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Ride Galbraith Mountain, one of Washington’s best mountain bike areas

Ride along with mountain bikers on Galbraith Mountain. Minutes from downtown Bellingham, Galbraith is rated as one of Washington State's best mountain biking areas.
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Ride along with mountain bikers on Galbraith Mountain. Minutes from downtown Bellingham, Galbraith is rated as one of Washington State's best mountain biking areas.

Galbraith Mountain is the most popular place to go mountain biking in Washington state, according to a ranking released this week on Singletracks.com.

“At a high level, what we’re really measuring is how many people ride a given trail, and how highly they rate the trail,” states the article on the mountain biking site.

It was the sixth year in a row that Galbraith was recognized as the most popular place to ride mountain bikes in the state, according to Eric Brown, the executive director of the WMBC, a trails advocacy group that has for more than 30 years served as the stewards of the network of trails on the mountain just east of Bellingham.

Up to 65 miles of trails are on Galbraith, all of them built and maintained by the nonprofit Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition and its volunteers.

Coming in second to Galbraith in this popularity contest was Tiger Mountain. Duthie Hill came in third. Both are in Issaquah.

Galbraith has long received attention from riders far and wide and has garnered attention for being a world-class destination.

On Monday, Brown said that five of the top six trails in Washington state, according to mountain bike app and website Trailforks, were on Galbraith.

Kie Relyea has been a reporter at The Bellingham Herald since 1997 and currently writes about social services and recreation in Whatcom County. She started her career in 1991 as a reporter and editor in Northern California.
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