Time: 3 hours
Today's hike brings us deeper into the upper trails of Galbraith. My friend Ben had told me about a cabin up in this part of Galbraith, so the hope is to find that cabin today - and to notch up Homestead, Goldilocks, and Mama Bear to our list of hiked trails.
Along with some nice views and woody pathways, today's hike also reminds me of the importance of bringing a GPS and map with me. Some of these trails and crossroads can get confusing and I wandered around a bit before finding the Galbraith cabin, and then again on Goldilocks trail. I don't have the best sense of direction (just ask my wife), but with a little guesswork and some "vectoring" was able to get back on course.
|View of Lake Whatcom from Road 2800, in between Mama Bear and Baby Bear Trails.|
Raney and I start out from Birch Street, on Tetanus trail. We follow Tetanus to Powerline trail. (Distance: 0.61 miles, time 18 minutes.)
|Crossing the bridge on Tetanus Trail.|
|Following Hannah Creek on Tetanus.|
About ten minutes of hiking later, the trail splits as it approaches Road 1240. We choose the left fork to continue the uphill climb on SST. After a time, SST parallels Road 1200 before merging into it at a junction of trails: SST, Road 1200, 1200 Connector, Upper SST, and an unnamed trail that connects to Candy trail. (From trailhead to this junction: 1.8 miles, 48 minutes.)
|Gaining elevation on SST Trail.|
|SST running parallel to Road 1200.|
|Trail marker at SST and 1200 Connector junction.|
Walking left a few steps on Road 1200, we reach the fork to the 1200 Connector trail on the left. We take this for ten minutes, going past the forked junction with road 2610 on the left. We choose the right fork, continuing on the 1200 Connector. (2.0 miles, 57 minutes.)
|Northwest greenery abounds on this route.|
|Many forks in the road on this path. Bring your map!|
The 1200 Connector trail ends at Road 2600. We turn left here, setting out eastward in search of the old cabin.
|The 1200 Connector terminating at Road 2600.|
|Goldilocks Trail leads to Mama Bear, Baby Bear, and Papa Bear trails.|
|Galbraith's old cabin.|
Crossing 2600, we follow Goldilocks east and then north, towards Mama Bear trail. Part of this trail goes through the ugly debris of past logging operations.
|The route snakes through Mama Bear trail.|
We go left on 2800 for a few yards, where it dead ends and offers a view down into Lake Whatcom (shown in the first photo in this post). Turning around, we follow 2800 to Road 2810 where we turn right. (4.3 miles, 2 hrs 15 min.)
Road 2810 takes us back to the 1200 Connector; turning right we continue until we reach the junction labeled Checkpoint Juliet. Here, SST descends in a steep trail to the right. (4.5 miles, 2 hours 25 min.) We follow SST down its familiar route.
|SST and upper SST meet at Checkpoint Juliet.|
|SST drops away from Checkpoint Juliet, heading west.|
All told, it's 6.2 miles of hiking when we reach the car, and about 3 hours.
As I write this, Raney is stretched out on her cedar bed, spent for the day. It's great to get to know these new trails on Galbraith. Next time we're out this way, we'll head further east towards Baby Bear and Papa Bear trails - tracing the eastern boundary of trails on Galbraith Mountain.