Mid-November Trail Report

November is a month of transition. The bright fall colors, blue skies, and rich sunlight of October eventually give way to cloudy skies, freezing temps, and the region’s first snowfall. It’s a time when trail shoes and ski boots share the same shelf in the mudroom, and depending on the weather, you could be mountain biking one day and skiing the next.
Currently, you can access all 12 trailheads and 42 miles of Whitefish Trail. One more decent snowstorm, however, and access to those hard-to-reach destinations could change. The roads out to Woods, Dollar, and Beaver Lakes are mixed hard-packed snow, bare ground, and patches of ice, so take a vehicle with 4WD or snow tires. As a reminder, the following trailheads are plowed for winter use:
  • Lion Mountain, Skyles, Beaver Lakes, Swift Creek, Reservoir, and Big Mountain
The trail is mostly open with some sections of packed snow, depending on aspect. Traction devices aren’t necessary for shorter walks with Fido but longer treks, especially in Haskill may warrant micro-spikes.
Glacier Nordic Club has started prepping for winter season grooming at the Big Mountain Trailhead. Snowmobiles, trucks, and groomers may be present mobilizing trail signs and packing ski trails. As a reminder, the Whitefish Trail at Big Mountain is multi-use, so stay in your lane. Walkers and snowshoers should stay on the south side of the trail to avoid the XC ski trails on the north side of the trail. Enjoy the snow!