Rides Page: Weekly rides, ride events, and Club Rides
Check the newsletter every month (calendar on p. 2-3 and p. 8) for additions to the rides schedule.
At the beginning of every year, the February Newsletter features the master-schedule for rides and events on p. 4-5.
Local Bike Routes
Some of our regular rides around Whatcom/Skagit counties are listed here. Click on the route name to get the PDF file with the printed map and cue sheet.
- Lake Samish short loop. 21 miles, start Boulevard Park,Chuckanut to Old Samish Rd, around Lake Samish, return past Lake Padden then down the stairsteps. Elevation gain: 1400 ft, highest point 725 ft.
- Chuckanut and Samish Island. 54 miles. start Boulevard Park, down Chuckanut, through Edison and loop around Samish Island. Back up Bow Hill Road and down to Hwy 9, then climb out of Lake Samish, down Old Samish Road, up and over 32nd St (the roller coaster) and back to Blvd Park. Elevation gain: 2756 ft, highest point 616 ft.
- North County Loop. 63 miles, north on Northwest, jog through Ferndale, continue north on Enterprise, west to Blaine/Birch Bay, return on Kickerville, back into Bellingham on Marine Dr. Elevation gain: 1460 ft, highest point 270 ft.
- Skagit County Loop. 50 miles, down Chuckanut, loop through Skagit County down Worline, Ershig, Avon Allen, Peterson, Josh Wilson, back up on Bayview Edison Road, then return up Chuckanut. Elevation gain: 2418 ft, highest point 319 ft.
- Birch Bay via Ferndale and Vista. 47 miles, north on Northwest, into Ferndale on Smith Rd, up Vista Drive and west on Bay Road to Birch Bay. Return via Grandview and Kickerville, Douglas to Ferndale, LaBounty to Rural Rd and into Bellingham via Marine. Elevation gain 1542 ft, highest point 281 ft.
- Loop to Lynden. 46 miles, Northwest to Wiser Lake Road, cross The Guide at the traffic circle on Wiser Lake, north on Hannegan into Lynden. West out of Lynden on Main, Loomis Trail, then south on Woodland and Enterprise. Through Ferndale, return via Hovander, Smith Road, Northwest. Elevation gain: 1000 ft, highest point 205 ft.
- The Colony Loop. 30 miles from Fairhaven and back. Can do the loop in either direction, this map shows clockwise. Chuckanut to Old Samish, around the lake and south toward Alger. Turn onto Colony Road and follow to Chuckanut, back up Chuckanut into Fairhaven. Elevation gain: 2152 ft. Highest point 616 ft.
- Lake Terrell. 35 miles, leave Bellingham via Marine, north on Ferndale Road, to Ulrich, Church, Johnson, Olson, Douglas. Turn around at Lake Terrell Park. Return to Ferndale via Douglas, back to Bellingham via LaBounty to Smith, Smith to Northwest. Elevation gain 1018 ft, maximum elevation 261 ft.
- Flat north jaunt. 30 miles, leave Bellingham via Northwest to Aldridge, west on Pole Rd, south on NW, into Ferndale on Paradise, S on Ferndale Rd, into Bellingham on Marine. Elevation gain 651 ft, highest point 195 ft.
A set of Trail Maps is also available on the City site. Some trails are open to bicycles; make sure to note the Share the Trails Guidelines document.
All are welcome on weekly rides. Read the ride descriptions below and contact the ride leader to determine if the ride is the right level for your ability. Check for seasonal start times and also make sure of the ride schedule in the winter. Some rides go in summer only, many go all year round!
On winter and rainy rides, please do everyone a favor and put fenders on! Also: be careful around corners and watch for icy patches.
Riders under age 18 are asked to contact the ride leader before your first ride. A parent must accompany you to your first ride start to sign a parental consent waiver.
MBBC Weekly Rides
MBBC Weekly Club Rides are led by MBBC Club Ride Leaders, are sponsored and insured by the club, and are open to everyone to check out the ride. We ask after riding your first ride that you decide whether you'd like to continue riding with the club, and if so, please join! See our membership page for more about MBBC membership.
A Hold-Harmless Ride Waiver must be signed prior to participating on an MBBC Club Ride. Club members and first-time guests are covered by League of American Bicyclist's liability policy, carried by the MBBC. View Ride Waiver here.
- Tuesday Evening Summer Ride:Tuesday evenings, meet at 5:45pm, ride starts at 6:00pm April through mid-September.
Meet at the Whatcom Community College northeast parking lot - just off Eliza and Kellogg Road, north of the soccer fields.
This ride begins in April every year as a warm-up ride to introduce people to the skills of group riding. As summer progresses, it splits into a faster,
experienced group (speeds of 18+ mph) as well as two medium speed groups (14-16 mph and 16-18 mph, that will sometimes stop to discuss the skills of group riding, with Doug coaching).
An easy-paced group of anywhere from 10-12 mph will ride some weeks, as well as a steady-paced group of 12-14 mph. Come to the ride start and we'll split into self-seeding groups by estimated speed.
We use the same 20-mile loop route every week, with shortcuts for those who want to ride a little less. Everyone's invited to have a beer or dinner afterward at any of several
watering holes. Contact Doug: chuckanutcentury at mtbakerbikeclub.org, 360-410-6431
- Wednesday Group Workout Ride: Road ride, race pace. Group splits into moderate to fast pace (16-18 mph) plus faster pace (18+ mph), 30 mile distance, meet at 5:45 pm, leave at 6:00 pm from Boundary Bay Brewery at Railroad Avenue. Re-group at brewery afterward (7:30 pm). Contact: Tim Ryan, t.ryan.2009 at gmail.com.
- Thursday Going Up The County Ride. The 2015 Up-County ride begins on Thursday, May 7. The ride starts from Immanuel Lutheran Church parking lot. This is a half mile north on Lawrence from Nugent's Corner (Lawrence - Hwy 9 - the Mt Baker Hwy). This county ride should be convenient for our members in Deming, Nooksack, Everson... as well as those from surrounding points who want to come out. ~20 miles, 15-17 mph pace, route varies. 6 pm start time. For additional info: Rick Jacoby or John Okan, Jokan001-at-Luthersem.edu or 360-393-2435.
- Sunday mornings: The Long Slog Ride starts at 9am from Boulevard Park, near the bike racks behind Woods Coffee. This is a group ride for slower riders who want to build strength and endurance. Speeds averaging 11-14 mph, distance starting with 30 miles in May and increasing 10-15 miles each month toward a goal of 70-80 miles by summer's end. We'll make water stops and re-group-ups approx every 10 miles. Route maps will be handed out at the start. Bring an energy bar(s) and/or drink to sustain you through a long day, plus money for coffeeshop stop during or at the end of the ride. Every Sunday unless posted otherwise. For additional info: Jennifer Longstaff, mbbcnewsletter-at-mtbakerbikeclub.org. The Slog Ride for 2015 will begin on May 17. Some of our previous Slog ride maps are posted at the top of this page under "Local Bike Routes."
Other Weekly Rides
These are weekly rides not sponsored nor insured by the MBBC, but also open to everyone to try out. For more information, contact ride leaders: names listed under each ride.
- Sunday Fairhaven "Rabbit Ride" has been going on every week of the year since 2011. Details are below but to be safe, check on the Fairhaven Bike Rabbit Ride webpage. Start time 8am (8:30 am over winter), Sundays. Riders who ride slower than 16 mph should be ready to ride at 7:45 am in summer. Starts at Fairhaven Bike & Ski. 32 mile route down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. Small groups of similarly-paced riders begin leaving at 8am (8:30 in winter) and faster groups leave every 5 minutes thereafter. Fastest riders will leave about 8:30am. When a faster group passes yours, you have the opportunity to try to jump on a wheel and hang on, or stay with your group. This is intended to be a fitness ride and you're encouraged to push yourself. This ride is organized by John Hauter; check with John to get on the mailing list for updates and ride schedules. For more information, contact John Hauter at Fairhaven Bike. 360-733-4433 or johnh at fairhavenbike.com
- Sunday Edison Social Ride starts from Edison Elementary School parking lot. 30-40 miles, 10-14 mph, route varies. 10 am start time, weather may cancel in winter. For additional info: Alfred Arkley arkley at comcast.net or 360-527-8638. Contact Alfred to get on the email reminder list, in which people discuss winter weather forecasts and whether the ride will go in the winter weeks.
- Tuesday North-Side Social Ride: starts from Pioneer Park in Ferndale, 30-40 miles, 13-16 mph route varies. 10am start time, may be altered by weather in winter. The route is chosen based on where the riders want to regroup for lunch. To check start time and for other information, contact: Robert Parker, email rmp4724 at hotmail.com or 360-671-6910
- Tuesday Hot Laps Ride: 30-40 miles, race pace. Training ride departs from Kulshan Cycles at 6pm to a practice road race course. Summer months only. Check at Kulshan for when the ride will start up every spring.
- Thursday South-Side Social Ride starts from Edison Elementary School parking lot. 30-40 miles, 10-14 mph, route varies. 10 am start time. For additional info: Alfred Arkley arkley at comcast.net or 360-527-8638. Contact Alfred to get on the email reminder list, in which people discuss winter weather forecasts and whether the ride will go in the winter weeks.
- Thursday Night Ride (TNR), begins at Fairhaven Bike at 6:00 Thursdays. Fast road ride. 360-733-4433 Casey McGee for info. See the Fairhaven Bike TNR webpage.
- Saturday Donut Ride: 25 to 50 miles, race pace, departs from Kulshan Cycles, 7:30 am October through February, and 7 am March through September. Goes to Ferndale and return, or if you wish continue to Birch Bay and return. Get your weekend miles behind you before most people get out of bed on Saturday! This ride has been a Bellingham tradition forever. Every week of the year!!
- Saturday Recumbent Ride: Everyone is welcome to come out and ride with the recumbents - even you upright riders. Second Saturday of the month at 10 am. 14 mile intown course begins at Kulshan Cycles. This is a very relaxed social ride (avg 10 mph) with a lunch stop. An excellent ride for families or people new to cycling: this group likes to meet and mentor new people! All year, but may cancel depending on weather. More Info: Robert Parker, email: rmp-4724 at hotmail.com or 360-671-6910
- Woods Giant Redwood Challenge Summer Ride: August 30, 2015. If you choose the challenge, you'll ride your own self-guided tour to all 14 Woods Coffee locations in Whatcom County, for a total of 60-70 miles. More Information about this caffeine-fueled tour is here!
Yearly Special MBBC Club Rides
Independence Day Ride
The annual Independence Day Ride begins at Fairhaven Park at 8:45 am on July 4th (of course!) and is a ride down Chuckanut, Bayview/Edison, and LaConner/Whitney roads to La Conner for lunch. If you eat too much at lunch, you can burn it off by returning via Colony Road then climb up out of Lake Samish.
Watch for details every summer.
Club Challenge-Yourself Ride: Bill's Hills - August 9, 2015
Ride the Hills with Bill! Beginning in 2010, a group of intrepid
morons early-season riders tested how well their overwinter legs did by challenging themselves with this ride.
This is a challenging ride with lots of hills in and around Bellingham. There are 3 loops, each covering 30 - 40 miles with 3000 to 4000 feet of elevation gain per loop.
The ride is usually in June, but in 2015 we're holding it on August 9th due to some schedule conflicts earlier in summer.
This ride is the MBBC's way of inviting new people to join the club - by jumping into the deep end! Join or update (renew) your club membership and come on out in June for a day of camaraderie (and jump-start your summer training... if you survive!) Thanks to Bill McCourt for architecting the pain.
The MBBC often puts on a Thanksgiving Ride: "ride in the morning to justify that extra piece of pie at dinner."
The Thanksgiving Ride usually begins at Cornwall Park at 10am and is a quick jaunt to Ferndale or Lynden and back. Watch for details every November.
Lighted Neighborhoods Ride - Last Wednesday before Christmas
We like to have some sort of Festive and Fun Lighted Night Ride to spread some cheer together via two wheels, listen to Holiday tunes and see some great decorative yard lights. Get your lights on, decorate yourself and/or your bike and be jolly with MBBC! Check each year, but we usually ride on the Wednesday the week before Christmas, starting at 6pm at the regular Wednesday Night Ride starting place: Depot Market parking lot across the street from Boundary Bay Brewery/Bistro.
New Year's Day Ride - every January 1st
Pedal in the new year. Meet at 10 am at Fairhaven Park on Thurssday, January 1, 2015! The group will depart before 10:30 am for The Old Edison Inn where owners John and Lynn will be expecting us, rain or... less rain. We can leave our bicycles in the beer garden and enjoy the warmth inside.
Nobody will be left behind on this group ride. We pedal only 13.8 miles along Chuckanut Drive (assuming it is mudslide free)! Return the same way or via Colony Road and Lake Samish, or even Bow Hill Road and Old Highway 99.
Each year this ride attracts more and more participants, regardless of weather. Start your new year off right! The ride is coordinated by Mark Wheatley. MarkWheatley at msn.com with questions.
Presidents' Day Ride
The annual MBBC President’s Day ride starts at Cornwall Park at 10am. We will meet by the shelters near the Meridian entrance at 10am, with the ride leaving at 10:15am. If it’s a nice day we will ride to Lynden and back. If the weather is not so nice, we will do a round trip to Ferndale. There will, of course, be a coffee-shop stop at the turnaround point. Mileage will be 25 or 50 miles, depending on the route. Pace will be moderate to brisk, and snow or ice will cancel.
In 2014 the MBBC put on additional special rides, including Lopez Island. In 2013 we rode The Fall Fling which was a choice of mountain or road route under the colored leaves in Anacortes, Orcas Island Ride which included the option to climb Mt. Constitution, Halloween Costumed Brewery-Tour (self-explanatory), and a President's Day Ride. Watch for incidental special club rides throughout the year, and if you have an idea and want to set up your own ride, the MBBC will support you! Contact the Ride Coordinator for details.
Chuckanut Century is the second Sunday after Labor Day every year.
The Chuckanut Century Bicycle Ride is presented by the Mount Baker Bicycle Club as our signature ride. For more information, including directions, maps, and entry form, please visit our Chuckanut Century Website.
MBBC Ride Waiver must be signed by all riders before any club ride: View Ride Waiver here.