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Mid-November Trail Report

Branches down on the Beaver Lake Loop Trail. November 6, 2022

With golden larch needles still hanging to their branches, a blanket of white provided picture-perfect contrast between the colors of fall and winter. Recent snow, rain and wind led to many broken branches and fallen trees throughout the trail network. Please use caution when using the trails.

Trail conditions are variable throughout with patches of snow, ice, and bare ground. Higher elevation areas like Big Mountain have accumulated a decent amount of snow and are already being prepped for grooming by Glacier Nordic Club at the Big Mountain Trailhead! Watch Glacier Nordic Club's website for updates on Nordic grooming in Haskill.

For the most part, trails are snow covered with patches of ice throughout the trail system. Access may be difficult with numerous downed trees across the entire system. Volunteers are working hard to get them cleared. Recent rain and snow was followed by colder temperatures, and traction devices are strongly recommended.

As a reminder, the following WT trailheads are plowed for winter use:

  • Lion Mountain, Skyles, Beaver Lake, Swift Creek, Reservoir, Big Mountain, and Holbrook Overloolk.

All other trailheads are not plowed consistently, so drive with care if trying to access these harder to reach places.

Please remember that hunting season continues through November 28 and that most of the lands surrounding the Whitefish Trail are open to hunting. Be sure that you, and your dogs, are wearing orange at all times.

Hunters should not shoot within 1/4 mile of the trail or adjacent homes. To report any concerns, please contact 1-800-TIP-MONT.

As you get out and explore the Whitefish Trail this winter, we'd love to see your photos and hear your trail stories! Be sure to tag your photos with #whitefishtrail on social media for a chance to be featured in our next trail report.

Send your fall/winter trail reports and photos to!


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