Biking is one of the most popular activities in the Bellingham area. Whatcom County also offers endless trails, tracks, country roads and city streets to explore. Whether you like leisure cycling to take in the sights, faster road biking, or exploring by mountain bike, you can do it here. Check below for guided tours, bike rentals, and folks to check in with if you need a repair!

Waypoint Park Pump Track and Other Events

Check out information on Bellingham's Waterfront Pump Track from Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition. This local stewardship, advocacy, and education group also has other events and is a great resource for responsibly using all the amazing trails!

Tour de Whatcom

Each summer, the Tour de Whatcom draws nearly 1,000 bike riders to Bellingham. This popular event begins in Downtown Bellingham at the Depot Market Square and offers riders a choice of three distance routes for enjoying the surrounding Whatcom County in 22, 44, or 105 miles.

  • The 22-mile route leaves the Bellingham Farmer’s Market and travels through downtown Bellingham heading north. The ride continues on city streets and back country roads past water views to Ferndale’s Pioneer Park, then returns on the same route.
  • The 44-mile route begins and ends on the same 22-mile route, but extends the ride an additional 25 miles to Birch Bay and back, viewing Whatcom County’s northwestern shoreline as it reaches toward Canada. This middle distance rendezvous with the 105-mile riders in Birch Bay and joins the 25-mile riders as they return from Ferndale.
  • The 105-mile route is a true loop of Whatcom County. The ride begins in Downtown Bellingham and heads south on back roads past Lake Samish to Alger, where it turns north and travels through thick evergreen forests to the east end of Lake Whatcom. Here the route continues north through Acme to Deming, where it takes a northwesterly angle through the small towns and gorgeous farmland of Everson, Lynden and Custer before reaching Blaine on the U.S.-Canada border. To complete the loop, the ride then heads south to Birch Bay and onto Ferndale, before returning to downtown Bellingham.

Bellingham Traverse

The Traverse is a multi-sport event for solo, tandem and relay teams and features a strong theme of salmon. Participants, aka Spawners, are encouraged to “Think Like Fish” as they go through the course.

This is a community event that displays a wide range of athletic abilities from the hard-core to those out in costumes just for fun. The public is encouraged to come out and cheer on the Spawners.

The traverse starts at noon at the Bellingham Farmers Market and makes it’s way through Boulevard Park, Fairhaven, Lake Padden, around Lake Samish, to Fairhaven and Marine Park. Finishers complete the last leg together up Wharf Street to finish at Boundary Bay. The Bellingham Traverse Course includes a 5.5 mi. Greenways Run, 6 mi. Mountain Bike, 18 mi. Road Bike, 3.4 mi. Trail Run, 3.6 mi. Paddle, 0.65 mi. Team TREK to the finish.

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