The ribbon cutting ceremony for this new trail took place in July 2010. It is part of a proposed 55 mile non-motorized multi-use trail system that one day will circle WhitefishLake. The Whitefish Trail restores access from downtown Whitefish to historical mountain biking areas around Beaver Lake on a flowy, intermediate level singletrack. Currently there are six completed sections: a 4 mile Lupfer Loop, the 5 mile Skyles Connection, the 12.5 mile Lion Mountain section, a 3 mile Swift Creek Section and then west 4.5 mile Woods Lake Loop and Whitefish Lake Overlook. If you are in town for a wedding, attending a conference, or sick of golf, this is a must do ride! Rent a bike at Glacier Cyclery and in minutes after leaving the store you will be on the Whitefish Trail. Snow free first, snow packed last!
Spencer Mountain Trails
The Spencer Mountain trails 4 miles west of Whitefish offer some sweet ‘close-to-town’ singletrack loops that offer a bit more of a technical challenge than does the Whitefish Trail. Spencer has miles of trails with some steep climbs, super fun descents and an increasing amount of man-made berms, jumps, and wooden features on some of the trails. Long shrouded in the ‘grey area’ of legality, the Spencer Mountain trails recently gained legitimacy due to the tireless efforts of the Flathead Fat Tires. The Spencer trails are usually snow-free from mid-April to mid-November. Shred ’em.
Whitefish Mountain Resort, formerly known as ‘the Big Mountain’, is not only a world-class ski area, but an ever-growing summer destination for some of the best resort style riding to be had. With both downhill and cross country terrain, lift-accessed and not, most riders will be able to easily find trails that suit their riding ability. Want a workout with some of the best views in the valley? Try the Summit Trail, a meandering 8-mile trail that climbs the near half mile of vertical up ‘the Big Mountain’.
Want lift-accessed DH trails? WMR has some of the best that there are including, but not limited to, Freebird, a challenging berm and jump thrill-ride down the face of ‘the Big’; Runaway Train, a more technical challenge with some awesome terrain, and Kashmir, a sculpted bermfest that spits you out at the top of some of the resort’s classic DH trails. Depending on snowfall, the lifts are typically up and running for mountain biking around mid-June and usually run through mid September.