December Trail Conditions

Credit: @warbleswithbella

Winter has been slow to arrive in NW Montana this year. We had snow in October, then warm temperatures in November, and now rain and snow in December. Mtn biking and trail running had an early season extension that is quickly coming to a close. Despite the fluctuating weather, it’s been nice to see so many people taking advantage of our local trails and open lands. Lion Mountain, Beaver Lakes, and Reservoir trailheads have been busy with walkers and fat bikes, while the Big Mountain Trailhead has been full of eager Nordic skiers hoping for a taste of winter in Haskill Basin.

As a reminder, the following WT trailheads are plowed for winter use:
  • Lion Mountain, Skyles, Beaver Lake, Swift Creek, Reservoir, and Big Mountain
All other trailheads are not plowed consistently, so drive with care if trying to access these harder to reach places.
For the most part, trails are snow covered with patches of ice throughout the trail system. Recent rain and snow will be followed by colder temperatures and traction devices are strongly recommended. It’s a wonderful time to enjoy our local lands and connect with family and friends. Be sure to tag your photos with #whitefishtrail on social media for a chance to be featured in our next trail report!
As you get out and explore the Whitefish Trail this winter,
we’d love to see your photos and hear your trail stories!