Early May Trail Report

27 miles of perfect trail. Last weekend, we left the house early on Saturday morning to dodge the impending spring storm that would bring cold, soaking rains and a dusting of snow to the valley. We quickly gained the single track of Lion Mountain and dropped down the cliff band towards Skyles and Beaver Lakes. Heartleaf Arnica sprouts are emerging from the ground while super-green larch needles are bursting into the open air.

As we climbed up through Goguen’s Gully, I was reminded just how many landowners came together to make this trail connection possible. Traveling between larger blocks of conservation land, the landownership jumps back and forth between State, private, and Federal multiple times. I was thankful for those open-minded and supportive landowners who graciously donated permanent public access across their property. It made the day’s backyard adventure possible.

We quickly descended into the 1,520 acres of permanent conservation and public recreation in Beaver Lakes. The trails were in perfect condition with tacky, grippy tread at every turn. On the west side of Woods Lake, a group of deer flashed fluffy, white tails while bounding into thicker timber, and as we approached Little Beaver Lake, a male loon was loudly claiming his territory with a yodel that echoed for miles. On the way back to town, we only crossed a handful of other locals our braving the elements.

We are amazed to report that not a single tree is down in Lion Mountain, Skyles, or Beaver Lakes. Mystery trail volunteers have been busy clearing the winter downfall across the entire trail system. Although last April averaged an extra inch of rain, perfectly sloped tread quickly sheds moisture, and the trail is free of mud and standing water. Have fun out there, and send us your trail reports!