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2015   Bellingham Muni Weekend

June 12 - 14, 2015

Bellingham Muni Weekend Saturday Morning Group

2015   Bellingham Muni Weekend (BMW)

Important News and Announcements
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Spouse and/or families with toddlers or infants:
Some who plan on attending may have spouses and/or families traveling along with them. Efforts have been made to choose eating and meetup locations and times which might be spouse, parent, and family friendly. Please contact us if you have specific needs or suggestions on how we might be able to contribute to your family enjoying themselves while you are attending.

Larrabee State Park and Chuckanut mountain trails:
Washington State Parks enforces restrictions and requirements for group events. The choice has been made not to schedule any meet-ups which would use Washington State Parks.

If you are late for a meet-up:
Please remember preference will usually be given to accommodating those in attendance and on time. Please contact us and we will attempt to provide any available alternatives. If you are late be prepared to be left behind.

Tentative schedule of meet-up locations:
Stuff happens. Things change. Let us know you are attending and attempts will be made to keep you informed of changes. 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.

To contact Bellingham Muni Weekend:
Lana Myers   (360) 305-five one two one
Joe Myers   (360) 305-four five five seven
joe(at)teamunicycle.com

Friday

Friday, June 12, 2015

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
Turn west on Sunset Street from Electric Avenue.

* 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   Rhodes Cafe
1046 Lakeway Dr Bellingham, WA 98229   phone: (360) 714-9743
Join Joe and Lana for a no-host breakfast as they fuel up for the days activities.

10:45 AM North Galby Pre-ride Meet-up - meet in the upper Whatcom Falls parking lot area accessed by turning onto Sunset Street from Electric Ave. 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 to the 2000 road and Fire Circle trail. Shortly after the Fire Circle we turn left on Gasshopper. We will use mostly the old Grasshopper trail now called "Ladybug" as it parralles and occassionly crosses the "new" built-up features of the "new" Grasshopper. At 1200 road turn right. Then left on Lower Candy. Stay right on Lower Candy when it passes unmarked Appendix on the left. Take a right after the creek crossing on Family Fun Center then left on 1000 road back to the Ridge Trail. We will then ride down Ridge Trail and Miranda to Birch Street. Plan on a two hour ride.

1:00 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.

2:00 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 Cedar Dust across to 1200 road. Making a short left on 1200 road to a right on 2400 road, up the Wall and left on 2000 road. We stay straight (the road changes numbers a few times) until we find Golden Spike. We will ride out Golden Spike as it cross 2600 road and stay left to continue all the way to 1200 road. Then right on 1200 to SST. 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 and a half hours.

6:00 PM Dinner   Tom Glenn Common
One Bellwether Way, Bellingham, WA 98225
Tom Glenn Common virtual tour
Come join us for this 'no-host' opening day celebration!
Deli style picnic, communal meal, where guests are encouraged to bring their own food.
There will NOT be any facilities available for heating or cooking.
If you need specialized seating (soft chair) please bring your own.
The cushions shown on the seating in the virtual tour will not be available.

Saturday

June 13, 2015

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   The Daisy Cafe
Bellingham Crown Plaza
114 W Magnolia St, Bellingham, WA 98225   phone: (360) 733-8996
Come join Joe and Lana for this 'no-host' breakfast as the Daisy Cafe prepares each of us for the days activities.

10:15 AM Padden Lake East Pre-ride Meet-up - We will choose an available location near 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. The riders will access the south Galby (Galbraith mountain bike trail system) via a short drive in vehicles or riding on trails. 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 or riding 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 or riding 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. The option to add Last Call to the end of the ride will depend on available time and preferences of the group. 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 and a half hours to complete this 6 mile ride.

6:30 PM Dinner   Pizza Hut
104 S. Samish Way, Bellingham, WA 98225   phone: (360) 733-5660
Pizza Hut promises to 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 14, 2015

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 - Downtown
308C W. Champion Street, Bellingham WA   phone: (360) 715-2195
Enjoy a 'no-host' pleasant morning morsel with Joe and Lana 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 Fire Circle. We stay left at the first trail junction and right after the fire circle 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 to 1200 road and go left. A few alternatives are available depending group preferences. If time allows the group may choose to ride out to Goldilocks and/or Papa Bear prior to heading down SST to Back Door. Then ride back to Whatcom Falls Park. Plan on this ride taking two hours or longer as additional trails are added.

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