Whitefish Trail: Angry Beaver Lollipop

 14 votes

13.5 Miles 21.8 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

1,517' 462 m

Ascent

-1,517' -462 m

Descent

3,678' 1,121 m

High

3,318' 1,011 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

Unknown

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A good intro ride in Whitefish; close enough to ride from town.

matt hoyne

Overview

This trail system, located directly outside downtown Whitefish, takes bikers, runners, hikers and equestrians through mile upon mile of public and private lands. The trail is built like a beginner friendly flow trail, and is fun for all abilities. The Lion Mountain trailhead (used as an access point for this ride) can be quite busy at 5 PM weekdays, and middle of the day on the weekends (busy for Whitefish, that is).

Need to Know

"Angry Beaver Loop" is officially called "3-Mile Loop" or the Lollipop loop on the trail map. There are currently 5 trailheads you could access this section from, but the Lion Mountain Trailhead is the most popular and the one rideable from downtown.

Description

Head out from the Lion Mountain trailhead, taking the first right to skip the "Family Loop." After about 1/4 mile, take a left on the forest road, this is just a variation to staying on the singletrack for the first mile of climbing.

After about a mile, you'll meet up with the singletrack trail again and continue out the lollipop "stem." After rejoining the trail, turn left and descend the cliff band. This is the most difficult section for beginner bikers just due to exposure, so have patience. Continue down, and up, and down and up.

Cross Two Bear Road (paved) and climb the gully and out through a clear cut opening for a mile or so. Then the descent down to Beaver Lake Road area. Right at the bottom on the road, after about 1/4 mile, take a left-hand turn for the singletrack.

The Loop
After about an 1/8 of a mile, you reach a 3-way trail intersection. This is the start of the "loop." Go left and continue on for a mile. You'll come to another intersection where you take a right and immediately cross a dirt road to continue on the singletrack.

Climb about a mile to another 3-way intersection where you'll head right to finish the climb to the top/middle of the loop. Enjoy a break on one of the 2 "summits" before a great descent back to the start/end of the loop. You'll cross another dirt road about 20 feet before the intersection that began the loop.

Head back the way you came.

There are a lot of intersections on this route, but it is well signedif not overly signed. Have fun.

History & Background

Learn the story of the Whitefish Trail at whitefishlegacy.org/about-us/

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Aug 15, 2017
Micah Bron
..great easy flow trail. most trails are wide and without obstructions, something my 5 yo can tackle with a little time on the climbs...
Aug 2, 2017
Brian Schaff
Turned around at Whitefish Bike Retreat. Didn't complete the entire ride but love the flow of this trail. 12mi
Jul 3, 2017
Cade White
Aug 15, 2016
brandon antoniewicz
Rode an out and back skipping the Beaver Loop. Took the boys (6&9) one way. Wide grin twisty single track with a few short lung busting climbs. 11.4mi — 1h 45m
Aug 14, 2016
brandon antoniewicz
Wide grin twisty single track. Beaver Loop is fully accessible. Quick ride from WF Bike Retreat. Perfect rider lodging! 14.4mi — 2h 25m
Jul 24, 2016
Ryan Bowlby
Well designed trail with good burms and flow. The descent after south beaver trail is awesome and super fast. Stay off the brake!
Oct 24, 2015
andrew tromey
Sep 2, 2015
Nicholas Ryan

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Nice cross country singletrack with no major climbs or descents, but some fast fun singletrack woven into a very well designed singletrack trail system. Sep 16, 2015

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