Mid-December Trail Report

Although we wish this rain was falling as snow, all 42 miles of the Whitefish Trail are in great shape for hiking, running, and even fat biking! Hard packed snow and ice cover the trail, so traction devices are recommended for all modes of use. While Lion Mountain and Big Mountain trailheads are the busiest trailheads during winter, snowy solitude can be found at Beaver Lakes. The 4-mile South Beaver Loop stays packed most of the winter and is a great place to explore.
Many of you have asked about the 1-mile spur trail to Beaver Lake fishing access site. The new section of trail connecting the South Beaver Loop to the lake will be built first thing next spring, as soon as the snow melts. Grant money from the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is funding trail construction and much needed improvements to the fishing access site. Drainage work, trail kiosk, viewing platform, and improved pedestrian lake access are also planned.
If you have not ventured to Haskill Lake yet this winter, plan a quick snowshoe or ski trip to this awesome new destination. We have completed¬† a new foot bridge, boardwalk, and viewing platform just 1.5 miles from the Big Mountain trailhead, and it’s the perfect destination for friends and family to take in the views of Big Mountain. A huge thanks to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and Haskill Match donors for making these improvements possible!