2022 Whitefish Trail Legacy Run

October 1-2, 2022 – Whitefish Legacy Partners is excited to host a weekend of running events on the Whitefish Trail!

Saturday’s 50k Mountain Ultra, presented by Title Sponsor Hammer Nutrition, will start in Depot Park in downtown Whitefish, climb to the summit of Big Mountain via the Whitefish Trail in Haskill, and finish at the Great Northwest Oktoberfest in Depot Park in downtown Whitefish! Registration for the 50k Mountain Ultra is capped at 400 runners. Registration for 50k will close at 11:59pm on Friday September 30- there will be no day-of registration.

Sunday’s Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, and family-fun run, presented by Title Sponsor Whitefish Therapy and Sport Center, will explore the Whitefish Trail in Beaver Lakes, starting and ending at the Whitefish Bike Retreat. The event is also made possible by event sponsor Hammer Nutrition. The current registration caps are as follows:

Half Marathon = 200 runners
10k+ = 125 runners
5k+ = 100 runners
Family Fun Run = 50 runners

Registration for half marathon, 10k, 5k & fun run will close at 11:59pm on Saturday October 1st- there will be no day-of registration. No pets allowed on racecourse.

Register Now!

Packet Pick Up Information

  • – FRIDAY Sept. 30th – 3:00pm – 7:00pm in the Gazebo in the SE corner of Depot Park. (510 Railway St, Whitefish, MT 59937)
  • – SATURDAY October 1st – 11:00am – 4:00pm Depot Park downtown Whitefish (510 Railway St, Whitefish, MT 59937)
  • – SUNDAY October 2nd – 8:00am – 9:00am Whitefish Bike Retreat (855 Beaver Lake Road, Whitefish, MT 59937)

***There will be no day of registration***

Race Details

SATURDAY OCTOBER 1ST – 50K MOUNTAIN RUN

Saturday October 1st – Presented by Title Sponsor Hammer Nutrition, The 50k Mountain Run will start and finish at the Great Northwest Oktoberfest in Depot Park in downtown Whitefish. Runners will climb to the summit of Big Mountain via the Whitefish Trail in Haskill, Whitefish Mountain Resort trails, and Flathead National Forest trails. Runners will enjoy awards and after party at the Biergarten at Oktoberfest with free entry, free beer, and free food.Image

Of the 31 mile course, approximately 25 miles is on natural surface, single-track trails and 6 miles is on paved roads and separated bike paths leaving and re-entering the City of Whitefish. The lollipop/loop section at Flathead National Forest and Whitefish Mountain Resort is approximately 16 miles in length. Runners will utilize 5.5 miles of the Whitefish Trail in both directions to access Flathead National Forest and Whitefish Mountain Resort. See the approximate race course map. Total elevation gain is approximately 5,100 feet. We will provide a detailed map and GPS file for the race course.

Strava Link here:  https://www.strava.com/activities/2659428786/overview

All runners will receive a custom race buff (neck gaiter), entry into Oktoberfest, beer and food at Oktoberfest, Hammer nutrition products, and a custom 50k finisher patch. Awards to be announced.

For the safety of runners and volunteers, there will be a cutoff time of 10 hours to complete the course. Specific aid-station cutoff times will be announced. This race course travels through a high alpine environment up to 6,800 feet in elevation. The course could have high wind, snow, ice, and/or wildlife. We expect all runners to be prepared for inclement weather (no cotton clothing), and carrying bear spray is highly recommended. A limited number of bear spray canisters will be available to runners.

This event is made possible by Flathead National Forest, the City of Whitefish, Whitefish Mountain Resort and event sponsors Whitefish Credit Union and Hammer Nutrition.

 

SUNDAY OCTOBER 2ND – HALF MARATHON, 10K+, 5K+, AND FAMILY FUN RUN

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Sunday October 2nd –  Brought to you by Whitefish Therapy and Sport Center, the Half marathon, 10k+, 5k+, and family fun-runcourses explore the Whitefish Trail in Beaver Lakes. The half marathon has about 2,000 feet of elevation gain spread out throughout the course, the 10k has about 750 in elevation gain, and the 5k has about 500 feet in elevation gain.

Food and beverages will be provided at a finish celebration. Awards will be given with categories to be announced. All runners will also receive a custom race buff (neck gaiter), Hammer nutrition products, and Half marathon runners will receive a custom finisher patch. Start times to be determined. We may adjust start times to help avoid runners overlapping at the finish.

These events are made possible by Title Sponsor Whitefish Therapy and Sport Center and event sponsor Hammer Nutrition.

More detailed event information will be distributed before race day. 

Past event results:

2021 Results

2019 Results

2018 Results

2017 Results

2016 Results

 

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WLP and Partners Launch New Trail User Courtesy Campaign

WLP and fellow Flathead Valley organizations and agencies responsible for managing multi-use trails have launched a new trail user courtesy campaign called Outside Kind Flathead. The campaign promotes responsible recreation by encouraging trail users to treat each other with kindness and courtesy, share the trail with all users, and respect wildlife and natural resources.

Our local trail networks are growing, and more and more locals and visitors are enjoying them. We believe that’s something to celebrate: it means more people are discovering opportunities to enjoy the May wildflowers, clear their head after a long day of work, exercise without needing a gym membership, and introduce their kids to new ways of connecting with nature. But as more people enjoy the trails, we must remind everyone to recreate with courtesy and kindness.

The Outside Kind Flathead campaign is comprised of sets of user-group specific messaging, so that no matter how users are enjoying our local trails, they can do it with kindness. The first six user-group specific campaigns to be launched this year in the Flathead Valley are: Hike Kind, Wag Kind, Ride Kind, Trot Kind, Run Kind, and Ski Kind. All messaging reminds users how to be courteous, aware, safe, inclusive, and to leave no trace.

Outside Kind Flathead is a partnership between Whitefish Legacy Partners, Foys to Blacktail Trails, Gateway to Glacier Trails, Rails to Trails Northwest Montana, Flathead Area Mountain Bikers, Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, Flathead National Forest, and Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks. The Flathead Valley is home to many trail networks with varying and complex ownership and management. The goal of the partnership is to create consistent and clear messaging, so that no matter what trail users are enjoying, they are reminded to do it with kindness.

Bids are Open for Holbrook Construction Contracts

Whitefish Legacy Partners is requesting proposals on behalf of the City of Whitefish from interested contractors for Holbrook Overlook construction for the Summer of 2022. Holbrook Overlook is located 3.6 miles up the Big Mountain Road on USFS lands. Specifications and guidelines will be available by 8am Wednesday, April 20, at Whitefish City Hall at 418 E. Second St., Whitefish, MT, or online at www.whitefishlegacy.org.

Quotations will be due by 4:00pm on Tuesday May 10. Work is slated to begin in May and be complete by July.

Construction will be separated into three contracts: Trailhead Construction, Carpentry, and Landscaping. Proposals should be submitted to the Whitefish Parks & Recreation Department referencing Whitefish Trail Trailhead Construction or Whitefish Trail Carpentry or Whitefish Trail Landscaping. For questions, please contact Whitefish Legacy Partners, 406-862-3880 or Greg Gunderson, 406-261-8407, greg@forestoration.com.

WLP Welcomes New Board Member!

WLP is excited to welcome Marissa Keenan to our Board of Directors! As a local business owner, parent, and outdoor enthusiast, we’re grateful for all Marissa has to contribute to bring the community’s vision for conservation, recreation, and education to life on our local lands.

“I grew up in NW Montana, and after leaving for school and travel, the pull of clean water, lakes, and rivers and the mountains lured me home. In 2010, I started Sweet Peaks Ice Cream in Whitefish with my partner and have been expanding our ice cream concept to other locations across the state and reinvesting in Whitefish through additional businesses and visions. When I am not working, I can be found hiking up Big Mountain in all seasons, running trails (Lion Mountain Trailhead!), getting in every lake and river that I can find, encouraging my three kids to get outdoors in all seasons and traveling. I am honored to be involved in Whitefish Legacy Partners and thankful for the opportunity to contribute.”

In addition to supporting WLP with her time as a volunteer board member, Marissa is also committed to supporting local conservation and stewardship through her businesses. Wild Coffee’s 1% Back to the Wild program pledges to donate 1% of sales to non-profits like WLP and Glacier Conservancy.

“Through years of creating and fostering small business in communities, we have seen how impactful we can be when we commit to a cause that weaves a story from our brands to the spaces they inhabit and people that support us. It is our belief that dedicated companies who stand the test of time are those that honor, support and advocate for the places and people who make their success truly possible. The soul of our brand is not just the idea but the story and the story of WILD is our commitment to and love for the wild spaces around us.

Our commitment to the Wild is not only through encouragement to get out and enjoy the outdoors but through our 1% of sales donation pledge to non-profits such as Whitefish Legacy Partners and Glacier Conservancy. Through giving back and advocating for our community – we are putting our money where our feet hit the ground.”

Welcome Marissa!

WLP Awarded Two Safety Grants

WLP has been awarded two grants to improve emergency response and volunteer safety on the Whitefish Trail.

In partnership with Whitefish Fire Department, DNRC, F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Co. and City of Whitefish, WLP received a Flathead Electric Cooperative Round Up For Safety Grant to improve access for emergency responders to the Whitefish Trail and surrounding lands. This work will help EMS, Fire, and Search and Rescue respond more quickly to incidents when every minute counts.

WLP also received support from the Montana State Fund ACE grant to purchase new safety equipment for volunteers and staff working on the Whitefish Trail, as well as funding to purchase temporary signs to alert trail users when work is in progress.

Thank you FEC and MT State Fund for your support!

WLP Welcomes Heartstone Advisors as Whitefish Trail Legacy Sponsor

Family owned Whitefish business HeartStone Advisors has pledged $50,000 as a Legacy Sponsor to support Whitefish Legacy Partners (WLP) and the Whitefish Trail for years to come. With an increased interest in outdoor recreation, rising development pressure, and a growing need for front country recreation opportunities, HeartStone Advisor’s generous giving of $10,000 per year for five years is a long-term investment in the future of our local lands.

“Since moving to Whitefish almost a decade ago, we have found the Whitefish Trail to be a distinguishing resource for the community. WLP has given us so much. They have protected our most beautiful lakes and landscapes, and the trail itself is the perfect spot for a trail run, a mountain bike ride, or a quick walk for our three pups. We benefit from the Whitefish Trail almost every day and becoming a Legacy Sponsor seemed like the perfect way for our family business to give back.”

-Al Matarazzo, Managing Partner HeartStone Advisors

HeartStone Advisors joins Whitefish Credit Union as Legacy Sponsors of the Whitefish Trail, with three remaining WT Legacy Sponsorships available. WLP is looking for additional Legacy Sponsors in 2022.

To learn more about becoming a Legacy Sponsor, contact info@whitefishlegacy.org

WLP says farewell to long-time Board members

Last week we said farewell to three of our long time Board of Directors: Fred Jones, Hank Ricklefs, and Ed Lieser.
Combined they have served over 35 years on our board. Their wisdom, commitment and good humor have been a steady guide for our work over the years.
We are so grateful for all that they’ve poured into making our community’s vision for conservation, recreation, and education on our local lands a reality.

New Trails at Holbrook Overlook Are Open!

We’ve completed construction for the year at Holbrook Overlook and are very excited to have just over 2 miles of trail and an expanded parking area ready for you to enjoy this winter!

There are three stacked loops to explore along the upper benches of the historic USFS Holbrook Overlook parcel. With gentle terrain and sweeping views of the valley, the trail is perfect for a family outing, snow shoeing, or stopping to walk your dog on your way to or from Whitefish Mountain Resort.

The parking area will be plowed all winter and will have a temporary sign kiosk and port-a-potty. We ask that you pack all trash out with you.

Thank you to Flathead National Forest and the City of Whitefish, our partners at the Holbrook Overlook, for all their work to help reconnect the community to this amazing area with new trail and a trailhead.

Stay tuned for details about the Opening Celebration in January!

Whitefish Legacy Partners receives $100,000 donation from the Hall-Halliburton Foundation

Whitefish Legacy Partners (WLP) has received a major $100,000 donation from the Hall-Halliburton Foundation in support of recreation development on the Whitefish Trail, conservation efforts at the head of Whitefish Lake, and WLP’s free outdoor education and volunteer programs. The donation was given to Legacy Partners during this summer’s Great Fish Community Challenge, a fundraising campaign made possible by Whitefish Community Foundation.

Randolph Mahoney, Chairman of Hall-Halliburton Foundation (HHF), was eager to help protect local open lands and public access in the Whitefish community. “With so many new residents moving to the Flathead Valley, including myself, the time is now to support local conservation and recreation efforts. We want to give back to help protect the natural resources and recreation opportunities the community cherishes and hope this donation will inspire others to give. Whitefish is an incredibly special place, and we should all do our part to keep the community thriving for generations to come.”

HHF has formally transitioned to Montana in hopes of increasing their philanthropy in rural areas. WLP Director of Development Alan Davis is humbled by their generosity. “We are so incredibly thankful for Randolph and the important work of HHF. Their generous gift is a major investment in the future of Whitefish. As growth and development further impact our front-country landscapes, WLP’s mission to ensure conservation, education, and recreation for future generations has never been more important. We commend HHF for their leadership and commitment to our community.”

Hall-Halliburton Foundation’s gift, along with support from 352 other donors who gave to WLP during the Great Fish Community Challenge, will support new trail development at Holbrook Overlook and WLP’s important ongoing programs. Trail and trailhead construction has begun, and WLP anticipates opening Holbrook Overlook Phase I before winter. Phase II will take place when in the snow melts with a grand opening planned for early summer 2022.

Holbrook Overlook Trail Construction Begins!

We are excited to announce that our trail contractor has broken ground at Holbrook Overlook! This project has been years in the making starting with early collaboration between the Whitefish Face Working Group, Flathead National Forest, and the City of Whitefish. After years of planning, environmental review, public input, design, forest management, and fundraising, Holbrook Overlook is the first recreation development within the larger USFS Taylor Hellroaring project.

We would like to thank all our partners, donors, and volunteers who have given time, expertise, and money to make the project happen.

This fall, crews will be working on trail and trailhead construction. They will get as much done before the snow flies, and we anticipate a Grand Opening of Phase I before snow flies.

The Holbrook Overlook includes 3.5 miles of trail, a trailhead, and a family-friendly hub for picnicking and enjoying the views of the Flathead Valley. Phase I will offer upper trails and a few trailhead amenities to support winter access and enjoyment.

This project is made possible by Paul and Wendy Faganel, Rick and Sue Williams, Doug and Carolyn Kohrs, the Montana Recreational Trails Program, the National Forest Foundation, the Flathead County Resource Advisory Council, 2021 WLP Great Fish Challenge Donors, and our Whitefish Trail Friends and Family donors. THANK YOU ALL!

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE October 15, 2021

Construction at Holbrook Overlook is moving right along! The upper trails (2.1 miles) are 70% complete and on track to be open this fall, while the lower trails (1.8 miles) are 30% complete and will be finished spring 2022. Please remember that the trails are not open to the public during construction and until 100% complete.

Regarding trailhead construction, we plan to break ground on Phase I including the upper parking area which will accommodate 20 cars, in late October.

With sweeping views of the valley, 3.5 miles of new trail, and family-friendly amenities including a scenic overlook, interpretive, and picnic areas, Holbrook Overlook is sure to become one of the most loved sections of the Whitefish Trail. We can’t wait to welcome you to it! Check back for opening celebration plans.

Thank you Great Fish Challenge Donors!

2021 was a record year for the WCF’s Great Fish Community Challenge with over $3.6 million raised to support all our local nonprofits.
This year Whitefish Legacy Partners raised an incredible $214,337
from 351 donors, making it our most successful year yet. With a median donation of $100, our Great Fish donors remind us what we can accomplish when our community comes together to support conservation, recreation, and education on our local lands. The GF funds will support construction at the new Holbrook Overlook section of the Whitefish Trail and WLP’s programs.
Thank You Whitefish &
the Whitefish Community Foundation!

Whitefish Credit Union Commits $50,000 as Legacy Sponsor!

Whitefish Credit Union has pledged $50,000 as a Legacy Sponsor to support Whitefish Legacy Partners and the Whitefish Trail for years to come. With an increased interest in outdoor recreation, rising development pressure, and a growing need for outdoor education opportunities, Whitefish Credit Union’s generous giving of $10,000 per year for five years is a long-term investment in the future of our local lands.

“Since 1934, we have been committed to a vibrant future for Whitefish. As a Legacy Sponsor of the Whitefish Trail, we wanted to give back to a project that has brought so much to our community. Yes, the economic impact of the Whitefish Trail is tremendous, but the benefits to our quality of life and overall health and wellness are even greater. We support our local non-profits who work so hard to make Whitefish a better place to live and play.” Jim Kenyon, WCU President and CEO

Interest in the Whitefish Trail and local conservation has grown immensely over the last year, and we are excited Whitefish Credit Union has stepped up as a Legacy Sponsor to help with the next five years of trail development, conservation projects, and free outdoor education programming. Their generous commitment is invaluable to our long-term efforts to maintain our existing recreation infrastructure, and we deeply appreciate their long-term dedication to our work.

 

Fire Restrictions and Closures

F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Co.

closes lands to public recreation on Monday, August 2, 2021

Due to hot and dry weather, and EXTREME wildfire danger, F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Co., in coordination with Stimpson Lumber Co., Southern Pines Plantation, and Green Diamond Resource, will be closing all lands to ALL public recreation beginning Monday, August 2, 2021 until further notice.
In Whitefish, this includes Haskill Basin and Trumbull Creek areas. The closure is in effect on all Stoltze lands in Flathead, Lake, and Lincoln Counties.
The Whitefish Trail in Haskill will remain open with access from Reservoir and Big Mountain Trailheads. Users must stay on the designated Whitefish Trail and cannot access Stoltze roads or other trails In Haskill Basin from the trail.
Please follow the closure and be fire aware. The risks are too high!

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

All of Flathead County, including all lands around the Whitefish Trail, entered Stage 2 Fire Restrictions on Monday July 26. To protect our community and open lands from fire we all have a responsibility to follow the restrictions and take extra care when recreating:
  • Only park in designated parking areas. Parking outside of designated areas on grass or up against brush can start fires.
  • Never park blocking gates. Gates provide critical access for emergency response, including for fire.
  • Don’t smoke while on trails, and if smoking at trailheads, ensure you meet the 3′ non-flammable area requirement. Never throw lit cigarettes away in trash cans.
Report violations or possible fire concerns immediately.

DNRC Proposes East Smith Road Easement Exchange

The DNRC is proposing construction of 1.7 miles of new road through our community’s proposed Smith Lake conservation and recreation project. The road would allow private access for three neighboring landowners – two of which already have legal access to their property. The DNRC has invited public comment on their ‘Initial Proposal‘ however, the IP provides so few details that there is not sufficient information to appropriately review and consider.

 

We are left with so many questions: What will the impacts of the road and road construction be? Will the road be open to the public for recreation? How will it impact plans for the Whitefish Trail in the area? What will the State gain from the exchange and will it be enough to offset the impacts of the road? And since it provides a second access to 160+-acres, could the road be used as a thoroughfare for subdivision and future development? Lastly and most importantly, will there be another opportunity for public comment once more details are developed?

 

Given all these unanswered questions, we have serious concerns with how the state can consider this proposal to be compatible with the conservation and recreation project we’re partnering with the City to pursue. The City’s proposal was submitted in 2020 to permanently protect this same area with a Public Recreation Use Easement.

Here’s our draft comments:

 

  • The proposal does not provide sufficient details to allow for proper review and comment. Additional information is requested as the project is developed to allow for a more thorough review and additional public input.
  • The proposal does not clearly identify what the State will gain, as is required in their administrative rules for evaluating easement exchanges.
  • A Road Users Agreement has been drafted but has not been shared publicly. The details of this agreement should be included in the initial proposal.
  • The City of Whitefish and Whitefish Legacy Partners have an active proposal with the State to secure a Public Recreation Use Easement (PRUE) at Smith Lake. This road proposal may significantly diminish the community’s PRUE project, including the high-quality recreation network, and may have other potentially negative cumulative effects including scenic, wildlife, wildfire, clean water, and the threat of subdivision.
  • The Smith Lake area is in the wildland urban interface and is a high fire risk area. The State’s road proposal should not foster subdivision in a high risk area.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Proposed Spencer Mountain Timber Salvage Sale

Submit your Comments!

The Montana Department of Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is considering a timber salvage sale at Spencer Mountain to harvest downed trees from a 2021 winter blowdown event. The salvage sale is being proposed to take place this summer. The DNRC expects up to a 30-day closure of the Twin Bridges trailhead, Whitefish Trail north loop, and the Freeride Trails – if the sale proceeds as planned. We are hopeful that your public comments could change the State’s plan.
Whitefish Legacy Partners works with the City of Whitefish and Flathead Area Mountain Bikers (FAMB) to develop and maintain recreational trails and amenities at Spencer Mtn. We currently have a 10-year Special Recreational Use Permit and pay over $11,000/year in fees for the public’s right to access these MT School Trust Lands.
On behalf of the community, WLP and FAMB have invested a great deal of money, time, and energy at Spencer to create a free community recreation asset. We ask that you join us in submitting comments requesting that the DNRC include mitigations in the salvage sale to protect and minimize impacts on the recreation infrastructure including trails, trail signs, and built trail features. We are also requesting that they do not close the Twin Bridges trailhead, Whitefish Trail, and Freeride Trails during the apex of summer use, and instead consider delaying the sale until the fall when trail use is less and/or consider allowing public access during the evenings and weekends. Finally, we are concerned about trail user safety during logging operations, increased logging traffic, and increased dust. We support the need to remove the down trees before a bark beetle infestation harms the living trees and we support the DNRC’s objective to generate revenue on behalf of MT schools and universities – we simply want to ask that they also support existing recreation.
Your comments are important!
Comments must be submitted to the DNRC by Monday, June 14.
Email comments to the DNRC addressed directly to project manager Riley Stevenson:

Forest Explorer’s Camp Registration Open

Wrap up summer by exploring on the Whitefish Trail! These four day youth camps for children ages 6-10 include hiking, lessons in natural history, interactive games and art activities at the WT Learning Pavilion. Limited space is available and pre-registration is required. Sign up for one week or both!

Space is limited and preregistration is required.

Please note, this year we are only hold one session of camp a day from 9am-1:30pm. Campers will bring a bagged lunch.

Week 1: August 2-5 (Monday-Thursday) 9am-1:30pm

Week 2: August 9-12 (Monday-Thursday 9am-1:30pm

Cost is $40/week for WT Friends & Families or $160/week for non-WT Friends & Families.

Both weeks of our 2021 Camp are full. Join the waitlist by clicking here:

Register for 2021 Forest Explorers Camp.

We’re Hiring!

Whitefish Legacy Partners is hiring a part-time seasonal Trail Coordinator of May-August 2021.

The Trail Coordinator will plan and carry out trail maintenance projects on the 42-mile Whitefish Trail. The TC must be able to work independently to assess trail maintenance needs, perform required work, and to supervise volunteers.  When new trail construction projects are underway the TC may work with contracted trail builders.  For the right candidate there are also opportunities for the TC to assist with nonprofit administration and fundraising duties.

This is a part-time seasonal position @ ~32 hours/week May through August at $17/hour. Start/end dates, weekly schedule, and exact hours are negotiable with the goal of finding the right candidate and completing specific projects.

Find the full job description here.

Send resume and cover letter to info@whitefishlegacy.org. Position is open until filled.

Video – Wildlife Tracks in the Snow

Have you ever wondered who leaves their tracks along the Whitefish Trail in winter? Join Christiane and explore the stories that animals leave behind. You will discover which animals share the trail and learn some tracking tips to identify local wildlife.

Learn about the Holbrook Overlook

We are excited to plan development of the next section of the Whitefish Trail at the historic USFS Holbrook Overlook in partnership with Flathead National Forest! Have you noticed the recent timber management on Big Mountain Road? Logging was the first step in the Taylor Hellroaring Project that couples active forest management, fire mitigation, habitat improvements, and increased recreation opportunities.

WLP scouting new trail opportunities at the USFS Holbrook Overlook

The Holbrook Overlook was once a widely-used Forest Service site with expanding views of the entire Flathead Valley. Since Big Mountain Road was re-routed in 2008, the Holbrook Overlook has been largely lost to the community and the existing infrastructure has slowly faded and is now less accessible. Improving and developing this historic recreation site with managed non-motorized, recreation amenities will add invaluable benefits for locals and visitors. With 3.5 miles of family-friendly loop trails, an accessible interpretive loop to an inspiring Whitefish Lake overlook, picnic tables and day use amenities, the Holbrook Overlook will once again become a valued public land recreation site just minutes from town and Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Holbrook will also serve as a starting point for longer trail adventures on the Whitefish Trail to Hellroaring Basin, over to Smith Lake, and on into the Whitefish Range. Holbrook is a critical connection on the Whitefish Trail, our community’s 55-mile recreational loop trail surrounding Whitefish Lake. WLP is currently fundraising for planning and construction of the recreation amenities at Holbrook. We hope to complete planning 2021 and begin construction thereafter.

Consider an End of Year 2020 Donation

The Whitefish Trail and our local conservation lands would not exist without our donors. Make a lasting investment in the future of our local lands, and help us in 2020. We are working hard to maintain our existing trail network, permanently protect Smith Lake, develop new trails, and expand outdoor education opportunities for our community.
*If you prefer, send your end of year donation check to Whitefish Legacy Partners, PO Box 1895, Whitefish, MT 59937. To donate stock or to take advantage of the MT Endowment Tax Credit, contact WLP Director of Development directly.