Trail Conditions

logo-circleThe most up to date trail conditions are listed below. We depend on users to be our eyes and ears on the trail – please send any information on trail conditions to

*Note:  The trail is vulnerable to damage during wet and muddy conditions. Riding horses and bikes on water logged and soft trails can create ruts that channel water and lead to excessive erosion. All trail users are urged to avoid using the trail when muddy conditions exist.

Mar 7, 2017Early March Trail Report

What a difference a year makes! Look at the photos below from Lion Mountain taken February 26, 2016 compared to the photo taken today! The valley snow pack is pretty amazing this year, and forecasters are calling for yet another major valley snow storm later this week. The trails at Lion Mountain, Swift Creek, Skyles,… Read more »

Feb 13, 2017February Trail Report

If you are frustrated by the weather, just wait a few days!  This winter has been full of ups and downs. Sub-zero temperatures in December gave rise to increased snow and even some rain last week. Amidst the adverse weather conditions, 2,275 people accessed Lion Mountain during the month of January. That’s a slight increase above… Read more »

Jan 11, 2017Mid-January Trail Report

Winter has finally taken hold of our local trail system. The farthest reaches of the Whitefish Trail can now only be accessed by the most adventurous snow enthusiasts. Access to Beaver Lake, Woods Lake, Dollar Lake, and Little Beaver Lake (all surely frozen) would require cross country skis, snowshoes, or snowmobiles, as the access roads are… Read more »

Dec 19, 2016Walking in a winter wonderland...

Winter came down like a hammer in northwest Montana. After an idyllic November with warm fall days, these last two weeks have been brutal. Multiple days with sub-zero temperatures have left even the most die-hard winter enthusiasts wondering if it’s too cold to ski. Whitefish Mountain Resort even closed the summit for two days in a… Read more »

Nov 29, 2016Where's all the snow?

November is a month of change. Warm, fall days abruptly end as snow creeps down Big Mountain, and the trail tools eventually find their winter resting spots. November robs an hour of post-work sunlight and also creates a seemingly endless limbo as we await ski season. The lack of snow is allowing Whitefish Trail enthusiasts to… Read more »