3,375 ft
Distance
43 ft
Climb
-266 ft
Descent
00:07:07
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Lair of the Bear Trail

Lair of the Bear Details

  • Riding Area
    Galbraith
    Bellingham, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (2 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge
  • Global Ranking
    #12959 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    2015

Lair of the Bear is a primarily downhill XC/AM trail that was built as an extension to Whoopsie Woodle and Irish Death, and will drop riders down to the rock wall ride at the end of Atomic Dog. The trail starts with some classic Galbraith XC turns, then drops into the Chuckanut Creek ravine. The ravine section of the trail has a few short but steep (for Galbraith) downhill corners and some narrow benching with a bit of exposure to the right. The trail crosses a nice bridge over the creek which typically has water flowing most of the year for those riding with trail dogs. After crossing the bridge riders will enter the more open and undulating section of XC riding with another small rocked creek crossing near the bottom.

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More Stats for Lair of the Bear bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -224 ft
  • Altitude min
    857 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,082 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,081 ft
  • Altitude end
    857 ft
  • Grade
    -6.631%
  • Grade max
    -48.237%
  • Grade min
    29.8%
  • Distance climb
    594 ft
  • Distance down
    2,364 ft
  • Distance flat
    416 ft
  • Avg time
    00:07:07
  • Avg reverse time
    00:14:12
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Status:
on Dec 31, 2018
Wet
Avg: 3.9 (12 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

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  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
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  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
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      Lair of the Bear Trail Reports

      datedescription
      Dec 31, 2018 @ 6:38pm
      Dec 31, 2018
      Minor Water drainage issue, standing water on trail surface
      Oct 24, 2018 @ 10:53am
      Oct 24, 2018
      Lots of leaves
      Oct 22, 2018 @ 7:03pm
      Oct 22, 2018
      Oct 9, 2018 @ 5:00pm
      Oct 9, 2018
      Pretty greasy, could use a couple days to dry out.
      Sep 23, 2018 @ 1:21pm
      Sep 23, 2018
      Couple puddles, but largely tight and fast.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 3 rides
      • 7 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 213 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,343 rides
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      Photos

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      Nov 4, 2018 @ 6:22pm
      Nov 4, 2018
      Lair of the Bear, Bellingham
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      Sep 29, 2018 @ 4:57pm
      Sep 29, 2018
      Lair of the Bear, Bellingham
      280 |
      Mar 31, 2017 @ 9:34am
      Mar 31, 2017
      Lair of the Bear, Bellingham
      634 |
      Mar 31, 2017 @ 9:34am
      Mar 31, 2017
      Lair of the Bear, Bellingham

      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      SOUTH SIDE XC RIDE
      7 miles
      enRoute
      10 miles
      GLC
      56 miles

      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag ccracer (Jul 28, 2017 at 8:38)
       Great work on this new trail. An excellent option for descending after Whoopsie Woodle.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag playdead (Aug 28, 2018 at 17:31)
       One of my favorites in galby.
      [Reply]

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