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Galbraith Mountain

Puget Sound and Islands


Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area
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65.0 miles of trails


Gain: 1785 ft.
Highest Point: 1785 ft.


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This park outside the city of Bellingham has 65 miles of trails that are popular with hikers, and are now nationally recognized as a mountain biking destination. This vast network of trails sits between Lake Samish and Lake Whatcom and borders the 4,250-acre Whatcom County Park Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve. With 1,785 feet of elevation gain from the high points in the park, visitors can appreciate views of Mount Baker, the San Juan Islands, Bellingham and surrounding area and other peaks.

As a hiker you will be sharing the trail with mountain bikers, so be sure to brush up on who has the right-of-way. The Whatcom Mountain Biking Coalition maintains the trails here and has a great interactive map, showing all the miles of trails. Because of the quantity of trails, the mountain can handle hundreds of hikers, runners, horse riders and bikers without users feeling like the area is busy. But do note this capacity means parking lots can fill up on weekends.

If this park wasn't enough, it connects with Lake Padden Park, Whatcom Falls Park and Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve for more miles of trails than anyone could hope to explore. 

Note on Access: In 2018, the City of Bellingham, Whatcom Land Trust and Galbraith Tree Farm LLC entered into an agreement that secured the public's recreational use of 2,182 acres of second growth forest on Galbraith Mountain in perpetuity. 


Galbraith Mountain

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.7440, -122.4263 Open map in new window


Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

Galbraith Tree Farm, City of Bellingham, Whatcom Land Trust

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Getting There

The main trailhead is at the end of Birch Street. A small parking area sits at the end of a residential street with enough parking for eight cars.

From I-5, take exit 253 and head east on Lakeway Drive for 1.8 miles, then turn right onto Birch Street for 0.4 mile until it ends at the trailhead. 

The trail network can also be accessed from the South, via Lake Padden Park and along Galbraith Lane. 

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