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Late September Trail Report

It is fitting that yesterdays's soaking rain marked the official start of autumn with the arrival of the fall equinox. The past week has been picture perfect with crisp air, cool mornings, and splashes of color throughout the landscape. Huckleberry bushes have turned a bright crimson at Holbrook Overlook and Haskill, and Western larch trees are starting to turn at lower elevations.

Holbrook Overlook is an awesome addition to our community trail system. The East Loop sits on an upper bench and provides wide open views of Whitefish Lake and the Salish Mountains while the West Loop sits on a lower bench and meanders through groves of fir, ponderosa, and cedar trees. With multiple stacked loops, the options are numerous. Add Holbrook Overlook to your list for this fall!

As the seasons continue changing, the calm mornings of fall are often most appreciated at one of the many scenic lakes accessed from the Whitefish Trail. Cool mornings can reveal glassy reflections of the surrounding landscape only broken up by the occasional rising trout. If you are looking for an outing where you can enjoy solitude, golden larch trees, and scenic views, we suggest visiting Woods, Dollar, or Little Beaver Lakes this fall.

Elsewhere, the Whitefish Trail is in great shape for all types of non-motorized recreation. Volunteers have been busy clearing trees and performing annual maintenance at Swift Creek, Smith Lake, and Lupfer. The snow will be flying in less than a month, so get out on the Whitefish Trail before this perfect fall weather disappears!


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