Round Meadows

Whitefish, Montana

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Although Round Meadows is only 13 miles from Whitefish, it presents a rural ski experience. It’s rare that skiers will encounter other ski parties on this trail system. Trails travel through meadows and evergreen forests and offer views of the Whitefish Mountain Range. Round Meadows is named for the meadow along the Round Meadows Loop. According to the U.S. Forest Service, about 12,000 years ago, when the continental Ice Sheet retreated, large blocks of ice remained. The blocks’ weight created depressions in the ground, which resulted in shallow lakes. Gradually the lakes filled with silt and organic matter, creating the meadows we see today. When snow melts in spring, the meadows fill with melt water and once again resemble lakes.
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Winter Trails: Montana

by Jean Arthur (The Globe Pequot Press)

Although Round Meadows is only 13 miles from Whitefish, it presents a rural ski experience. It’s rare that skiers will encounter other ski parties on this trail system. Trails travel through meadows and evergreen forests and offer views of the Whitefish Mountain Range.

Round Meadows is named for the meadow along the Round Meadows Loop. According to the U.S. Forest Service, about 12,000 years ago, when the continental Ice Sheet retreated, large blocks of ice remained. The blocks’ weight created depressions in the ground, which resulted in shallow lakes. Gradually the lakes filled with silt and organic matter, creating the meadows we see today. When snow melts in spring, the meadows fill with melt water and once again resemble lakes.

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Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing
Nearby City: Whitefish
Distance: 3.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: Day use
Trailhead Elevation: 3,200 feet
Top Elevation: 3,400 feet
Local Contacts: Tally Lake Ranger Station
Driving Directions: Directions to Round Meadows

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