Mount Marston Trail System For Mountain Biking

The 7th most popular mountain bike trail in Montana.

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North of Whitefish near Stryker, there are variety of mountain bike trails descending from the Mount Marston lookout. The Lookout offers panoramic views of the Tobacco Valley and snow-covered peaks of Glacier National Park.

To get to the lookout from NFS Murphy Lake Campground, head south on US93 for about 6 miles. Turn left heading east onto a wide Forest Service road along Stillwater Creek towards Loon Echo Resort. After roughly 8 miles, look for 4WD road heading northeast up North Fork Creek. Continue along 4WDmountain bike track for 3 miles to reach FS3797. Proceed west on FS3797 for 4 miles and turn right onto FS900 leading up to the Mount Marston Summit.

From the summit, there are three routes down: Laughing Water Creek Trail (#98(#198?)/5.5mi./3500); Patrick Ridge Trail (#860/7.5mi./2900 ); and Mt. Marston Trail (#361/9mi./3200). All three routes eventually end up down at US93.

Also, the Groves Creek/Mount Marston Trail System developed for snowmobiling passes through the Flathead valley and Whitefish Mountain Range. A map is available from the Flathead Snowmobile Association at (406) 756-6139.

Overall, Mount Marston Trail System is the 7th most popular mountain bike trail of all 32 mountain biking rides in Montana. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Mount Marston Trail System including Alpine Trail, Inside / Outside Loop, East Side South Fork Trail, Tally Lake, Coal Ridge / Whitefish Divide / Smoky Range and East Foothill TrailGreat Divide Mountain Bike Route.


Local Contact(s):  Flathead National Forest (406) 755-5401; Flathead Visitors (800) 543-3105; Glacier Vistors (800) 338-5072; Montana Visitors (800) 541-1447; Central Reservations (888) 224-4759.

Best Season:  Jun. - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  NFS Murphy Lake CG

Luxury Loding:  Loon Echo Resort, Stryker (800) 956-6632; Tuckers Inn, Trego (800) 500-3541

Breakfast Restaurant:  Buffalo Cafe, Whitefish; Whitefish Times Coffee

Reference Source:  click here

Date Published:  5/19/2016

Date Updated:  7/21/2016

ID:  6228


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