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.
New Year's Day Ride - January 1, 2016
Pedal in the new year. Meet at 10 am at Fairhaven Park on Friday, January 1, 2016! 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. In 2016, we'll have support (Jim in the minivan!)
Each year this ride attracts a large number of participants, regardless of weather. Start your new year off right! The ride is coordinated by Mark Wheatley. MarkWheatley at msn.com with questions.
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.
- Lynden Loop 2. 44 miles, variation of ride listed above. Elevation gain: 980 ft, highest point 205 ft.
- Lynden Loop with Everson Spur. 57 miles, variation of 2 rides above with spur further east to Everson then north and across back into Lynden. Elevation gain 1040 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.
- 65-mile South Loop. 65 miles, ~2500 ft elevation gain, highest point 460 ft. Loop through Skagit County via Avon Allen, Josh Wilson, back up on Bayview Edison, around Samish Island, return up Bow Hill Road, around Lake Samish, then final climb up 30th Street to do "the roller coaster" down to Fairhaven Parkway.
- Matt's Long Route to Blaine. 74 miles, leave Bellingham via Lake Whatcom North Shore, north on Noon Rd, through Lynden then west, turning north to H Street. Climb over Valley View before dropping down into Blaine. Return through Birch Bay and skirt around Ferndale. 74 miles, 2388 ft climbing.
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.
- During spring/summer/fall the MBBC hosts several weekly rides. These are finished for the winter(darkness and rain have set in!) but check back starting April 2016 for the Monday/Friday No-Name Ride in Lynden, the Tuesday evening Ramp-up ride in north Bellingham, Wednesday evening fast road ride, Thursday evening Up-County ride in Everson/Nooksack, the Sunday Slog-Ride, and more weekly opportunities next year.
- Wednesday Group Workout/Trails Ride: From late-September through mid-March this is a night trail ride with lights - in winter you'll need a bike that you can take on the dirt and gravel trails around town. Meet at 5:45 pm, leave at 6pm from the Depot Market parking lot across from Boundary Bay Brewery. Re-group at brewery afterward (7:30 pm). Contact: Tim Ryan, t.ryan.2009 at gmail.com.
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 (8:15 am in winter). 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
- 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), is a fast road ride in summer and gravel/trail ride in winter. The ride begins at Fairhaven Bike at 6:00 Thursdays; the summer2015 road ride series is over and gravel/trail ride will begin soon for 2015. 360-733-4433 Casey McGee for info. See the Fairhaven Bike TNR webpage and check with Casey for schedule into winter.
- 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
Yearly Special MBBC Club Rides
Independence Day Ride
The annual Independence Day Ride begins at Fairhaven Park at 10am 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 7, 2016
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 began in June to start off the season, but starting in 2015 we moved it to August for better chance of good weather and so more people would be in shape to do it!
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. 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." In 2015 we rode on "Black Friday" after Thanksgiving. Check each year for specific details.
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 - 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 the week before Christmas, starting at 6pm at the 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 January 1st! 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 2015 the MBBC put on additional special rides, including North Cascade Highway, Fall Fling, (a ride to the annual Cloud Mountain Fruit Festival) and Lopez Island. In 2014 we rode North Cascades, Thanksgiving Ride, and Lopez Island. In 2013 The Fall Fling 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 Classic every year!
The Chuckanut Classic Bicycle Ride (formerly the Chuckanut Century) 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 Classic Website.
MBBC Ride Waiver must be signed by all riders before any club ride: View Ride Waiver here.