Mid-May Trail Report

     Are the larch trees always this green?!
     Every spring, I am taken aback by the abundance and vibrancy of life in northwest Montana. Long days, soaking rain, and abundant sunshine give seemingly limitless energy to our local lands. Mushrooms are popping up from the ground, flowers are abundant, and larch needles have quickly transformed our landscape from brown to green.
     At Lion Mountain, Heartleaf Arnica stretches yellow flowers from the trailhead to the Styles overlook. At the new Reservoir trailhead, Viking Creek is full to the banks helping to feed a bumper crop of wildflowers. Plants like Indian Paintbrush, Serviceberry, and Arrowleaf Balsamroot are throwing out colorful displays to tempt local pollinators. Pileated woodpeckers are busy tearing apart old snags while Thrush’s flit amongst Rocky Mountain Maples. If you haven’t explored the our community trail system yet this spring, now is the time.
     All 42 miles of Whitefish Trail are in great shape for non-motorized recreation. The tread is drained and tacky with the perfect amount of moisture. Volunteers are working hard to clear trees around Woods and Dollar Lakes, and only a few stubborn patches of snow remain on the upper reaches of the new Haskill Trail. All entry roads and trailheads are clear of snow and downed tress, providing easy access to our local public lands.
     Did you know the Whitefish Trail is a community supported trail system? Without hundreds of volunteers, thousands of donors, and countless partners and sponsors, the Whitefish Trail project would not exist. If you have been inspired by our local public lands this spring and out enjoying the Whitefish Trail, consider giving back. Join our team and make a WT Friend or Family donation today. Feel good you are supporting a project that will provide this same conservation, education, and recreation opportunities for our community FOREVER.