Wet to Wonderful

Historic rains of October have finally left the region. Sunshine and blue skies are working magic on saturated soils, and local trails are benefiting from the break in action. We have been buttoning up last minute tasks before the snow flies, including route scouting, sign installation, and logging preparations. A quick ride on Sunday from Lion Mountain to Two Bear Road left nothing but smiles. A few damp places still exist, but the majority of the trail is perfect. Whether you are biking, running, walking, or on horseback, get out on the trail before the snow flies. The weather forecast is tempting snow next week!

This winter marks the last season of logging at Spencer Mountain. Last week, we heavily flagged the trail corridor in hopes that logging equipment will not destroy the tread. Crews from Stoltze Land and Lumber Company have started mobilizing equipment and will start hauling trees on Monday, November 14th. The Twin Bridges trailhead will be closed to parking during the week, Monday-Friday. There is a high likelihood you will get towed, so why not explore another section of the Whitefish Trail?

Today, we installed a few signs at Dollar Lake and scouted the landscape from the North Beaver Connection down to the railroad tracks. I found some amazing terrain and even fresh bear prints. We are working with MT DNRC and the USFS to navigate funding, design, and scoping Phase 2 of our Vision 2020:Close the Loop from Beaver Lakes to Swift Creek.

Many recent conversations beg the question: when is the trail going to be built around the lake? Trust that we are working hard. Three major bridges and an environmental assessment make the segment complicated and expensive. Come to Great Northern Brewing Company on December 8th to find out more.  Pints with Purpose will support the continued expansion of the Whitefish Trail, and we will be around with maps to answer questions. Thanks for reading!  Get outside, breathe some fresh air, and stretch your legs…ON the Whitefish Trail.