Girls on the Trail
Girls on the Trail is a collaboration between Whitefish Legacy Partners and community partners to bring teenage girls ages 12-15 out on the Whitefish Trail through a series of mountain biking, hiking, and volunteer events. Girls on the Trail provide teenage girls in the Flathead Valley an opportunity to find their own love of mountain biking, their own appreciation of trails and open lands, and their own strength through hard work and mentorship.
Participants are asked to attend all four events.
Thursday, September 20 4-7pm
The girls will join Dr. Sara Boilen and community mentors for an evening hike on the Whitefish Trail to get to know each other and build community as they push themselves physically in a nurturing and supportive environment.
Dr. Sara Boilen is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in understanding the connection between strength and confidence in girls and the outdoors.
MOUNTAIN BIKE CLINIC
Sunday September 23 9am-3pm
Beaver Lake Trailhead
This clinic will teach the girls the fundamentals of safe mountain biking. The morning will be spent on a series of skill-building exercises and the afternoon will include a group ride on the Whitefish Trail to practice those skills, and most importantly, have fun on bikes. Whether a total beginner or an experienced rider developing their skills, this clinic will help lay the foundation for a life-long love of mountain biking. Female instructors and community volunteers will create a supportive environment for the girls to learn, fostering confidence and encouraging all levels of riders.
Bikes and safety gear will be available and lunch will be provided free of charge.
Beyond the Boundaries instructors are USA Cycling Coach and Whistler IDP Level II Mountain Bike Instructor certified, specializing in kids’ bike instruction.
TRAIL WORK DAY
Monday September 24 4-7pm
Lion Mountain Trailhead
Spending the afternoon swinging a Pulaski or using a saw on the Whitefish Trail will create a unique opportunity for teenage girls to build confidence using tools, believe in their ability to complete any task set before them, work as a team, and feel satisfaction from work well done and giving back to our community trail.
Safety gear will be provided.
BIKE PATROL RIDE & BBQ
Thursday September 27 4-7:30pm
Lion Mountain Trailhead
Female Whitefish Trail Patrol members and volunteers will lead the girls on an afternoon patrol ride on the Whitefish Trail to build on their mountain biking skills and connect with community mentors. Following the ride, families are invited to join the girls and program partners for a free BBQ at the WT Learning Pavilion to conclude the program.
Bikes and safety gear will be available free of charge.