The Trailhead Triple™ 2017-05-26T11:58:52+00:00

The Trailhead Triple™ Challenge

It’s called a challenge for a reason…budget between 5 and 8 hours for this mountain bike challenge. There are 2 different options. One has mostly single track and is much more technical. The other option features mostly double track or forest road. BOTH will have a few sections that will be difficult for many of you. Dismounting your bike and walking these sections may be required but that’s part of the adventure! Make sure to pack adequate water, electrolytes and food. This challenge should be done with friends because you will be in some areas without cell phone coverage. You are on your own for this challenge and it is not without risk (mountain biking is inherently risky). Please remember to bring anything you need for bike repairs or first aid. Photos are required at 3 high spots on each ride. The photo spots are marked below. Have fun! There are maps available at most local bike shops for Galbraith and Chuckanut if you are not familiar with these areas but still want to give the challenge a try.

SINGLE TRACK OPTION (most technically challenging)

Begin downtown at Depot Market Square
– Ride along the interurban south through Fairhaven
– Stay on Interurban through Arroyo Park and south to the end of the trail at Clayton Beach
– Stay left and ride through the parking lot and through the first yellow gate to begin climbing Fragrance Lake Road.
– Stay left at the first fork (do not go through the yellow gate towards “burnout”)
– Climb all the way to the end of the road to the Fragrance Lake Trail (it is on your left, do not continue on the narrower trail to Cleator Rd)
– Enter the Fragrance Lake trail past the barrier and go to your right.
– Go left at your first opportunity and cross the bridge, continuing clockwise around the lake.
– Take your first left, at about the half way point around the lake to the $2 trail. It can be hard to see but follows the large cliff band on your left. Take a photo of you and the view along the way.
– Follow $2 all the way to Cleator Rd.
– Turn right on Cleator and climb up for quite awhile!
– Turn left onto the Ridge trail and head north on the single track towards Arroyo Park
– After you descend the ridge down Dan’s Traverse (many of you will walk this) back down to the main Arroyo trails, turn left at the T on the Lost Lake Trail and wind down to the Hemlock/ Salal Trail and all the way down into Arroyo. (If you want a burly add-on, take Hush Hush down to the Salal trail)
– Cross over Old Samish Way on the Interurban and follow it back towards town.
Continue until you reach the trail exit by Fairhaven Vet. The idea is that you will now make your way to Lake Padden.
Turn right onto Fairhaven Parkway and head East under the highway.
Past the highway take your 2nd right on 34th.
Follow the path at the end of the road and keep turning right when given a choice until you are following the main Padden Gorge Trail towards Lake Padden.
When you get to the main lake trail, turn right and follow the west side of the lake to the end of the lake. You are going to head up past the dog park and over to the Galby Lane parking lot via trail.
– Turn left towards the dog park and an immediate right to head up into the woods.
– Follow the main trail up. (there are some pretty steep sections) Whenever there is a main trail to the left, take it!
– You will reach a somewhat of a T towards the top and see a sign that points left towards Samish Way and the Galbraith parking lot. Take a photo of you and the sign!
Turn left and descend to the parking lot.
Cross Samish Way and ride up Galbraith Lane
Take your first right and enter the Galbraith Mtn riding area via the yellow gate on the Towers Rd.
Turn right at the Kiosk and start climbing up the 3 Pigs trail. Climb all 3 Pigs
Turn right at the next fire road and ride towards the bottom of Whoopsie Woodle
Look for the trail on your left and climb Whoopsie all the way to the top.
Turn left and where the road T’s with Towers Rd. turn right for the final steep road pitch to the Towers. Take a photo of you and the Towers or go to the lookout above Wonderland and take a pic. Have a snack there!
Now it’s time to go down! Take Wonderland down.
Continue on single track via Keystone, Bottle Opener and Oly.
You can exit to Birch Street any way you like from here but if you don’t want to think,
Take 187 up to the road
Turn right and find Sam’s trail on the left. Have fun descending this!
Cross over to Intestine followed by Family Fun and finally
Descend from the Kiosk via the Ridge Trail and Miranda
Take a photo of yourself and your friends at the Birch Street Trailhead
Finally, coast down on the Whatcom Creek Trail back to downtown, home or even better, Kulshan Brewery for a well earned frosty beverage!!

LESS TECHNICAL ROUTE OPTION

(there are still some tricky bits that you may have to dismount for)

Begin downtown at Depot Market Square
– Ride along interurban south through Fairhaven
– Stay on Interurban through Arroyo Park and south all the way to Cleator Rd.
– Climb to the very tippy top. Take a photo of you, your friends and the view!
– Descend back down the road to the first gate.
– Turn Left and take the trail down towards the top of Fragrance Lake Rd.
– Take Fragrance Lake Rd. all the way down to the Clayton Beach Parking Lot
– Turn right onto the Interurban Trail and follow it all the way back through Arroyo Park
– Cross over Old Samish Way on the Interurban and follow it back towards town.
– Continue until you reach the trail exit by Fairhaven Vet. The idea is that you will now make your way to Lake Padden.
– Turn right onto Fairhaven Parkway and head East under the highway.
– Past the highway take your 2nd right on 34th.
– Follow the path at the end of the road and keep turning right when given a choice until you are following the main Padden Gorge Trail towards the Lake.
– When you get to the main lake trail, turn right and follow the west side of the lake to the end of the lake. You are going to head up past the dog park and over to the Galby Lane parking lot via trail.
– Turn left towards the dog park and an immediate right to head up into the woods.
– Follow the main trail up. (there are some pretty steep sections) Whenever there is a main trail to the left, take it!
– You will reach a somewhat of a T towards the top and see a sign that points left towards Samish Way and the Galbraith parking lot. Take a photo of you and the sign!
– Turn left and descend to the parking lot.
– Cross Samish Way and ride up Galbraith Lane
– Take your first right and enter the Galbraith riding area via the yellow gate on the Towers Rd.
– Follow the Towers Rd all the way to…the Towers! Take a photo of you and the Towers
– Head back the way you came but turn right at the blue rock road, FR 2000 (you will see the blue painted rock, a garbage can and a concrete pad that used to have a sculpture on it.
– Head up this road and take your first Left down the “wall” or “death climb” road, FR 2400.
– When the road gets to a flat spot and another road heads to the right (at the base of El Pollo) look for the single track at the corner. This is Cedar Dust trail. Follow the trail as it takes you to the Kiosk at the top of the Ridge Trail
– Descend from the Kiosk via the Ridge Trail and Miranda
Take a photo of yourself and your friends at the Birch Street Trailhead
Finally, coast down on the Whatcom Creek Trail back to downtown, home or even better, Kulshan Brewery for a well earned frosty beverage!!
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