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.

See maps of Bellingham Bike Routes on the City of Bellingham Web site.

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.

Weekly Rides

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.

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.


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.

ALERT: Summer of 2015, the Independence Day Ride will not be presented by the MBBC. The club ride leaders and volunteers are supporting the Northwest Tandem Rally, which is in Bellingham July 4th, 2015. You're welcome to ride on your own to LaConner using the directions listed above. MBBC-sponsored ride will be back on July 4, 2016.


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 to start off the season!

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.


Thanksgiving Ride


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.


And More...

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 Century 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.