Big Mountain Trailhead Open!
January 24, 2018

The Big Mountain Trailhead is officially open! The new trailhead offers ample parking, a vault toilet, and groomed winter access for the existing trails in Haskill Basin. We are excited to partner with Glacier Nordic Club to offer this new destination for the community. Snowshoers and fat bikers can explore the new section of Whitefish… Read more »

Close the Loop Presentation
December 4, 2017

On November 13th, 2017, the City of Whitefish & Whitefish Legacy Partners held a public open house outlining the next steps in our Close the Loop Project. VIEW THE PRESENTATION HERE

Close the Loop Series: Connecting Community Through Outdoor Education & Stewardship
November 10, 2017

The Close the Loop Series has discussed how the Whitefish Trail benefits our local economy, wildlife, and quality of life. At the core of the project also exists an invaluable connection to the natural lands surrounding our community. Locals and visitors from all walks of life can gain meaningful experiences by exploring local lands on the Whitefish… Read more »

Close the Loop Series: Wildlife Habitat
October 19, 2017

In mid-August, a family of mountain lions sauntered down the trail revealing glowing eyes under a cloak of darkness. A month later, the unmistakable rump of a solitary black bear waddled off into the woods, using the adjacent public land as a safe habitat to his larger range. These photos were taken at the Lion… Read more »

Close the Loop Series: Outdoor Recreation Economy
September 28, 2017

Did you know the Whitefish Trail Master Plan (A Trail Runs Through It) was published in 2006?! The 91-page document was adopted by the City of Whitefish and serves as a guiding document for the future of our local lands. It states, “The trail system will create an outstanding recreational amenity for the community that… Read more »

Close the Loop Series: Protecting Smith Lake from Development
September 7, 2017

In the beginning, creating a community trail system was seen as a solution to the impending sale and development of vulnerable MT State Trust lands surrounding Whitefish. With a sharp increase in property values and development, the risk to lose public land to private buyers was increasing, and the community came together to make a… Read more »

2017 Hootenanny Photos

What a great party in support of the Whitefish Trail! We would like to thank our sponsors, Don K Subaru, First Interstate Bank, National Parks Realty, Edward Jones Financial Advisor- Claudine Johnson, BNSF, and many volunteers for making the event possible. Here are some great photos from the event!

Devil’s Club and Huckleberries? WLP Conservation at Work
July 27, 2017

by WLP Executive Director Heidi Van Everen and Director of Development Alan Myers-Davis      Our legs are burning. Not from the elevation gain but from an abundance of unkempt wild raspberries and devil’s club. Native hollyhocks line the banks of upper and lower Smith Creek, and male western tanagers are flashing and swooping by, hoping… Read more »

City Approves Trail Agreement With Resort
July 26, 2017

July 25, 2017 at 4:57 pm | By Heidi Desch The city of Whitefish has approved an agreement for a public recreational trail easement on Big Mountain. When the Haskill Basin conservation and trail easement were created the city contacted Winter Sports Inc. about obtaining an eaesement on its property for a trailhead and connector… Read more »

Upper Haskill Trailhead Request for Proposals
June 14, 2017

Whitefish Legacy Partners is requesting proposals on behalf of the City of Whitefish from interested contractors for construction of the Upper Haskill Trailhead in the summer of 2017. The Upper Haskill Trailhead is located on Winter Sports, Inc. property, adjacent to Big Mountain Road. All contracts run through the City of Whitefish. Project Managers Greg Gunderson… Read more »

Read our 2016 Annual Report
May 25, 2017

Last year, your donations made a HUGE impact to our community. Learn how many youth enjoyed outdoor education programs, hear about our upcoming project in Haskill Basin, and look to the future as we work hard to Close the Loop of the Whitefish Trail. Read the report here.  

WLP wins Noxious Weed Trust Fund Education Grant
April 5, 2017

  Whitefish Legacy Partners has been awarded $10,000 from the Montana Department of Agriculture Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant. The grant will support noxious weed education, training, and signage on the Whitefish Trail. In partnership with Flathead County, WLP will host a noxious weed guided hike where participants will learn about local species, eradication techniques, and… Read more »

WLP seeking Bike Patrol Volunteers

The goal of the WHITEFISH TRAIL BIKE PATROL is to offer a regular presence on the trail system and to provide visitor assistance. The PATROL consists of dedicated volunteers partnering with trail managers, landowners and emergency personnel to assist, educate and inform the recreational users of the Whitefish Trail. We are looking for volunteers to… Read more »

Lower Haskill Trailhead – Request for Quotations
March 22, 2017

The Whitefish Trail Operations Committee is requesting quotations from interested contractors for trailhead construction during the spring of 2017. The new trailhead will be located adjacent to the City of Whitefish water treatment plant on Reservoir Road. Specifications and guidelines are linked below and hard copies are available at City of Whitefish Parks and Recreation Department…. Read more »

Welcome Margosia!
March 20, 2017

Margosia Jadkowski new Program Director We would like to officially welcome Margosia Jadkowski to WLP as our new, full-time Program Director! Originally from Maine, Margosia studied Geology at Colby College, has a Master’s Degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University, and has worked on sustainable resource management projects throughout the US, Spain, and Thailand. After… Read more »

2017 6th Grade Snow Science
February 14, 2017

The 2017 field trip season is officially underway! The entire 6th grade from Whitefish Middle School is attending interactive snow science field trips at the Whitefish Trail Learning Pavilion. We have partnered with the Flathead Avalanche Center (FAC), the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and the Flathead Backcountry Nordic Patrol (FBNP) to teach an intro… Read more »