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Trail condition reports for September 28 posted

Hornet Lookout, July 18, 2020 - Tom Woodgerd

Hornet Lookout, July 18, 2020 – Tom Woodgerd

The September 28, 2021 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.

The current fire danger is MODERATE.

Trail condition reports for September 20 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 September 20, 2021 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.

The current fire danger is MODERATE.

Trail condition reports for September 10 posted

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

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

The September 10, 2021 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.

The current fire danger is HIGH.

Trail condition reports for August 30 posted

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

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

The August 30, 2021 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.

The current fire danger is MODERATE.

Trail condition reports for August 20 posted

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

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

Fire season has really slowed trail work down, especially in the North Fork region, which is hosting the Hay Creek Fire, . Nevertheless, work is getting done outside the region closed for the fire. The August 20, 2021 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.

The current fire danger is VERY HIGH. All county, state and federal lands are under Stage 2 fire restrictions.

Evacuation warnings lifted for the Hay Creek Fire!

It’s official! The sheriff’s office lifted all posted evacuation warnings for the Hay Creek Fire, effective August 18, 2021. Now if the Forest Service would just re-open the back-country . . .

Evacuation warnings lifted for the Hay Creek Fire

Evacuation warnings lifted for the Hay Creek Fire

PDF version: https://nftrails.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Evacuation-warnings-lifted-for-the-Hay-Creek-Fire-August-18-2021.pdf

Trail condition reports for August 9 posted

View through smoke from Coal Ridge towards Glacier NP, July 17, 2021 - W K Walker

View through smoke from Coal Ridge towards Glacier NP, July 17, 2021 – W K Walker

Fire season has really slowed trail work down, especially in the North Fork region, which is hosting the Hay Creek Fire, but the August 9, 2021 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.

The current fire danger is EXTREME. All county, state and federal lands are under Stage 2 fire restrictions.

Trail condition reports for July 27 posted

Lower Chain Lake, June 29, 2021 - W K Walker

Lower Chain Lake, June 29, 2021 – W K Walker

Fire season slowed things down a bit, but the July 27, 2021 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.

The current fire danger is EXTREME. All county, state and federal lands are under Stage 2 fire restrictions.

Updated food storage restrictions for Flathead National Forest

From the press release. (See also the official order, which is much more detailed and contains supporting material.)

Sow grizzly bear spotted near Camas in northwestern Montana. - Montana FWPKalispell, MT, July 19, 2021—The Flathead National Forest has updated the existing food storage restrictions for all Flathead National Forest lands outside of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and reminds the public to be bear aware.  The updated order can be found on the Flathead National Forest website. The intent of food storage restrictions is to reduce the likelihood of a bear getting into unsecured food and garbage.  Bears can become food conditioned if they receive a food reward.  Food conditioned bears can lead to an increase in conflicts between humans and bears, which compromises the safety of both.

The order requires all attractants to be stored in an acceptable manner when unattended.  Attractants can include, but are not limited to;

  • Human Food
  • Garbage
  • Pet Food
  • Livestock Feed

Acceptable methods of food storage include;

  • Secured in a hard-sided recreational vehicle, vehicle trunk, trailer cab, or dwelling
  • Suspended at least 10 feet up and four feet out from an upright support
  • Stored in an approved bear-resistant container
  • Stored within an approved and operating electric fence

As always, there is inherent risk to recreating in bear country and it is vital that everyone does their part to be Bear Aware and Recreate Responsibly.  It is often said, “a fed bear is a dead bear.”  Please don’t be responsible for a bear becoming conditioned by receiving human food rewards. For more information on approved bear-resistant containers please visit the Flathead National Forest website.

Trail condition reports for July 14 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 14, 2021 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.

The current fire danger is VERY HIGH.

Smokey - Fire Danger Very High