Whitefish is a hub for cyclists

Northwest Montana is one of the state’s most progressive mountain biking destinations. From wild freeride descents and alpine singletrack climbs, to family-friendly paths, there are dozens of trails to explore. Road cyclists will find plenty of smooth pavement to explore, as well.

Whitefish Trail

The Whitefish Trail is a mountain biking gem for all abilities. More than 25 miles stacked loops, scenic overlooks and buttery singletrack trail wind around mountain lakes just outside of Whitefish. Seven trailheads offer access at Lion Mountain, Beaver Lake, Skyles Lake and at the head of Whitefish Lake at the Swift Creek Trailhead. Trail maps can be downloaded at www.whitefishlegacy.org.

Whitefish Mountain Resort

Explore almost 30 miles of downhill and cross-country mountain bike trails on the slopes of Whitefish Mountain Resort. From the gravity-defying Runaway Train, to the intermediate Summit Trail that provides sweeping views of Glacier National Park and the Flathead Valley. Find the trail map at www.skiwhitefish.com.

Lakeshore Drive in Whitefish

This is a classic and scenic road bike ride in Whitefish offering views above Whitefish Lake. The 22 mile out-and-back begins on the bike and pedestrian path along Wisconsin Avenue before connecting with East Lakeshore Drive just past the turnoff to Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Herron Park

Less than 10 minutes outside of Kalispell, the Foy’s to Blacktail trails at Herron Park offer rolling singletrack through beautiful larch forest and open fields. Access the park from Foy’s Lake Road.

Reid Divide and Bill Creek

This 22-mile loop near Tally Lake is reserved for the adventurous. A 12-mile climb up a gravel road leads to singletrack through alpine meadows and a dizzying descent to Tally Lake. Snow typically clings to the alpine section though May.

Star Meadow Road

Star Meadow is a paved road through Flathead National Forest land west of Whitefish. The ride is about 36 miles out-and-back starting from Farm to Market Road.

Going-to-the-Sun Road

The gem of Glaicer Park, this paved road takes cyclists over Logan Pass and traverses the park from west to east. From West Glacier to Logan Pass is 32 miles. The road is closed to bicycles from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., between June 15 and Labor Day. Start early — it takes most cyclists a few hours to climb from Logan Creek to the pass.