Chantrelles

I’m talking trails, not mushrooms.  Don’t know, maybe there are mushrooms there too, in addition to the trails.  The trails or trail are out of the Lake Whatcom Park out at the end of the North Shore Road.  I’ve ridden and hiked the Chantrelle Trail several times, but this recent trip was a treat because the trail has been extended past the overlook, essentially doubling the length of the trail.  What was the 2 mile Chantrelle Trail leading up to…Continue Reading

Stewart Mountain Loop – Updated 9/2/18

Got in a mostly off pavement loop ride mid-week with a couple of adventurous type guys from work.  We had been talking about Kurtis’ new Salsa Timberjack and adventure rides like the Olympic Discovery Trail and just adventure riding in general, when the discussion turned to how both Jason and I had contemplated a loop in the North Lake Whatcom area.   This in the area that I had been binging on after completing my own Tour de Lake Whatcom in…Continue Reading

Binge Worthy

I admit that I am binging a bit on the North Lake Whatcom area.   Although there are wonders to be found there, what make this area binge worthy for me is the tremendous workout it offers straight out of the box.  From the upper parking lot there seems to be nothing but steep uphill for the first few miles, in fact the parking lot itself even slopes uphill a bit.  I’ve hiked up and down this section several times and…Continue Reading

Tour de Lake Whatcom – Again

A little over 2 months ago, March 4th to be exact, I pushed, pulled and dragged my way through rain and too much snow to complete my first Tour de Lake Whatcom in a little over 11 hours.  Yesterday I revisited this route around Lake Whatcom and as I hoped, had a completely different experience than the first time around.  Same route, but sunny, dry, warm, no snow and completed in a little less than 4-1/2 hours, proving my prediction…Continue Reading

Tour de Lake Whatcom

A few years back I did the real Tour de Whatcom and it was a fun experience, one that I will likely do again and again and again.  But I’ve also had this other route in my head for awhile and have just been biding my time until conditions were right.   And by conditions I mostly mean, my condition.  When would I be in condition enough to ride a 30 plus mile loop around Lake Whatcom that included the gravelly…Continue Reading