If you thought you knew every trail in the Glacier Cyclery ride guide, think again. Nestled in the Swan Lake Ranger District, Trail 544 offers 12 miles of uncharted, very difficult terrain that epitomizes the spirit of mountain biking. You'll get a taste of everything from stone-laden bench cuts to tricky stream crossings.
This trail demands attention with its eclectic mix:
Starting from Bigfork, drive north on Hwy 35 and take a right at Hwy 83 at the first stoplight. From there, turn left onto Foothills Road, following signs for Jewel Basin. Eventually, you'll find a trailhead and parking area on your right. The singletrack begins here, right off the road.
As one of the seasoned riders of this trail has pointed out, this isn't for the faint-hearted. The uphill climb, although gradual, is a true test of stamina and skill. You'll be met with rocks, roots, and natural obstructions that offer an unending thrill. And the reward? An exhilarating downhill glide that makes every drop of sweat worth it.
While some trails are seasonal, Trail 544 can be enjoyed year-round, depending on your skill and comfort level. It stays true to the core of what mountain biking aims to offer: a connection with nature through a rugged, physically demanding challenge.
If you’re in Bigfork and looking for a challenging ride that will not only test your limits but also reward you with some of the best views Montana has to offer, then Trail 544 is your playground. This trail may not be in any guidebook, but it's written in the hearts of every rider who's experienced its challenges and triumphs. So grab your bike and head out; this is a trail you won't want to miss.