10 miles
Distance
2,185 ft
Climb
-1,986 ft
Descent
01:04:11
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of The Whitefish - Lion Mountain to North Beaver Trail

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    The Whitefish Trail
    Whitefish, Montana
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Late April to October
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #20808 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

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.

More Stats for The Whitefish Trail - Lion Mountain to North Beaver 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
    0.36%
  • Grade max
    -136.782%
  • Grade min
    105.213%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
  • Avg time
    01:04:11
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on Aug 1, 2019
Dry
Avg: 3.9 (9 votes)

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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
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  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
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      The Whitefish... Trail Reports

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      Aug 1, 2019 @ 11:39am
      Aug 1, 2019
      Jul 27, 2019 @ 12:09pm
      Jul 27, 2019
      Apr 19, 2019 @ 7:48am
      Apr 19, 2019
      Apr 10, 2019 @ 3:26pm
      Apr 10, 2019
      Trail is clear and good to go except for a few short section at the Top of Goguen's Gully as well as the winding section above the gully through...
      Apr 2, 2019 @ 9:11am
      Apr 2, 2019
      Trail has only minor snow all they way to Goguen's gully. With the first .5 mile from Lion Mtn being the only stretch with a bit of surface mud....
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 3 rides
      • 21 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 89 rides
      • 18 miles avg distance
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      • 99 rides
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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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