LAKE MCDONALD - trail status as of 6:16PM Mountain Time on 7-22-2018
Apgar L.O. Trail/ 2.8 mi.
Road end to Apgar Lookout / 2.8 mi.
Projected initial clearing date: Clear as of 5/10/18 per 250


Avalanche Lake Trail
Avalanche Campground - Foot of Avalanche Lake/ 2.0 mi.
Projected initial clearing date: Complete as of 5/14/18 per 250


Foot of Avalanche Lake - Head of Avalanche Lake/ 0.8 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled: Complete 6/1/2018 per 250


Camas Creek Drainage
North Fork Road - Foot of Trout Lake/ 7.0 mi.
Projected initial clearing date: cleared 7/2/2018 per 250

Trail clear. Brushy and indistinct in areas. Camas creek ford is about 3 feet deep and swift. Caution advised. 6/20/18 per 524 Guillard


Foot of Trout Lake to Arrow Lake / 2.3 mi.

Projected Initial Clearing: Trail is clear for foot traffic to Arrow Lake CG. One large tree down. 7/17/18 per 224 LF


Arrow Lake to Camas Lake / 3.6 mi.
Projected initial clearing date: Complete 6/25/18 per 250

Brush greater than 5ft high in some areas. Four fords with depth no greater than 2.5 ft. 7/17/18 per 224 LF.


Flattop Mountain Trail (to Fifty Mountain)
Packer's Roost to Flattop Mtn. Campground / 5.7 mi.
Initial Trail Clearing Scheduled: Cleared 7/2/2018 per 250

Mineral Creek Suspension Bridge: Bridge installed 6/11/18 per 250


Flattop Campground - Fifty Mtn. Campground/ 6.3 mi.
Initial Clearing scheduled: 7/12/2018 per 250


Granite Park Trail
Loop - Granite Park Chalet/ 4.0 mi.
Projected initial clearing date: 7/12/2018 per 250

Trail clear and in good condition. Bring water! 7/18/18 224 Swilliams


Highline Trail
Logan Pass - Granite Park Chalet/ 7.6 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled: 7/4/18 per 250

Rimrock handline projected installation:INSTALLED 6/29/18

Trail clear and in good condition, save for few remaining snow fields close to Haystack Butte. 7/18/18 224 Swilliams


Highline Trail - Grinnell Glacier Overlook/ 0.8 mi.
Initial Clearing scheduled: 7/25/18 per 250


Granite Park Chalet - Fifty Mtn. Campground/ 11.9 mi.
Initial Clearing scheduled: 8/1/2018 per 250

Trail CLOSED from Granite Park CG to FIF spur due to hazardous conditions at patrol cabin. Reroute to Chalet and around to FIF 7/18/18 224 Swilliams

Trail clear. Ahern Drift (approximately 2 miles north of Granite Park) is hazardous and requires an ice ax and crampons to safely negotiate per 224 Swilliams 7/18/18


Howe Lake Trail
North Fork Road to Howe Lake / 2.0 mi.
Initial Clearing scheduled: Complete 5/11/18 per 250


Howe Ridge Trail
North Fork Road to Trout Lake Trail / 9.6 mi.
Projected initial clearing date: Winter status 6/14/18 per 250


Howe Ridge trail to Howe Lake / 1.7 mi.
Initial Clearing scheduled: 7/4/2018 per 250


Huckleberry Mountain Trails
Camas Road to Huckleberry Lookout/ 6.0 mi.
Projected initial clearing date: Complete to saddle, 6/1/18 per 250

One small tree down. Approximately 15 patches of snow on trail between the saddle and the LO. Hiking poles recommended for stability. ALERT: After the first 1/4 mile the trail is completely WATERLESS. 6/11/18 per 224 LF


Huckleberry Nature Trail \ .9 mi.
Projected initial clearing date:Complete 5/11/2018 per 250


Lincoln Creek Trail
South Boundary Trail to Lincoln Lake Trail Jct. / 5.8 mi.
Trail is closed at the Lincoln Lake Trail jct. for the duration of the 2018 season


Lincoln Lake Trail
Going-to-the-Sun Road - Lincoln Lake/ 8.0 mi.
Trail is closed from the junction of the Snyder Ridge Trail to Lincoln Lake for the duration of the 2018 season


McDonald Lake
North Mcdonald Road (Kelly Camp) to Fish Creek CPG. / 6.6 mi
Projected initial clearing date: Complete 6/1/2018 per 250


Spur to Rocky Point / .3 mi.
Projected initial clearing date: 6/1/2018 per 250

Annual bald eagle nesting closure: along the shore line from the lodge to the ranger station. Per L10 3/15/18


McDonald Valley Trails
Includes all trails contained within the valley
1. Apgar Flats Horse Loops: Complete 5/21/2018 per 250

2. Apgar Mountain Horse Loops: Complete 5/21/2018 per 250

3. Ox-Bow Trail: Complete Complete 5/21/2018 per 250

4. Johns Lake Loop Trails: Complete 5/30/2018 per 250

5. Johns Lake to Avalanche CG: Complete 5/30/2018 per 250

6. Apgar Village Pathways: Complete 5/30/2018 per 250

8. Apgar Bike Path from Headquarters to Apgar Village: Complete 5/21/2018 per 250


Mt. Brown L.O. Trail
Sperry Trail - Mt. Brown L.O./ 3.7 mi.
Initial Clearing scheduled: Complete 6/1/2018 per 250


Old Flathead Ranger Station Road
Apgar L.O. Road Jct.-Old Flathead R.S.(MF/NF Conf.) 3.7 mi.
Initial Clearing: Complete 5/21/2018 per 250


Old R.S - North Fork River 5.2 Miles
Initial Clearing scheduled: 6/22/2018 per 250


Snyder Lake Trail
Sperry Trail to Snyder Lake / 2.6 mi.
Trail is closed for the duration of the 2018 season


Snyder Ridge Trail
Sperry Trail (Crystal Ford) to Lincoln Lake Trail / 2.6 mi.
Projected initial clearing date: 6/15/18 per 250


Lincoln Lake Trail to Going to the Sun Road / 6.2 mi.
Completed: 6/15/2018 per 250

Short 1/2 mile section not cleared in the middle per 250


South Boundary Trail
Headquarters to Lincoln Creek Tr. Jct. / 5.3 mi.
Projected initial clearing date: CLEARED 5/2/18 per 256

Suspension Bridge projected installation:Complete 5/4/18 per 256

Trail clear and in good condition. 6/12/18 per 423,424


Sperry Trail
Lake McDonald Lodge - Sperry Chalet/ 6.4 mi.
Initial Clearing: Complete to snow line: 4.5 miles from trail head 5/21/2018 per 250

The first 6.0 miles of the trail are clear. The last 0.4 mile before the Chalet is 5% snow covered 10" to 12" deep. The area around Sperry Chalet is now completely clear of snow. The Sperry BC Campground is still mostly snow covered 8" to 12" deep. 6/30/2018 per 224dr


Sperry Chalet - Sperry Glacier/ 3.7 mi.
Initial Clearing scheduled: 7/20/18 per 250. Projected installation of Handline and bridges to Comeau Pass is 7/17/18, per 250.


Sperry Chalet - Lake Ellen Wilson/ 2.4 mi.
Initial Clearing projected: 7/18/18 per 250

Trail is clear of trees. East of Lincoln Pass 30> Degrees snowfield with a 50' run out into boulder field. Ice ax recommended. At Jct with Lake Ellen Wilson numerous potentially rotten snow bridges over several drainages. Route finding is required down to the lake. per 224 Bir 7/2


Lake Ellen Wilson - Gunsight Pass/ 1.7 mi.
Initial Clearing scheduled:7/18/18 per 250

Trail is clear of trees. Past JCT with Lake Ellen Wilson several potential rotten snow bridges over numerous drainages. Last 50' snow drift is <30 degrees with a 200' run out into the lake. Ice ax recommended. There is a swiftcurrent crossing at the lower falls. Water up to 1' deep and very slippery rocks. Many parties have gone over Gunsight Pass with the eastern side having any lingering snow- trekking poles recommended. per 224 Bir 7/22


Swiftcurrent L.O. Trail
Swiftcurrent Pass Trail - Swiftcurrent L.O./ 1.4 mi.
Initial Clearing Scheduled:

7/18/18 per 250. Just after the JCT with the pass trail there are two short snow fields of up to 30' in length varying in depth of 3-6 inches and melting fast. There is one tree partially blocking the trail to the lookout from the JCT 6/28/18 per 224 Bir


Swiftcurrent Pass Trail
Granite Park Chalet - Swiftcurrent Pass/ 0.9 mi.
Initial Clearing projected:

7/18/18 per 250


Trout Lake Trail (From North McDonald Road)
North McDonald Road to Trout Lake / 4.6 mi.
Projected initial clearing date: Complete to Trout Lake 6/1/18 per 250

Trail Clear 7/17/18 per 224 LF



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