Mid-October Trail Report

It’s time to get OUTSIDE! With winter knocking on our door, those perfect autumn days on the Whitefish Trail are numbered. These periodic fall showers have been great for trail conditions, and all of the trees from the last wind storm have been cleared. Let us know if you see any more downfall, and we’ll get to them before tucking the trail up for winter.

Lately, I have resumed early morning runs to the Skyles Lake Overlook at Lion Mountain. I have been there countless times, but every morning is incredibly special and unique. There is a saying that you cannot stand in the same river twice, and I feel the same is true with a trail. The pre-dawn solitude and golden sunrises create new and cherished experiences close to home. Fall is especially a time of drastic change with colors transitioning seemingly overnight. Whether whitetail deer are my only companions, I spot a larch bursting with color, or the weather rolls in, you never know what you’ll discover on the Whitefish Trail.

Construction at Beaver Lake is almost finished, the reroute at Two Bear Road is also nearing completion, and we are excited to install a new bench near Smith Lake this fall. These projects are made possible by YOUR donations and volunteer time, and we hope you enjoy the improvements and new public amenities on the Whitefish Trail. It’s been another busy season of new construction and maintenance work, and we truly appreciate your continued support of conservation, education, and recreation in our community.

Our 2019 education programs ended last weekend with a busy Wild Mushroom Hike at Woods Lake. Over 100 foragers came out to search for fungi and found a record number of mushrooms. Local expert Dale Johnson provided insight, pro-tips, and helpful identification. Thanks Dale for another great foray!

Photos Left to Right: @hartandcol, @marc_obrien, @thewhitefishtrail