Whatcom Chapter - Backcountry Horsemen

The purpose of the Whatcom Chapter of the Backcountry Horsemen of Washington is to preserve and enhance the right to use horses and mules for recreation on public lands.  The primary chapter goal is to develop and keep trails open for responsible recreational use.  In so doing, the Backcountry Horsemen organization provides equestrian and social activities for members and guests, including

  • Trail Rides
  • Trail & Packing Clinics
  • Campouts
  • Trail Building &  Maintenance
  • Work Parties
  • Trailer Clinics
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Potluck Dinners
  • Annual State Convention & Packers Rendezvous
  • Informational Speakers
  • Leave No Trace Training
  • Leadership Training
  • Annual Holiday Party
  • And Lots More !!!

Chapter business is discussed at monthly chapter meetings, providing members and guests with the opportunity to exchange information with others whose interest is in trail riding and maintaining access to public lands.

There are periodic seminars and workshops emphasizing the Leave No Trace (LNT) education program.  These programs provide essential information about how to tread lightly on the land so we may both maintain and retain our rights to use horses and mules on public land.

Whatcom Backcountry Horsemen is a chapter of the Washington Backcountry Horsemen, which is a chapter of the Backcountry Horsemen of America.



Becoming a member of the Whatcom Chapter of the Backcountry Horsemen of Washington State is easy. Simply fill out the membership form and follow the mailing instructions.

Members: report your volunteer hours. Verna McLeod is the volunteer coordinator. You can mail the volunteer hours form (Excel version is here) to the address on the form or e-mail the form to Verna. A guide for reporting volunteer hours can be found here. Chapter and Agency codes are also available.


The Whatcom Chapter BCH photo gallery can be found here. There are guidelines for uploading photos on this page.

If you are a club member, rider, horse enthusiast, or all of these, there is a club forum for adding experiences and stories that you would like to share. The forum is monitored for content by the website committee.


Weekly news and special events are announced on the Whatcom Chapter BCH News and Events Blog. Most events and club happenings can also be found on the calendar.

Work parties organized by the work party coordinator are also announced and updated on the news and events blog.


Trail bosses provide updated information on the various trails maintained by the Whatcom Chapter of the BCH WA. Trail reports and updates are included in the Trail Blog.

A Whatcom Trail Guide has been published as a benefit to the members and is available for purchase to both members and non-members.  This guide provides information about  local trailhead and trail conditions and suggested levels of preparedness and horse conditioning for each area.

Downloadable trail maps are coming soon. You may also find trail maps here.