Mid-December Trail Report

The lack of snow in late November and early December provided a few extra weeks of mountain biking and hiking on the Whitefish Trail. This week’s snow storm, however, signifies a stark change in recreation on our local public lands. Mountain bikes and trail running shoes will be put away until March or April, while snowshoes, XC skis, and fat bikes will move to the front of the garage.

Access from Lion Mountain, Skyles, Beaver Lake, and Swift Creek trailheads will stay packed through most of the winter, even after the big storms. They are great places for a winter walk with only micro-spikes. If you want to venture out with snowshoes or XC skis, we recommend trying the Haskill Trail access from the new Big Mountain trailhead. We are busy bees right now, making final preparations to open in partnership with Glacier Nordic. The bridge on Whitefish Mountain Resort property is quickly being replaced, and crews should have it completed by next week. Grooming will not commence until the bridge is finished, so stay tuned for an update. Those willing to explore off groomed are welcome to use the single track of the Whitefish Trail as it meanders 5.5 miles back to town at the Reservoir Trailhead. Be aware that trail signs have not been installed yet. Stay tuned for details on the Nordic grand opening ceremony!

If anyone is willing to share winter Whitefish Trail photos, we would love to see them! You can email to info@whitefishlegacy.org. Thanks for reading.