Galbraith mountain

Everyone knows that the Pacific Northwest is paradise for the outdoor enthusiast. It is also home to some outstanding walking, hiking and biking trails.


With an elevation of just under 1,800 feet, North Lookout Mountain, or as it is more commonly known as, Galbraith mountain, is the perfect destination and example of the beautiful trails that this area has to offer. 

Galbraith is located about eight miles southeast of Bellingham between Lake Samish and Lake Whatcom and is less than an hour’s drive from Oostema Farmstead. 


This world-class mountain destination offers over 65 miles of trails that wind through approximately 3,000 acres that overlook beautiful downtown Bellingham and the sparkling Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands. Galbraith also offers unbeatable and seemingly endless views of Mt. Baker and the Twin Sisters. And if you still need more room to roam, Galbraith connects with two popular local parks, Lake Padden and Whatcom Falls. It is also connected to the Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve.


The trails were developed by the Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition (WMBC). Galbraith has become nationally and internationally recognized because of the world-class mountain biking trail network and the beauty of the surroundings. 

Of course, the trails are perfect for bikers, but are also popular with runners and hikers and are accessible to all non-motorized use. The diverse trails are also used by many locals for horseback riding.



There are two main access points to Galbraith Mountain. The Northside:  Access Galbraith from the northside at Birch St. in Bellingham. Birch is  off of Lakeway Dr. and provides a parking lot and on-street parking for those wishing to visit Galbraith from the Miranda Trail. The Miranda trail connects Birch Street Trailhead with the base of the Ridge Trail and is a great access point for many popular trails. If no parking is available on Birch, consider parking your vehicle at Whatcom Falls Park and riding the short distance to the northside entrance.


The Southside:  The southside of Galbraith can be accessed via Samish Way. There is a brand new parking lot directly across the street from Galbraith Lane road that features almost 200 parking stalls. This lot also features horse trailer parking and bathrooms.

Another access point to the mountain is from Lake Padden off Route 99 (known by locals as Samish). Park near the dog park and travel up Galbraith Lane. From there, travel up the Galbraith Lane Rd for about a 1/2 mile. Go straight toward pipeline road and enter through the yellow gate.  From here you will be able to access trails such as Last Call, New Issues, and Lost Giants.

Interactive Map:

Thank you to the  Whatcom Mountain Biking Coalition for providing this interactive map that displays all the miles of trails.

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