PLACES: Whitefish Pedestrian and Bike Paths

By Beacon Staff

Whether it’s riding through a sun-drenched afternoon or walking through a fresh layer of snow, the pedestrian and bike paths in Whitefish provide a unique opportunity for residents here to enjoy the changing weather without having to commute.

A checkerboard of completed and proposed paths crisscross the greater Whitefish area from MT Highway 40 to Big Mountain. The Whitefish Pedestrian and Bicycles Trails should eventually connect 14.85 miles of paved paths linking all avenues of the community.

One of the more popular pathways is through River Trail Park off Baker Avenue. The gentle rolling paved trails follow the Whitefish River through picnic areas and playground equipment in the adjacent Baker Park. Even in the snow, the trails are easily navigable, making it possible for any abilities to find a quick getaway for solitude and introspection.

Continuing across U.S. Highway 93 and into the Railway District another loop of paths wind along the river, through birch trees and connects to Whitefish Lake City Beach.

Completed trails can also be found along the Whitefish River and park area near Highway 40, the Iron Horse area and Wisconsin Avenue. For a complete map and more information on the trails project visit http://www.fishtrails.info.

How to get there: Although the trails can be accessed along any point, the City Beach off Lakeside Boulevard or River Trail Park off Baker Avenue provide the most parking space.

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