Mid-July Trail Report
ave you ever been to Little Beaver Lake? It’s the perfect warm-weather destination for hiking, biking, horseback riding, standup paddle boarding, fishing, and of course swimming! With countless stacked loops, there is literally an itinerary for everyone. We recommend starting at the Dollar Lake Trailhead and hiking a 3 mile loop counterclockwise around Dollar Lake, visiting the north shore of Beaver Lake, and ending with a swim or picnic at Little Beaver Lake. Take the family and the pup to enjoy summer on the Whitefish Trail.
There is only a week or two left for ripe huckleberries in Beaver Lakes, as they are starting to move up in elevation. Haskill is perfect, and we think they will be ready at the base of Big Mountain soon. A friendly reminder that picking berries along the Whitefish Trail is encouraged but please respect private property in areas where public access on the Whitefish Trail has been graciously donated. Stoltze Land and Lumber company is private land, but luckily they have a dispersed recreation policy that allows for public access.
Elsewhere on the Whitefish Trail, plan your outings in the mornings and evenings to beat the heat, and be sure to take your bear spray. We have had bear sightings in Haskill and at Smith Lake in the last two weeks. A volunteer crew from Montana Academy cleared the remaininf downed trees at Lupfer, so all 42 miles of trail are clear.