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January Trail Report

Hold on to your hats Whitefish! Winter has finally arrived, and it is beautiful out there on the Whitefish Trail. With this latest round of snow following cold temps, there will be tons of fluffy new snow with a solid base. Conditions will be perfect for everything on the Whitefish Trail - walking, snowshoeing, fat biking, nordic skiing - enjoy! Keep an eye out for wildlife tracks as you enjoy the trails. The fresh snow will be perfect for telling the story of the animals in winter. As usual, traction devices are recommended on popular trails as the use packs down the trail.

The following WT trailheads are plowed regularly for winter use: Lion Mountain, Skyles, Beaver Lakes, Swift Creek, Reservoir, Big Mountain, and Holbrook Overlook. The extreme temperatures and snowfall are making it harder than usual so please be patient and Thank You great snow plowers!

Interested in Fat Biking? The Whitefish Bike Retreat is grooming several trails on their property and along the DNRC roads out to Beaver Lake, Woods Lake, and the west side of Murray Lake. Aren't we lucky?! They rent fat bikes and have snowshoes for rent as well. The trails on their property are free to use, they simply ask you to stop by the office to sign their day use release form and waiver. Forms are available in the kiosk on the front porch of the office.

If ski travel is your thing, enjoy the community Nordic trails accessed from the Big Mountain Trailhead. Check Glacier Nordic Club's website for updates on their grooming schedule and latest conditions. When out walking or snowshoeing on groomed trails, remember to stay to the side of the groomed track to protect the track for skiers.

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's waste.

Send us your winter trail reports and photos to!


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