94 – Miranda Ridge (Galbraith Mountain)

Returning to the Pacific Northwest after a couple of weeks in Colorado, snow keeps us off our favorite trails in the high country, so we set off to explore Galbraith Mountain, one of our local, low elevation mountains. Here we are at the Miranda Ridge trailhead.

Miranda Ridge trailhead . . .
Miranda Ridge trailhead . . .

Several miles later, we reached Miranda Ridge where we had a wonderful view looking out over Bellingham with Sehome Hill, Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands to the west, and the mountains in Canada to the north.

Viewing Bellingham and the Bay from the ridge . . .
Viewing Bellingham and the Bay from the ridge . . .

A local mountain bike group maintains the trails on Galbraith Mountain. This ramp must be very fun for those bikers.

Passing mountain bike ramps . . .
Passing mountain bike ramps . . .

It was cold when we left home so we added a thermos of hot chocolate to our picnic lunch along the trail. Portions of the trail cross logging roads, so we found a comfortable log to sit on as we dined. That hot chocolate sure makes a wonderful treat on winter hikes!

Time for picnic . . . and hot chocolate
Time for picnic . . . and hot chocolate

Mountain bikers have the right away on these trails. We weren’t sure what it would be like sharing the trail with speeding mountain bikers, but it turned out just fine. Each and every rider we encountered was extremely friendly, courteous and seemed happy to share their trails with hikers. As they approached, they would ring their bell or speak to let us know they were coming. As they passed, they would let us know how many more were in the group behind them and we would step off the trail to watch as they sped by.

Sharing the trail . . .
Sharing the trail . . .

I guess when mountain bikers speed along on rough trail, the occasional accident can happen. As we hiked the other trails on the mountain, we came up to several first aide stations. It was good to know that they had a system in place for emergencies.

One of the many EMS stations along the trail . . .
One of the many EMS stations along the trail . . .

There is quite a maze of trails on Galbraith Mountain and we explored quite a few of them. Some were marked for hikers only, others for bikers only. I do not recall if this trail was only for hikers, but if it was also for the bikers, they had better duck as they pass under this log.

Along the trail . . .
Along the trail . . .

Information about the trails on Galbraith Mountain are available on the Ride Galbraith website, here – http://www.ridegalbraith.com/Index.cfm. Happy trails!

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