End of May Trail Report

     May might be the BEST month to explore our local open lands on the Whitefish Trail. September is a close second, but nothing can touch May. As we patiently await the high country to melt and Logan Pass to open, our local trail system offers a dry, snow-free option for early season adventures. Wildflowers are peaking on the lower elevation trails, wildlife has started feeding on nature’s abundance, and so far, the crowds of summer have yet to arrive in force. Early mornings and late evenings have been perfect with crisp air and clear skies.
     The Whitefish Trail is one of our community’s best and FREE wellness resources. All families from across the Flathead Valley can enjoy hiking, biking, running, or horseback riding the 42 miles of trail accessed by 12, close-to-town trailheads. Time spent recreating outside improves our physical AND mental health and cultivates relationships with each other and the land. Add in a few wildflowers and open vistas, and the Whitefish Trail in May is the perfect place to recharge after a busy stretch at work or at home.
     The entire Haskill Trail is now 100% snow free with only the usual wet spots holding moisture. Murray, Beaver, Dollar, Woods, and Little Beaver Lakes are ideal destinations to take the paddle board, kayak, or fishing pole. The new trail connecting the South Beaver Loop down to Beaver Lake is almost done but needs time to set up. Please stay off the newly constructed trail while work crews perform handwork and the tread gets time to set up. This trail will be the perfect destination when a quick dip in Beaver Lake is the ticket to cool off during the hotter summer months. Get outside, and as always, keep sending us your trail reports!