Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Road Trip: Whitefish

A few weeks back, yes I have been slacking on posting bike bits lately.  So, get ready for a big onslaught.  Anyways, Fall here in the Northwest has or had been awesome.  My shoulder has or had been feeling great, so a road trip over to Whitefish (aka Dubfish) seemed in order.  I haven't been to Whitefish in many, many years.  But people kept telling me they have some good local brew there, great new mountain bike trails and a new bike retreat.  I also have some friends who recently moved there, so you see how things just started to fall into place.

Now, in case you are unfamiliar with the steps to take when visiting a new place to mountain bike, let me review.  First, as soon as you roll into town and dropped off bikes and gear at your overnight accommodations, go try some of the local flavor.  In this case, Great Northern Brewing fit the bill.  Next morning, find local coffee shop and in Dubfish you might wanna check you the Little Red Caboose.  Then roll on over to the bike shop with coffee in hand for trail maps, conditions and recommendations.  Glacier Cyclery is a cool family shop and very friendly and helpful.  They sell a trail book which is an awesome asset and a good read.  However, there is also a Whitefish Trail Map that will give you some general direction.  Now, go ride, explore and take in nature.  After all that, I would recommend going back to said watering hole and recapping all these events with your riding buddies.  If you are riding more than one day, obviously some of these steps can be omitted.
We rode some of the Dubfish trails for 2 days and they were super fun.  All were well marked.  Tread was very buff and obviously built with mountain biking in mind.  Everything I'd heard about these trails seemed to be all correct.  I cannot wait to go back and ride more because we only scratched the surface.

Ok, so that covers all that, now let me say a word or two about where we stayed.  We stayed at the Whitefish Bike Retreat, and like the name implies, it is a place for bikers to stay (although you don't necessarily have to be one).  They are open year round...yes you can go there and fat bike in the winter....hmm, that sounds like a great idea.  Anyways, the owner Cricket has done an amazing job with all the details that a biker would want in their overnight accommodations.  Some highlights include: stocked kitchen, you just bring food, beer share fridge, living room with lots of bike movies, info table with every map of the area, bike wash station, secured bike storage area that also happens to be heated and have work benches, heated floors in showers, Whitefish Trails right out the back door and it goes on and on.  I think you should go check it out.

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