3 miles
Distance
522 ft
Climb
-1,114 ft
Descent
00:55:32
Avg time

Ridge Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain 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
  • Global Ranking
    #31678 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    30 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 90 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.

More Stats for Ridge Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -592 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,175 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,778 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,767 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,175 ft
  • Grade
    -4.114%
  • Grade max
    -53.651%
  • Grade min
    49.179%
  • Distance climb
    4,605 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    462 ft
  • Avg time
    00:55:32
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on Aug 25, 2019
Dry
Avg: 3.2 (25 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
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  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Closed

  • 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 Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
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  • photo Photo
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  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
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      Ridge Trail Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 27 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      All
      • 97 rides
      •  

      Photos

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      135 |
      Nov 4, 2018 @ 2:01pm
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      292 |
      Apr 26, 2018 @ 3:41pm
      Apr 26, 2018
      1,859 |
      Mar 22, 2014 @ 8:09pm
      Mar 22, 2014
      | 7 comments
      614 |
      Sep 12, 2009 @ 2:24am
      Sep 12, 2009

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      10 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag 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
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag 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!
      [Reply]
      • - 1
      flag 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag smuggler29er (Dec 7, 2018 at 20:21)
       I agree!
      [Reply]
      • - 1
      flag 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]
      • - 1
      flag Knoerpsi (May 9, 2019 at 20:10)
       No trail for mountain bikes.
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      flag 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
      [Reply]
      • + 3
      flag 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag 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.
      [Reply]

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