Galbraith Mountain by Bellingham / 靠貝靈厄姆的加爾布雷斯山

Galbraith Mountain is on the Lookout Mountain range. It lies between Lake Watcom and Interstate 5. The mountain also has a radio facility at the top like the nearby Lookout Mountain.

Galbraith Mountain radio tower
Galbraith Mountain radio tower

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Galbraith Mountain at a Glance

Access: Lake Samish Park and Ride
Round Trip: 7.8 miles
Elevation Range: 480′-1780′
Gear: none
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

Galbraith Mountain Biking Trails

We went to Eastern Washington last week. I thought about going there again this weekend and seek out new places. But I wanted a scenery change. So instead, the pups and I braved the weather and went up to the north. It rained while we walked.

The one fascinating thing I found was that the mountain has a vast network of world-class mountain biking trails. There are over 50 miles of singletrack that weave through 3000-plus acres. The Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition (WMBC) builds and maintains all of the trails.

A muddy path
A muddy path

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Not the Galbraith Road Approach

I wanted to start on Galbraith Road at first. But a trip report I read warned against it. They mentioned that the homeowners had put up signs and closed all nearby entries. But I couldn’t imagine that would have kept out the foot traffic as well.

A group put up a GPS track of their trip. The alternative route didn’t seem to have posed issues. So we used their way and entered from the south. It was just eight miles roundtrip with 1300′ elevation gain. But it was longer than walking Galbraith Road. Though, not by much.

A secret passage
A secret passage

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Galbraith Mountain Summit

By going up from the south, we bypassed all but half a mile of the biking trails. But we still had to hike through two tracks to connect up the roads. Somewhere online, it had also mentioned that foot traffic should stay off the bike trails. It was for safety reasons.

The radio facility was up in the forest, so no views there. But if there were, then the top of Mount Baker and Sisters Mountain would be visible. Several bikers came through the top while we took a break.

Evolution biking trail
Evolution biking trail

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Outro

There wasn’t much to see. So we walked down to the southeast summit. So we could also be out of the bikes. Right before we left, I talked with two guys from Bellingham. They said by coming now, and they could avoid crowds in the summer. Our dogs played together for a bit.

On a clear day, we could have views to the south through the trees. I saw from another hiker’s photo of the top of Mount Rainier. But today the weather wasn’t on our side. So better luck next time!

Walking out on sunshine
Walking out on sunshine

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