Late July Trail Report

As summer temperatures soar with no rain in the forecast, low elevation huckleberries have retreated to higher ground. The last few weeks, we have enjoyed berry picking, prime swimming conditions, and solitude at Beaver Lakes. Trail conditions are dry and dusty in the afternoon, so we recommend an early start to your adventure. You will you be rewarded with solitude and enjoy cool temperatures. Even at Lion Mountain, the busiest trailhead, I rarely see another trail user during early my early morning runs to the Skyles Lake Overlook. If you are itching for a walk, ride, or run during the afternoon, head to Swift Creek where a mature forest canopy provides much needed shade.

Youth programs are also in full swing at the WT Learning Pavilion. Kiddos have explored the Whitefish Trail during Youth Clay Day, Forest Insects, and Stumptown Summer Camp. The Youth Photography workshops have started, and this week we are hosting a children’s sketch walk. We still have a few spots open for the afternoon sessions of Forest Explorer’s camp in August, so let us know if you’d like to register! Youth Program information can be found HERE.

As we head into peak fire season, we would like to remind all trail users to be aware of the current fire restrictions in Flathead County. We are currently under Stage II fire restrictions until conditions improve. What does that mean? No campfires or charcoal grills, no smoking except in an enclosed vehicle or building, and no operating vehicles off designated roads and trails. We all have a responsibility to safe guard our local lands, including along the Whitefish Trail. More fire information can be found HERE.