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Trail condition reports for July 23 posted

Trail Clearing with 'Silky' Saw

Trail Clearing with ‘Silky’ Saw

The July 23, 2019 Forest Service Trail Condition Reports for the Glacier View and Hungry Horse Ranger Districts have been posted to the website Trail Conditions page.

The lack of major wind events and below average snowfall last winter left trails in remarkably decent condition this year. So, trail  crews are making really good progress.

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 16 posted

Coal Ridge, July 21, 2018 - W. K. Walker

Coal Ridge, July 21, 2018 – W. K. Walker

The July 16, 2019 Forest Service Trail Condition Reports for the Glacier View and Hungry Horse Ranger Districts have been posted to the website Trail Conditions page.

The lack of major wind events and below average snowfall last winter left trails in remarkably decent condition this year. So, trail  crews are making really good progress.

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.

NFTA 2019 Schedule Posted

Coal Ridge, July 21, 2018 - W. K. Walker

Coal Ridge, July 21, 2018 – W. K. Walker

The 2019 North Fork Trails  Association schedule  is available in the Calendar section of the web site.

As usual, the schedule of events is subject to change as the season progresses. Fire season is the big unknown, but trail conditions, weather and shifting priorities will likely force a few modifications as well.

Last trails report for 2018 posted

Moran Creek Trail #2 Trailhead, Oct 6, 2018 - W. K. Walker

Moran Creek Trail #2 Trailhead, Oct 6, 2018 (Note nice new sign!) – W. K. Walker

The final Forest Service Trail Condition Reports for the Glacier View and Hungry Horse Ranger District have been posted to the website Trail Conditions page. Note that the Glacier View entries for trails 2, 3, 19, 26, 40 and 377 list work by the North Fork Trails Association.

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 September 18 posted

Fireweed below Nasukoin Lake, Aug 12, 2017 - W. K. Walker

Fireweed below Nasukoin Lake, Aug 12, 2017 – W. K. Walker

The September 18, 2018 Forest Service Trail Condition Report for the Glacier View and Hungry Horse Ranger District have been posted to the website Trail Conditions page. Note that the Glacier View entries for trails 2, 3, 19, 26, 40 and 377 list work by the North Fork Trails Association.

Looks like trail crews are managing to get some work in now that fire season is winding down.

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.

Note that the fire danger is high. Although there are no current fire restrictions, please use caution with fire.

Trail condition reports for September 7 posted

Fireweed below Nasukoin Lake, Aug 12, 2017 - W. K. Walker

Fireweed below Nasukoin Lake, Aug 12, 2017 – W. K. Walker

The September 7, 2018 Forest Service Trail Condition Report for the  Glacier View Ranger District and the August 29 report for the Hungry Horse Ranger District have been posted to the website Trail Conditions page. Note that the Glacier View entries for trails 2, 3, 19, 26, 40 and 377 list work by the North Fork Trails Association.

Looks like trail crews managed to get some work done despite all the fire related closures.

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.

Note that the fire danger is very high. Although there are no current fire restrictions, please use caution with fire.

Flathead National Forest’s September Trails Initiative

From the press release . . .

Kalispell, MT, August 2, 2018 – Flathead National Forest is inviting local citizens to join its September Trails Initiative and help make a few trails close to home a little better.

Volunteer work parties will be held the last four Fridays and Saturdays in September 2018 on a wide range of trails within roughly an hour of Kalispell. Each weekend of work parties features one of the many non-profit partners in the Flathead Valley that work hard to make the whole trail system a great place for a wide range of trail lovers.

Each work party starts at 9 at the trailhead and ends at about 3:30pm rain or shine. Be sure to bring a long sleeve shirt, long pants, sturdy boots, pair of work gloves, lunch, plenty of water and a winning attitude. Expect a physically strenuous day and a hike up to 3 miles one-way.

For more information and to sign up for one or more work parties visit http://bit.ly/SeptTrails2018. When you sign up you will receive a confirmation email with more details on where to meet and what to expect.

“Few activities on National Forests are more rewarding than helping maintain trails: get outside, get a little work out, feel the joy of working alongside some new friends, and perhaps most importantly, immediately see how your efforts improve trails that many others will enjoy.” –MJ Crandall, District Recreation Lead for Hungry Horse-Glacier View Ranger District.

Finally, come celebrate all the good work we get done as well for the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act on Tuesday October 2nd at 6:00pm at Backslope Brewing in Columbia Falls.

For questions, contact MJ Crandall, Hungry Horse-Glacier View District Recreation Lead at 406-387-3818 or mjcrandall@fs.fed.us.

 Schedule Meet at: Work party location Partner
Weekend 1  
Friday September 7 9:00am Emery Creek Snowmobile Trail  (FSR 1614) Flathead Snowmobile Association
Saturday September 8 9:00am Emery Creek Snowmobile Trail  (FSR 1614) Flathead Snowmobile Association
Weekend 2  
Friday September 14 9:00am Danny On National Recreation Trail #370 Montana Wilderness Association
Saturday September 15 9:00am Danny On National Recreation Trail #370 Montana Wilderness Association
Weekend 3  
Friday September 21 9:00am Tally-Ashley Trail #800 Flathead Area Mountain Bikers
Saturday September 22 9:00am Tally-Ashley Trail #800 Flathead Area Mountain Bikers
Weekend 4   
Friday September 28 9:00am Ousel Peak Trail #331 Bob Marshall Wild. Foundation
Saturday September 29 National Public Lands Day! 9:00am Skiumah Creek #204 Bob Marshall Wild. Foundation
Trails 50th Celebration  
Tuesday October 2  

6:00pm

Backslope Brewing in Columbia Falls All

Trail condition reports for July 27 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

Two sets of reports in a week!

The July 27, 2018 Forest Service Trail Condition Reports for the Hungry Horse and Glacier View Ranger Districts have been posted to the website Trail Conditions page. Note that the Glacier View entries for trails 2, 19, 26, 40 and 377 list work by the North Fork Trails Association.

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.

Note that fire danger is high, but there are no restrictions yet. Please use caution with fire.

Trail condition reports for July 24 posted

Coal Ridge, July 21, 2018 - W. K. Walker

Coal Ridge, July 21, 2018 – W. K. Walker

The July 24, 2018 Forest Service Trail Condition Reports for the Hungry Horse and Glacier View Ranger Districts have been posted to the website Trail Conditions page. Note that the Glacier View entries for trails 2, 19, 26, 40 and 377 list work by the North Fork Trails Association.

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.

Note that fire danger is high, but there are no restrictions yet. Please use caution with fire.

Trail condition reports for July 18 posted

Fireweed below Nasukoin Lake, Aug 12, 2017 - W. K. Walker

Fireweed below Nasukoin Lake, Aug 12, 2017 – W. K. Walker

The July 18, 2018 Forest Service Trail Condition Reports for the Hungry Horse and Glacier View Ranger Districts have been posted to the website Trail Conditions page. Note that the Glacier View entries for trails 2, 19, 26, 40 and 377 list work by the North Fork Trails Association.

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.