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2014   Bellingham Muni Weekend

June 13 - 15, 2014

Bellingham Muni Weekend Saturday Morning Group

2014   Bellingham Muni Weekend

Tentative schedule of meet-up locations

Any and all ride meet-up times and routes may be adjusted to accommodate the needs of those in attendance. Please communicate any requests for adjusting ride meet-up times and/or routes for consideration. Preference will usually be given to accommodating those confirmed to be attending.

Friday

Friday, June 13, 2014

Chuckanut Mountain & Larrabee

The days activities will be centered around Larrabee State Park
East Entrance, 245 Chuckanut Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229.

Videos Chuckanut Mountain Trail System:

8:30 AM Breakfast   Skylarks Hidden Cafe
1308-B 11th Street, Bellingham WA 98225   phone: (360) 715-3642
Lower Dining Room
Join us in the Fairhaven historic district for breakfast as we fuel up for the days activities.

10:45 AM Morning Chuckanut Mountain Meet-up - We will choose an available location near the day-use shelters and band shell area as a meet-up base to access the Chuckanut Mountain Recreation Area trail system via short unicycle rides or by vehicles. There is a band shell and restrooms at this location. Vehicle parking is by Discovery Pass permit only anywhere inside Larrabee State Park and anywhere along Cleator Road and at all Cleator Road trailheads. Larrabee State park and the surrounding area have access to salt water beaches, tide pools, view points, overlooks, hiking and the Interurban Trail.

Please note that some of the rides scheduled for the Chuckanut Mountain trail system require advanced skills and endurance.

11:00 AM Afternoon Chuckanut Mountain Ridge Trail Meet-up - for hardy souls, take an epic journey through Upper Ridge Trail, Middle Ridge Trail, and Lower Ridge Trail (Map) from the top of Cleator Road to North Lost Lake Trail. Turn right a few feet to Salal Trail and then descend Lower Salal Trail, back to North Lost Lake Trail and come out at Arroyo Park for pickup or ride back to Larrabee on the Interurban Trail. The middle section is a hike-a-bike/uni-hike section of up and down the ridge back on a difficult section of trail. Depending on group preferences the route may bi-pass the middle section and stick to the traditional Upper Ridge trail connector back to Cleator Road and back out the traditional Lower Ridge trail back to Chuckanut Ridge. But the multiple view points and 200' sandstone cliffs along this middle Chuckanut Ridge with views looking both east (Mt Baker, the Sisters, and Cascades) and west (Puget Sound,the San Juan Islands, the Olympics, Vancouver Island) are remarkable. It is a favorite of many local trail runners. Distance to Arroyo Park is about 5.5 miles mostly descending. I've completed this uni-hike in two hours on well worn exhausted legs that climbed 3000 vertical feet of trail the day before. This route is up for discussion and a tamer ride may be what is actually completed.

1:30 PM Lunch Picnic We will meet-up for lunch at Larrabee State Park near the band shell and then choose a spot to enjoy. Bring your own picnic basket or brown bag lunch. Test out the many urban and natural features. Chuckanut sandstone features abound here. We may decide to move the lunch to one of the beaches depending on preferences and weather.

3:00 PM Fragrance Lake Trail / Two Dollar Trail Meet-up - after being transported up Cleator Road to the Fragrance Lake Road trail head. Descend Fragrance Lake trail (0.8 miles -300') to Fragrance Lake and circle around the north shore. Descend Two Dollar Trail (1.5 miles -430') to Cleator Road, and back to Larrabee by the Interurban trail. This ride is for advanced riders and will be on rough single track rock covered trails with drops, steep terrain, and muddy sections. Allow one and a half hours or more to complete this 5 mile ride. Plan on stopping a moment on Two Dollar Trail to enjoy the water fall. If interest is shown by the group to increase the difficulty of the ride the drop off point will be moved up Cleator Road to the end. We will be taking Rock Trail, right on Double Diamond Trail (0.8 miles -800'), right again on Fragrance Lake Road a short distance to Fragrance Lake. We have planned this ride to be almost all down hill with very little vertical gain. Riders will be able to enjoy some challenges without the added effort of climbing to get it.

6:30 PM Dinner   Mambo Italiano
1303 12th St., Bellingham, WA 98225 phone: (360) 734-7677
Come join us for this 'no host' opening day celebration!
If you are planning on joining us for the Mambo Italiano dinner may we strongly suggest calling ahead and reserving a table in the courtyard.

Saturday

June 14, 2014

South Galby & Lake Padden

The days activities will be centered around Lake Padden Park
East Entrance, 4882 Samish Way, Bellingham, WA 98229

Maps of Lake Padden and South Galby:

Videos of Lake Padden and South Galby:

8:00 AM Breakfast   Mount Bakery
308C W. Champion Street, Bellingham WA   phone: (360) 715-2195
Come share this 'no host' breakfast where Vince's crew will prepare each of us for the days activities.

10:15 AM Padden Lake East Pre-ride Meet-up - We will choose an available location near or at the Rotary Shelter area as a meet-up base. We will have the 2.6 mile loop trail around the lake and 5.1 miles of trails south and east of the lake to ride. Via a short drive in vehicles the riders will access the south Galby (Galbraith mountain bike trail system). We will be next to a basketball court for unicycle basketball. The park also has a beach and swimming area.

For those not experienced in difficult muni or rigorous climbing the park trails will be more than challenging to ride with varying trail types of easy, moderate and difficult skill requirements. Both urban and natural obstacles abound for showing your skills and progressing in ability.

Please note that rides scheduled for the south Galby require advanced skills and endurance.

10:30 AM South Galby Morning Meet-up - after being transported to the Padden trailhead parking lot on Sammish Way directly across the street from Galbraith Lane road we will ride to the Galbraith Lane gate/trailhead and ride/walk up 2000 road to the Blue Rock and take a right on 3000 road completing a 1000+ foot elevation change to the towers. After stopping to enjoy the view we will then ride down Evolution, Unemployment Line, and Atomic Dog. From the Padden trailhead parking the ride will continue down through Padden Lake park back to the Rotary Shelter area by way of the Upper Padden Access Trail, part of the Upper Backcountry Loop, and Lower Backcountry Loop trails or ride back to Padden Lake in any available vehicles. This ride is for advanced riders and will be on free ride trail w/jumps, drops, wood features, and muddy sections. Allow two or more hours to complete this 6 mile ride.

1:00 PM - Lunch & Barbecue Bring your favorite grill-able items, side dish, desert, and/or non-alcohol drinks to eat and share to this no host lunch. We will be outdoors with limited cooler space. Please be responsible for keeping your food from spoiling. You may want to bring your own shade and seating. Barbecue grills will be available to use.

2:00 PM - South Galby Afternoon Meet-up - after being transported to the Padden trailhead parking lot we will ride/walk the 700+ foot elevation change as we go up 2000 road to the Blue Rock and turn right on 3000 road to the Red Rock (which isn't red anymore), make a left on 4000 to the Mullet trail head on the left. Ride Mullet clear through to Cheech & Chong's Wild Ride (also called Shanwn's). Go left on road 2200 and take a right through Safety Break to Meth Lab and then left on 2020 road back to the gate at Galbraith Lane. From the Padden trailhead parking the ride will continue down through Padden Lake park back to the Rotary Shelter area by way of the Upper Padden Access Trail, part of the Upper Backcountry Loop, and Lower Backcountry Loop trails. This ride is for advanced riders and will be on free ride trail w/jumps, drops, wood features, and muddy sections. Allow two or more hours to complete this 6 mile ride.

6:30 PM Dinner   Pizza Hut
104 S. Samish Way, Bellingham, WA 98225   phone: (360) 733-5660
We will have tables and servers waiting for any and all hungry riders, family, and companions to enjoy a 'no host' dinner together.
A group reservations have been make for this dinner.

Sunday

June 15, 2014

North Galby & Whatcom Falls Park

Morning and afternoon muni trips into the north Galby (short for Galbraith mountain tail system) will be staged from the upper Whatcom Falls parking lot area. Whatcom Falls Park
1401 Electric Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98229

* Lafeen's donuts and ice-cream and Whatcom Falls Mini Mart with deli are across the street from this location for your convenience.

Maps of Whatcom Falls and North Galby:

Videos of North Galby:

8:30 AM Breakfast   Mount Bakery
308C W. Champion Street, Bellingham WA   phone: (360) 715-2195
Enjoy a 'no host' pleasant morning morsel with us before getting started.

10:45 AM North Galby Pre-ride Meet-up - meet in the upper Whatcom Falls parking lot area. Whatcom Falls Park

11:00 AM Morning North Galby Meet-up - will leave from Whatcom Falls entering Galby from Birch St. trailhead up Miranda and Ridge Trail. From the Ridge trail we will work through Family Fun Center, right on 1200 road and left on 2400 road (The Wall) and left on 2000 road until we take a left at Pick Up Sticks. At Fire Circle go right until we turn left on El Pollo Elastico. At 1200 road we again go left to Cedar Dust. Cross 1000 road and go down Upper Bob's, through Lower Bob's, right on pipeline, right on Karma and out the gate, right at Edward St, left on Rolands St. and back to upper Whatcom Falls Park. Plan on this ride lasting up to two and a half hours.

1:30 PM Lunch at Whatcom Falls Park - Bring your own lunch or grab a Davinci Classic Sub from across the street and join in as the riders shares post ride joys. If it is hot we might ride down to the falls and soak in the pools of Whatcom Creek and watch any who like cliff diving play. After relaxing a bit enjoy any of the 5.5 miles of predominantly rolling, gravel surfaced scenic trails in the 241 acre park, play unicycle basketball on the available court, or show your stuff on the available urban obstacles.

2:30 PM Afternoon North Galby Meet-up - will leave from Whatcom Falls entering Galby from Birch St. trailhead up Miranda and Ridge Trail, work our way through Family Fun Center across to 1200 road and then left down SST, out Back Door, left to Birch Falls Drive, up the 44 steps back to Ridge trail and back down Ridge Trail and Miranda. Then ride back to Whatcom Falls Park. Plan on this ride taking up to two hours.

6:00 PM Dinner   Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
1107 Railroad Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225   phone: (360) 647-5593
Join us at the 'no host' concluding dinner & celebration!

Accommodations

Campgrounds

Frequently Asked Questions

Some answers for the Bellingham Muni Weekend

Please explain what you mean by "advanced" rider designations.
Please remember the Bellingham Muni Weekend has an open invitation to both the local and via the web the international community which both have experienced muni and non-unicycling wannabes. Currently the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday meet-ups are intended for those with at least some muni experience so the expert muni riders have a good time and don't become frustrated with being paired with novices. If sufficient interest commits to attending AND helping with leading meet-ups, additional opportunities may open up to add other routes of different skill levels. Some spots may require a dismount once in awhile for some. I myself am not above walking things I don't have any business trying and still have a good time. But these "advanced" rider meet-ups are not on a gym floor with handrails.

But I have no idea how my abilities relate to these trails (particularly because there is little or no actual trail info available online, ugh). Maybe post some photos of the trails?
The Galbraith trail system (Galby) is located in a working forest through a cooperative effort of a local club, bike shops, cyclist and land managers/owners. The Chuckanut Mountain trails share some of these same issues even though they are mostly on public land. So maps go out of date quickly as new trail is built and areas are closed for harvest etc. Many of the trails frequently have multiple names based on which map you check, who you are talking with or which marker is currently visible. This also complicates sharing available info with different naming and difficulty conventions. At sometime (maybe this year) we may get around to taking and posting some trail photos or videos. But usually we are having too much fun riding the trails to stop and take time to do photo shoots.

Who is the contact person for the Bellingham Muni Weekend?
Lana Myers   (360) 305-five one two one
Joe Myers   (360) 305-four five five seven
joe(at)teamunicycle.com