Greetings!

Put your money where you recreate and help the Whitefish Trail in the Great Fish Challenge TODAY! Only one week left to maximize your donations. Mark your calendar for an upcoming fall guided hike, register for the Legacy Run, and read about the latest trail conditions below.
Great Fish Challenge - LAST week to donate!
The Whitefish Trail and our local conservation lands bring real value to our community both through economic impact and increased quality of life.

All families of the Flathead Valley can FOREVER create lasting memories on our local open lands, and we need YOU - our donors - to help fund maintenance, new trail development, free education programs, and conservation planning at Smith Lake. DONATE by Friday, September 13th to maximize your donations in the Great Fish Community Challenge.
Our Primary Use of Funds: Contribute to new Whitefish Trail construction at Smith Lake including new trails, improved lake access, and a new WT Trailhead at South Smith Creek. Construction is planned for 2020 - 2021. 

Our Secondary use of Funds: Support Whitefish Legacy Partners' programs to secure more land in permanent conservation at Smith Lake, provide free outdoor education opportunities, and maintain the existing Whitefish Trail system.
Whitefish Trail Kid's Menu!
Have you seen the Whitefish Trail Kids Menu at MacKenzie River Pizza? Kids can connect the dots to Close the Loop of the trail, learn about how many burgers a grizzly bear needs to eat each day (25), and of course play tic-tac-toe. Watch for a new menu this fall, and get in touch with us if you would like one in your restaurant.
Whitefish Trail Legacy Run - Sign Up Today
A trail race weekend with a distance for everyone!

Looking for a trail race to round out an awesome summer season? The Whitefish Trail Legacy Run in early October features golden larch forests, crisp air, pristine lakes, and world-class trails. Whether testing your fitness in the inaugural 50k to the summit of Big Mountain or registering the whole family for the 5k in Beaver Lakes, there is a distance for everyone. Join us to celebrate our awesome community trail and local conservation lands. 
September Trail Report
By Alan Myers-Davis, WLP Director of Development
Wow, that was a lot of rain yesterday! Fall trail season is officially here with the leaves changing color and moisture back on the ground. The Whitefish Trail has been in great shape for all types of recreation, and now that the summer dust has settled, you might see trail crews out working hard to repair tread and dig drains. Be sure to say thanks and give them double-overhead high fives!

A volunteer group from First Interstate Bank is replacing a guardrail at the Swift Creek Trailhead and raking the upper Haskill switchbacks this week, and Hammer Nutrition employees are helping install new trail etiquette signs in Haskill this weekend.

WT Construction Update:

Construction has started on the Two Bear Road crossing re-route between Skyles and Beaver Lakes. The existing trail will remain open until construction is complete then will be obliterated when the re-route is open. Two Bear is generously donating labor to help with construction, and we look forward to improving the crossing with improved lines of sight.

Work crews have also broken ground at the Beaver Lake Fishing Access Site! We hope you have enjoyed the new 'Beaver Tail' trail this summer and are looking forward to infrastructure improvements at the lakeshore. Work crews are building a scenic viewing platform, improved pedestrian access to the water, benches, improved parking, and a trail kiosk with map. This project is made possible by a grant from the Montana Recreational Trails Program and matched by volunteer hours and a donation from Paul and Wendy Faganel. We are looking forward to a busy construction season this fall! Check back for the date of the Beaver Lake Grand Opening.

Photo credits: Wheelie Creative
Whitefish Trail Events
Tuesday, Sept 10 @ 6pm
Big Mountain TH 
TODAY! Join us for a guided hike to the scenic boardwalk at Haskill Lake. At just 1.5 miles from the Big Mtn. Trailhead, it is the perfect destination to enjoy the changing seasons. This event is FREE and no registration is required. Dress for the weather and expect a moderate 3-mile hike.
Wed, Sept 18 @ 10am
Lion Mountain TH
Refresh your bear knowledge heading into fall with a guided hike with WLP. Practice discharging inert spray and learn about bear behavior, habitat, and sign. The event is FREE and no registration is required. Dress for the weather and expect an easy 3 mile hike.
Thurs. Sept 19 @ 5-7pm
Big Mountain TH
Join WLP and Whitefish Mountain Resort for a Gone Fishin' event at the Big Mountain Trailhead. Learn about upcoming trail and conservation projects and celebrate our partnership with WMR. Drinks and light refreshments will be served, and we'll give out some fun prizes.
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.  
Applied Materials has been an Adopt-A-Trail crew since 2014, meticulously taking care of the Skyles to Beaver section of the Whitefish Trail. Their crews have performed essential maintenance tasks that help keep our trail in tip-top shape! T

Thank you Applied Materials for being an Adopt-A-trail crew!
Re/Max of Whitefish has been a devoted Adopt-A-Trail crew for 5 years! Twice a year, they brush the corridor, clear drains, and rake the Rainbow Lake Section of the Whitefish Trail. For your local real estate needs, consider an agent that gives back to the community.

Thank you Re/Max of Whitefish for being an Adopt-A-Trail Sponsor!
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