Big Mtn

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added by desertdog Granny Gear on July 5, 2004
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...........
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on Oct 8, 2013
mtbgreg1 on May 21, 2013
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Review: Big Mountain is doubling the amount of downhill trails that it offers:

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406mountainbike on August 2, 2012
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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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greggmis on September 2, 2011
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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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sdooling on June 21, 2010
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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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mtbgreg1 on November 12, 2009
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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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theskibum on July 30, 2009
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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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mtbgreg1 on June 25, 2008
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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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Big Mtn MTB Trail 3.67 out of 5 based on 7 ratings. 7 user reviews.
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