LAKE MCDONALD - trail status as of 6:51AM Mountain Time on 7-5-2015
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. 7/1/15 per 223.


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. 5/1/15 per 256.

Sections of trail are extremely rugged and overgrown with vegetation. Trail follows west shore of Arrow Lake, where it sometimes disapperas 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. 7/1/15 per 223.


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 0.6 miles from chalet.

Expect snow coverage of 10-20% 0.6 miles from chalet. 6/13/15 Per 224


Highline Trail
Logan Pass - Granite Park Chalet/ 7.6 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for:

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

Open for the season. 6/18/15


Highline Trail - Grinnell Glacier Overlook/ 0.8 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: 7/17/2015 per 256

Trail Open has been cleard and is now open for the season 6/18/15 per M. Dandus


Granite Park Chalet - Fifty Mtn. Campground/ 11.9 mi.
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. 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 256.


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


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 6/22/15 per 824 Moody


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
McDonald Lake
North Mcdonald Road (Kelly Camp) to Fish Creek CPG. / 6.6 mi
Initial clearing scheduled for: Cleared 5/11/15 per 256.
Trail is clear of snow, one large tree down within 1 mile of Kelly Camp Trailhead. Not recommended for stock. 6/25/2015 per 223.


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 and campground are clear of trees and snow. 7/1/15 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. 6/26/15 per 223.


Sperry Chalet - Sperry Glacier/ 3.7 mi.
Low and medium angle snow fields remain. Waterfalls at bridge locations are flowing fast. ~10ft deep drift remains at the base of Comeou Pass. 7/2 Schmidt

Initial clearing scheduled for: by 7/15/15 per 256

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


Sperry Chalet - Lake Ellen Wilson/ 2.4 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for: by 7/15/15 per 256

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


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

STOCK ADVISORY: Lake Ellen Wilson seasonal hitch rail removed


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 10% snow covered from the Granite Park Chalet to Swiftcurrent Pass. Swiftcurrent Pass is 50% snow covered but well treaded. 6/13/15 per 224


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


Trail is clear. 7/2/15 per 223.



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