LAKE MCDONALD - trail status as of 9:04PM Mountain Time on 7-30-2015
Apgar L.O. Trail/ 2.8 mi.
Road end to Apgar Lookout / 2.8 mi.
Cleared 5/1/15.

Trail is clear and free of snow all the way to the lookout. 1 small tree across trail approximately 1.5 miles up from trailhead. 6/2/15


Avalanche Lake Trail
Avalanche Campground - Foot of Avalanche Lake/ 2.0 mi.
Cleared 5/15/15 per 256

Trail is clear. 5/25/15 per 223.


Foot of Avalanche Lake - Head of Avalanche Lake/ 0.8 mi.
Cleared 5/15/15 per 256

Trail is clear. 5/25/15 per 223.


Camas Creek Drainage
North Fork Road - Foot of Trout Lake/ 7.0 mi.
Cleared to Camas Creek ford 6/2/2015.


Foot of Trout Lake to Arrow Lake / 2.3 mi.
Cleared 5/15/15 per 256

Trail is clear of trees and snow. Very brushy in spots, trail is still easy to follow. 7/11/15 per 224 Cornett.


Arrow Lake to Camas Lake / 3.6 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 6/24/15 per 256

WATER HAZARDS: There are five fords of Camas Creek, beginning at the Arrow Lake Campground and ending at the Camas Lake Campground. Knee deep or less. 7/11/15 per 224 Cornett.

Sections of trail are extremely rugged and overgrown with vegetation. Trail follows west shore of Arrow Lake, where it sometimes disappears into shallow lake water - water shoe/ sandal recommended. At head of Arrow Lake, look north/ left, for a yellow marker on tree that marks trail heading north up the drainage to Camas Lake. Trail is very brushy in spots. 7/11/15 per 224 Cornett.


Flattop Mountain Trail (to Fifty Mountain)
Packer's Roost to Flattop Mtn. Campground / 5.7 mi.
Cleared 5/27/15 per 256

Mineral Creek Suspension Bridge: Installed 5/26/15 per 256


Flattop Campground - Fifty Mtn. Campground/ 6.3 mi.
15 trees down. Two 1 mile sections have 20% snow coverage requiring minimal route finding. Slippery and snowy stream crossing just before Fifty. 6/16 per 224 Schmidt

Initial clearing scheduled for: 8/14/2015


Granite Park Trail
Loop - Granite Park Chalet/ 4.0 mi.
Trail clear to chalet. 7/15/15 per 223.
Highline Trail
Logan Pass - Granite Park Chalet/ 7.6 mi.
TRAIL OPEN: Entire length. 7/29/15 per B. Blickhan

Safety handline cable at Rimrock (first 1/2 mile of trail)installation scheduled for: Installed


Highline Trail - Grinnell Glacier Overlook/ 0.8 mi.
TRAIL OPEN: ACCESS TO GRINNELL GLACIER OVERLOOK ONLY FROM THE LOOP, NO ACCESS TO HIGHLINE TRAIL FROM LOGAN PASS. 7/25/2015

Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 6/11/15 per 256


Granite Park Chalet - Fifty Mtn. Campground/ 11.9 mi.
Trail is free of snow, except for the Cattle Queen Drift (See Below). No snow at the Ahern Drift, trail is bare and dry there. 7/24 per 224.

Initial clearing scheduled for: by 7/31/2015 per 256

2015 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.

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. 5/15/15 per 256

2015 STOCK ADVISORY: The Ahern Drift section (3.5 miles north of Granite Park) is NOT recommended for single horses nor for mule strings carrying loads due to a retaining wall collapse near the drift which has narrowed the trail to 3' wide. There are additional sections of trail between Ahern and Fifty Mtn. that were damaged from a June/2013 storm that make the trail very difficult for stock traffic. Repairs will be complicated and have not yet been scheduled. 5/15/15 per 256.


Howe Lake Trail
North Fork Road to Howe Lake / 2.0 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 5/15/15 per 256


Trail is clear. 7/9/15 per 223.


Howe Ridge Trail
North Fork Road to Trout Lake Trail / 9.6 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 3.2 miles to Howe Lake Jct 5/27/15 per 256
Howe Ridge trail to Howe Lake / 1.7 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 5/27/15 per 256


Huckleberry Mountain Trails
Camas Road to Huckleberry Lookout/ 6.0 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 5/11/15.
Trail is clear. Advisory: no water sources along trail. 7/28/15 per 224 Kenney


Huckleberry Nature Trail \ .9 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 5/8/15 per 256


Lincoln Creek Trail
South Boundary Trail to Lincoln Lake Trail Jct. / 5.8 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 5/20/15 per 256

Lincoln Creek Cable Bridge installation scheduled for: Installed 5/14/15 per 256


Lincoln Lake Trail
Going-to-the-Sun Road - Lincoln Lake/ 8.0 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 6/1/15 per 256 Several trees down just before junction with Lincoln Creek Trail when traveling from Sun Road. Not recommended for stock. 7/8/2015 per 223.
McDonald Lake
North Mcdonald Road (Kelly Camp) to Fish Creek CPG. / 6.6 mi
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 5/11/15 per 256.


Spur to Rocky Point / .3 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 4/29/15 per 256


McDonald Valley Trails
Includes all trails contained within the valley
Initial clearing scheduled for: 2015

1. Apgar Flats Horse Loops: Cleared 4/30/15 per 256
2. Apgar Mountain Horse Loops: Cleared 5/11/15 per 256
3. Ox-Bow Trail: Cleared 4/30/15 per 256
4. Johns Lake Loop Trails: Cleared 5/5/15 per 256
5. Johns Lake to Avalanche CG: Cleared 5/5/15 per 256
6. Trail of the Cedars: Cleared 4/24/15 per 256


Mt. Brown L.O. Trail
Sperry Trail - Mt. Brown L.O./ 3.7 mi.
Trail is clear and free of obstructions until last 0.1 mile to lookout where trail becomes snow covered. 6/4/15 per 524 WLG
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 5/22/15 per 256
Old R.S - North Fork River 5.2 Miles
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 6/6/2015 per 256


Snyder Lake Trail
Sperry Trail to Snyder Lake / 2.6 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 5/11/15.
Trail is clear. 7/13/15 per 223.


Snyder Ridge Trail
Sperry Trail (Crystal Ford) to Lincoln Lake Trail / 2.6 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 5/14/15 per 256


Lincoln Lake Trail to Going to the Sun Road / 6.2 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 6/4/15 per 256

STOCK ADVISORY: not recommended. 5/1/15 per 256.


South Boundary Trail
Headquarters to Lincoln Creek Tr. Jct. / 5.3 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 5/14/15 per 256

Lincoln Creek Suspension Bridge Installation: Installed 5/14/15 per 256

Trail is clear of trees and snow. 6/1/15 per 223.


Sperry Trail
Lake McDonald Lodge - Sperry Chalet/ 6.4 mi.

Trail clear of snow and trees. 7/23/15 per 223.


Sperry Chalet - Sperry Glacier/ 3.7 mi.
Low-angle snow field remains at top of first set of switchbacks from the chalet. Expect trail beyond Comeau Pass headwall to be snow covered with low-angle snow fields. 7/22/15 per 223.

Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 7/10/15 per 256

Two seasonal bridges and safety handline at headwall of Comeau Pass scheduled installation: Installed 7/11/15 per 256

TRAIL CLOSED DUE TO REYNOLDS CREEK FIRE 7/23/2015


Sperry Chalet - Lake Ellen Wilson/ 2.4 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for:

Trail clear of trees and snow. 7/20/15 per 224-King.
Lake Ellen Wilson seasonal stock hitch rail installed 6/26/15 per 223

TRAIL CLOSED DUE TO REYNOLDS CREEK FIRE


Lake Ellen Wilson - Gunsight Pass/ 1.7 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 7/13/15 per 256

TRAIL OPEN TO GUNSIGHT PASS, TRAVEL BEYOND GUNSIGHT IS PROHIBITED 7/25/2015


Swiftcurrent L.O. Trail
Swiftcurrent Pass Trail - Swiftcurrent L.O./ 1.4 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: 7/10/15 per 256

Trail is 100% snow covered for first 1/4 mile, afterwards trail is clear and free of snow all the way to the lookout. One snow drift remains 1/2 mile up trail. 6/8/15 per 224-King


Swiftcurrent Pass Trail
Granite Park Chalet - Swiftcurrent Pass/ 0.9 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: 7/10/15 per 256

Trail is clear. 7/15/15 per 223.


Trout Lake Trail (From North McDonald Road)
North McDonald Road to Trout Lake / 4.6 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 5/12/15 per 256


10 or so downed trees. Stock not advised. Advisory: Trail is waterless after the first 1/2 mile for the next 4 miles to Trout Lake. 7/11/15 per 224 Cornett.



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