2.9 miles
Distance
474 ft
Climb
-181 ft
Descent
00:22:07
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Pipeline road Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Horse
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Galbraith
    Bellingham, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Mixed
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC, Adaptive MTB, Gravel
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Local Popularity
    55 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 30 in E-Biking
    • 35 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback

This description is from north to south. Pipeline would be more properly called a trail on the north side, consisting of a single/double track mix of dirt and interspersed rocks; the actual gravel road is on the downhill (southern) section. The northmost section of about 1/4 mile seems to be susceptible to mud and puddling; I rode it after a week long dry period followed by a day+ of rain, and there were several muddy spots and a few puddles. The uphill portion includes a long sustained rather steep climb, with a short break then a second false-summit steep section, and finally a third (easier) climb. The downhill section is all a nice gentle slope, as you ride by access points to lots of south side trails. I had worried that the road would be covered by the huge "logging road gravel" that you experience along the short section of road between the end of Galbraith Lane and the Gate & Switch turnoff, but no, most of the gravel is the typical small gravel on the Galbraith roads. All in all I think this road is a worthwhile, though boring, means of traveling between the north and south sides of Galbraith to avoid riding on the pavement of Yew Street Rd. Side note that I rode this on a gravel bike. I walked it up most of the northernmost steep climb, but I'm not all that fit. I plan to try it with my MTB next time and see how it goes.

Access Info

I started the trail from Check Point M at the dead end on Alvarado (apparently Karma but not marked) and used the connector to Pipeline Rd.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Pipeline road multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    293 ft
  • Altitude min
    438 ft
  • Altitude max
    912 ft
  • Altitude start
    438 ft
  • Altitude end
    732 ft
  • Grade
    1.9%
  • Grade max
    -20.3%
  • Grade min
    40.3%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    5,184 ft
  • Avg time
    00:22:07
  • Avg reverse time
    00:21:03
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on Mar 2, 2024
Snow Covered
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      Pipeline road Trail Reports

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      Mar 2, 2024 @ 5:54pm
      Mar 2, 2024
      Jan 1, 2024 @ 8:10pm
      Jan 1, 2024
      Wet af on the northern portion. Clear once it’s mostly gravel, once past the bunny trails there’s a big area of standing water right before...
      May 6, 2023 @ 2:13pm
      May 6, 2023
      Aug 28, 2022 @ 5:05pm
      Aug 28, 2022
      mountain lion on road
      May 16, 2021 @ 6:18am
      May 16, 2021
      One short puddly section.
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      • 4 rides
      • 22 miles avg distance
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      • Last: May 16, 2024

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