Whitefish Bike and Pedestrian Trail

The Whitefish Bike and Pedestrian Trail is referred to as Fish Trails. Efforts are currently underway to expand and connect various segments of the trail system. A non-profit entity, was created in 2004 to organize fundraising, awareness and enthusiasm for the Pedestrian and Bike Path.

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Latitude: 48.4126549 Longitude: -114.3384933 Elevation: 3035 ft
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Full Description of this Recreation Trail

Snow Plowed Paths Mean all Season Fun

You don’t stop walking your dog or getting a little fresh air just because there’s snow on the ground. Thanks to some all season maintenance, you can now access the Whitefish Pedestrian and Bike Trail all winter long. A little piece of John Deere machinery made just for trail maintenance means walking and cycling are now possible through all kinds of weather.

“We’re very aware that people want to use the trails,” explained Parks and Recreation administrator Chad Fincher.

Whenever there are 2 inches or more of snow on the ground, you can expect to see the gator with a plough on front clearing a path for recreationally minded residents. Current plowing plans include: the Baker Ave to Rygg (Kiddie Park/Whitefish River) section; around the pond and across the footbridge through the Hope section and around the Housing Authority to Kay Beller Park; and.the entirety of the BNSF Loop. The Public Works Department is responsible for clearing the viaduct.

The machine is the latest addition for the Parks & Recreational fleet and even boasts de-icers for slippery and problem areas.

While in-town connectors have first priority, the potential for grooming some of the outlying areas for snowshoers and cross-country skiers has been discussed.

Special thanks to all easement donors, whose generosity made the pretty little river section possible: Tom Van Aken, Donald and Sally Clark, David Crow, Lyle and Laura Rutherford, Phyllis Sprunger and Jeanne Tallman all donated easements to the Baker to Rygg section; Gary Ince and Bill and Judy Halama donated Greenwood Trail easements.

Expanding Trails

Local leaders have been hard at work with the Department of Natural Resources for plans to link Whitefish to the surrounding public lands. The plans for some 40 miles of interconnecting trails were hatched, much to the delight of local residents. If the plan is achieved, Whitefish would set national precedence for interconnecting trail systems through public lands.

The community looks forward to expanding the "wilderness" trails winding through some of the 13,000 acres of local school trust land, and connect the Farm-to-Market Road, Spencer Mountain and Beaver Lake areas to Big Mountain and Haskill Basin areas before working towards the Happy Valley trust lands.

Whitefish Legacy Partners helps raise funds that will needed to purchase easements, construct the trail and provide for trail facilities and maintenance.

Trail Distance

Approximately 15 miles of bike trail are under construction or envisioned in the near future.

Type of Trail Experience

Multiple Trailheads

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