The NEXT 10 Best Mountain Bike Destinations that You Need to Visit (In the USA)

Bellingham, Washington

Overlooking Bellingham from Galbraith Mountain. Photo: Vik Approved, via Flickr Creative Commons
Overlooking Bellingham from Galbraith Mountain. Photo: Vik Approved, via Flickr Creative Commons

Pinning down exactly how many miles of legal mountain bike trails are in Bellingham, WA  is tricky, as many trails fall in a legal gray zone. However, Bellingham locals are working to legalize many of the illicit lines, and even without those trails they can already claim over 100 miles of close-to-town singletrack.

The Bellingham trail network is anchored by the Galbraith Mountain Trail System, which is home to a whopping 64 miles of mountain biking on its own! The riding in this area is classic Pacific Northwest, so expect wet trails, deep forests, and tons of technical features–from jump sets, to drops, to skinnies, and everything in between.

On top of a wealth of singletrack, Bellingham claims “great local shops for demos, three manufacturers (including Kona and Transition), 10 breweries, greenway trails that connect all over town,” and more, according to local Eric Brown.

Photo: Jason Matkowski
Photo: Jason Matkowski

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Your Turn: Know of a world-class mountain bike destination in the US that didn’t make it on either of our lists? Let us know in the comments section below!

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