April 7, 2017
I really wanted to love this trail, it's toted as the best trail system in the state. I'm clearly in the minority with this opinion, but as someone who loves long flowing XC trails, I was really disappointed: The trails are a tangled network of short, choppy, gnarly lines that lack sustained flow and make navigation incredibly difficult for those less familiar with the area. Every time I find myself finally getting in the groove with some nice flow, the trail abruptly ends. Galbraith seems like it may be better suited for those who enjoy taking steep fire roads up to screaming downhill trails with ample drops and gaps, or those who like heart-pounding brutal technical climbing and shredding gnar. The trail building seems to rely heavily on the elevation without much attention to the finer details that could lend some fun flow to the network of trails, though I'm sure this is by design. I feel Galbraith just doesn't offer the variety I expected from such a well-renound trail system, and wholeheartedly disagree with the commonly held opinion that there's "something for every rider" on this mountain. I learned to ride in an area of the country with far less elevation, which obviously changes the way trails are built, so my idea flow is quite different from those from this area, and I mean no disrespect to the people who put in the hard work to build and maintain these trails; this just isn't my cup of tea. The mountain is privately owned and gets periodically hacked away by loggers, wiping out the beautiful scenery along some of the more XC-centric trails at this site as well; the trails themselves may not be destroyed, but who really wants to ride around dry dirt and sun bleached tree stumps? The community here really rallies around their mountain biking, and these trails in particular which is beautiful, but I just can't seem to drum up my own enthusiasm for riding Galbraith.