Trail Conditions

logo-circleThe most up to date trail conditions are listed below. We depend on users to be our eyes and ears on the trail – please send any information on trail conditions to

*Note:  The trail is vulnerable to damage during wet and muddy conditions. Riding horses and bikes on water logged and soft trails can create ruts that channel water and lead to excessive erosion. All trail users are urged to avoid using the trail when muddy conditions exist.

Dec 18, 2018Mid-December Trail Report

Although we wish this rain was falling as snow, all 42 miles of the Whitefish Trail are in great shape for hiking, running, and even fat biking! Hard packed snow and ice cover the trail, so traction devices are recommended for all modes of use. While Lion Mountain and Big Mountain trailheads are the busiest… Read more »

Nov 19, 2018Mid-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… Read more »

Oct 31, 2018Late October Trail Report

Although the hail currently hitting our office skylight is definitely a sign of winter’s return, this October has been one of the best in recent memory. The golden hues of autumn seem more vibrant than ever and that deep-blue, Montana sky lasted day after day. With the return of fall moisture, the trail has been… Read more »

Sep 27, 2018Late September Trail Report

Now is the time to get out on our local public lands. Fall colors are perfect, summer dust is a distant memory, and the crowds of July and August are gone.    After a busy season, we recently downloaded usage stats from our trail counters. How did trail use stack up compared to last year? Even… Read more »

Sep 3, 2018Early September Trail Report

With cool, crisp mornings and near-perfect afternoons, the Flathead Valley has welcomed a much needed transition to autumn. Rocky Mountain Maples are starting their annual color show with bright green leaves slowly transitioning from yellow to a vibrant red, and pretty soon, pumpkin-spiced lattes, pancakes, and beer will line local menus. September is my favorite… Read more »