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.

Jul 18, 2018Mid-July Trail Report

Have you ever been to Little Beaver Lake? It’s the perfect warm-weather destination for hiking, biking, horseback riding, standup paddle boarding, fishing, and of course swimming! With countless stacked loops, there is literally an itinerary for everyone. We recommend starting at the Dollar Lake Trailhead and hiking a 3 mile loop counterclockwise around Dollar Lake,… Read more »

Jun 26, 2018Late June Trail Report

The Whitefish Trail is all about connecting our community to our local open lands. To the west, Lion Mountain connects to the 1,520 acre conservation easement in Beaver Lakes and to the north, Reservoir now connects to 3,022 acres of permanent protection in Haskill Basin. We are so lucky to have local lands in conservation… Read more »

May 21, 2018Mid-May Trail Report

     Are the larch trees always this green?!      Every spring, I am taken aback by the abundance and vibrancy of life in northwest Montana. Long days, soaking rain, and abundant sunshine give seemingly limitless energy to our local lands. Mushrooms are popping up from the ground, flowers are abundant, and larch needles… Read more »

Apr 13, 2018Mid April Trail Report

The trail is SLOWLY melting out with reports of long stretches of bare ground in between Lion Mountain and the Skyles Connection. An attempt to run at Spencer this week was thwarted by deep snow on north facing slopes, so Skyles offered much better option. We estimate the trail between Lion and Skyles to be… Read more »

Apr 3, 2018Early April Trail Report

With sunnier skies and longer days, our local trail system is slowly revealing itself from a long winter’s sleep. For the first time this year, trail users are reporting bare tread on south-facing, open slopes. Lion Mountain is currently 85% covered with soft snow and 15% open ground while Swift Creek is still 90% covered. … Read more »