Galbraith Logging Activity - Head's up!
There's a flurry of harvest activity on Galbraith right now that will continue for the next couple of months. Areas below will be affected and the timeline is subject to change due to weather and Janicki's speed through any section. Expect increased vehicle and machine traffic on the hill during weekdays. If you ride during the week, I'd stay as much on trail as possible and off the roads.
Rock n Roll: Harvest just completed, but trail not re-opened yet.
Candy, Upper SST/Golden Spike, Arsenio, Cleavage and Rusty Can: This area is currently being thinned/harvested and should be done within a week. Then, we'll work to get those re-opened asap.
Upper Ridge/Cedar Dust, Family Fun Center/Upper Bob’s:
Logging/thinning will start ~February 3rd in the area of the 4-way intersection of Cedar Dust, Upper Ridge Ridge, Family Fun Center and Upper Bob’s. This will take approximately a month and we will be closing access to ALL of these trails due to machine and vehicle activity. If you need to access trails from the North side, you’ll need to go left after the Big Gnarly / Sandstone ridge area, then down the road and back to the Old UP (we’ll give it a quick pass this week). See attached map for more info.
As soon as the loggers are out of this zone, we will have an “all hands on deck” trail day(s) to get those trails re-opened and access regained. We’re shooting for the first week of March for a massive trail day, but we’ll know more as the harvest activity takes place.
Papa Bear area will be thinned around the first week of March.
Sorry if this is a stupid question, but I don't ride Galbraith frequently enough to know. Where is the best point to access SST during this logging/thinning period?
Depends, they're only going to be in that zone for a week and then we'll re-open it asap. If you wanted to, you can got left on the 1200 road after exiting Cedar Dust or Family Fun Center and it takes you to SST mid-way.
You mind if I repost this helpful info on Evergreen's Facebook page?
Thanks for sharing!
Not at all, Stacy. Have at it. i think I've put it on the WMBC's FB page as well, so you can likely share it directly from that.
FYI....for folks riding this weekend, Upper SST is mostly rideable and will get some love next week after we're certain the loggers are gone.
Janicki crews are moving their schedule around, so here's the latest. Today, they are moving to the area near the yellow rock / along the 3000 road and will be thinning on the following trails:
middle Whoopsie Woodle
Upper prison love
Upper u line
These trails will be CLOSED as the loggers move north. Please respect any closed signs for your safety and theirs.
It's still tbd, but they may continue up through Upper Mullet. We'll keep folks updated as we know more, but expect trail closures and a call for help getting them re-opened once the loggers are out of the area.
The Upper Ridge, Bob's, FF Center, Cedar Dust area is delayed at this point.
Please share this with your riding friends.
The Ridge/Cedar Dust area is not being harvested just yet and they have moved out of the Upper SST /Candy area (those haven't been cleaned up yet).
For the time being, Janicki has asked us to avoid using the 3000 road beyond the turn to Mullet and trails in that area during weekdays (until 3:30 pm). There is a ton of vehicle and machinery traffic in that area right now.
Trails affected are: Evolution, Scorpion, PT, U Line, Prison Love and Whoopsie Woodle - which is still closed in the upper section. Thanks for your help and please share with your friends! We anticipate them working in this area for 3 weeks.
Re: Galbraith Logging Activity - Head's up!
Dear Bellingham trail workers that have been putting your backyard back into service post-logging over the years. Most of you are probably not even on mtbr and you do it so you can ride your trails again. Your undiminished spirit has made your special back yard even better and I for one salute all of you silent warriors. I'm always impressed at how logging seems to destroy the trail yet by the time I show up it is restored and usually improved.
Thanks EB for the information we would not receive if it were not for your diligence and effort to team with the land owners.
In websters under "mountain bike community" is a picture of Bellingham bay from Galbraith. From Sully to Mark (and all whimps) and forward: Most Respect.
Thanks for the words, Paleo! Like you said, it all started with 25 years ago with Sully, Tom Anderson and crew. Then, Mark kept it going for a LONG time after those guys moved on (and is still involved). Nowadays, we've got such a strong group of builders and folks that pitch in that we try to have trails re-opened days after the crews have left.
Originally Posted by paleo
We're also super fortunate that we have a logging company who truly feels they can efficiently harvest in these zones without completely destroying the trails in the process. In talking with their processors, it's minimal effort for them to avoid trails - as long as we have them flagged so they can see them. When they have to cross a trail with the machines, they do so at strategic points to minimize rehab work. We know that's a reality, but they've done a great job of minimizing the overall damage to the trail tread. And, in the process of rebuilding, we've taken the opportunity to improve most of the trails post-harvest.
I'm just really proud of our community and the volunteerism that runs rampant. When we were up yesterday to assess the harvest zones, there were already two college-aged guys (mid-ride) clearing branches off of SST....just pitching in for 30 minutes unrequested.
Here’s a quick update about the logging on Galbraith:
• Evolution, Scorpion, Whoopsie Woodle, PT, U Line, Prison Love:
o Janicki is done thinning off of the 3000 road, so these trails are ready to get cleaned up this Saturday’s trail day and could use your help. We’ll take the divide and conquer approach and have folks working on these trails. The loggers did an amazing job working around the trails, so some of those trails will only need a few people and some will need more.
o They’ve been waiting for the 2000 and 3000 road to haul logs off the hill, so there’s still big stacks of logs along the road. Those should start getting hauled off in the next week, but it’ll be weather dependent. Either way, we can work on those trails now. When they start hauling logs from this area, we’ll ask riders to stay off the 3000 road until after 3:30 on weekdays.
• Papa Bear, Lost Sole:
o The loggers are currently thinning in the Papa Bear / Lost Sole area and will be in there for a week. So, if you ride Wonderland, Oly, Keystone, Cabin, 187, Cougar and Mama Bear, please avoid that area and we’ll get in to re-open them as soon as they’re out.
• 2000 and 3000 Road daylighting:
o In the next couple of weeks, they will be thinning (aka, daylighting) these two roads to keep the trees from getting intertwined in the power lines. When this takes place, southside access will be VERY limited for ~3 days and there will be NO riding on those two roads. I’ll let you know when that happens, but we’ll have the road, kiosk, Samish parking lot heavily signed to warn riders/runners.
• Upper Ridge, FF Center, Upper Bob’s, Cedar Dust
o They will start working up from the Pipeline Road towards this area in the next couple of weeks. Exact timing TBD. When that takes place, north side access will be VERY limited and we’ll shut that area down during workdays. When they get in the area around the kiosk, we’ll likely ask riders to use the south side access for that time. We’ve flagged these trails really thoroughly, so our hope is to have another “divide and conquer” trail day immediately after they get out of this area. We’ll give folks a head’s up as soon as we get the indication that they’ll be done.
Thanks to everyone for respecting the closures during harvest for your safety, the crew’s safety and for allowing them to do their job when they’re up on the hill. I think its fair to say that Janicki has done a great job of mitigating damage to the trails whenever possible. If you see their crews on the hill, give them a shout out.
Quick Trail / Logging update:
The crews are gone from the 3000 road and we had a trailday on Saturday and Sunday last week. With the 3" of rain we've had this week the trails are a muddy mess, so we are asking riders to stay off the following trails: Evolution, Scorpion, U Line and PT. Lower Woodle and Prison Love still need a bunch of work post-harvest.
Trails that are open in that zone are:
Wonderland, Keystone, Kaiser, Mullet, Cheech and Chongs, Safety Break, Meth Lab, The Pigs, A Dog.
Janicki crews are moving towards the 4 way intersection of Upper Bob's, The Ridge, Cedar Dust and FF Center. At this point, only Upper Bob's is shut down and flagged off. Please stay off of Bob's until further notice and we'll let folks know when the other trails are closing. At that point, north side access will be HIGHLY limited.
Please share with your friends!!
I pulled the signs and flagging from Evo, U line and Scorpion tonight. Be cautious of fresh/soft dirt on the lips on upper U Line. PT IS STILL CLOSED and we are asking folks to stay off it 'til it gets more time to dry and more work to fix a seep/spring area.
Bob's is still closed as well.
Is Rock n' Roll wrecked? Looks clearcut and I haven't had a chance to go over there.
Rock n Roll was re-opened last Friday thanks to the good folks of Kulshan brewing.
We just got confirmation that Janicki Logging is done with their thinning operations on the mountain until next Fall/Winter. They will, however, be doing some roadwork this summer (starting in July timeframe), so we'll update everyone when that begins.
Thanks for all the updates EB. Do you now their plans for future logging? Also, what will happen to back door, Skeers has stacked some boulders. Is that trail gone?
Janicki crews were great, huge logging operation with minimal damage to the trails, but Skeers could not clear a few house lots without desrtoying a trail.
Thanks for all your work EB.
Jameson, I agree that Janicki's crews have done an AMAZING job of A. communicating with us about their operations and B. doing whatever they can to not destroy trails.
I know for sure the plan is to continue to thin on the mountain because many of the zones are still way too think/unhealthy, so any zones that hasn't happened will see that in the future. For instance, I know upper mullet zone will see thinning next winter for sure. Other than that, we'll learn more next Fall.
As for backdoor, the bottom went right through the development property lines. It looks like there's another option scratched in already. We'll see what happens with that....Skeers hasn't done anything to try to work with the trail community though.
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