Summary: I spent the last summer in bellingham and when i was there i would ride these trails about 2-3 times a week. I say that I'm a downhiller, because I like that aspect best, but really I just like riding bikes of all kinds
I have also lived and ridden all over the United States, starting with the tight and technical trails of the North East, then the rocky wild trails of Western Colorado, the wide open speed freak trails in northern Utah, and finally out to the North West. I have to say that this trail network is a gem, all the trails are full of flow, and there are go arounds for most of the big stunts or jumps so a beginner-intermediate rider can make it down almost every trail without too much issue, and there are enough pumps, rollers jumps, and wet roots to keep it interesting for even pro level riders.
No matter what kind of rider you are you can have a fun time up at galbraith. cross country riders will like karma, woopsy, bandito, and many others I can't remember the name of if you like to jump mullet, and u-line are great, and if you like to have everything together there is sst (my personal favorite), atomic dog, evo, bobs, and karma. The one thing galbraith is missing is true super tech dh stuff, but its all meant to be ridden up so just don't bring your dh bike.
Recommended Route: short ride: birch street parking lot: climb the ridge->cedar dust-> road death climb->sst->backdoor
medium: alvarado st: climb the road->bandito->road ->mullet->road->sst->backdoor->ridge->bobs->karma
bigish:alvarado st: climb the road->bandito->road to the summit->evo->the sh*t(fast flowy natural) or u-line(jumps)->atomic dog->road climb->mullet->connecting trails->sst->backdoor->ridge->bobs->karma
Other recommended trails in the same area: The the snake and surrounding trails if you like freeride stuff, There are some trails near the oyster dome with awesome super tech stuff but kinda a pain to get to. Chuckanut also has some more classic style trails that are a bunch of fun too
Summary: Galbraith is a really cool place to ride. If you don't go up top, you'll never see how good it is. There's a whole lot of trails, for all different types of riders, but they don't forget about us thrill seekers, either. Whether it be 911, Evo, Meth Lab, or any of the other great trails to hit, you won't be dissapointed you came.
Recommended Route: I would reccomend riding all the way to the top, (Evo) and then riding down Evo, If you wan't there's another flow trail below that, which is really challenging, or you can take the fire road to the littler trails down below. After those two options you should take 911, and Meth Lab. Then, if there's time, find
Summary: Galbraith can really piss me off sometimes. Almost all the stunts are super sketchy. Some have impossible run ups, but mostly the stunts are few and far between. Nobody takes the time to build high quality trail. But It's got some good stuff, too. I'm going to built my own trail, and I'm going to make it high quality, too. I don't care how long it takes.
Recommended Route: I normally take the north side climb, then cedar dust, then upper the "fire road", "the wall", or "the death climb" (all are the same big hill after cedar dust). Then I hit up 911. I can do they couple hundred foot long log ride, its the best on galbraith, though it is sketchy, but in this case sketchy is fun. Then I do cedar dust in reverse, and upper and lower bobs, then karma.
Summary: Looove Galbraith. Not too bad a climb up, then any style trail you want to ride down. I love Evo, SST, 911, and Bob's; all have great jumps and drops. You gotta go all the way to the top if you have time, otherwise up ridge trails and around and back down Bob's. If you're not into big stuff, you can go around all the drops and jumps and still get lots of great, technical riding.
My only complaint is that you sometimes have to ride a while to get to the trails you like, you can't just flow down like WHistler or something like that, but then you pay a freakin' lot of money for Whistler and Galbraith is free, so there you go.
Recommended Route: Up ridge trail, down Cedardust, up "Upper Whimps" road, over to 911, then across "lower Whimps" to the bottom of Cedardust. I like to take Family fun Center to the top of Bob's, then down Bob's and out. That's a good 2 hour trip.
If you have more time or want to start from the Padden side, you have to go to the top, then take Evo, go to either Shawn's or 911, then over to Not shawns and down that side. So many options for trails, so just explore, but if you get lost, it's a lot of peddling to find your way back, I know... :)
Summary: This trail is great! It has a huge variety of stuff, including nice singletrack, stunts, and north shore style log rides! All the stunts have ways to ride around them. You must ride up to go down.
Recommended Route: Go to www.galbraithmtn.com, and for a fee, they have maps and routes.