Bellingham area fireroads

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  1. Mclark

    Mclark n00b

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    Hello all,
    I'm new to the area and I'm looking to shake down my 09 klx 351 on some dirt in the Bellingham area. I have done some research and haven't really found much in the way of dirt roads and or trails in the area. I relocated from the lake Tahoe area and rode mostly single track, but did get on some multi day tours. I was without the bike for about a year but just got it up here and took it out for a ride! Needs a little adjustment but it really just needs some dirt! Anyone have some recommendations? Want to show me around? Thanks in advance, MAtt
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  2. Byway Writer

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    Check out some of the spots along Skagit River: Baker Lake, FS17/18 (soon before snow closes it), ask someone to show you around Split Rock. There are other areas due East of you, toward Mt Baker, such FS roads off of Mosquito Lake Road. The riders in the area on ADVRider are a good crew. Hook up with them and they'll show you around.
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    Byway Writer Backroads Explorer

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    I always enjoyed the quick jaunt up to the Blanchard Mountain lookout over San Juans.
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  4. joeaverage

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    Walker Valley would give your bike a good workout.
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  5. Mclark

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    Thanks. I would love to meet some adv rider people. Please send them my way! In the mean time, I will check out fs17/18, Blanchard, and Walker Valley. This week looks likes the weather should be pefect!
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  6. One Fat Roach

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    Some gates off mosquito lake road that are sometimes open. Some may or may not have easy ride arounds.
    Further up 542 there are tons of dirt roads as well. Check out Sumas mountain. It's big and a huge network of trails. Few other spots but those are better off showing you in person than naming them online.
    I'm on a WR250F but not riding currently. I can help out with some more suggestions if you need.
    Walker is fun but almost too much of a scoot for a dual sport day there and back from Bellingham
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  7. Mclark

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    Thanks for info. Please drop me a line once you are riding if you would like some company. I'm slow but like to explore. You can also call or text at 530-277-8150. Thanks, Matt
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  8. KojiKP

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    I'm in Snohomish County but ride FS17/18, Walker, and off 542 sometimes. Usually weekday mornings is when I ride as I work an evening shift.
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  9. ommoran

    ommoran Been here awhile

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    It begs me to ask... anyone have a property at / tolerate people who have property at / kind of like Canadians that are sometimes ensconced at The Glen at Maple Falls? Foot of Baker, and I'm sure that there is a lot of exploration that can be done from there...
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  10. MatBirch

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    I live right there. There is some ok riding out here, but lots of closed gates, everything is out-and-back. No loops or passes of any kind. It gets limited pretty quickly. Hoping that this new DNR improvement district actually helps open some stuff up.
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  11. Eastview

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    As others have said there are a lot of dirt roads but not many loops. One might be (can't remember the road numbers or names) go just past Northfork brewery (Market rd.)take a left and go ride, either end up on other side of mountain on the Sumas side or follow west and come down by the winery. Guess I should look at map and be able to explain better.
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  12. MatBirch

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    Yep- just got home from that one. There's probably 60+ miles of logging roads up there. I live right near the bottom of one of the access roads, so it makes for a nice commute. It's easy to get turned around up there, as most roads go nowhere. As long as you pay attention and can backtrack well, you'll be fine. Take note though- the roads are open to plated vehicles. There are also tons of trails up there. They are currently ALL illegal. I have seen county and State patrol (it's DNR land) up there, and they will give tickets. Take your chances if you want, I certainly have on my exc... Stick to the roads and you're for sure safe. PS- you are allowed to go around or under YELLOW gates, as long as you're not destroying private property or ignoring an obvious posting, such as the road up Black mountain near Glacier.
    Sadly, surgery next week to fuse my ankle, so I'm pretty well out until spring, but we should organize a group, and get out there!
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  13. furndog

    furndog at least it's orange

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    I didn't know that I thought the gates were to keep unauthorized people off their lands that's good news I don't feel so guilty now. My best advice for the OP is just start exploring and see where all the roads go like Yogi said when you come to a fork in the road take it. After all that's what adventure riding/dual sport riding is all about. Just start nosing around and you might find places to ride like this up above Lake Samish.
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    Or maybe you'll catch this off Highway 9
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    Up toward the end of Academy St. you could bump into this.
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    This looks like it might be across for Sudden Valley gate 13
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    If you get along with every one real well try one of the dead end cul-de-sacs off Lakeway
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    Like to share trails? Try this out towards the end of North Shore
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  14. KojiKP

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    @MatBirch, curious where you got that info about the Yellow gates. Thanks!
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    A sheriff deputy and a DNR representative at the Baker area DNR plan public meeting at the Fairhaven Ferry terminal last fall. They had a casual discussion time after the main presentation. We were able to chat with several of the reps and other industry folks. The deputy was pretty clear about it- "if I catch you off the road, you're getting a ticket". I even asked him about taking my daughter on her (non plated) XR100. He told me as long she's with me, and my bike is licensed, he'd probably look the other way...
    VERY specific about YELLOW gates...
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  16. KojiKP

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    Awesome, that's good to know! I'll definitely keep that in mind when I'm out riding
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  17. ommoran

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    Ok, I seem to be unable to read the original info about the yellow gates. Mat's picture is HUGE, and searching "yellow" shows that there is text behind it but I can't read it 'cause of the photo.

    Are yellow gates ALLOWED or VERBOTEN?

    Also - thanks for the information about the trails near the North Fork, I will have to check them out.
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  18. MatBirch

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    Sorry about the pic-
    Yellow gates (unless otherwise posted) are allowed...
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  19. Mclark

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    Hey everyone, Thanks for all the info! I have been super busy on house projects and haven't even checked this thread! The yellow gate info is key! As are the pics of some other roads. Ive been super hesitant to go around gates as I'm new to the area and don't want to get off on the wrong foot. I will be more like an adv rider in the future! I used to ride with a guy who would keep a couple $20's in his pocket so as to calm an upset rancher or landowner if need be! Thanks again!
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