WBR is getting ready for winter. It took a week with Dave Harris and his master carpentry skills along with Keith Brodsky and myself as "Dave's Minions" to construct this one of a kind wood-fired sauna to keep our winter guests toasty after their winter adventures! WBR will be closed from October 10th until we re-open our Lodge for the Winter Season on December 20, 2017.
Winter in these part is quite stunning!
WBR will be grooming a 33" track for fat biking around our property. Our trails can also be used to snowshoe or classic ski up to the un-groomed Whitefish Trail or access the Beaver Lake Recreation Area and the surrounding frozen lakes or just go hit Whitefish Mountain Resort for some World Class skiing. WBR will have Fat Bike available for trailside rentals so there is no lugging around the bikes to find some hardpack tracks!
Spend your day doing whatever your winter love is and then you can return to our cozy Lodge and stoke the wood-fired sauna for some end of the day heat!
WBR online reservations for winter is open or give us a call.
No matter where in the world you're coming from, we can help you figure out the easiest way to get to the Whitefish Bike Retreat. If you are coming from overseas, across the border, another state or from downtown Whitefish, our WBR staff will help you get here with all your gear!
The Amtrak stops in Whitefish as part of the Empire Builder Route traveling West and East. It is an easy and affordable way to reach the Whitefish area with your bike and gear. There are train cars on this route where you can easily roll your bike onto the train and put it in a special bike rack compartment, so there's no need to box up your bike. Call Amtrak for pricing and details at 406-862-2268. The video above shows how easy it is to use the train to get to WBR.
Fly into Kalispell (FCA). Give us a call to let us know your flight details at least a week before your arrival so we can schedule a shuttle pickup. Our shuttle service picks you up when you need us, and will get you out to WBR to settle into your room or campsite.
Head out from Whitefish on Hwy 93 towards Roosville. At milepost 135 (about 6.5 miles from downtown Whitefish) turn RIGHT onto Beaver Lake Road. Go 1.4 miles up the gravel road and turn RIGHT just past our mailbox. Proceed up the road and follow the signs to our office to check-in.
From the Roosville border crossing, continue on Hwy 93 to milepost 135 and turn LEFT onto Beaver Lake Road. Go 1.4 miles up the gravel road and turn RIGHT just past our mailbox. Proceed down the road and follow the signs to our office to check in.
From downtown Whitefish, you can ride a bike path out of town towards Roosville along Hwy 93. Follow the signs to the Lion Mountain trailhead for the Whitefish Trail (dirt road that parallels Hwy 93). Ride onto the Whitefish Trail and stay on the main trail until the trail junction for the Beaver Lake Trailhead on the Southern Loop. Take the LEFT split at this intersection and ride about .5 miles to the intersection with WBR Connector trail (log bench and sign on you left). Take a LEFT off the main Whitefish Trail into WBR and follow our signs to the Office to checkin. You can find a map of the Whitefish Trail here.
Shipping Bike And Gear:
Our guests can ship their bikes and gear to WBR with no hold charge. Just give us a call so we can add the package to our hold list and it will be here waiting for you in a secure room when your arrive. We have a bike work room with tools available for building up your bike, or taking it apart and cleaning it after your adventure. Shipping your equipment home is just as easy. Guests will need to arrange package drop-off or pick-up with the shipping company and then contact WBR staff for delivery or pick-up dates.
We offer free town shuttles that run 3 times a day between WBR and Glacier Cyclery for our guests.
The shuttles only run when there are scheduled pick-ups or drop-offs so please call our office for run times and to reserve a spot in advance.
Airport and Amtrak Shuttles:
We run shuttles for our guests to and from both the airport and train station. You must call our office to schedule times prior to your arrival. Airport shuttles are $45/party and Amtrak is $30/party.
At WBR it is all about the bike!
From above you can see all we have - the Lodge, the Campground, Trails, Skills Area, Pump Track, Ridge Deck, Office/Camp Store and the woods we call home! Guests stay in our Lodge or Campground and can ride right onto the trail on our property or onto the Whitefish Trail System to enjoy all that surrounds us. The WBR Crew is here to help you find your way when you visit our neck of the woods so you can get out and ride or explore right away and get the most from your visit here.
Or if you want to venture further out - you can plan a Bkepacking adventure - we have mountain bike and bike bag rentals so you just bring your gear and sense of adventure and we will help you pack a bike and find a route to go explore!
Or come visit us for the day if you are in the area - bike rentals trailside to ride on the Whitefish Trail without having to transport your bike to a trailhead. Then when you are done you get to hang out a with us at WBR. Share a pint of Sweet Peaks Ice Cream and recover in the hammock! Day Done!
SLEEP - WAKE - RIDE - FIND PEACE
Sixth Grade field trips have gotten much cooler than when I was in school. The Sussex School from Missoula came up for the week to the Whitefish Area to explore Glacier Park, hiking, biking, horse back riding and everything in between. This was one awesome active group of kids! They spent the day at the WBR honing in their skills in our skills area with coach Jen Bardsley and then hit Lego Land, TerraFlow, the Berm Trail and the Ridge and Connector Trails. And of course finished off the day with a little pump track action! The day was filled with smiles and laughter as they conquered the jump line to the skinnies to the huge wooden berm to the Pump Track!
Have An Idea For A Group Outing?
School Field Trips
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Time to look forward to the days of summer - where getting together and riding with your family and friends through the woods is easy. You can stay in the Lodge in a comfy room and enjoy all the Lodge amenities or bring your tent or camper and stay in our campground. Bikes have just as much of a place here at the WBR as our guests with bike wash stations, bike lube and tools, bike stands, secure bike storage, bike racks and trails to play on for all guests. So come and ride for the day or bikepack out of here for a longer adventure or let the kids rip laps on our loop trails as you cook dinner or stop in for a nights rest as you tour across the country - WBR staff is here to help you this summer!!!
Need a bike - we have you covered!
We have trailside Adult and Youth bike rentals here at our Camp Store.
It is a ritual around the WBR that as soon as the snow melts, we get busy - cleaning up from the winter hibernation - repairing and clearing trails and features, building a little more trail of course, cleaning up campground and opening up the campground bath house, organizing and opening up the store/office to welcome guests, getting our rental equipment in order and our Shuttle Van all ready for another season taking guests out on their adventures.
Campsites Available May 1st for Reservations - Book Yours Today!
-You can ride right out of you campsite onto single track around our property and the Whitefish Trail.
-Hot showers in the BEST bath house in the WEST!
-Bike wash station in campground
-Bike tools and stand available for campers at the office
-Pump Track and Skill Area located in camping area
-WiFi located around Office/Store area
-Campsite have fire pit and picnic table and bike racks
Checkout the photos below from around the WBR and the Whitefish Trail!
It is easy to book a stay online or give us a call for assistance.
SLEEP - WAKE - RIDE is what it is all about in these parts!
JULY 28-29, 2017
The 1st Annual JC Pancake Ride will start and end at the Whitefish Bike Retreat and will show case some of the best and most scenic gravel grinding routes in Northwestern Montana! Ride along the Whitefish Range and over to the western edge of Glacier National Park and as if that can be topped - your stop at Polebridge Mercantile will try - riders get a complimentary Huckleberry Bear Paw! The Pancake Ride is a One-Of-A-Kind experience - there is no other gravel grinder out there like this one - mark your calendars for years to come as the route will change every year to highlight different area land marks.
Plan your summer now and bring the whole family who can enjoy the WBR while you are out riding 15,000 feet of up and down over 140 miles. Onsite Camping and Private Rooms and Single Bunks available at the WBR - so you wake up, walk out the door and ride and and end your day at the WBR to rest and recover with your family and friends.
SLEEP - WAKE - RIDE PACAKE
Grab your friend and plan a bikepacking adventure in Montana. The Whitefish Bike Retreat can help get you started or with logistics - bike and bike bags gear rentals, shuttles to any destination you need, accommodations or any questions.
Great Divide Mountain Bike Route experts!!!
Gather your Friend(S) and plan a group outing on 2 Wheels!
We have helped others learn the basics of bikepacking with group discussions about gear, how to pack you bike and shakedown rides around the WBR to find out what works and does not work.
Want to take the next step?
Then it is time to plan an overnight bikepack adventure with what you have learned.
Give us a call to customize your group needs and find your next adventure in Montana!
The Sky’s the Limit is a short film series from the Montana Office of Tourism & Business Development (MOTBD) that tells the stories of real people chasing adventure in Montana. The films follow the journeys of different people who explore the possibilities and realize their potential in Big Sky Country. The series will inspire you to pursue their own adventure in Montana.
The Whitefish Bike Retreat is honored to have been chosen as one of the few chasing the dream in Montana - We live it everyday - Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.
Come Find Your Own Adventure
We started grooming fat bike trails this winter for our guests and would like to open them up and share them with everyone- so come out and ride as a Day User. You can ride several groomed loops around the WBR and then connect directly onto the ungroomed Whitefish Trail or take a ride up to Murry or Beaver Lakes when the roads are packed in. If you Fat Bike you know it is all about the conditions - but we will be grooming in the evenings as the conditions allow for fresh trails in the mornings.
Our new sign-in Kiosk is located at the our Trailhead in the Day Use Parking Area at the bottom of the hill. Day Users MUST read our waiver and sign-in at the Kiosk each time riding on WBR property. Our facilities are unstaffed and locked during the winter but Day Use access will be open from 9am to 6pm. Donations are welcomed to help continue Day Use access with the more consistent grooming activity.
If you access the WBR Trails from the Whitefish Trail, please visit the Kiosk in the Day Use Parking Area to sign-in.
The Lodge/Lodge Services are open for guests only so please respect their privacy.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT - SAFE AND HAPPY RIDING!