3 miles
Distance
518 ft
Climb
-266 ft
Descent
00:19:33
Avg time

Details

  • Riding Area
    The Whitefish Trail
    Whitefish, Montana
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Global Ranking
    #58717 in Mountain Biking

Towards the north end of Whitefish Lake, visitors to Swift Creek Trail are greeted by sections of old growth forest, raging creek views of Swift Creek, vast mountain panoramas, and the calming solace of Smith Lake. This area’s untamed creeks, forests and wetlands foster abundant wildlife and clean drinking water for the Whitefish Community. The Swift Creek area includes over three miles of trail, including an ADA accessible trail to a Swift Creek overlook.

Access Info

Travel 8.3 miles from Whitefish up Wisconsin Avenue continuing on East Lakeshore Drive. The trailhead will be on your right just ¼ mile past Lower Whitefish Lake Road.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for The Whitefish Trail - Swift Creek and Smith lake bike trail
  • Altitude change
    254 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,066 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,355 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,066 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,320 ft
  • Grade
    1.796%
  • Grade max
    -19.047%
  • Grade min
    28.228%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    4,580 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,297 ft
  • Avg time
    00:19:33
  • Avg reverse time
    00:18:37
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Status:
on Apr 19, 2017
Variable
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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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  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Directions to the-whitefish-trail-swift-creek-and-smith-lake trailhead (48.491790, -114.433890)
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The Whitefish... Trail Reports

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Apr 19, 2017 @ 8:36pm
Apr 19, 2017
A few trees down and a little muddy through the thick trees . Serious fun!!
Mar 7, 2016 @ 7:33pm
Mar 7, 2016
The trail is mostly clear but there are still patches of snow and ice. The Swift Creek trailhead is especially icy.
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