This is an exciting time on the Whitefish Trail, as people emerge after winter and get back out on the trail. There's a sense of excitement; mountain bikes are pulled out of storage, and locals hit the trail after work thanks to the increasingly long days. In general the trails are in great shape. The trail from Lion Mountain to the Beaver Lakes loop is free of snow and ice. Lupfer, South Spencer, and Holbrook Overlook are also in very good shape. North facing pockets may still have remnant ice or snow patches, especially at Swift Creek and Smith Lake. The Big Mountain Trailhead is still mostly snow covered but melting fast. Reservoir trail up to the cell tower is snow free!
There are still some trees down throughout the trail system, but we are working to clear them. If you come across any downed trees, please report them to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Some important reminders as the trail tread adjusts to increased use during the melt-freeze cycles: If you come across a muddy section of trail, stay in the tread. Walking on the sides of the trail to avoid mud can widen the tread and damage surrounding vegetation. Please avoid biking wetter sections until they have dried out and are not muddy.
Don't forget to be Bear Aware. Take bear spray (and know how to use it), recreate in groups, avoid using earbuds, and keep dogs under control to discourage wildlife conflicts.
Send your Spring trail reports and photos to email@example.com!