The Whitefish Face Working Group was formed to advance the goals of the Whitefish Range Partnership on the Whitefish Face – the southernmost portion of the Whitefish Range. This covers the federal land from Trumble Canyon Road, west to Werner Peak Road, including the land within Whitefish Mountain Resort. The project primarily deals with the southern slope in that area - in other words, the southern front of the Whitefish Range. The Working Group includes representatives from the City of Whitefish, Stoltze Land and Lumber, Whitefish Mountain Resort, Whitefish Legacy Partners, the Flathead Snowmobile Association, and others interested in the project.
The goal of the Working Group was threefold:
Preserve and protect the watershed in the area, as it is the primary source of drinking water for the City of Whitefish
Conduct logging operations. The proposals regarding logging are partially commercial in nature, and partly to mitigate the risk of wildfire in the area, which could (among other things) detrimentally impact the watershed.
Improve recreational access. Outside of the permitted area of Whitefish Mountain Resort, there are very few sanctioned trails on the National Forest in the area of the Whitefish Face, however there is tremendous potential for recreation in the area.
Flathead Area Mountain Bikers, along with Whitefish Mountain Resort, Whitefish Legacy Partners, and others interested in recreational access, formed a proposal for an expansion of trails across the Whitefish Face. The trails would primarily be non-motorized, multi-use trails that would connect to Whitefish Mountain Resort’s trail network as well as the Whitefish Trail network.
After a lengthy environmental analysis process, the US Forest Service issued a final decision approving the Taylor Hellroaring project in November, 2019. As mentioned above, the project includes commercial logging, significant fuels reduction efforts to minimize fire risk, and recreation components. The recreation components of this project include the construction (or reconstruction) of approximately 28 miles of trail to the north and west of Whitefish Mountain Resort. The final decision outlines the project in more detail; scroll to page B-2 for a detailed map of the project (map also appears below, courtesy of the USFS, but it may be hard to read here).
FAMB continues to strongly support this project; these new trails will provide a spectacular addition to the trail network in the area. We have already begun raising funds to pay for the design and construction of these new trails. Donate today to help FAMB expand our already stellar network of trails in the Flathead!
Preserving and advancing mountain bike activities in the Flathead Valley.