LAKE MCDONALD - Trail Status as of August 5, 2013 at 2:00pm

Apgar L.O. Trail/ 2.8 mi.
Road end to Apgar Lookout / 2.8 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 5/20/13 per 256
Trail is clear. 7/19/13 per 223. HAZARD FROM 2003 FIRES per 250.


Avalanche Lake Trail
Avalanche Campground - Foot of Avalanche Lake/ 2.0 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 5/14/13. 256
Trail is clear. 8/1/13 per 223
Foot of Avalanche Lake - Head of Avalanche Lake/ 0.8 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 5/14/13. 256
Trail is clear. 8/1/13 per 223.

Camas Creek Drainage
North Fork Road - Foot of Trout Lake/ 7.0 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 6/15/13 per 256

Bridge adjacent to Rogers Lake was removed in September 2005 and will not be replaced. Ford is upstream of old bridge site but not recommended for hikers until later in summer when water is slower moving.
HAZARD FROM 2003 FIRES per 250.

Foot of Trout Lake to Arrow Lake / 2.3 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 5/28/13 per 256
Trail is clear of trees and snow. 7/17/13 per 223.

Arrow Lake to Camas Lake / 3.6 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Trail is clear and free of snow per 223. 7/17/2013
Trees down: Zero per 223. 7/17/2013

STOCK HAZARDS: The THIRD and FOURTH Camas Creek fords pose a STOCK HAZARD due to a high volume of water running over many large boulders and rocks. Trail tread in certain locations has sluffed, is missing, or is very irregular and can provide for uneven footing. Large boulders have been deposited on the trail, but can be negotiated by going off-trail above or below them. Some dry washes after the FOURTH Camas Creek crossing have abrupt edges and erosion has created uneven footing in rocky conditions. 7/17/2013 per 223.

WATER HAZARDS: There are five fords of Camas Creek, beginning at the Arrow Lake Campground and ending at the Camas Lake Campground. The THIRD and FOURTH stream crossings are the most hazardous, and have large slippery rocks and boulders along the stream bed and swift water flowing through and over them. 07/17/2013 per 223.

ROUTE FINDING: The Camas Creek Trail from the head of Arrow Lake to Camas Lake Campground may be difficult for some to follow. At the HEAD of ARROW LAKE the trail dissappears in the flooded waters of the lake. Follow the lakeshore, crossing multiple small feeder streams and Camas Creek, for about one hundred meters; look to the left (north) and a yellow marker on a tree marks the trail, from whence it heads on the right (east) side of Camas Creek through open meadows. 07/17/2013 per 223.


Flattop Mountain Trail (to Fifty Mountain)
Packer's Roost to Flattop Mtn. Campground / 5.7 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Complete 6/19/13 per 256
Mineral Creek suspension bridge: Installed 6/10/13 per 256


Trail is clear. 7/31/13 per 223. HAZARD FROM 2003 FIRES per 250.

Flattop Campground - Fifty Mtn. Campground/ 6.3 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for:Complete 7/20/13. 256
Clear per 735 zulu 7/20/13.

HAZARD FROM 2003 FIRES per 250


Old Flathead Ranger Station Road
Apgar L.O. Road Jct.-Old Flathead R.S.(MF/NF Conf.) 3.7 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for:Cleared 5/23/13. 256
Clear of trees and debris. 6/29/13 per 222 HAZARD FROM 2003 FIRES per 250.

Old R.S - North Fork River 5.2 Miles
Initial clearing scheduled for: 8/23/13 per 250
HAZARD FROM 2003 FIRES per 250.


Granite Park Trail
Loop - Granite Park Chalet/ 4.0 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Complete6/28/13. 256
Trail is clear of trees and snow. 7/22/13 per 222
Highline Trail
Logan Pass - Granite Park Chalet/ 7.6 mi.
Initial Clearing scheduled for: 7/08/13. complete. Trail is open. Some rocks and debris exist on trail; please limit erosion and social trails by staying on designated trail. It is recommended to have layers of clothing available, including a rain jacket, for changing weather conditions throughout the park. All hikers are encouraged to turn around if conditions exceed what is comfortable or beyond personal experience and limitations. 8/3/13 per 222
Highline Trail - Grinnell Glacier Overlook/ 0.8 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: 7/12/13. 256

Clear per 624 katz 7/19/2013

Granite Park Chalet - Fifty Mtn. Campground/ 11.9 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: 8/14/13 per 250.
Ahern drift blasting scheduled for: Complete as of 7/30/13 per 250

SNOW HAZARD: Even after blasting, the trail will still involve crossing snow that will deform over time into an uneven surface as it melts. This means the tread on Ahern Drift (approx. 3.5 miles from Granite Park) may become hardened and packed ice with a steep angle tread thus crampons, an ice axe, and the knowledge and skills necessary to use this equipment safely is recommended. There is also the option of going off-trail down and below the drift, then climbing back up to the trail with a relatively minimal amount of effort or time. Per 250

STOCK WARNING: The Ahern Drift section (3.5 miles north of Granite Park) is not recommended for pack animals carrying loads due to a retaining wall collapse near the drift which has narrowed the trail to 3' wide. Repairs will be complicated and have not yet been scheduled. 7/31/13 per 250. Additional snow hazards: Cattle Queen Drift (approx. 6.5 miles from Granite Park)is a low angle drift which can be up to 120 ft across. It will melt out from underneath creating a thin snow bridge that is probably not visible to hikers. This drift thus becomes a hazard in June and should be approached with caution from late June-into August. There is an alternate route below the drift that involves crossing Cattle Queen Creek about 130' below the trail. Per 250.


Huckleberry Mountain Trails
Camas Road to Huckleberry Lookout/ 6.0 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Complete 6/27/13 per 256
Huckleberry Nature Trail \ .9 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: 5/31/13 per 256.
Trees down: unknown 4/30/13 per 256.



Howe Lake Trail
North Fork Road to Howe Lake / 2.0 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 6/25/13. 256

HAZARDS FROM 2003 FIRES.


Howe Ridge Trail
North Fork Road to Trout Lake Trail / 9.6 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: 9/15/13 per 256
Trees down: unknown 4/30/13 per 256

Trail is not well maintained and can be hard to follow on the ridge. Navigation skills may be necessary.

HAZARD FROM '03 FIRES per 250.

Howe Ridge trail to Howe Lake / 1.7 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: 6/15/13 per 256
Trees down: unknown 4/30/13 per 256


Lincoln Creek Trail
South Boundary Trail to Lincoln Lake Trail Jct. / 5.8 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: 9/15/13 per 256
Trees down: unknown 4/30/13 per 256
Lincoln Creek Cable Bridge:Installed 5/17/13 per 256

Not advised for stock per 256

HAZARD FROM 2003 FIRES per 250.


Lincoln Lake Trail
Going-to-the-Sun Road - Lincoln Lake/ 8.0 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 6/6/13 256

Mt. Brown L.O. Trail
Sperry Trail - Mt. Brown L.O./ 3.7 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for:Cleared 6/17/13. 256
Trail is clear to lookout. 7/22/13 per 223.
McDonald Lake
North Mcdonald Road (Kelly Camp) to Fish Creek CPG. / 6.6 mi
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 5/15/13 per 256.
Trail has 1 tree down, passable by stock. Posted: Bear frequenting Fish Creek Area/ Lower southern portion of this trail. 7/12/13 per 222
Spur to Rocky Point / .3 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 5/15/13 per 256

McDonald Valley Trails
Includes all trails contained within the valley
Initial clearing scheduled for: 5/31/13 per 256

1. Apgar Horse Loops:Cleared 5/15/13 per 256
2. East McDonald Creek Trail (John's Lake Trailhead to Avalanche Creek Campground):Cleared 5/22/13 per 256
3. West McDonald Creek Trail (North McDonald Lake Road):Cleared 5/14/13 per 256
4. Trail of the Cedars:Cleared 5/14/13 per 256
5. Upper McDonald Creek Horse Loop: The trail is clear.
6. John's Lake Horse Looop:Cleared 5/14/13 per 256


South Boundary Trail
Headquarters to Lincoln Creek Tr. Jct. / 5.3 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: : complete 5/14/13. 250
Lincoln Creek Cable Bridge: Installed on 5/14/13. 250

Swiftcurrent Pass Trail
Granite Park Chalet - Swiftcurrent Pass/ 0.9 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Complete 7/17/13 per 256

Trail is clear of trees and snow. 7/12/13 per 223.


Swiftcurrent L.O. Trail
Swiftcurrent Pass Trail - Swiftcurrent L.O./ 1.4 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Complete 7/17/13 per 256

Clear of trees and debris. 7/22/13 per 222


Snyder Lake Trail
Sperry Trail to Snyder Lake / 2.6 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 5/20/13.
Trail is clear of trees and snow. 7/12/13 per 222
Sperry Trail
Lake McDonald Lodge - Sperry Chalet/ 6.4 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 7/10/13 per 250
Trail is clear of trees and snow. 7/25/13 per 223.
Sperry Chalet - Sperry Glacier/ 3.7 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: maintenance complete 7/15/13 per 250
Handline and bridges: 2 bridges installed and handline at headwall is installed 7/15/13 per 250

Last two miles of trail to pass is 25% snow covered as of 7/12/13 per 250 Trail is in winter conditions (snow, ice, route finding skills necessary).

Sperry Chalet - Lake Ellen Wilson/ 2.4 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: maintenance complete 7/15/13 per 250

Trail is clear of trees and snow. 7/24/13 per 223

Lake Ellen Wilson - Gunsight Pass/ 1.7 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: maintenance complete 7/15/13 per 250

Trail clear and in good condition. 07/21/13 per 622


Snyder Ridge Trail
Sperry Trail (Crystal Ford) to Lincoln Lake Trail / 2.6 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 5/24/13 256
Trail is clear of snow and trees. 6/17/13 per 222
Lincoln Lake Trail to Going to the Sun Road / 6.2 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: 8/2/13. 256
Trees down: unknown 4/30/13. 256 Trail is clear of snow and trees from Snyder Ridge trail to TH. Seasonal springs make muddy sections <10 for route. 5/29/13 224 Ziegler STOCK USE NOT RECOMMENDED. 05/25/2010 per 223


Trout Lake Trail (From North McDonald Road)
North McDonald Road to Trout Lake / 4.6 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 5/23/13 per 256:
HAZARD FROM 2003 FIRES per 250

Trail is clear of trees and debris. 7/12/13 per 222