Mountain Bike Big Mountain

Montana Big Mountain Trailhead

Added by Noah Couser

Amazing trails for XC and downhill mountain biking with views of Whitefish and Glacier National Park. There are lift access shuttles.

Biking Big Mountain is a must-do when traveling to the scenic Flathead Valley. After leaving the town of Whitefish driving North, turn onto Big Mountain Road (big sign can't miss it). Drive up the road to the Village, purchase a day's ticket if you want to take advantage of lift-access riding ($35/adult), or start pedaling up the Summit Trail for free (8 miles switch backing up to the summit).

Take the chairlift up to the summit and choose from a diverse batch of trails. From the giant berms of the flow trail Kashmir, to the technical rocky Runaway Train, there is something for everyone. Go to Whitefish Mountain Resort's website for a trail map and further description (

In late July and early August, be sure to stop along the trail and pick yourself some Huckleberries. You just might find a honey-hole and forget about biking for a while.

Grab some lunch up at the Summit House, or head down to the town of Whitefish for a slice of pizza at Jersey Boys Pizzeria and delicious Mountain Berry Bowls.

Pack List

  • Bike (you can rent up there as well)
  • Helmet
  • Extra layer
  • Water (water available at summit house and base)
  • Snacks
  • Camera (it's beautiful up there)
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about 2 months ago

Great Day Trip

Big Mountain offers great mountain biking with even better views. Even if you're not a mountain biker, there is a chair lift to the top for those who just want to enjoy the view.

about 2 months ago

12 months ago

Don't miss this spot if near Whitefish

We used to rent a house here each summer for a month - the trails are awesome and the biking was great. We also hiked a ton on all the small trails that run through out the ski area as we could head out right from our house to trails. This is one of my favorite spots anywhere. The views from the top whether biking or hiking are incredible. We used to also pick huckleberries daily on these hills when we were there over the later summer months. There are not a lot of people and you have more space than you would at other ski resorts that offer mountain biking - for sure a lot more than at our Colorado ski towns. Highly recommend.

12 months ago

Added by Noah Couser

I'm a professional photographer living and working in Whitefish, Montana. I travel as much as I can with my beautiful wife Megan, and am always scheming a new adventure, or a new way to do an old trip. My passion is the outdoors, and getting people excited about recreating outside. By day, I teach PE and health at the local middle school, by night, I fight crime in a spandex jumpsuit... not really, but I do enjoy taking lots of pictures and working for cool outdoor companies when not at school throwing dodge balls at 8th graders.

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