22 Miles of Lakeside Tranquility
This is a favorite ride among local road bicyclists. This 22 mile out and back ride features plenty of rolling hills, passes by scenic creeks and ranches while giving outstanding views of Whitefish Lake.
Begin the ride in downtown Whitefish. Head north on Baker Street, go across the railroad viaduct bridge toward Big Mountain Ski Resort, the road becomes Wisconsin Avenue. Pass by the Big Mountain Road turn-off; the road becomes East Lakeshore Drive. There is generally light traffic on this road. Soon, the road begins to climb and you enter the heavily forested, rolling hills section of the ride. Rushing creeks tumbling down from the Whitefish Range and pass under the roadway in several locations while there are several fantastic views of Whitefish Lake. After passing by Upper Whitefish Road (gravel), the road becomes Delray Road. Stay on the road passing by several meadows and ranches, the road curves around the end of the lake. When the pavement runs out, simply turn around and head back to Whitefish re-tracing your route.
This is a fun route with the hills and views. Be careful around the tight curves and keep a close eye on the traffic, as the road is narrow along the lake.
You can add some serious climbing to this route by taking one of several spur roads. The climb up to Big Mountain Resort is a little over 5 miles and some 1800 feet gained in elevation. A little closer to town and heading east, look for Reservoir Road. It climbs for a little over 2 miles and around 800 feet gained.
For more information on the great riding around Whitefish contact Glacier Cyclery, 406-862-6446.