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Galbraith Mountain

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area
48.7440, -122.4263 Map & Directions
Length
65.0 miles of trails
Elevation Gain
1785 feet
Highest Point
1785 feet
A view of a nearby radio tower from the trail. Photo (c) johnwporter. Full-size image
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This park outside the city of Bellingham has 65 miles of trails and is popular with hikers and mountain bikers. Continue reading

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Hiking Galbraith Mountain

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. 

Hike Description Written by
Lorraine Wilde - Whatcom Land Trust, WTA Community

Galbraith Mountain

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.7440, -122.4263 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

Driving directions

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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Take the bus to the trailhead! Plan your trip by bus using TOTAGO.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

Galbraith Tree Farm, City of Bellingham, Whatcom Land Trust

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Galbraith Mountain

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