There are so many ways to enjoy the winter wonderland that is the Whitefish Trail no matter what the conditions! After a frigid start to the holiday season, warmer temperature and moisture trends have left us with a solid, though slowly shrinking, snowpack across the Whitefish Trail. You will find packed snow and ice at popular destinations such as Lion Mountain, Skyles, South Spencer, Reservoir, and Swift Creek. We recommend traction devices such Yaktrax in these areas. Meanwhile, on the Holbrook and Beaver Lakes trails, the conditions for snowshoeing or fat-biking, respectively, are ideal.
Interested in Fat Biking? The Whitefish Bike Retreat is grooming several trails on their property and from the Retreat to the gate on the west side of Murray Lake. They are renting fat bikes and have 3 sets of snowshoes for rent as well. The trails on their property are free for anyone to use, but a waiver and day use release form are required for everyone using the trails on their property. Forms are available from the kiosk on the front porch of the office.
If ski travel is your thing, enjoy the free community Nordic trails accessed from the Big Mountain Trailhead. Check Glacier Nordic Club's website for updates on Nordic grooming. When out walking or snowshoeing on groomed trails, remember to stay to the side to protect the groomed track.
Conditions at our newest trailhead, Holbrook Overlook, just up the road from the Big Mountain Trailhead, are perfect for hikers and snowshoers. The Family Loop is ~1 mile and is a great place to soak up the afternoon sun or catch the sunset.
As a reminder, please help us keep the trails clean and pick up your dog waste.
Trailhead Plowing update: We are working on a more permanent solution for plowing at Beaver and Lupfer Trailheads. For now please be prepared for varied parking conditions.
Send your winter trail reports and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org!