The Galbraith Mountain South Side parking lot is now moving into construction phase, mid-September 2021. If you're wondering why the WMBC took on this project, read more about the Galbraith Easement here.


Our generous and supportive community raised the monumental funds of $425k needed to renovate and enlarge this much-used parking lot and we are finally moving forward! This parking lot is needed to keep up with the increase in riders in our community and out of town visitors. Please stay patient during construction and avoid overcrowding neighborhoods on the north side with parked cars. This fall is a time to ride from home and explore places you may not have ridden before like Stewart Mountain and the Chuckanut Mountains.


PHASE ONE Janicki Logging & Construction will be clearing trees and stumps, with DNR and city arborists assisting in tree removal/retention, for the 8 to 10 working days.


S SIDE GALBY USERS: Parking lot and street parking off S Samish Way closed as soon as construction starts, could be as soon as 9/20. Lake Padden trails will be closed on the lake side and no through traffic will be permissible.

PHASE TWO RAM Construction will be exporting dirt and organics to Galbraith Mountain after the site has been cleared (roughly two weeks from start date). This phase could last up to three weeks.


S SIDE GALBY USERS: No riding or any other use of the south side will be permitted during this time. It is very important that Galbraith Lane is used by residential traffic only and that riders stay off the south side completely during this time, specifically the roads - any delay of earth movers due to riders on the roads costs the WMBC and we want to be as efficient as possible during the construction and with our use of funds.




Donate to the parking lot fund by purchasing a brick that will be placed in a beautiful and unique bench-lined pathway at the new parking lot. Memoralize your engraving at an important gathering place for our community.

  • Gold Level: 12" x 12" brick w/ 4 lines x 21 characters & business logo

  • Silver Level: 8" x 8" brick w/ 4 lines x 16 characters

  • Bronze Level: 4" x 8" brick w/ 2 lines x 16 characters

With the Galbraith Easements secured and recreation access guaranteed forever, the WMBC has assembled an all-star team of professionals and we've been working hard on a new parking expansion design and implementation plan on Samish Way.  Our goal is to greatly increase safety for all trail users (especially after-school bike clubs), road cyclists on Samish Way, and drivers entering or exiting the parking lot. See below for an illustration of the new design compared to the current parking lot plus key parking lot design features.

A huge thank you to the Rotary Club of Bellingham for kickstarting our capital campaign for the parking lot expansion with their extremely generous donation of $86,000!

New Parking Lot Design Elements

  • 140 parking stalls

  • 10' x 19’ long stalls to accommodate longer vehicles and bike racks

  • 2 Vault toilets

  • Kiosk with maps and Information

  • Crosswalk across Samish Way - waiting on county approval

  • Access will be directly across from Galbraith Lane

  • Trail access into Lake Padden Park

  • Brick pathway highlighting donated bricks with engravings


Our Team of professionals includes: