whitefish - TRAIL

whitefish - Trail, Whitefish, Montana

Endless wilderness with single track. Miles uphill on Fire roads then amazing single track back down.

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Glide   [Mar 25, 2000]

Glacier Cyclery is a good place to start for info. The other shop in town, the snowfrog, fell victim to the corporate monster and was closed down.

Similar Products Used: the forest service has a map of rides in the tally lake ranger district.
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rasta cowboy   [May 11, 2000]

Trail #800 is an awesome ride and can be done as a shuttle up the Bill Creek Road. There are some steep climbs and all of it ridable but don't expect polished single track, this is Montana. Look out for outrageous views and of course bears, we've had some close encounters of the first kind on this trail (oh look! bear cubs up tree isn't that cool-yikes here comes mom, hammer time)as it has great huckle berries (any good bears fav.) We all carry bear spray the size of small fire extinguishers. At mile 10 on the single track make a right on Tr #801 (Bony Gulch-advanced riders only) and be ready for about 8 nose wheelie switch backs continuing down to the Tally Lake Rd.

Customer Service

The above review sounds like Tr #800. Go out the Tally Lake Road to the junction of the Mountain Meadows Rd and park there. Ride south on the Mountain Meadows Rd (up hill)and make a right on the Bill Creek Rd. riding uphill for about 12 miles to the Lost Creek Divide. Make a right (you can go left to Ashley Mtn and Lupine Lake, about 20 miles of single track) on Trail #800 for about 14 miles of scenic single track. At the end of the single track you will be on the Tally Lake Rd., make a right and about 5 miles back to your transport.

Similar Products Used: Lupine Lake, Ashley Mtn. Go to the Tally Lake Ranger Station in Whitefish for more info on other trails in the area.
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ren roo   [Aug 23, 2000]

Best tip I got in the 2 weeks I've been driving in the Western states area. It's about 11 miles up a gravel forest roads 542 and 2942, pretty easy going overall. The big payoff is at Trail 800, where you'll find a great singletrack with some roots and rocks, but not super-technical. Go to the right, the trail is mostly rolling with most of the climbing in the early part of the trail. Keep going, admiring the view and reflecting on the unfortunate clearcuts you pass through, until you reach the sign for Trail 801, Bony Gulch. Definitely worth it if you're comfortable with steep, rocky descents and switchbacks. It's only about 1.5 miles, so if you feel sketched you can always walk it out. Going out in late August, I brought about 70 oz. of water and drained it all, 2 ClifBars and I could have used a third. Expect a 2-4 hour ride.

Customer Service

Take Road 542 to 2942 to Trail 800 to 801, then turn at the road right back to the junction of 542 and Tally Lk. Rd. Ask at Glacier Cyclery in Whitefish, they have maps too.

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Clint   [Sep 21, 2000]

This was a sweet singletrack ride. The grueling climb up 801 was rewarded by the ridgline ride and the downhill scream. I hope that you have the uphill and downhill switchback mastered, because there are a few. Descending 800 to the Tally Lake campground is fun but does not leave much room for error. Think: rock wall on 1 side and a drop off on the other. It's nothing too extreme, so if you have good brakes and some experience, give 'er.

Customer Service

I rode up the 801 trail (tough climb) to trail 800, went right and enjoyed the ride. Next time I'm going to try trail 800 in its entirety.

Similar Products Used: You must ride the trails at Spencer Lake. (5 minutes west of Whitefish) Whether you are looking for winding forest floor singletrack or potentially tragic downhills, this is the place. Ask at Glacier Cyclery for information, they were a big help to me. Ask about the "Pig Farm"; single and doubletrack for the beginer - intermediate rider.
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