Below are the full comments to be submitted by FAMB concerning the Taylor Hellroaring Project on the Flathead National Forest. The project includes a proposal for building a new trail network to the north and west of Whitefish Mountain Resort, as well as various logging operations and fuels reductions in the same area. FAMB supports this project, and feels that the proposed trails would be a tremendous asset to the community. Please submit your comments in support of the project today!
The Ten Lakes Wilderness Study Area area near Eureka represents some of the best backcountry mountain biking opportunities in the region. Access to high alpine trails and lakes with fantastic mountains and scenery make the area unique, but the Kootenay National Forest has released a draft environmental impact statement that proposes drastic restrictions on mountain bike access.
When the Montana Wilderness Study Act was passed in 1977 none of the authors would have imagined that these areas would remain in limbo 40 years later. The House of Representatives Report from the 95th congress states,
To avoid tying up this large acreage in wilderness study status for longer than is necessary, the committee suggests that the Secretary of Agriculture give a high priority to the completion of all nine studies within a period of 24 to 30 months (or less)…
Come Get RAD!
Come join us at Bonsai on Friday, October 7 to raise money for FFT's Armory Park Pump Track project! FFT hopes to break ground on a new pump track on the current site of the dirt jumps in Armory Park in Whitefish in the Spring of 2017. This project would be great for the town of Whitefish and will especially benefit our kids.
Flathead Fat Tires is working to bring a pump track to Whitefish!
Mountain bike access to some of the best trails in the area are at risk! Your help is needed!
The Flathead National Forest is working on revising the Forest Plan – the document that guides all use within the local forests. Trails like Alpine No. 7 are at risk of being closed to bikes, but we’re fighting to not only preserve access, but also improve it.
We’re asking anyone who likes riding bikes in the forest to submit comments regarding the plan to make sure we have support for bikes on trails into the future. We strongly urge you to submit your comments here and support the continued (and improved!) access for bikes in our national forests!
The deadline is October 3rd, so send in your comments today!
On Saturday, July 25, 2015, a crew of three of us set out for our first ride on Ingalls Mountain. The route started with a gorgeous singletrack climb on Trail 171 at the intersection of the Griffin Creek Road (Rd 538) and Road 2925. There is a large flat area for parking at this intersection. Most of this trail winds through a mix of logged hillsides and old forest fire burn area and the lack of trees on some sections provide jaw-dropping views of the surrounding ridgelines. Adding to the picturesque views are an abundance of native flowers such as fireweed, paintbrush and pearly everlasting.
Flathead Area Mountain Bikers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is working to promote mountain biking and improve trail access in the Flathead Valley.