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THE WHITEFISH TRAIL

Maps & Conditions

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The Trail Map

Each trailhead is listed below with a thorough description and direction details.

View the detailed map section or view on Google Maps.

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TRAIL CONDITIONS

The 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 info@whitefishlegacy.org.

*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.

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THE WHITEFISH TRAIL
Rules & Reminders

The Whitefish Trail is a non-motorized, multi-use trail that is used year-round by locals and visitors alike. We ask that all users of the trail respect other trails users, wildlife and neighbors of the Whitefish Trail. Here are a few important things to remember:

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Bikers should yield to hikers and both must yield to horseback riders.

Step off the trail on the downhill side to allow horses to pass. Because bikes move quickly and relatively quietly, please let others know when you are approaching, control your speed, and never startle wildlife.

Bikers should yield to hikers and both must yield to horseback riders.
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The Whitefish Trail is a non-motorized trail system.

Under Montana state law, this means e-bikes are not allowed anywhere on the trail, including pedal-assist bikes.

The Whitefish Trail is a non-motorized trail system.
The Whitefish Trail is a user-maintained trail.
The Whitefish Trail is a user-maintained trail.

Everyone maintains the trail – do not cut switchbacks or create new trails. Please avoid muddy conditions.

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Dog walkers must have control of dogs at all times.
Dog walkers must have control of dogs at all times.

Dogs should never chase wildlife. If your dog is not under strict voice control, they must be leashed. Please always remove pet waste and be aware that mutt mitts are provided at all trailheads.

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Be aware that ashes from smoking can easily start a fire

During the heat of the summer, vegetation quickly dries out. The trail is day use only and campfires and fireworks are not allowed. Additionally, shooting a firearm is not allowed within ¼ mile of any trailhead.

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Be aware that ashes from smoking can easily start a fire
Many lakes surrounding Whitefish are home to loons.
Many lakes surrounding Whitefish are home to loons.

There are known loon nesting sites on Spencer Lake and in the Beaver Lakes basin. Loons are very sensitive to human disturbance and if repeatedly disturbed loons will often abandon their nests. We ask boaters, swimmers and anglers to not come within 150 yards of a loon or posted nesting site.

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Remember we are in bear country.
Remember we are in bear country.

Ways to stay safe include hiking in groups, keeping control of your dog, carrying bear spray, keeping food locked in vehicles, and keeping a safe distance from wildlife. Hunting is allowed in this area so remember to wear orange and stay alert. Archery season: September-October. Rifle season: October- November.

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There are inherent risks in using the trail system.
There are inherent risks in using the trail system.

Signposts on the trail display emergency location numbers. Emergency service responders use these numbers to identify your exact location in an emergency. If you are injured or come across an injured user, call 911. Report the nearest emergency response location number. Stay calm and wait for help.

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Portions of the Whitefish Trail travel through private property.
Portions of the Whitefish Trail travel through private property.

Please respect private lands and stay on the trail corridor. Roads leading to trailheads also travel by private residences and we ask that you control your speed and be mindful of dust. If there’s dust behind your car, please slow down!

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