It has been a windy winter season, and we have had a record number of trees come down along the Whitefish Trail. Our devoted trail volunteers, with help from the DNRC, have been working hard to get trails cleared, and we are happy to report that over 50 trees have been removed from the trail corridor in Beaver Lakes in the last couple weeks. Lion Mountain and Skyles have been cleared to the Two Bear road crossing and the South Beaver Loop is now cleared. Swift Creek and Smith Lake are currently impassable due to downfall. If you see volunteers or trail crews out working, shower them with high-fives and praise, and please continue sending in your trail reports to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valley snow is melting fast, leaving sections of snow and ice on shady, north sections of trail. Lion Mountain and Skyles, for example, are ~70% snow free. South Spencer, Lion Mountain, and Skyles are great early season destinations while Haskill, Woods Lake, Swift Creek, and Twin Bridges take longer to melt out. As you start exploring our local trail this spring, avoid using the trail during muddy conditions and please hike or run in the trail’s existing tread. Stepping around remaining ice and snow can widen the trail and create lasting damage.