Galbraith Mountain

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Galbraith Mountain
Galbraith Mountain Bellingham view.jpg
View from Galbraith Mountain
Highest point
Elevation 1,785 ft (544 m)
Coordinates 48°41′19″N 122°21′39″W / 48.68861°N 122.36083°W / 48.68861; -122.36083Coordinates: 48°41′19″N 122°21′39″W / 48.68861°N 122.36083°W / 48.68861; -122.36083
Location Whatcom County, Washington, United States

Galbraith Mountain is the common name for North Lookout Mountain, located between the communities of Sudden Valley and Bellingham, Washington. A 3,125-acre (12.65 km2) area was owned by the Trillium Corporation until April 1, 2010, when the company surrendered the property to Polygon Financial Partners instead of defaulting on the loan held by Polygon.[1] Galbraith Mountain has two main summits, which are 1,365 ft (416 m) and 1,785 ft (544 m) high. Though they are not either of the highest points on Lookout mountain, they are prominent from all over Western Whatcom County. The Whatcom Independent Mountain Pedalers (WHIMPs) created and maintained a large trail system under a 2005 contract with Trillium. The mountain has many access points; the two most popular are from Birch Street, off of Lakeway Drive, and Galbraith Lane, off of Samish Way.

Galbraith Mountain is home to four radio towers, three of which are on the summit, and one about 100 ft (30 m) below. There is active logging on the flanks of the mountain, which has opened clear sight lines from the trails which criss-cross the area. Numerous kiosks and outdoor art were placed throughout the mountain by Trillium and the WMBC, including a bike maintenance station.[2]

As of April 26, 2010, Polygon's planned relationship with the mountain biking community and land use policy has not been established.


  1. ^ Relyea, Kie (4-6-2010). "New owner of Galbraith Mountain takes over; plans 90-day review of biking mecca". The Bellingham Herald. Archived from the original on 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2010-04-26.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ "About WMBC". Whatcom Independent Mountain Pedalers. Archived from the original on 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2008-12-03.