Mid-September Trail Report
September is our favorite time of year on the Whitefish Trail. It’s the brief window of perfect weather between unbearable heat and snow! For those who have lived here long enough, you know not to trust fall. Its arguably Montana’s most aesthetic season but it’s also the most fickle. Seemingly at the flip of a switch, mother nature can upend ideals of autumn and lay down blizzards of snow and wind. Let this inspire you! If it’s sunny, cool, and crisp in September, then get out there! These amazing days will eventually come to an end, and NOW is the time to take those last cherished adventures on the Whitefish Trail. Soon enough, trail shoes and mountain bikes will be traded for skis and snowshoes.
Volunteer trail crews have been busy at work this fall as moisture has improved soil conditions. Last week, 12 hardy volunteers from First Interstate Bank rehabbed trails at Lion Mountain, pulled weeds at the Whitefish Trail Learning Pavilion, sanded and stained the Skyles Lake Overlook bench, and brushed the accessible family loop. Additionally, volunteers from Applied Materials were out taking care of their Adopted section of trail between Skyles and Beaver.
The entire Whitefish Trail is in great shape for all types of non-motorized recreation. Relatively calm weather has keep trees at bay, and recent rains have improved soil moisture. The fall color show has started and will peak over the next month. Deciduous trees like aspen, cottonwood, and maples have started turning color, while western larch will be last, turning that hallmark golden yellow by the end of October.