Last summer, John the "Marmot" discovered some trails that have been restored to all their former glory following the logging that's gone on these past couple of years... if anyone is interested we would like to take a group (max 8 riders) and ride some of the old favourites, as well as incorporate a few of the trails that may be unfamiliar.
The start and end point for the ride is on the north side of the mountain at the end of Alvarado Drive. Take exit 253 off of the I-5 and turn left onto Lakeway Drive. Follow Lakeway for a few kms. and turn right onto Kernoyer. About 1 km. in, turn left on Alvarado and follow it a short distance until it dead-ends.
We'll leave at 9:00 a.m. from the Chevron Gas Bar in Blaine just past the Pacific Border Crossing (turn left on H Street once you clear customs). Please leave early enough to allow for the time it will require to work through any potential border lineup. If you have a NEXUS card, that is optimal, if not, allow yourself up to an hour to cross. Also make sure you have travel medical insurance; if you are a MEC member, you get 15% discount through CoOperators insurance. FYI, the drive to the trailhead from Blaine is 40 kms (about half hour drive).
We can't afford to wait for any stragglers at the border crossing...sorry.
This will be an intermediate paced ride. Galbraith is not very technical but there is a bit of climbing involved. The trails are fast, flowy and FUN and we should be riding for at least two-three hours. Stops will be minimal, but some social intercourse is always allowed on our rides!
Post ride festivities will be at Coconut Kenny's.......best pizza and cold pops in Bellingham!
All organizer(s) are volunteers who do not accept responsibility for rider safety and health state before, during and at any time after this event.
Your Assumption Of Risk:
By agreeing to participate in this ride you acknowledge that mountain biking is considered a high risk activity and injuries are a common and ordinary occurrence of the sport. These risks include and are not limited to equipment failures, weather conditions, collisions with natural and man-made objects, including, but not limited to exposed rock, trees, snow, ice, earth stumps and man-made obstacles on or adjacent to the mountain bike terrain, collisions with other cyclists, pedestrians, animals, et al; becoming lost or separated from the group; failure to ride safely or within your own ability, and you accept these risks and the possibility of personal injury, death or property damage and the loss resulting therefrom due to any cause and without limitation. In the event of injury or loss, you and/or next of kin waive all future claims against the organizer(s), et al.
The organizer(s) shall reserve the right to turn away any participant who shows up without RSVP, unprepared and/or ill-equipped to handle this ride. A helmet, water, good sense of humour and a sense of fun are required no exceptions. Other required items are appropriate clothing, armor, food and a trail side repair kit.