SST Loop

The best jump line on Galbraith's lesser-ridden north side.

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
9.6 km
Ascent
353 m
Descent
353 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
96 m
High Point
413 m
Gradient
SST Loop Map

Galbraith offers "over 65 miles of singletrack that winds through 3,000 acres overlooking the city of Bellingham and Bellingham Bay," according to local mountain bike advocacy group WMBC. "The mountain is accessible to all non-motorized users, but all of the trails are built and maintained by the WMBC. Because of the quantity of trails, the mountain can handle hundreds of hikers, runners, horse riders, and bikers during the course of the day without trail users feeling like the trails are busy!" 

Description

If you're truly trying to escape the crowds, head to Galbraith's north side. With ultra-popular trails like Unemployment Line more easily accessed on Galbraith's south side, choosing to pedal a bit to access the northern trails will often yield wide-open singletrack that you'll have all to yourself. 

Despite being located further afield, you can still find some excellent jump and flow lines on the north side! The SST route mapped here is one of the best. While the jumps aren't quite as big and manicured as those on Unemployment Line or Mohawk, the massive scope of the berms allows riders to rail down the mountainside at top speed! 

Galbraith Mountain is owned by a private logging company, and they periodically cut sections of the forest to sell the timber. Most of SST runs through a recent clear cut, which provides stunning views of the city and the bay below. While some riders may mourn the loss of the trees, you can also choose to enjoy the stunning views that the clear cut provides.

Difficulty

Difficult

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

  • Flow
  • Picturesque
  • Singletrack
  • In the forest
  • Road sections
  • Jumps
  • Gap Jumps
  • Tabletops
  • Rock Gardens
  • Wooden Feature

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