learn more about trail users recreating on Galbraith Mountain and elsewhere in Whatcom County.
This survey was done entirely online utilizing surveymonkey web-based software. The survey was sent out to the WMBC’s email list and promoted on the WMBC web site, Facebook, Instagram and mtbr.com. Additionally, it was sent out to the Bellingham trail running community and promoted to BC riders via the North Shore Mountain Bike Association. In total, 1,026 people completed the survey with 255 of those respondents residing outside of Whatcom County.
After a respondent completed the online survey, a cookie was dropped on their computer to ensure they couldn’t fill it out the survey more than once. If a respondent tried to access the online survey again, they were redirected to the WMBC’s website (www.wmbcmtb.org).
Respondents were asked about their use of Galbraith Mountain trails, frequency of use, transportation and access points, preferred riding styles, gender, age, duration of visit, family income, mt. biking experience and area of residence.
Tourists: For any non-Whatcom County residents, we asked about their use of local businesses during their visits to Galbraith Mountain and nearby trails.
Locals: For residents of Bellingham and Whatcom County, we asked them about the importance of access to trails and how they affect the quality of their lives. While we did add a couple of new questions, this year’s survey was very similar in content to our 2010 and 2014 Trail Surveys.
There are many things that make our little bike community awesome, but one element is the amount of pride our folks take in our trails and the areas we recreate!
Whether that involves taking a huge group of women out on the trails, helping with a massive cleanup on Earth day, majestically shaping berms and jumps or taking a group of kids up to work on the trails or just volunteering at one of our events, our community constantly steps it up and blows us away with their support!
There is a smaller group of twisted individuals who continually drop little nuggets around Galbraith for your (and my) benefit. As just a small example of their work, take a look at the new railing on the Jack and the Beanstalk bridge that Mark Belles created and he and Devon Pelkie recently installed. The level of detail is over the top!
Next up is another one of Jimmy Fricker’s famous benches that appeared over the weekend at just the perfect mid-ride location…. the top of the 3 Pigs!
A big thanks to these three for their continual love for putting smiles on people’s faces around the hill!