3 miles
Distance
518 ft
Climb
-266 ft
Descent
00:23:36
Avg time

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • 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
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #58717 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    75 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 95 in Hiking

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.

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
    00:23:36
  • Avg reverse time
    00:18:37
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
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  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • 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 Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • 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
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      The Whitefish... Trail Reports

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      Sep 9, 2019 @ 9:14am
      Sep 9, 2019
      Sep 9, 2019 @ 9:14am
      Sep 9, 2019
      Sep 9, 2019 @ 9:14am
      Sep 9, 2019
      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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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      6 Months
      • 38 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
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      • 144 rides
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