Places: Pig Farm Trails

By Beacon Staff

Although the trailhead is located just north of the Farm-to-Market Pork farm, a good day biking a single track never stinks.

Offering miles of trails winding, weaving and looping their way through Department of Natural Resources and Conservation school trust property, the Pig Farm is prime riding space for all abilities.

“You can make it as tough of a ride as you want,” said David Hogan, a frequent trail rider. “I’ve ridden for two hours and never been on the same trail twice.”

For families and beginners, gradual rolling hills provide an opportunity to become accustomed to mountain biking. For more advanced riders, harder trails can be found with steeper inclines, but even those are pretty short and can easily be walked without fearing getting hurt.

In the spring and through most of the summer, small pothole lakes add to the aesthetics of the ride. Wildlife abounds in the open fields and heavily wooded areas of the property. Even on the hottest days of the year, most trails are shaded and provide for a cooler ride.

Most regular visitors to the area warn first-time riders to pay close attention to the trails. Due to many of them looping into each other, it is easy to get turned around, said Hogan.

Located between Whitefish and Kalispell, the trails are ideal for the weekend warrior or those wanting to enjoy a summer ride after work.

How to get there: From downtown Kalispell, travel north on U.S. Highway 93. Turn west on West Reserve. Turn north on Farm to Market Road. Past Farm-to-Market Pork and a Kuhn Wildlife Reserve sign look for the trailhead parking on the west side of the road.