Time: 2 hours 53 minutes
Another beautiful morning in Bellingham - a good day for a Galbraith through-hike. My wife shuttles me to Padden Trailhead Parking, and my plan is to go up Tower Road, hit some of the south-eastern trails, and go through Galbraith to its northern boundary on Powerline trail.
I end up re-routing and going north - for reasons explained below - exploring some new trails and covering familiar ground in Banjoland and Rock & Roll trails.
Raney and I cross Samish Way and head up Galbraith Lane. My intention is to follow Tower Road (Road 2000). But the group of No Trespassing signs at the gate seem recent and insistent. I'm not sure if it applies to hikers and mountain bikers, and decide to check with WHIMPS, or perhaps Kulshan Cycle, on whether this is still used as an entry point to Galbraith.
|Closure signs on Galbraith Lane.|
So we re-route and go north on Road 1000, past the kiosk marked Checkpoint H. The plan is to follow Last Call and get over to Tower Road via Road 2020 and Meth Lab trail.
|Checkpoint H kiosk.|
With a bit of guesswork, we *think* we find the trail for Last Call on the right. (Distance 1.0 miles, 20 minutes.)
|Last Call trail coming off of Road 1000.|
|Occasional boardwalks and stunts on Last Call.|
|Overlooking the creek that cuts through Last Call.|
|More stunts on Last Call.|
|Last Call meets a newly-created logging road...|
|...which leads to this roadblock and more of Last Call trail behind it.|
We take a left at the trail, which runs parallel to Pipeline for a short while. It then meets Pipeline, and we turn right - giving up on getting to Road 2020, for now, and setting our sites on trails further north on Pipeline.
|Heading north on Pipeline.|
After a couple minutes of walking, the trail forks. Going left would take us to Bunny trails; we go right towards Banjoland. These are pleasant trails - smooth and rolling. It's a popular and relatively easy trail for mountain bikers.
|Raney on Banjoland trail.|
Following Pipeline, we turn right at the trail leading off to the right. (3.2 miles, 1 hr 31 min.) In a few steps, the path comes to a tee - turning right would lead to Mole Trap. We turn left to get on Rock & Roll trail. This is one of the best trails on Galbraith - picturesque and rolling trails.
|Cedar Dust walkways.|
|North kiosk (Checkpoint K)|
|Raney prefers her water flowing out of the bottle.|
|Road 1000 from the kiosk.|
|Looking towards Bellingham from Pipeline trail.|
It's been a good through-hike of Galbraith trails and roads.
|Elevation profile (green) shows the mostly downhill nature of this route.|