Early-February Trail Report
Parts of the last week have felt like we have been living in a snow globe. After a few drier weeks, the entire Whitefish Trail got a fresh blanket of snow. This morning on the trails at Lupfer the woods were sublimely quiet except for the calls of Red-breasted Nuthatches and the scratching of Hairy Woodpeckers on the bark of the Larch and Fir. Enough people have been hiking there that you can follow the trail but there is still a sense of discovery around every turn. As I came up to the Overlook, a Bald Eagle took off from the tree in front of me and flew off towards the east. Being on the trails closer to town is a ton of fun right now because you can run into friends and get to the trailheads quickly during lunch or after work but, sometimes, driving the extra 15 minutes out to Lupfer is well worth it.
Across the entire trail system right now, we have excellent winter conditions, with Glacier Nordic Club grooming from Big Mountain Trailhead and Whitefish Bike Retreat grooming from Beaver Lakes Trailhead. The trails at Lion Mountain, Reservoir, and Swift are very walkable as the new snow gets packed down from all the use. Meanwhile, more secluded spots like Lupfer or Holbrook can be enjoyed on foot, if you don’t mind a bit of post-holing, or with snow-shoes or classic XC skis.
As a reminder, we plow the Lion Mountain, Skyles, Beaver Lakes, Reservoir, Big Mountain, and Swift Trailheads regularly. Lupfer gets plowed less frequently, though is in good shape with plenty of space. Twin Bridges and South Spencer Trailheads are not maintained for winter use, though they are often accessible when snow levels are low. We hope that you get out and enjoy the ideal conditions forecasted this weekend. When you’re out on the trail, think about how different Whitefish would be without these recreation opportunities. If you appreciate the Whitefish Trail, consider a donation in 2022 to keep the amazing community asset happy and healthy.
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