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I'm moving to Bellingham at the end of July and was wondering were the good place are to ride? I heard that Galbraith is fun for Freeride/Downhill but I also like to crosscountry for fitness. Could someone help me out.
 

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Galbraith is great for XC as well. In fact, most trails lean towards XC/All Mountain. You'll enjoy all the trails and Bellingham is a great place to live (but don't tell anyone else).
 

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Galbraith is great for XC as well. In fact, most trails lean towards XC/All Mountain. You'll enjoy all the trails and Bellingham is a great place to live (but don't tell anyone else).
Hey Geolover!

I am heading up to galby saturday- there is a trailwork party that I'm going to hop in on. Sounds like 2-3hrs of trailwork and then a top-to-bottom rip. EBX and some other MTBR'ers will be there- we are meeting on the lake padden side at 10:30. Look for a green van, I will probably be on my gold RFX.
 

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Hey Geolover!

I am heading up to galby saturday- there is a trailwork party that I'm going to hop in on. Sounds like 2-3hrs of trailwork and then a top-to-bottom rip. EBX and some other MTBR'ers will be there- we are meeting on the lake padden side at 10:30. Look for a green van, I will probably be on my gold RFX.
Damn! Looks like I'll be missing out on trailwork again...how convenient! I'll be at Whistler on Saturday. Maybe I'll catch you guys next time. I'm off to Alaska for work on Sunday for about two weeks.

Can't wait for the new section below Evo. Hope you guys make some good headway.

cheers
 

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geolover said:
Damn! Looks like I'll be missing out on trailwork again...how convenient! I'll be at Whistler on Saturday. Maybe I'll catch you guys next time. I'm off to Alaska for work on Sunday for about two weeks.

Can't wait for the new section below Evo. Hope you guys make some good headway.

cheers
All good... I just got back from whistler- so fun. I will be up there again july 21-30.

Sorry for the threadjacking.... carry on....
 

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I'm moving to Bellingham at the end of July and was wondering were the good place are to ride? I heard that Galbraith is fun for Freeride/Downhill but I also like to crosscountry for fitness. Could someone help me out.
There is alot more XC on Galbraith that FR/DH and even the FR/DH is great to at least go and take a look at since there are go-arounds. The trails around the roads are more focused on built up stunts, and tend to take steeper routes but where there is a mile of this there are 5 more XC miles taking a more rolling descent off of Galbraith Mt, with a few little bridges and techy sections thrown in for good measure....
 

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My wife and I are moving up in September. We are going to be there next week to house hunt. I think I have a good idea but want some feedback if possible about what hood is the best mix between downtown and the trails? We are looking to buy a place and want to do it right the first time if possible.

I know it seems like everyone is invading B'ham but I have met 4 folks here in Crested Butte this summer that have moved to Colorado from there so I figure it is more about balance perhaps.

Unfortunately hiking will be the order of the day this trip as I am laid up with a torn rotator cuff but by the time we get there for good it should be all better.
 

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My wife and I are moving up in September. We are going to be there next week to house hunt. I think I have a good idea but want some feedback if possible about what hood is the best mix between downtown and the trails? We are looking to buy a place and want to do it right the first time if possible.

I know it seems like everyone is invading B'ham but I have met 4 folks here in Crested Butte this summer that have moved to Colorado from there so I figure it is more about balance perhaps.

Unfortunately hiking will be the order of the day this trip as I am laid up with a torn rotator cuff but by the time we get there for good it should be all better.
Ok, you can move here. Coloradans are acceptable. I've met more folks from Colorado around here than folks from around here. Explains the swap.

To answer rider72's question: the Chuckanut trail system, which is comprised of some State Park land, some DNR, and some private forestlands, is XC heaven. As long as you love climbing alot. Check out the State of Washington DNR website (google) and look at the maps for an idea. Galbraith is fun too.
PM me if you want to check out the hills.
 

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Thanks Spinny for the comeback. We'll see you on the trails someday I hope?
 

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I'm on the mend to I broke my foot at the Norba downhill event at Fontana CA. Hope to see you all on the trails.
 

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I live in the lettered streets, love it. ride my bike everywhere, work, store, downtown, parks, kids school, water front ... galbraith trailhead(birch st.) is a 20min ride from my house.
 

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I have been know to do a little trail work here. Maybe I can give you guys a hand next time. I'm afraid to tell you where I'm moving up there from. If people from Colorado are just O.K. then were I'm from might get me cast out.
 

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I have been know to do a little trail work here. Maybe I can give you guys a hand next time. I'm afraid to tell you where I'm moving up there from. If people from Colorado are just O.K. then were I'm from might get me cast out.
Well, if you help out on trailwork in the area, I'd guess folks wouldn't care if you were from LA! ;) There's a trailbuilding forum on ridegalbraith.com.....check it out to keep abreast of trailwork taking place. Bill Hawk is a good person to contact as he's leading the FR trailwork up there.

As for which ares......there are several great neighborhoods in the area. For trail access, living near Birch street area would be ideal, but I'd probably prefer to live closer to downtown for access to more shops, etc. As updownride mentioned, the letter streets are close to those and only a short ride to the trails on the road.

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The great thing about bellingham is that no matter where you are at, you are within a 10, maybe 15 minute drive of everywhere else.

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Hopehully all these trails aren't far from Sudden Valley because thats were my wife and I will be living.
 

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Hopehully all these trails aren't far from Sudden Valley because thats were my wife and I will be living.
It's the same exit (Lakeway drive). You'll literally drive right by the turn to the ridge trail (birch st.) on the way to your new house and on the way to Lake Whatcom.....although, I'm not exactly sure how much further past the trails Sudden Valley is....

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I'm afraid to tell you where I'm moving up there from. If people from Colorado are just O.K. then were I'm from might get me cast out.
It's not a matter of where you are coming from, but Where You are Coming from.
That is to say, folks all over the country who live in smallish towns which have managed to hold on to their vital, lively yet laid-back, elementally comfortable spark---the very elements that make them desirable places to live ---are justifiably guarded against very insidious and pernicious shifts toward an urban life aka "Californication". That is, the "my big space" SUV/ car culture, such as Sudden Valley, WA has become.
This is because such places do not embody any model of self sustainability. They are essentially escapist, materialistic, socially remote consumer cultures devoted to themselves and their materialist luxuries, without any acknowledgement ---or of outright denial toward ---the tax upon resources that is required for such parasitic lifestyles.
The world in general is too small for this Stuff anymore.

But anyway, this isn't about you--you're volunteering trail work!-- but rather my treatment on attitudes regarding "those" people. In fact, the real influx of tract-mansioners around here are yuppyf'k retirees from Seattle, more than anything else.
Once the economy collapses, they'll make nice, fat roasts. Ymmm. Tinfoil gate communities! Ha.
 

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Wow Spinny those are some harsh words. I guess you are going to lump me in with those undesirable Californians. You are right every single person that lives in Cali (yuppy term) drives an SUV (In my case two extra large ones). We all live in gated communities and have big houses filled with useless gadgets, Plasma/ LCD tv's, stereo and what ever else we can get our materialistic gruby little hands on. If the economy crashes because we came then we will just move on and infect some other poor little town.

Look the real reason my family is moving there is for my children. They are forced to grow up so fast here that it's hard to control. I know every place has it's own problems but if I can slow it down I have too. So lighten up and get to know your new neighbors before before you judge them. By the way my offer to help with trail work still stands once I'm moved in.

Rider
P.S. I didn't tell you both my SUV's have personalized license plate (that's a Cali yuppy thing.
 
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