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  • 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 […]
  • Forest Stewards - Recreation Northwest aims for sustainable recreation with the Chuckanut Community Forest as their model.
  • Eight thousand acres of potential - Eight-thousand acres of potential The seventh-largest locally-managed park in the country just came into being in Bellingham’s backyard. By Ian Ferguson Photos courtesy of Cascade Mountain Runners The landslide In the steep hills above the eastern shore of Lake Whatcom in January 1983, an old abandoned logging road gave way during a heavy rainstorm. Mud […]
  • Mobbing in the Chuckanuts - Bellingham is known for its mountain biking and its races, but until very recently the town wasn’t known for its mountain bike races. Following the success of the Chuckanut Enduro race in October, that’s probably about to change.
  • Building trails - Trailbuilding is a long, arduous process. Weeks turn into months, months turn into years, sometimes spent in one section of the woods. The first step is scoping out possible locations for the trail...

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  • 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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