2.7 miles
Distance
224 ft
Climb
-802 ft
Descent
00:53:35
Avg time

Ridge Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Chuckanut Mountain
    Bellingham, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Global Ranking
    #72529 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #22031 in E-Biking
    • #2184 in Trail Running
    • #3597 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    35 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 75 in E-Biking
    • 85 in Trail Running
    • 85 in Hiking

As so many commenters have pointed out - this trail's middle section is not rideable. The preferred route is to skip the middle by taking Galen's Step down to Cleator Rd, and the ridge connector trail back up to catch the last section, which is still pretty gnarly.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Ridge Trail mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -578 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,185 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,770 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,763 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,184 ft
  • Grade
    -4%
  • Grade max
    -51.1%
  • Grade min
    50.9%
  • Distance climb
    4,173 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,165 ft
  • Avg time
    00:53:35
  • Avg reverse time
    01:22:40
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on Jun 20, 2021
Dry
Avg: 3.15 (29 votes)

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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
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      Ridge Trail Trail Reports

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      Jun 20, 2021 @ 4:22pm
      Jun 20, 2021
      This is an old school rooty rocky bear of a trail. Great fun, but do not ride the middle section that Trail Forks suggests that you skip. They...
      Apr 17, 2021 @ 9:24pm
      Apr 17, 2021
      Mar 14, 2021 @ 10:48am
      Mar 14, 2021
      Nov 29, 2020 @ 4:53pm
      Nov 29, 2020
      Upper and lower ridge in great shape right now.
      Nov 17, 2020 @ 11:08am
      Nov 17, 2020
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 33 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      All
      • 163 rides
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      Photos

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      Nov 4, 2018 @ 2:01pm
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      Apr 26, 2018 @ 3:41pm
      Apr 26, 2018
      2,234 |
      Mar 22, 2014 @ 8:09pm
      Mar 22, 2014
      | 7 comments
      853 |
      Sep 12, 2009 @ 2:24am
      Sep 12, 2009

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      14 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      sw1zz1e (Jul 12, 2017 at 19:53)
       This trail upper,middle and lower ridge should be called techter gnar! If you're a trials rider with an xc bent holler Wink
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      • + 0
      mtb2233 (Aug 13, 2017 at 9:09)
       Lower ridge is a super long sprint to begin with then with out any warning drops in to a full on dh cluster f*ck of roots that have grown over rocks, the trail also sports super blowen out cornnors or no corners at all, super fun trail!
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      • - 1
      Blake1 (Jun 9, 2018 at 23:09)
       This is not a bike trail. It’s a hike trail that you can take your bike for a walk on. Don’t bother, there are much better options.
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      • + 0
      s3ntin3l (Dec 7, 2018 at 20:21)
       I agree!
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      • + 0
      chrisclifford (Mar 29, 2019 at 23:01)
       Not worth riding. It’s a hiking trail. The first few minutes are ok, mostly just tech and tight roots and rocks between tight trees. The last minute or so is ok. The middle absolutely sucks. Multiple unrideable sections interspersed with short (20-30 seconds) periods of mediocre flat pedaling sectors before the next dismount. The kicker is that after this you lose about 1000 feet of elevation on a crushed gravel path back to the parking lot. I’m honestly kind of pissed this trail was recommended to me
      [Reply]
      • - 2
      Knoerpsi (May 9, 2019 at 20:10)
       No trail for mountain bikes.
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      • + 3
      masonguy (May 27, 2019 at 16:25)
       Ride the upper ridge until Galen's step for the best mountain bike experience. The middle section is unrideable
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      • + 4
      davidscole (Jun 10, 2019 at 13:42)
       The people who are saying trail "isn't worth it" or is "unridable" are most likely attempting to ride the middle part of the trail, which is indeed unridable and not really intended as part of the downhill mt bike route. It's an up-and-down scramble in there. The upper ridge and lower ridge sections are techy and fun. Good mt biking if you like challenging, technical terrain. Hard, yes, but a lot of us like that. Great stuff! Do skip the middle part, either way. That is not part of the route. Take Galen's Step out, go down the road a bit and get back on via the Ridge Trail Connector. Enjoy.
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      • + 1
      pbr1985 (Jun 27, 2019 at 12:17)
       I find the ridge trail to Galen’s step to the connector trail (bypassing the middle section of ridge), followed by hush hush to be a very nice trail, technical and fun and in a beautiful location. Dirt is great. Certainly not a manicured flow trail but it’s definitely worthwhile.
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      • + 1
      yman98 (Aug 25, 2019 at 16:23)
       Super fun trail, lots of technical moves on upper and lower. Keep your speed up to make it over those roots and rocks.
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      • + 0
      joebmx (Jul 12, 2020 at 10:01)
       I don’t know. Maybe i like pain but aside from the mandatory hike a bike there really is only one other section that needs to be pushed otherwise with solid skills and lots of mashing it is all doable. Its not for everyone and that is fine not every trail should be. The best way to put it is the trail is physical.
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      • + 0
      roborant (Aug 2, 2020 at 1:16)
       Unassuming, brutal trail with empty promises of flow and rocky technicality. 85% is pushing through brush, cursing the trees, and hike-a-bike ascents. Downhill suggestion on the map is misleading as the variance is so close. Several awesome rock sections for technical navigation, but certainly not worth the effort of the entire route. Stay on DBD and DD.
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      • + 1
      longboardersp (Jun 3, 2021 at 15:04)
       Trials riding skills needed to ride this trail clean! More hike a bike sections than you can count riding North going (down) feels like you do as much up as down! Once again if you are a Trials rider, love really technical almost un-rideable trail that goes up and down in little short steep parts this trail is for you. Even as a hiking trail its silly. Why always stick to the top of the ridge about 30 bypasses around the million little ups along the ridge crest are needed to make this a fun trail. If you love hike a bike this is your trail.
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      • + 0
      savagefilms (Jun 13, 2021 at 9:05)
       I had a blast on this trail! I would consider it a must do if you seek out gnarly trails, enjoy adventure rides, and have the skills to clean it. I think other black trails should feel like a walk in the park for you to fully enjoy this one. I think it’s a lot harder to get down this trail clean than it is to do the same on double down. It’s somewhere in between downhill and XC. That said, it’s a riot when you nail the right line and carry your momentum through a web of massive diagonal roots or clean one of the rock lines! I made the mistake of taking galens step down and skipping the middle. That felt like a waste of time and elevation. I’d rather pick my way down the ridge and walk a few sections if need be.
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