Hit the Trail Challenge starts TODAY! Help secure important dollars for WLP and the Whitefish Trail. Read the latest trail report, and give to all your favorite non-profits during the Day of Giving next week. 
Hit the Trail Challenge starts TODAY!

The 2nd Annual Hit the Trail Challenge starts today! Every mile logged on the Whitefish Trail during the month of May will be matched by $1 donated in support of our local trail and protected lands. Our health and wellness sponsors have pledged $20,000 in matching funds, and we need your help to get every possible dollar! 

Participate as an individual for FREE or compete as a Workplace Team.
Email info@whitefishlegacy.org for more information on creating a Workplace Team.
It's not too late to get a team together!


Tailwinds Charitable Foundation

Day of Giving & Unity -  Tuesday May 5, 2020
Photo: Whitney Wilson

We have a chance to receive $1,000 in matching funds from Whitefish Community Foundation during Tuesday May 5 th on the International Day of Giving & Unity. Donate to support the Whitefish Trail, our local conservation lands, and WLP education programs. But most importantly, Braxton and Zoey want you to donate in support the fairy houses out on the trail. They need your help too!

If we raise $2,000 during the Day of Giving, Whitefish Community Foundation will match your gifts with $1,000! Help WLP and all participating non-profits reach this important goal.


WT Education Programs Continue!
The Earth Day WT Scavenger Hunt was a huge success! Over 45 kiddos participated in  this independent activity exploring nature on the Whitefish Trail, and we'd like to
thank everyone for sending in some awesome photos.


We have continued virtual learning online, so f ollow WLP on FaceBook and check our website to learn about upcoming events, independent field trips, and fun activities outside. Mark your calendar for our next virtual learning event:

Wonderful World of Trees - Friday May 8th @ 10am on FaceBook Live


If you have been enjoying the Whitefish Trail recently,
we need your help with our 2020 fundraising!

Be a WT Friend or Family this year and make an investment
in the future of our local lands. 

Social Distancing on the Whitefish Trail
As our community slowly transitions back to a new normal, it's important to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet on the Whitefish Trail and at trailheads.
 
Image credit Foy's to Blacktail Trails

Remember that the Whitefish Trail is a non-motorized, multi-use trail system where hikers and bikers yield to horseback riders and bikers yield to both hikers and horseback riders.  As you approach other trail users, say hi to announce yourself, communicate a plan of who can step aside, and pass at least 6-feet wide. 

As a community, we can all do our part to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 especially while recreating on local trails. Please do not crowd, linger, or tailgate at trailheads after your trail adventures, and if you arrive to a full parking lot, have a plan B to visit one of the 13 other close-to-town trailheads. 

We will be following the City of Whitefish's directive to install some signage along portions of the trail and at trailheads to remind trail users to help practice social distancing on the Whitefish Trail. Thanks for everyone's cooperation this spring!

Whitefish Trail Report - Mid April 
by Alan Myers-Davis, WLP Director of Development 

Little Beaver Lake  - HeartStone Advisors
Every day seems greener and brighter than the last with springtime in full swing in NW Montana. Soft larch needles are emerging for the season, and we have seen the first wildflowers beginning to reveal splashes of color along the trail. It's a special time to be outside with birds, wildlife, and trail users alike taking advantage of the warmer weather. 

Our volunteers have been busy getting the trail cleared for this month's Hit the Trail Challenge. We are excited to see so many people out exercising on the trail this month and are thankful our health and wellness sponsors are matching every mile with a dollar donated in support of our local trail and protected lands.  Thanks to everyone who has helped clear trees, especially the Van Everen's who cleared some BIG trees with axes - they think it's fun! 


Trailheads continue to be full with everyone driving separately during Covid-19. Have a plan B if you arrive to a full trailhead and consider another close-to-town area to explore. Here's a quick video update with some reminders and guidelines as you head out on the Whitefish Trail this spring:


Most of the Whitefish Trail has dried out and is in great shape for all your non-motorized activities. The upper Haskill trail, however, is still holding some moisture and mud, so take care if you are accessing the trail from the Big Mountain Trailhead. 

Grading for future timber harvest along the South Beaver Road will start next week (the right fork just past the Beaver Lake trailhead). Vehicle access to the Beaver Lake Fishing Access Site will be impacted with temporary closures.The trail will not be impacted by the road work. Be careful at road crossings and check our webpage for updates. 

As a reminder, please drive slowly and obey all speed limits to and from our local trailheads. Some access roads pass through residential areas, and we ask that you SLOW DOWN and share the road to respect those neighbors and stay safe. 

As you get out to explore the Whitefish Trail this spring, we'd love to see your photos and hear your trail reports! 



Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors
The Whitefish Trail relies on the generosity of trail users, conservation-minded supporters, and local businesses to create a year-round, sustainable asset for future generations.    
  
Hidden Moose Lodge has been supporting the Whitefish Trail as a corporate sponsor since 2014! Built to reflect the rustic history of MT, the lodge is the perfect spot for your mountain get-away. For friends or family who need an awesome place to stay just steps from the trail, pick a lodge that gives back to the community every year.
 
Thank you  Hidden Moose Lodge  
for being a WT Corporate Sponsor!


Family-owned and operated since 1961, Schellinger Construction has been an Adopt-A-Trail sponsor of the Whitefish Trail  since 2014! They also donate materials for trailhead construction projects and give back to the community in so many ways.  We are thankful to have them on our team for another year.

Thank you Schellinger
 Construction
 for being an Adopt-A-Trail Sponsor!