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  • 550 acres of forestland secured on Stewart Mountain - In what is to be the first piece of the Stewart Mountain Community Forest, Whatcom Land Trust (WLT) announced in a November 4 news release the purchase of 550 acres of forestland on Stewart Mountain. The particular section of forestland, according to the news release, is considered one of the most ecologically and geologically sensitive […]
  • Pedestrian bridge to connect Larrabee to Clayton Beach - Washington State Parks is building a new bridge over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad track this winter at Larrabee State Park to provide park users safe, easy access to Clayton Beach, according to an October 27 news release. The new pedestrian, overpass bridge will provide safe passage between the popular beach and the […]
  • Sehome Hill Arboretum bouldering guide - Select Rock Climbing and Bouldering Guide Story and photos by Jason D. Martin Overlooking all of Bellingham, Sehome Hill Arboretum has long been a place for people to practice their rock climbing skills, both for bouldering as well as for roped climbing. It could actually be argued that the climbing on Sehome Hill had an […]
  • Roy’s picnic table - By Tony Moceri On a late winter day in March, Mother Nature teased an early spring offering: A beautiful day that reminds all of us from the Pacific Northwest why we live here. My good friend Casey Diggs and I had unfinished business with a trail we had hiked last summer. Known by locals as […]
  • Bellingham’s growing mountain bike trail network - By Ian Haupt It’s overwhelming how many mountain bike trails there are in Bellingham. Galbraith Mountain, which for years has been touted as having over 50 miles of singletrack, stands as a giant in the Pacific Northwest mountain bike scene. Overshadowing the other trail networks in town, it makes it difficult to head anywhere else […]
  • Galbraith parking lot project gets funding - Safe public parking available spring 2022 by Ian Haupt In October, Recreation Northwest executive director Todd Elsworth presented the Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition (WMBC) with a check for $100,000, helping to complete their goal to build a safe public parking lot on South Samish Way. The $100,000 was donated on behalf of an anonymous donor, […]
  • Finding the Lost Ledge: A miniguide - Guide and photos by Jason D. Martin, executive director of the American Alpine Institute Discovered and developed by a small cadre of Bellingham boulderers, the development of the Lost Ledge bouldering area in Larrabee State Park was a passion project. Countless hours have gone into the area, first with the development and cleaning of the […]
  • Paradise Preserved: Easement secures permanent access to Galbraith Mountain - By Oliver Lazenby I. Evolution In the past 30 years, Galbraith Mountain has gone from a little-used patch of forest where dirt bikers twisted throttles through overgrown trails, to a mountain bike paradise that’s increasingly cherished by runners and hikers as well. Changes in ownership and land use agreements and countless hours of volunteer trail […]
  • A Northwest Touch: Local trail builders on a digging holiday at Retallack Lodge - Story and photos by Brad Andrew The mountain bike trail builder is a unique breed. The trail builder leads a life of labor that garners little acknowledgement. It is a life lived in forest shadows, a life no one ever starts down intentionally. The builder’s path doesn’t start with a shovel in hand, it starts […]
  • How to build a trail - By Ian Ferguson The Bellingham-based non-profit Recreation Northwest expanded its role from race organizer to environmental steward in 2014, and less than a year later, their first trail build looks like it has always been there. The 18th Street Connector Trail in Fairhaven Park is the first step in making Fairhaven Park a better place […]

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  • Bellingham’s growing mountain bike trail network - By Ian Haupt It’s overwhelming how many mountain bike trails there are in Bellingham. Galbraith Mountain, which for years has been touted as having over 50 miles of singletrack, stands as a giant in the Pacific Northwest mountain bike scene. Overshadowing the other trail networks in town, it makes it difficult to head anywhere else […]
  • Galbraith parking lot project gets funding - Safe public parking available spring 2022 by Ian Haupt In October, Recreation Northwest executive director Todd Elsworth presented the Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition (WMBC) with a check for $100,000, helping to complete their goal to build a safe public parking lot on South Samish Way. The $100,000 was donated on behalf of an anonymous donor, […]
  • State seeks local voices for Baker to Bellingham Recreation Plan - The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is developing a plan to guide outdoor recreation on DNR-managed working forests across the Whatcom County area for the next 10 to 15 years. DNR is seeking local voices from a variety of backgrounds to join a 12–15 person committee of volunteers. The committee will recommend guidelines […]
  • Introducing the Rock Trail - Introducing the Rock Trail I first encountered the Rock Trail when a mountain biker pointed it out to me while I was covering the Chuckanut Enduro last fall. I descended a series of stair sets from the Double Black Diamond trail to a low area where the trail meanders along a wall of featured sandstone. […]

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