Whitefish Mountain Resort

4.06 out of 5
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↑ 4,400 ft
↓ 17,500 ft
elevation (ft)

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...........
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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

A: There is one trail that you can do all the way down that is not crazy. Would not take anything more than blue square trails though.

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Reviews (14)


April 19, 2018
Fit4Life28 Singletrack  
Review: Amazing bikepark, can't wait to return.

World Champ

August 9, 2017
Review: I rode all the Whitefish trails in August 2017. They were severely cut up with braking bumps on braking bumps... Braking bumps are ubiquitous on poorly designed downhill trails and when they're the dominating feature they start to shake your bones and rattle your eyeballs. That's Whitefish. There are oodles of down-swooping bermed corners and not a lot else apart from rock drops on the Runaway Train and the Classic Rock Trails and one nice series of table top jumps in what is called the Overflow Zone. The least cut-up trail when I was there was Kashmir and it was a reasonable ride.

Granny Gear

September 9, 2016
JLeslie Granny Gear  
Review: Is Whitefish mountain resort open for biking after labor day?


August 2, 2016
Review: These trails are confidence inspiring! They may seem a little intimidating, but most of these trails are manageable. Terrain type greatly varies throughout the park, from rocky, steep rollers to root drops so big they will scare you witless. I guarantee you will have a ton of fun!

Similar Trail: Jackson Hole Bike Park


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.

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!

Granny Gear

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

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

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"

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...

Whitefish Mountain Resort MTB Trail 4.06 out of 5 based on 14 ratings. 14 user reviews.
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