Author Archives: Bill Walker

Trail condition reports for September 8 posted

View along Nasukoin Mtn Trail #375, Aug 19, 2020 - W K Walker

View along Nasukoin Mtn Trail #375 – W K Walker

The September 8, 2020 Forest Service Trail Condition Reports for the Glacier View and Hungry Horse Ranger Districts have been posted to the website Trail Conditions page.

These reports contain a fair amount of useful information. Besides trail conditions, they include trail numbers, their official names and end-to-end mileages. The reports may also list information on trail and area closures, especially during fire season.

Please note that the fire danger is now “Very High”!

Smokey - Fire Danger Very High

Trail condition reports for August 21posted

Lower Chain Lake, June 15, 2018 - by W. K. Walker

Lower Chain Lake, June 15, 2018 – by W. K. Walker

The August 21, 2020 Forest Service Trail Condition Reports for the Glacier View and Hungry Horse Ranger Districts have been posted to the website Trail Conditions page.

These reports contain a fair amount of useful information. Besides trail conditions, they include trail numbers, their official names and end-to-end mileages. The reports may also list information on trail and area closures, especially during fire season.

Please note that the fire danger is now “Very High”!

Smokey - Fire Danger Very High

Trail condition reports for August 17 posted

Brush Removal - Mt Hefty Trail #15 Maintenance - August 2, 2020 - W K Walker

Brush Removal – Mt Hefty Trail #15 Maintenance – August 2, 2020 – W K Walker

The August 17, 2020 Forest Service Trail Condition Reports for the Glacier View and Hungry Horse Ranger Districts have been posted to the website Trail Conditions page. [Note: The reports were updated on Aug 18 to include a “very high” fire danger notice.]

These reports contain a fair amount of useful information. Besides trail conditions, they include trail numbers, their official names and end-to-end mileages. The reports may also list information on trail and area closures, especially during fire season.

Please note that the fire danger is now “Very High”!

Smokey - Fire Danger Very High

Trail condition reports for July 31 posted

Stream Crossing, Cleft Rock Mtn, July 27, 2017 - by W. K. Walker

Stream Crossing, Cleft Rock Mtn, July 27, 2017 – by W. K. Walker

Oh, good grief! Yet another set of trail condition reports . . .

The July 31, 2020 Forest Service Trail Condition Reports for the Glacier View and Hungry Horse Ranger Districts have been posted to the website Trail Conditions page.

These reports contain a fair amount of useful information. Besides trail conditions, they include trail numbers, their official names and end-to-end mileages. The reports may also list information on trail and area closures, especially during fire season.

Trail condition reports for July 28 posted

T26-T3-PNT Intersection Sign, July 11, 2020 - W. K. Walker

T26-T3-PNT Intersection Sign, July 11, 2020 – W. K. Walker

The July 28, 2020 Forest Service Trail Condition Reports for the Glacier View and Hungry Horse Ranger Districts have been posted to the website Trail Conditions page.

These reports contain a fair amount of useful information. Besides trail conditions, they include trail numbers, their official names and end-to-end mileages. The reports may also list information on trail and area closures, especially during fire season.

Trail condition reports for July 22 posted

Inuya Creek Trail No. 79, Flathead NF, July 23, 2018 - W. K. Walker

Inuya Creek Trail No. 79, Flathead NF, July 23, 2018 – W. K. Walker

They are coming fast and furiously now!

[Good grief, they just released a set for July 24!]

The July 24, 2020 Forest Service Trail Condition Reports for the Glacier View and Hungry Horse Ranger Districts have been posted to the website Trail Conditions page.

These reports contain a fair amount of useful information. Besides trail conditions, they include trail numbers, their official names and end-to-end mileages. The reports may also list information on trail and area closures, especially during fire season.

Trail condition reports for July 20 posted

Wildflowers along Moran Creek Trail #2, July 18, 2020 - Madelon Martin

Wildflowers along Moran Creek Trail #2, July 18, 2020 – Madelon Martin

The July 20, 2020 Forest Service Trail Condition Reports for the Glacier View and Hungry Horse Ranger Districts have been posted to the website Trail Conditions page.

These reports contain a fair amount of useful information. Besides trail conditions, they include trail numbers, their official names and end-to-end mileages. The reports may also list information on trail and area closures, especially during fire season.

Trail condition reports for July 13 posted

Antley Tepee Creek Trail No. 106 at ridgetop, Aug 4, 2019 - W. K. Walker

Antley Tepee Creek Trail No. 106 at ridgetop, Aug 4, 2019 – W. K. Walker

The July 13, 2020 Forest Service Trail Condition Reports for the Glacier View and Hungry Horse Ranger Districts have been posted to the website Trail Conditions page.

These reports contain a fair amount of useful information. Besides trail conditions, they include trail numbers, their official names and end-to-end mileages. The reports may also list information on trail and area closures, especially during fire season.

Trail condition reports for July 7/8 posted

Whale Falls, June 25, 2018 - by W. K. Walker

Whale Falls, June 25, 2018 – by W. K. Walker

The July 7/8, 2020 Forest Service Trail Condition Reports for the Glacier View and Hungry Horse Ranger Districts have been posted to the website Trail Conditions page.

These reports contain a fair amount of useful information. Besides trail conditions, they include trail numbers, their official names and end-to-end mileages. The reports may also list information on trail and area closures, especially during fire season.

Status of Special Use Permits in the North Fork

North Fork Flathead River at Ford Landing, May 16, 2018 - by William K. Walker

North Fork Flathead River at Ford Landing, May 16, 2018 – by William K. Walker

Here’s an excerpt from a note Rob Davies, Hungry Horse/Glacier View District Ranger, sent around yesterday (July 2) concerning the issuance of special use permits in the North Fork. This is not quite officially final information, but it is unlikely to change in any meaningful way. The full email text is available here: https://www.gravel.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Special-Use-Permits-in-the-North-Fork-Email-July-2-2020.pdf

NW Adventures, ATV Guiding,   I have decided to not issue a permit in the North Fork based on comments received during scoping.   This company will still be permitted and operate on the West side of the Whitefish divide with one exception, they will be allowed to take clients to Red Meadow Lake and depart back to the West.  They will not be allowed to travel beyond Red Meadow Lake and they will not be able to take clients to Red Meadow Lake on weekends or Holidays.    Due to the COVID situation they are not expected to have as many clients as they were hoping for in their proposal.

Whitefish Shuttles.    Van tours and livery service to several trail heads, short hikes and bike tour in the North Fork will be permitted.  They expect much reduced numbers of clients and trips due to the COVID situation.

Cycling House, Bicycling tours cancelled due to COVID.

Adventure Cycling, Bicycle tours, cancelled due to COVID.

Spotted Dog Cycles:   Bicycle tours cancelled due to COVID.

Two of the five permits that were proposed in The North Fork will be issued this year, and they are only valid for 1 season.  The proponents would have to reapply if they wish to operate next year.