10 miles
2,185 ft
-1,986 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of The Whitefish - Lion Mountain to North Beaver Trail


  • Riding area
    The Whitefish Trail
    Whitefish, Montana
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    Late April to October
  • Ride in rain
  • Global Ranking

The Whitefish Trail is an intermediate multi use trail with different loop options and multiple trailheads right outside the town of Whitefish. It is technically easy with rolling terrain and multiple short climbs. You can head out for a quick hour long ride or link all the sections of the trail together for nearly 30 miles of uninterrupted singletrack. The first couple miles of the trail can have pretty heavy foot traffic from runners, hikers and dog walkers so we often opt for one of the trail heads that are not as close to town.

As you get to sections further away from the Lion Mountain trailhead the trail is more geared toward Mountain biking. The Angry Beaver Loop located midway through the trail system features a fun yet mellow bermed out downhill. The newest and furthest section the Woods Lake Overlook Loop is a Lollipop climb with another fun downhill with berms geared more towards mountain biking.

Watch out for runners and horseback riders.

This trail is constantly developing more sections so check with the Whitefish Legacy Partners for up-to-date info.

Access Info

The Whitefish Trail is located just west of Whitefish, MT off of Highway 93.

The Lion Mountain Trail head is the Closest to town and also has the heaviest traffic. Headed west out of town as you past the Golf Course stay straight on the Lion Mountain Loop road. Follow this to the trail head.

Skyles Lake Trailhead:
3.6 miles west of downtown Whitefish on Highway 93, take a right on Skyles Lake Road. the trailhead is on your right.

Beaver Lake Trailhead:
7.4 miles west of downtown Whitefish on Highway 93, take a right on Beaver Lake Road. Follow this road for 1.5 miles past the Montana Bike Hostel and the trailhead is on your right.

North Beaver and Woods Lake Trailheads:
These can be founded by following the Beaver Lake Road further but best to just look them un on a map.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for The Whitefish Trail - Lion Mountain to North Beaver mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    199 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,289 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,754 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,289 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,488 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
  • Avg time
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on Sep 8, 2018
Avg: 3.9 (9 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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The Whitefish... Trail Reports

Sep 8, 2018 @ 8:27am
Sep 8, 2018
Jul 1, 2018 @ 9:09am
Jul 1, 2018
Apr 20, 2018 @ 12:03pm
Apr 20, 2018
Dry down low and some snow patches as you get up higher.
Oct 22, 2017 @ 5:11am
Oct 22, 2017
The trail is in awesome shape with the recent rains
Jul 14, 2017 @ 6:19pm
Jul 14, 2017
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1 Review & Comments

  • + 1
flag bizango-x (Sep 6, 2017 at 21:42)
 Overall a wonderful trail. It is challenging enough to keep it interesting for the more experienced rider, but it is still accessible for beginner levels. When combined with the upper loops it makes for several hour ride.

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