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Ride Whitefish

A guide to mountain biking in whitefish

Miles of singletrack surround Whitefish, from the over 42 miles of The Whitefish Trail to the lift-accessed downhill trails at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Classic singletrack weaves its way through the high alpine in the Flathead National Forest. Stop by one of the friendly and knowledgeable bike shops to rent a bike and get trail information.

Whitefish Bike Park – Copywright - Whitefish Mountain Resort

After a fun-filled day on the bike, unwind at one of our local breweries or distillery, and eat your fill at one of the many restaurants in town. Many hotels offer bike wash stations and even cruiser bikes to pedal around so you don't have to ride your "precious" to dinner.

Below are some of the most popular spots to ride in Whitefish.

WHITEFISH MOUNTAIN RESORT

Over 30 miles of lift accessed of trail flow at the Whitefish Bike Park. Intermediate riders love the 8-mile Summit Trail with its sweeping vistas. More advanced riders go for the award-winning flow trail Kashmir, or the classic downhill trail Runaway Train. Classic Rock and Freebird provide adrenaline pumping riding.

For those looking to up their riding skills, take a lesson with certified instructors. Downhill rental bikes available at Village Rentals.

THE WHITEFISH TRAIL

The Whitefish Trail has 42+ miles (and counting) of singletrack accessible from 12 trailheads. The trail is great for beginners/intermediate riders as well as families, but offers plenty of fun riding for more advanced riders. Maps are located at each trailhead and printed ones are available at many local businesses.

Lion Mountain Trailhead
Located just two miles from downtown Whitefish, and accessible via bike path, the Lion Mountain Trailhead is the most popular in the Whitefish Trail system. Make it a quick 1-hour ride to the Overlook and back, or keep going to connect with the Beaver Lakes trails.

Beaver Lakes Area
The Beaver Lakes area offers a more pristine experience as the trail weaves through forests and around lakes. The four trailheads in the area include South Beaver, North Beaver, Woods Lake and Dollar. For the best riding experience, park at the South (Main) Beaver Trailhead, ride towards the North Beaver connection, down to Woods Lake, up the overlook loop to Dollar Lake, and climb past Little Beaver Lake back to the main trail.

Spencer Mountain Freeride System Spencer is a joint partnership with the Whitefish Trail and the Flathead Area Mountain Bikers and combines a 8-mile "green" loop that goes around the freeride zone. The freeride trails are well marked with fun names like Maple Syrup and Spooky Petes. Always check features before riding them and ride within your ability. Park at the Twin Bridges Trailhead on Twin Bridges Road off of Hwy 93 N and ride the logging road to the top to pick up the singletrack.

FLATHEAD NATIONAL FOREST TRAILS

The Flathead National Forest is filled with multi-use trails. The favorite for mountain bikers (and motorcyles) are in the Tally Lake District. Reid Divide is a classic, and best done with a shuttle as it finishes at Tally Lake for a great post ride swim. Bill Creek is also a great ride - ride up logging roads and then singletrack all the way back to the car. A FS map is a necessity as non of the roads and very few trails are marked! Another classic is the Alpine #7 trail in the Swan Ranger District. This is also a challenging full-day ride requiring a shuttle, but the views and descent are spectacular.

BIKE SHOPS AND OTHER BIKE-RELATED COMPANIES

Boedie Cycles - Repair and fabrication

Glacier Cyclery & Nordic - Service, sales and rentals

Great Northern Cycles - Service, sales and rentals with coffee

Sportsman & Ski Haus - Sports shop with rentals, sales and service

Beyond the Boundaries - Guiding and lessons/clinics

Whitefish Bike Retreat - trail-siding lodging and camping on the Whitefish Trail