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Level: Intermediate
Length: 30 mi (48.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: One-way
Elevation: +1,328/5 ft
Total: 44 riders
 

Mountain Biking Whitefish Mountain Resort

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#21 of 265 mountain bike trails in Montana
#1,845 in the world

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...........

First added by desertdog on Jul 5, 2004. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: yes
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take US 93 N into Whitefish turn left on Baker and follow the signs to Big Mtn Ski area. Big Mtn Rd will end in the ski village. When you get there you will see the ski and bike shop. The trail starts here. Go in and say hi and get info. Here's a link to a yahoo map. http://maps.yahoo.com/maps_result?ed=rQB42Op_0TrVGBPO.z_wZpgarUPqybxDfWLhqpCfxHPk5lnBoc6cNAU-&csz=59937&country=us&new=1&name=&qty=
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Whitefish, Montana

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Rider questions

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.
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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  • Josh L
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    Amazing bikepark, can't wait to return.

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  • Jim Cummings
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    At nearly 8 miles the Summit Trail at Whitefish Mountain Resort is the long way down - or up. It is mostly used as a climbing track by bikers who don't want to use the lifts. The gradient is gentle and steady and the trail surface is friendly.

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  • Jim Cummings
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    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.

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  • JLeslie

    Is Whitefish mountain resort open for biking after labor day?

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  • Matthew Bonner
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    This trail is an extremely rocky downhill track that will test both your legs and your nerves. Every part of this trail is very, very technical. I recommend only experienced riders ride this trail, as a wrong turn could lead you off the mountain over leave you with a face full of rocks.

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  • Matthew Bonner
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    This fun trail consists of a long, switchbacky descent through fields and forests. Although it isn't the most technically challenging trail ever, it is very fast and has a few little places to get rad.

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  • Matthew Bonner
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    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!

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  • Kenneth & Deborah
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    Our favorite trail so far. Take the lift or the fire road up and enjoy the ride down. One at the top, the trail is a nice ride downhill. A few big rocks but mostly just a fun ride down. Not for little kids. Bring your helmet and water.

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  • Kenneth & Deborah
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    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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  • David Pjesky
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    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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  • livy12
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    So fun!! Ride every summer & always great😊

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    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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  • 406mountainbike
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    Lots of choices for downhill but only one for the uphill ride. Runaway Train is a must do for this area

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  • greggmis
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    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
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    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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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter
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    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
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    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

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter
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    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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