Galbraith Mountain

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Galbraith Mountain is a very popular area of trails that backs the southeast side of Bellingham. The working-forest is really part of Lookout Mountain, but Galbraith or sometimes "Galby" have long been the recognized designation for this beloved network of trails. Efforts from the WMBC - Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition have continued to make Galbraith a renowned recreation destination enjoyed by a variety of trail users.

Local Info

The trails on Galbraith Mountain are built and maintained by mountain bikers and they account for most of the traffic. Hikers are still welcome to explore the excellent singletrack, forest surroundings, and viewpoints over the city and bay. Note that some trails are only open to descending bike traffic.

Visiting Tips

Spring and fall are especially good times to visit the trails on Galbraith. And a milder climate means that the trails can generally be enjoyed year-round as long as hikers comes prepared with the right gear and a willingness to stand for some rain.

Camping & Lodging

Bellingham has an assortment of hotels, but not many camping options. Larrabee State Park operates a campground and the couple who owns the "Dollar Lot" offers a few seasonal campsites on Galbraith's south side.

Food & Drink

There's no lack for post-trail food and libations. Bellingham is well stocked in the brewery and restaurant department, so your biggest challenge may be choosing just one to try. Visit Bellingham Whatcom County's website for a list.

After the Hike: Local Favorites

Boomer's Drive-In Best Burgers in Bellingham. And good ice cream, and waffle fries, YUM!
El Rinconcito 2 Great simple Mexican food.
2416 Yew St, Bellingham WA — (360) 647-9055
Mambo Italiano Cafe slow service but good food
1303 12th St, Bellingham WA — (360) 734-7677
Harris Avenue Cafe If you like chorizo, get the Texas Taters...delicious! Average $10-$12 meals, but large servings are worth it!
Nelson's Market / Marlin's Cafe It was really great food. On weekends breakfast runs till 2pm and the breakfast burritos are huge.
514 Potter St, Bellingham WA — (360) 734-2448
Ovn Wood Fired Pizza Amazing pizza and customer service!
1148 10th St, Bellingham WA — (360) 393-4327
Colophon Café Come for the desserts. Stay for the food.
1208 11th St, Bellingham WA — (360) 647-0092
Rocket Donuts Try the Bacon Maple Bar.... Don't knock it till you try it!
Fairhaven Pizza Chrome Dome is phenomenol. Beer is good too.
1307 11th St, Bellingham WA — (360) 756-7561
Fat Pie Pizza Pretty good deep dish, the Chicago menu is more authentic.
Skylark's Hidden Café They have a fair number of gluten free options! Also have a thrifty section on the menu - awesome!!
1308 11th St, Bellingham WA — (360) 715-3642
Underground Coffeehouse Grab a seat. Grab a cup-a-Joe. Grab your friends and relax.
516 High St, Bellingham WA — (360) 650-3263
Rudy's Pizzeria $5 Slice+Salad+Soda
Old World Deli Best place for lunch, the soups and sandwiches are fantastic. I have yet to try their breakfast... :)
Cafe Rumba Excellent, must-try restaurant. Unique sandwiches to die for. Don't forget your side of yams.
Jalapeños The pineapple salsa is delicious!
Pepper Sisters Get the table by the front window for some of the best people watching in the city$
La Fiamma Wood Fire Pizza One of the best lunch specials in town. Get any one of their great pizzas, personal size and a fantastic salad (I recommend the Dill Ranch) for only $9! Awesome deal!
Avenue Bread & Deli Turkey Pesto sandwich FTW!
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