9/13 Middle Fork Trail

Rolled out the road to the middle fork, thinking the new paved road would be well on it's way to being finished.   Nope - two more years.   They were planning on paving the parking lot this week and the very end of the road.  Major project, they are doing quite a bit of widening.  We were stopped on the road, about where the new section of the CCC trail starts.  This added 3 miles of trail to reach the Middle Fork traihead, although a very nice 3 miles of trail.  At the Middle fork trail we opted to take road upriver for 5 miles then we dropped down to the river and across a nice bridge.  I think it was 6 miles down river on the middle fork, then back out the ccc trail for a 20 mile ride.

August 23, Galbraith trails, Bellingham Day 2

We checked out of our AirBnB ground floor 2bedroom unit and tried to get an early start for today's ride.  We started at the south, main parking lot near Galbraith Lane.  Francine's bike computer battery was dead, so we tried to use her "Hike-n-Bike" app on her phone, but it didn't record anything, so we don't know how many miles we rode today.

Rode up Galbraith Lane and turned right on the second road, went thru two gates, and headed for the climbing trail, 3 Pigs (Brick, Stick & Straw).  These were sweet, easy climbs compared to what we have at home for steepness.  At the end of 3 Pigs, we went right on the Towers Road 3000 to the top.  Being a Saturday, we saw lots of bikers climbing the Towers Road.  They were all friendly and told us which way to go at the intersections, which kept us from pulling out our map.

At the top, we ran into some more friendly bikers.  After a break, and getting directions on how to get to our descending trail, we headed off on Evolution, with an immediate right onto Wonderland.  Descended on Naughty Nelly to the just opened Keystone trail.  The local bike club, WHIMPS, just finished the bridge yesterday, which meant we could descend on Keystone.  Hit the road, and realized we missed the intersection for Bottle Opener.  Really glad we retraced our steps to climb back up and hit Bottle Opener, as it was totally in the trees, with damp, tacky dirt full of pine needles.  Then we went left to traverse on Kaiser, (which had seen recent logging) until it hit the Towers Road 3000, at the top of the 3Pigs trail.  We were here earlier in the day.

Climbed the Towers Road a short distance this time, past the Red Rock  (locater rock painted red) to descend on Pump Track, The Sh*t, Eagle Scout and Atomic Dog.  Atomic Dog ended just below the start of the 3 Pigs trail.  We weren't done yet, so we climbed the first section of the 3 Pigs trail, went left on Pony Express, and finished the day on Dog Patch (new fun trail) to Last Call for a third little downhill of the day.  They were really fun trails with swoopy corners and tacky dirt.

All in all, the trails conditions were fantastic for late August.  They have done a sweet job of building easy grade climbing trails, with multiple options for descents.  We aren't sure why it has taken us so long to come back to Galbraith.  The last time we were here, years & years ago, we were totally lost and really couldn't find the trails from our poor map.

The current map is great.  Intersections for trails and roads are well marked.  They even have Emergency Checkpoints that correspond to the map for reference on where you are.  Signage is great.  Navigation was a breeze.  I think we always knew where we were.  Great couple of days.

August 22, Galbraith Birch Street Trailhead, Bellingham

Found a nice Basement 2 Bedroom Unit in Bellingham on AirBNB.  Parked at the tiny north trailhead at Birch Street, a small parking area with room for about 8 cars, and totally in the shade.  It has been about 10 or more years since we have ridden in Bellingham.  We have heard good things about Galbraith, and it didn't dissappoint.  After the technical trails of Squamish, Francine was quite happy to find smoother trails.  We stopped by Fanatik bike shop to buy the map and get trail recommendations.  The guy in the shop recommended a great Cross Country route.  Francine told him she didn't want the super steep trails with drops and steeps, but was looking for the "Cross Country" trails.  He delivered.

Climbed Miranda Trail, Ridge Trail, Cedar Dust, Bandito, up Tough Love climbing trail, Kung Fu Theater, Here to There, Pick Up Sticks, Fire Circle, and down El Pollo Elastico.  Next we started climbing again up Intestine to Cleavage to Rd 2510 and left onto Rd 2520 to the "G" Aid Checkpoint and a little further to the new Shelter built by an Eagle Scout for his project.  After a short rest & food, we descended Cabin and 187.  187 was a nice bermed downhill trail.  Then we climbed Cougar and Cabin Trail to get back at the shelter at the top.

We had a sweet descent on Golden Spike to SST to Back Door.  Then we had a slight climb thru the neighborhood to get back on the Ridge Trail and a nice descent on Miranda back to the car.  We are so glad we made sure to hit Golden Spike for our last descent to the car.  Golden Spike seemed to be a new flow trail, with jumps (all with ride-arounds), which was in the shade, with damp, tacky dirt with pine needles.  It was real fun.

Oh, the dirt here was perfect for August.  Basically we had hardpan dirt with lost of pine needles.  11 miles.

August 20 - 21, 2014 Whistler

Renata called because she was taking a last minute Birthday trip to go to a Downhill Mountain Biking Camp at Whistler.  Kevin had to work on Tuesday, so Francine jumped on the chance to go ride in Whistler.

Wednesday - she rode the Zappa trails at Lost Lake.  13 miles.

Thursday - she rode Cut Yer Bars, Emerald Forest, Barts Dark Trail and River Runs Thru It.  10 miles.

Renata was in "downhill biking camp" until 4pm, and they headed back to the US, where she dropped Francine off in Bellingham to meet Kevin, where they would bike the Galbraith Mountain trails for two days.

August 20, Moto

Finally got Scott back out on his motorcycle.  First real ride since he blew his ACL riding on a motocross track.  We kept the day fairly mellow and headed over to Lost Lake and Scott pointed out ski lines from back in the day, when he was working with Cascade Powder Cats.  Roads were nicely graded, and will be better with a little more moisture.

Scott and Vic

Backside of Tinkham Peak - Looks skiable,
Silver Peak on the right

Stump Lake  (Keechelus)

August 15, Roslyn

With lots of rainfall, we headed to Roslyn as the sun started to dry out the trails.  Trails were perfect dirt and the new trails below the cell tower were riding great.  12 miles - Roslyn trails

August 10-12, Whistler Bike Park

Thanks to my neighbor Scott Sumner for organizing his annual guys trip to Whistler.   We arrived Sunday morning and were on the lifts by 11:00.   Enjoyed not having to pedal uphill, but it's pretty amazing how tiring downhill mountain biking can be.  We did 13,000 feet of descending our first day covering about 24 miles incl. chair lift rides.   Scott, Steve and I were all pretty much the same speed, so it was fun chasing each other around all day.  Glad no injuries.  Would be very easy to have a bad wipe-out.  Did another full day on Monday, then Tuesday we paid for the 3 ride ticket, 35 bucks, and rode from 9:30 till noon.

Kevin gets airtime on Crank It Up  -  Photo by Coast Mt. Photograhy

Scott on Dirt Merchant


Scott on Freight Train


Steve Topp - Dirt Merchant

Scott and Steve - Top of Garbanzo lift.

Scott, Kevin, and Steve
Post ride Drinks at the Longhorn




August 6, Baker City Oregon, Elkhorn Crest Trail

Francine's ride description:
18 mile pedal
18 - 20miles  - walk with bike
20-20.79 sort of back on the bike
20.79 - 24.65 - downhill

24.65 - 31.65 painful downhill on jeep road

Francine at the 6:15am start to try and beat the heat

Don happy that it is cold out still

Don with smoke in the background


Kevin in our only patch of snow on the trail

One of the two downhill trail sections

Kevin & Don answering the phone call from God

You can see Don in the lower left.  Our trail is in the right, middle of the picture.

We think some heavy rain within the last two weeks
 washed away the trail and covered it with rocks

This must be between mile 20 to 20.79 where Francine
 was back on the bike more than she was walking

Don on the 3 mile downhill to Marble Pass

Francine at Marble Pass, the end of the Elkhorn Crest Trail 24.65 miles.
  We still get to lose a painful few thousand feet on a dirt road.

We saw I-phone photos some hikers took of the big goats
 on the hoods of the trucks, with the kids running around
 them on the ground

July 30, Day 3 - Final day in Squamish BC Wonderland Trail + Brackentrail add on

We had to get an early start today, as we have a 12 noon checkout.  Decided on the easier White Rabbit and Wonderland trails to end the trip, because we could ride from the unit.

So, we made our way to the pedestrian overpass over the Sea-to-Sky Highway 99.  Rode thru the Brackendale neighborhood to cross the railroad tracks.  Headed up the dump trails - Sweet Judy, Rusty Bucket Left to the Powerline trail, and up that to the Ray Peters trail along the road.  We wouldn't recommend the dump trails as a destination, but they served the purpose to get to the start of White Rabbit.  We debated trying Dump Express to the highway, which we would recommend.  For some reason it was noted as "not recommended" on the map.  The Dump Express trail kept us from riding north on the Sea-to-Sky Highway.  Crossed the highway and found White Rabbit to the right of the bridge.  This was a nice, blue rated trail that Francine enjoyed.  This ended at Alice Lake Road, and we promptly found Wonderland trail accross the road.  Wonderland trail was a nice cruise downhill towards home.  Next, we doodled back thru the Brackendale neighborhood, looking for the little paths between streets, to the overpass.

Once back on the street to our unit, we opted to go left to the end of the street and climb up Brackentrail. Once up on the hill, we were in familiar territory.  We went right, descending on Jacks to Lumberjack's to Cherub to Slurm to Coho Park trail.  At the end of Coho Park trail, we hit the streets and booked back to the unit for a shower and checkout.

We don't know how far we went, but rode for a little over 3 hours.  We were definitely on the bike more than on previous days, as we rode Blue Square trails, except for the hike up Brackentrail, which is a Black rated trail.  Great trip and still left the Valleycliffe/Crumpit woods area to ride in the future.  No pictures for the day, as we were on a time limit.

July 29, Day 2 Squamish BC, Diamondhead

Day 2 in Squamish.  We parked at Quest University to ride in the Diamondhead area.  We climbed up to the first parking lot and hit the new to us - Legacy Climbing Trail.  2 hours later and 2000 cumulative feet higher, we hit the top.  Climbing was quite hot, as it was muggy and the wind had not picked up with our 9am start time.   We descended a few feet of the top of Half Nelson and went right on Recycle.  Last time we were here, the Half Nelson just wasn't our cup of tea.  So, we opted to take the right hand turn.  Recycle was narrow and old school, just what we were looking for.  Hit the road and made our way to Fred trail.

Kevin dropping into Fred trail
After Fred trail, went right on the road to find Lower Powersmart, another narrow, old school singletrack trail.  The we hit Plum Smugglers and finished up on Word of Mouth.  Both these last two trails were quite technical for Blue Square rated runs, with lots of ups and downs, rocks and roots.  Francine would have been happier with easier trails.  10.7 hard miles.  Total elevation/loss: 3,180ft.
switchback on Lower Powersmart
Steeper than it looks - still on Lower Powersmart

rock on Plum Smugglers

Lot's of split cedar bridges on Word of Mouth

a semi smooth spot on Word of Mouth

July 28, Squamish BC, Day 1, Garabaldi to Alice Lakes area.

Francine on Coho Park Trail

Left the house at 6:20am for the drive to Squamish, BC, to go mountain biking.  With the hot temperatures predicted in the high 80's, we wanted to get into town early enough to start riding before it got too hot.  Parked at the Garibaldi Suites where we would stay for 2 nights.  Rode thru the neighborhood to the Coho Park trail.  Went right on Trestle trail to Cherub to Lumberjacks.  Headed up Jacks then started the real climb on 50 Shades of Green and climbed even more on 50 Shades More.  Once at the top, we went right on the old road to the new trail Rupert.  This was rated as black diamond, and was appropriately rated.  Kevin really like the tech and steep rock roll-overs.  Francine did quite a bit of walking.

Francine approaching a bridge on Rupert Trail

At the bottom of Rupert trail, we ran into 3 guys from Mexico City.  Today was their last day of a 7 day trip.  They were headed our direction to the new Man-boobs trail, so we all rode north on Mashiter trail to Cliff's Corners to Rob's Corners.  Here we headed north to Ed's Bypass to descend on Made in the Shade and climbed back up on Soft Rock (used to be Rock n' Roll), and headed back to the end of Rob's Corners, where Man Boobs starts.  Francine really enjoyed Man Boobs (blue square rating), as this was easier than Rupert.  The guys from Mexico City gave Kevin a reason to turn up the speed and hit a couple of the jumps on Man-boobs.

Next, we headed out the smooth, old road called Bob McIntosh Memorial south to Edith Lake.  Here we went right onto Mikes loop looking for Credit Line, another black diamond trail.  Kevin really like this, and Francine did a bit of walking.  Once down on Jack's trail we retraced our steps and went right on Covenant trail to Coho Park trail and back to the unit.  Sweet day.  The trails here are really technical, but the conditions were primo due to the rain last week.  16 miles.  Total elev. 2,705ft.

Kevin on Covenant trail

Kevin on wood on Covenant trail

July 24, Teanaway Valley

With hard rains at Snoqualmie Pass, we headed east to the Teanaway valley.  With a light sprinkle as we headed out, the trail conditions were great.   Nice to get nice firm trails in the middle of summer.  Typically this area gets quite sandy, but thanks to the heavy rains the trails were perfect.