While every attempt has been made to categorize the level of difficulty, it is only an opinion. For as many of the rides as possible we provide distance and elevation gain so that can be used to formulate your opinion.

At this point we do not have information on all the trails. We will update the site as we gather additional information.

 




 

  Hannah Flats area

 

  Several nordic skiing trails can be used for riding. There is a 1/4 mile trail loop that is excellent for young riders.
     
  Trail Distance: Hannah Flats Loop is 1/4 mile. Nordic trails vary.
  Elevation: Little to none.

  Upper Priest Lake Trail
  This is another excellent short, relatively flat trail that ends at Upper Priest Lake Plowboy campground. For the most part the trail is quite easy and the few technical sections can be walked. Many families and beginners ride this trail. Bring a picnic to enjoy at the Upper Lake before returning.
   
  Trail Distance: 6 miles in and out.
  Elevation: 500 feet.

  Plowboy (#302)
  TBD
   
  Trail Distance: TBD
  Elevation: TBD
 



 




  Navigation (#291)
  This is an excellent trail. Developed campgrounds located at the north end of Upper Priest Lake (Navigation Campground) and the south end of Upper Priest Lake (Plowboy Campground). The trail passes through valley and side hill terrain. Along the trail there is an old trappers cabin, beaver ponds, abundant wildlife and scenic views.
   
  Trail Distance: 8.1 miles
  Elevation: TBD
  Trail Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/ipnf/rec/activities/trails/d8lakeshore294.html

  Plowboy Mountain Trial (#295) - Translator Hill Loop
  Strenuous climb and fun downhill ride.Great view of Priest Lake. This ride can be accessed directly across from the Kalispell Bay Day Park (on Kalispell Bay Road about 1.3 miles from Highway 57.) This is the same way to access the Elkins Trail. This is a strenuous 3 mile climb to the top. At the top is a translator station with a great view of Priest Lake. From the top head back down the same way after about 4/10 of a mile follow the road to the right. Follow this old jeep trail to a Forest Service road. Go left and continue going down. At the bottom take a hard left (look for power lines.) Go about 7/10 of a mile and then go left onto an old jeep trail. This will turn left and turn into a single track trail that ends at a footbridge over Kalispell Creek. Go across bridge and then head to the right up a small hill. You end up on an old logging road, follow this and you will pass the Kalispell Bay Sewer ponds, continue straight and you will end up on Kalispell Bay Road. Turn left on KB Road and follow it back to the park.
   
  Trail Distance: 9.5 miles
  Elevation: 1,000 ft.

  Kalispell Bay – Reeder Bay (#365)
  Also known as the Elkins trail. This trail can be accessed from Elkins resort on the north or Kalispell Bay Day Park from the south (the same trail head as the Translator Hill Loop.) Great single track with some technical sections and two creek crossings. Can be done in conjunction with Lakeview Mt. Trail for longer ride or loop.
   
  Trail Distance: 4.2 miles one way.
  Elevation: 600 feet one way.
  Trail Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/ipnf/rec/activities/trails/d8reeder365.html

  Mt Bismark
  TBD
   
  Trail Distance: TBD
  Elevation: TBD

  Bulldog Point Trail (#274)
  TBD
   
  Trail Distance: TBD
  Elevation: TBD

  Woodrat Trail (#235)
  TBD
   
  Trail Distance: TBD
  Elevation: TBD

  1048/ Lakeshore Road
  TBD
   
  Trail Distance: TBD
  Elevation: TBD

  Binarch Creek Cut off
  TBD
   
  Trail Distance: TBD
  Elevation: TBD

  Peewee/Steep Creek System (#176 - 179)
  TBD
   
  Trail Distance: TBD
  Elevation: TBD

  Chipmunk Rapids Trail (#192)
  TBD
   
  Trail Distance: TBD
  Elevation: TBD
 



 


  Upper Priest River Trail (#308)
  Also know as American Falls trail. Fun single track that follows Upper Priest River through amazing old growth forest.
   
  Trail Distance: TBD
  Elevation: TBD
  Trail Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/ipnf/rec/activities/trails/d8upriest308.html

  Lakeview (#269)
  This is a steep climb from the Hwy 57 trail head. A little less steep from the other side (Elkins or Kalispell Bay).
   
  Trail Distance: 4 – 12 miles
  Elevation: Up to 2,300 feet (depending on loop)
  Trail Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/ipnf/rec/activities/trails/d8lakeview269.html

  Sundance
  TBD Summer 2006
   
  Trail Distance: TBD
  Elevation: TBD

  Mt Glisan
  TBD Summer
   
  Trail Distance: TBD
  Elevation: TBD

  Mt Baldy
  TBD Summer
   
  Trail Distance: TBD
  Elevation: TBD
 




 

  If anyone has any information on the following rides please forward to info@mtbpriestlake.com
    Single track off Mt Baldy
Lookout Mountain
Other Fire Lookout rides
East side trail on Upper Priest Lake
Other East side rides – Jason and Bryan
Coolin to Schweitzer
Hunt Creek
Soldier Creek
Outlet Mountain/ Dickensheet area
 


  The way we ride today shapes mountain bike trail access tomorrow. Do your part to preserve and enhance our sport's access and image by observing the following rules of the trail, formulated by IMBA, the International Mountain Bicycling Association. These rules are recognized around the world as the standard code of conduct for mountain bikers. IMBA's mission is to promote mountain bicycling that is environmentally sound and socially responsible.

    1. Ride On Open Trails Only.
Respect trail and road closures (ask if uncertain); avoid trespassing on private land; obtain permits or other authorization as may be required. Federal and state Wilderness areas are closed to cycling. The way you ride will influence trail management decisions and policies.

2. Leave No Trace.
Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Recognize different types of soils and trail construction; practice low-impact cycling. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage. When the trailbed is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.

3. Control Your Bicycle!
Inattention for even a second can cause problems. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations.

4. Always Yield Trail.
Let your fellow trail users know you're coming. A friendly greeting or bell is considerate and works well; don't startle others. Show your respect when passing by slowing to a walking pace or even stopping. Anticipate other trail users around corners or in blind spots. Yielding means slow down, establish communication, be prepared to stop if necessary and pass safely.

5. Never Scare Animals.
All animals are startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement, or a loud noise. This can be dangerous for you, others, and the animals. Give animals extra room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife is a serious offense. Leave gates as you found them, or as marked.

6. Plan Ahead.
Know your equipment, your ability, and the area in which you are riding -- and prepare accordingly. Be self-sufficient at all times, keep your equipment in good repair, and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. A well-executed trip is a satisfaction to you and not a burden to others. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.

Keep trails open by setting a good example of environmentally sound and socially responsible off-road cycling.


 


 
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