Whitefish Mountain Resort

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.17 out of 5
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Intermediate
30
miles

Singletrack
↑ 4,400 ft
↓ 17,500 ft
6,735
elevation (ft)

Shuttle
Trail Description
About this trail
The Big Mtn has some great trails and some a very technical downhill. I like to ride the main trail from the village to the summit. It's 8 miles and climbs 2000 ft through beautiful alpine forest. The trail is graded and climbs gradually with many switchbacks. It is granny gear in many spots but mostly I'm in my second ring and using my first 4 gears. Anything under 1.5 hours is good IMO but if you want to just take your time this is a great place to enjoy the spectacular views of the Flathead Valley below and Glacier Park to the east. In July and August you can stop and pick fresh huckleberries that line the trail. Once you reach the summit there is a resturant and bar with a great deck with views of the Canadian Rockies and Glacier Park. You have the option of riding the chair lift down with your bike free if you don't like downhill. (what?! are you crazy?!!!) Or you can ride the 8 mile downhill for a hell of a thrill! Also you can buy a day pass for $17 to haul you and your bike up on the chair if you just want to downhill all day. Lots of other good biking in this area as well. I lived there for 8 years...........
added by desertdogGranny Gear July 5, 2004
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: How well would a XC hardtail hold up on the downhill section. Any crazy gaps, rock gardens? Or is the downhill section more suitable for enduro/downhill bikes. I have a Trek Xcaliber9 29''. When I get back out to Glacier National Park, I'd love to try this trail out, just not sure if my bike is qualified enough for it. -ohiofiveo

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System Trails (2)
System Trails (2)
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Summit Mountain Bike Trail #810
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Trailblazer


September 24, 2015
 
Review: Whitefish mountain resort has a little to offer for every level. We rode Summit trail today. An intermediate trail with beautiful views. A little rocky, but nothing bad. Take the fire road up and enjoy the great downhill ride. In the rush of summer you can ride the lifts up instead of eating energy.

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Bunny Hop

September 11, 2014
 
Review: Outstanding work by Terraflow trails, this mountain has two top to bottom flow trails with some steep switchbacks that require committment, an intermediate top to bottom trail for building confidence for new riders, and a super sweet natural terrain downhill track. Hope for more and more trails in the years to come!

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Granny Gear

August 14, 2014
livy12 Granny Gear  
 
Review: So fun!! Ride every summer & always great😊

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World Champ


May 21, 2013
Greg Heil World Champ  
 
Review: Big Mountain is doubling the amount of downhill trails that it offers: http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/whitefish-mountain-resort-doubling-its-bike-trails/article_10655578-c02c-11e2-bf31-0019bb2963f4.html

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Bunny Hop

August 2, 2012
 
Review: Lots of choices for downhill but only one for the uphill ride. Runaway Train is a must do for this area

Similar Trail: Spencer mountain or Whitefish "trail runs through it"

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Granny Gear

September 3, 2011
greggmis Granny Gear  
 
Review: Decent variety but as with many ski areas alot more emphasis on the downhill than really enjoyable single track. Also as many of the runs are on or cross the ski trails there is alot of open area which provides for great views of the valley but also provide alot of sun exposure and things get hot fast in the summer. As I am not a downhiller I can't rank these trails all that high although I have not tried all the trails there yet...

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Granny Gear

June 22, 2010
sdooling Granny Gear  
 
Review: We have a great time on the Big. I spend all winter skiing it and half of summer biking it! There's a resort at the base, the ride up has numerous routes, and access is free if you work for it, but will cost you a reasonable chairlift fee for you and your bike if you want your b*** hauled up! Seems like a 6 minute ride or so...NW Montana's jewel, Big Mountain!

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World Champ


November 12, 2009
Greg Heil World Champ  
 
Review: In the last year or two there have been several additions to this trail system, including a couple of DH/freeride trails. The mileage at the top only reflects the summit trail (one way).

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Granny Gear

July 31, 2009
theskibum Granny Gear  
 
Review: Big Mtn offers 15+ single track trails from rolling cross country to some gnarly downhills. I haven't ridden them all, but the summit trail is excellent with a couple great down hill options. Also, there is a sweet loop outside the ski boundary in the XC ski area that will blow your mind

Similar Trail: Hyalite Lake trail in Gallatin Mtns south of Bozeman, MT

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World Champ


June 25, 2008
Greg Heil World Champ  
 
Review: If you're looking for riding in the Whitefish area, stop by Glacier Cyclery in downtown Whitefish, they'll take care of you.

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Whitefish Mountain Resort MTB Trail 4.17 out of 5 based on 10 ratings. 10 user reviews.
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