Outdoor Recreation

Five Gorgeous Spring Bike Rides Around Whitefish

Situated in the northwest corner of the state, Whitefish is home to lakes, rivers, mountains, and a whole lot of local flavor. The little town has a reputation as a great place to live or visit, and most of us know that a trip to “The Fish” is worth getting excited about. If you haven’t biked in Whitefish, though, you haven’t truly experienced all the place has to offer. After all, Singletracks.com did name Whitefish “The Mountain Biking Capital of Montana” in 2016.


Known as a popular destination for road bikers, downhill bikers, and cross-country riders, Whitefish is a great place to consider as you start planning your next bike vacation.



Here are a few of the top rides to check out:


1. Whitefish Mountain Resort

Photo: Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development


In the winter, Whitefish Mountain Resort is a tree skier’s paradise. In the summer, though, it becomes heaven for all things mountain biking.


Offering more than thirty miles of lift-accessed and cross-country trails, Whitefish Mountain Resort has something for everyone. Locals love trails like a Runaway Train, with its natural rock drops and speedy straightaways, and the 7.8-mile Summit Trail, which winds down the mountain (it’s perfect for intermediate riders) and offers stunning views of Whitefish Lake and the Flathead Valley below. If you’re in the mood for a little bike park action, you’ll love the twenty-three-plus miles of downhill trails and 2,353 feet of vertical drop.


One big bonus of riding here? Hit the trails in late July or early August, and you’ll find yourself zipping through huckleberry bushes as far as the eye can see. Bring a plastic bag or two so you can stop and pick along the way.


The trails on the mountain are accessible from late May to late September, depending on snow levels.



2. Spencer Mountain

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Photo: https://www.whitefishchamber.org/cycling


Just west of Whitefish on Highway 93, Spencer Mountain is home to a freeride-oriented trail system with a little something for everyone. Featuring about fifteen miles of wooded trails, rolling terrain, and man-made obstacles, it’s a great place to take a few laps.


Experts will love the technical trails and man-made features, while novice riders can find their flow on the more gradual singletrack. Built in conjunction with Whitefish Legacy Partners, the Spencer Mountain trails are less than ten minutes from downtown Whitefish and make an excellent option for anyone looking for a quick afternoon ride.


These trails are typically accessible from about mid-April to the middle of November.



3. The Whitefish Trail