Skyles to Beaver
If the parking lot at Lion Mountain is too crowded for your taste but you still want a trailhead close to town, continue another mile west on Hwy 93 to the Skyles Connection. This access point offers a quieter option to the Whitefish Trail roughly half way between Lion Mountain and Beaver Lakes.
If you plan to run, don’t expect much mercy right out of the gates. The trail climbs from the parking lot up to the main stem of the Whitefish Trail. Watch for trail signs on an old logging road that will lead you to a junction with a “You are Here” trail map. At this junction, you can either take a right (East) and climb up to Lion Mountain or take a left (West) and climb through gentle switch backs to Goguen’s Gulley. This last section of uphill through the shaded gulley is the perfect spot to take a break on a hot summer’s day. At the last switchback, the trees open up and views of the Whitefish Range dominate the skyline to the north, including an interesting perspective of Hellroaring Basin. This section is full of young saplings that are competing for sunlight and nutrients. As the trees stretch their branches, some blind corners have developed. Watch out for trail users in this section, and if biking, always alert passing runners to how many bikers are in your party.
This section of trail has been financially sponsored by Great Northern Cycle & Ski and has been adopted as a trail crew by Applied Materials. Volunteer trail crews from Applied Materials will be brushing this section of trail this summer, so watch out for improvements! Thanks to the crew for their hard work!
After meandering through this section of new growth, hang onto your handle bars for some great downhill to the Beaver Lakes Basin. From the bottom, you can connect to the Beaver Lakes Trailhead, continue on to Woods Lake, or get some views of Whitefish Lake from the Woods Lake Overlook. We look forward to opening new trails this summer that will connect the Woods Lake trailhead to Dollar, Little Beaver, and Beaver Lakes, all perfect swimming destinations.