July Trail Report

This summer will be remembered for a few years to come. Consistent soaking rains have created a lush landscape not seen in recent memory throughout NW Montana. Local gardens are bursting with growth (and with weeds), and local vegetable farmers have saved on irrigation. Summer-like weather is a little late to the party this year with our first 90-degree days finally arriving this week.
July rain is good for our lakes and reservoirs, great for wildflowers and huckleberries, and awesome for our local trails. Volunteer trail crews have been busy this year, and the increased soil moisture has been great for repairing tread, raking loose material, and clearing drains. Have you seen an Adopt-A-Trail Crew this spring? Our Trail Coordinator Carrie has been busy leading crews, and they always appreciate a high-five to say thanks!
‘Beaver Tail’ is OPEN! The newest section of Whitefish Trail down to Beaver Lake is now open for use. Trail signs were installed this week, and the tread has had time to mature. Lakeshore improvements and amenities at Beaver Lake will start later this summer. Stay tuned!
Overall, the trail is in great shape with minimal dust and just a few small trees down. We hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer season exploring our local conservation lands. The Great Fish Community Challenge kicks off this week, and we hope you can donate back to the Whitefish Trail and open spaces you love. This year we are excited to raise funds for new trail construction and conservation at Smith Lake. Our Places Worth Protecting need your help!