Boundary Bay Adventures

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MEET A BOUNDARY ADVENTURER!

FORREST IN THE TREES I grew up in Port Townsend WA, an hour and a half South of Bellingham, on the Olympic Peninsula. Raised on camping trips and exploring the woods, I quickly became attached to mountain bikes once I had access to them in sixth grade. My passion quickly grew and I began racing in High School. Discovering a new (competitive) side to the sport that had taken over my focus was a huge moment for me. I moved to Bellingham after High School to pursue a four year degree at WWU & dedicate myself to the Mountain Bike Lifestyle. More often than not you can find me in the woods. Most of my riding is done at Galbraith Mountain due to the ease of access & sheer amount of world class trails in one zone, that being said, Bellingham has numerous trail. My favorite local ride is in the Chuckanut Mountains at Larrabee State Park. This ride starts out above Clayton Beach at the Fragrance Lake Trail Head. The pedal up to the top of the mountain is about 4 miles long with around 1800ft of elevation gain. At the top you are rewarded with a stunning view of the Puget Sound & San Juan Islands. My favorite way to get back to the bottom is the most direct. Two trails by the names of Double Black & Double Down, each a mile long, are some of the most raw and exciting trails in the county. As a part of the Boundary Bay Adventures I represent Cedar Dust Racing, named after an Iconic Galbraith Trail & IPA brewed here at the Brewery.

FORREST IN THE TREES

I grew up in Port Townsend WA, an hour and a half South of Bellingham, on the Olympic Peninsula. Raised on camping trips and exploring the woods, I quickly became attached to mountain bikes once I had access to them in sixth grade. My passion quickly grew and I began racing in High School. Discovering a new (competitive) side to the sport that had taken over my focus was a huge moment for me. I moved to Bellingham after High School to pursue a four year degree at WWU & dedicate myself to the Mountain Bike Lifestyle.

More often than not you can find me in the woods. Most of my riding is done at Galbraith Mountain due to the ease of access & sheer amount of world class trails in one zone, that being said, Bellingham has numerous trail.

My favorite local ride is in the Chuckanut Mountains at Larrabee State Park. This ride starts out above Clayton Beach at the Fragrance Lake Trail Head. The pedal up to the top of the mountain is about 4 miles long with around 1800ft of elevation gain. At the top you are rewarded with a stunning view of the Puget Sound & San Juan Islands.

My favorite way to get back to the bottom is the most direct. Two trails by the names of Double Black & Double Down, each a mile long, are some of the most raw and exciting trails in the county. As a part of the Boundary Bay Adventures I represent Cedar Dust Racing, named after an Iconic Galbraith Trail & IPA brewed here at the Brewery.

Hey, I’m Kari! I’m a trail runner, mountain biker, kayaker, yoga-enthusiast, camper and hiker, living in the most beautiful, adventure-inducing corner of the US. When I moved to Bellingham in 2008, I had no idea what awaited me. With mountains and water surrounding this town, it wasn’t long before I started discovering some of the beauty and magic that makes the PNW so special. Arroyo Park holds some of the best running or walking trails around, furnished with vibrant ferns and gorgeous old growth. With over 50 miles of single track, Galbraith Mountain has something for everyone--beginners and advanced riders alike, hikers, runners and even horseback-riders. My favorite trails are SST, Cedar Dust, Evolution, and Unemployment Line. Be sure to take a pit stop at the Soup Kitchen for a breathtaking view of the bay. As for kayaking, Lake Padden might provide the quietest and calmest water, while Lake Whatcom and the Bay present beautiful island or mountain views. Several spots along the classic scenic byway, Chuckanut Drive, offer hidden beach nooks, spectacular sights of the San Juan Islands, and a variety of gorgeous hiking trails. My adventures most often culminate with a delicious local meal and cold beverage, (one that’s obligatorily gluten-free & dairy-free, but don’t worry--I know where to find the best GF pizza in town!). I would be delighted to share my adventure recommendations with you! Happy trails, everyone!

Hey, I’m Kari! I’m a trail runner, mountain biker, kayaker, yoga-enthusiast, camper and hiker, living in the most beautiful, adventure-inducing corner of the US. When I moved to Bellingham in 2008, I had no idea what awaited me.

With mountains and water surrounding this town, it wasn’t long before I started discovering some of the beauty and magic that makes the PNW so special.

Arroyo Park holds some of the best running or walking trails around, furnished with vibrant ferns and gorgeous old growth. With over 50 miles of single track, Galbraith Mountain has something for everyone--beginners and advanced riders alike, hikers, runners and even horseback-riders. My favorite trails are SST, Cedar Dust, Evolution, and Unemployment Line. Be sure to take a pit stop at the Soup Kitchen for a breathtaking view of the bay. As for kayaking, Lake Padden might provide the quietest and calmest water, while Lake Whatcom and the Bay present beautiful island or mountain views. Several spots along the classic scenic byway, Chuckanut Drive, offer hidden beach nooks, spectacular sights of the San Juan Islands, and a variety of gorgeous hiking trails.

My adventures most often culminate with a delicious local meal and cold beverage, (one that’s obligatorily gluten-free & dairy-free, but don’t worry--I know where to find the best GF pizza in town!). I would be delighted to share my adventure recommendations with you!

Happy trails, everyone!

CASEY DIGGS' GRIT & GLORY I like to jump on my cross bike from home (Sunnyland neighborhood) and rip it up to the Chuckanuts and back. I haul down Cornwall Ave and cruise onto the South Bay Trail. I’ll mob down that, and when I hit Boulevard, I jump back up the road and bypass Taylor Dock when it’s busy. Then in Fairhaven, I hop back on the Interurban after waving hello to my friends at Stones Throw Brewery. When the Interurban Trail drops down into Arroyo Park, I cross the creek, head up the switchbacks, and then veer left to stay on the fire road towards Lost Lake Trail. And start climbing. Up and up Hemlock Trail, and then up to Raptor Ridge where I hit the view I wanted. Pause, view, and then back down to town. Usually, I’ll swing in to Boundary Bay Brewery’s Mountain Room for a Lightner Lager before heading home. Go America!

CASEY DIGGS' GRIT & GLORY

I like to jump on my cross bike from home (Sunnyland neighborhood) and rip it up to the Chuckanuts and back. I haul down Cornwall Ave and cruise onto the South Bay Trail.

I’ll mob down that, and when I hit Boulevard, I jump back up the road and bypass Taylor Dock when it’s busy. Then in Fairhaven, I hop back on the Interurban after waving hello to my friends at Stones Throw Brewery.

When the Interurban Trail drops down into Arroyo Park, I cross the creek, head up the switchbacks, and then veer left to stay on the fire road towards Lost Lake Trail. And start climbing. Up and up Hemlock Trail, and then up to Raptor Ridge where I hit the view I wanted. Pause, view, and then back down to town.

Usually, I’ll swing in to Boundary Bay Brewery’s Mountain Room for a Lightner Lager before heading home. Go America!

THE SCHMIDT SHOW TRIATHALON I hate swimming, mostly. About once or twice a year, the perfect cocktail of hot weather, crisp fresh water, a decent tan line and a Safety Break ISA presents itself to me, and I can coerce myself into a quick dip. So when I say this is the best trifecta of Bellingham exercise, you can rest assured that I’m right. Unless you hate swimming more than me. When it hits 90 degrees in Bellingham, the whole city melts and heads to the nearest body of water. If you’re like me, and you like to be efficient and mix your summer adventures with exercise, laziness and a good beer, pay attention to this route. Hit the road on your bike and enjoy the scenic twisty road to North Lake Whatcom. Too nervous to battle those first hills? Check out Railroad Trail, which bypasses that evil giant called “Alabama” as well as the bumpy trails of Whatcom Falls Park. Or, park and leave your car at Bloedel Donovan Park. When you arrive at North Lake Whatcom Trailhead, you have a few options. I prefer to duck into the restroom to change into my bathing suit, and then jump back on my bike. From there, I’ll ride along the North Lake Whatcom (or Hertz) trail to my favorite swimspot (sorry, I’m not giving that secret away). Usually, my husband has tagged along, and sets up camp and babysits the bikes. If you’re braving the Schmidt Show Tri solo, don’t forget to lock your bike to a tree and bring your valuables with you. Now, time for a run. If you start from the beginning, the full out and back is about 6 miles. When it’s the Schmidt Show, it’s about 3 miles- because that’s about how long I can last knowing that a cold brew is waiting for me back at the watering hole. If you’re a real overachiever, head for the 7 mile summit of Stewart Mountain. Back at our swimming spot now, it’s time for a Schmidty style dip in the water. I’m hot, sweaty and it’s a beautiful view no matter where you are on the trail. I take two good swigs of Boundary Bay Safety Break, completely interrupt my husband mid-story and make a jump for it! Depending on the availability of floating logs nearby to hang on to, I’ll generally last about 2-10 minutes. Beers, people walking by admiring our sweet location, plenty of peaches and endorphins. Life is good. Before heading back, be sure drink some of that gallon of water you remembered to pack in your pannier. Remember- it’s hot, you are exercising a ton, and you just had a beer- stay hydrated and be safe on the road!

THE SCHMIDT SHOW TRIATHALON

I hate swimming, mostly. About once or twice a year, the perfect cocktail of hot weather, crisp fresh water, a decent tan line and a Safety Break ISA presents itself to me, and I can coerce myself into a quick dip. So when I say this is the best trifecta of Bellingham exercise, you can rest assured that I’m right. Unless you hate swimming more than me.

When it hits 90 degrees in Bellingham, the whole city melts and heads to the nearest body of water. If you’re like me, and you like to be efficient and mix your summer adventures with exercise, laziness and a good beer, pay attention to this route.

Hit the road on your bike and enjoy the scenic twisty road to North Lake Whatcom. Too nervous to battle those first hills? Check out Railroad Trail, which bypasses that evil giant called “Alabama” as well as the bumpy trails of Whatcom Falls Park. Or, park and leave your car at Bloedel Donovan Park.

When you arrive at North Lake Whatcom Trailhead, you have a few options. I prefer to duck into the restroom to change into my bathing suit, and then jump back on my bike. From there, I’ll ride along the North Lake Whatcom (or Hertz) trail to my favorite swimspot (sorry, I’m not giving that secret away).

Usually, my husband has tagged along, and sets up camp and babysits the bikes. If you’re braving the Schmidt Show Tri solo, don’t forget to lock your bike to a tree and bring your valuables with you.

Now, time for a run. If you start from the beginning, the full out and back is about 6 miles. When it’s the Schmidt Show, it’s about 3 miles- because that’s about how long I can last knowing that a cold brew is waiting for me back at the watering hole. If you’re a real overachiever, head for the 7 mile summit of Stewart Mountain.

Back at our swimming spot now, it’s time for a Schmidty style dip in the water. I’m hot, sweaty and it’s a beautiful view no matter where you are on the trail. I take two good swigs of Boundary Bay Safety Break, completely interrupt my husband mid-story and make a jump for it! Depending on the availability of floating logs nearby to hang on to, I’ll generally last about 2-10 minutes.

Beers, people walking by admiring our sweet location, plenty of peaches and endorphins. Life is good.

Before heading back, be sure drink some of that gallon of water you remembered to pack in your pannier. Remember- it’s hot, you are exercising a ton, and you just had a beer- stay hydrated and be safe on the road!

KULL FAMILY VALUES I love trees. In essence, they're the spirit of the Pacific Northwest. But, I haven't always liked nature. As a kid, it was all about playing sports ball. My passion for the Great Outdoors began to be a mainstay in my life as a teenager, and I owe it to my dad for pushing me to become an Eagle Scout. Scouts allowed an insight into the amazing region we live, and helped develop my passion for hiking, camping and a general appreciation for all things nature. My favorite activity in Bellingham (and Beyond) is hiking. The exploration and discovery provides release from stress of everyday life. Chuckanut Ridge Trail is my favorite hike the Chuckanuts have to offer. It's a 10.4 mile, roundtrip adventure to an elevated view (1900ft) of Bellingham and Mount Baker. If you're feeling extreme (...Forrest) you can even bike this trail.  The hike launches from the North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead, which can offer any hiker a myriad of neat experiences. My wife and I look forward to sharing the Northwest with our little one. She's already fascinated with trees; Ponderosa Pinecones are currently her favorite.

KULL FAMILY VALUES

I love trees. In essence, they're the spirit of the Pacific Northwest. But, I haven't always liked nature. As a kid, it was all about playing sports ball. My passion for the Great Outdoors began to be a mainstay in my life as a teenager, and I owe it to my dad for pushing me to become an Eagle Scout. Scouts allowed an insight into the amazing region we live, and helped develop my passion for hiking, camping and a general appreciation for all things nature.

My favorite activity in Bellingham (and Beyond) is hiking. The exploration and discovery provides release from stress of everyday life.

Chuckanut Ridge Trail is my favorite hike the Chuckanuts have to offer. It's a 10.4 mile, roundtrip adventure to an elevated view (1900ft) of Bellingham and Mount Baker. If you're feeling extreme (...Forrest) you can even bike this trail.  The hike launches from the North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead, which can offer any hiker a myriad of neat experiences.

My wife and I look forward to sharing the Northwest with our little one. She's already fascinated with trees; Ponderosa Pinecones are currently her favorite.

 

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Planning your next recreation & craft beer adventure? Hit us up for the local low down.

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