Early March Trail Report

Who is ready for spring? With an average temperature of 20.9 degrees, February was the 6th coldest on record in Kalispell. The weather roller coaster continues this week with ample sunshine, mild temperatures, and plenty of melting. It may feel like spring outside, but old man winter is sure to return. In fact, the average first 60 degree day in Kalispell is not until March 28th. Take advantage of the weather now and get out on the Whitefish Trail today!

The Whitefish Trail is mostly covered with packed snow and ice, although expect conditions to change quickly with this week’s warm up. Traction devices are still needed on most trails, especially at Lion Mountain where packed snow has turned into sheet ice! We anticipate significant melting this week with dirt showing itself on south and westerly exposures. As you explore the trail this spring, let us know if you encounter any downed trees, erosion, or broken signs. Quick reporting helps us tackle these maintenance projects before they become bigger issues.

Trail conditions during spring can vary drastically from day to day. During the freeze thaw cycles this week, it’s best to use the trail in the morning when the tread is frozen and firm. Afternoon melt can make the trail soft, muddy, and susceptible to damage from overuse. As a reminder, avoid using trails during muddy conditions, and please stay in the trail corridor.

Email your trail reports to info@whitefishlegacy.org