Mid-January Trail Report

New multi-use winter grooming at Beaver Lakes!

This year sections of the Whitefish Trail at Beaver Lakes are being groomed for fat bikers, hikers, and skiers! The Whitefish Bike Retreat is providing this free service for the community, in conjunction with grooming trails at the Bike Retreat.

Along with roads being plowed due to the DNRC’s active timber sale, ~5 miles of groomed trails and roads offer new winter opportunities to explore the Beaver Lakes area this winter. Cat Dean, Whitefish Bike Retreat new co-owner, is excited to introduce more trail users to fat biking and the area.

Fat bikes can be rented at the Bike Retreat or bike shops in town. In late January, WBR will host a winter trails scavenger hunt! Check out the WBR website for more information.

After settling into a couple of seriously cold and snowy weeks around the New Year, we are now in the midst of a drier and warmer spell with a forecasted high of 40 degrees this week – a bit of a roller coaster! These temperature and moisture trends have left us with a solid, though slowly shrinking, snowpack across the WT system. You will find packed snow and ice at popular destinations such as Lion Mountain, Reservoir, and Swift Creek. We recommend traction devices such Yaktrax in these areas.

Meanwhile, on the Holbrook and Beaver Lakes trails,

the conditions for snowshoeing or fat-biking, respectively, are ideal.

This week there are temporary trail closures in the Woods Lake area as logging operations will be working near WT sections. WT segments shown in red will be closed this week and, possibly, into early next week. Signs will be posted at closures. The trails will be open during the weekend (1/22-1/23). Please be safe and respect all closures! We will post on our Facebook page with updates.

Finally, if you are recreating on the Whitefish Trail this winter with a dog, please be respectful and mindful of wildlife. Even though the bears are hibernating now, there are still many predators, including Mountain Lions, in the woods around Whitefish and there are plenty of other animals that are tryi

ng to conserve energy during the tough winter months. Only dogs under strict voice control should be off leash, and dogs should never be allowed to chase wildlife.