Mid-March Trail Report

What’s that big, bright orb in the sky? It’s the SUN! These last few days have been simply amazing in the Flathead Valley, and the start of spring has us thinking about a busy season on our local community trail. Entering the freeze-thaw cycle of spring, the trail is still 100% snow covered due to the above average valley snowpack. Runners, fat bikers, and hikers will find the best conditions in the morning when the tread is still frozen. During the warmer afternoon hours, the trail is getting soft, making biking and running a balancing act at times!

Valley trails will likely stay snow covered for another few weeks, and as the thaw continues, we could use some help picking up dog waste that’s been hibernating all winter. This will help everyone avoid a negative experience later in the spring. If you have a dog with you out on the trail, consider picking up +1 to help our community’s trail system. And don’t forget about the trailhead! Thanks for your help.

The access road into the Lion Mountain Trailhead has become quite rutted with snow and ice and is only wide enough to accommodate the passage of one car. It will be a few more weeks until the snow banks recede and the parking area is back to normal.

Up on the hill, Glacier Nordic will be grooming the Big Mountain Nordic Trails on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays through April 1, conditions permitting. Don’t put those XC skis away just yet, as we have a few more weeks of skiing.