We found 26 National Trails Day events taking place in Montana this weekend
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: May 31, 2018

Lone Pine State Park:

Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) and Lone Pine State Park will partner with Montana Conservation Corps and Foy’s to Blacktail Trails to conduct trail maintenance in celebration of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

National Trails Day is a nationally celebrated event to help enjoy, improve and learn about the trails around you.  If you hike, bike or run at Lone Pine State Park or in the Foys to Blacktail Trails trail system, this is a great opportunity to come and help improve the trails you love.

The event will begin at the Foys Lake unit of Lone Pine State Park located at the junction of Foys Lake Road and Lone Pine Road.  Crews will travel to Lone Pine or Herron County Park from there. After a morning of trail work, crews will all meet back at Lone Pine for a free lunch near the Lone Pine picnic shelter at 1:00 pm. Kalispell Daybreak Rotary will head up the volunteer lunch effort, hot off the grill.

For More information call the park visitor center at (406) 755-2706 ext. 2.

What:  National Trails Day trail work

When:  Saturday, June 2nd from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where: Lone Pine State Park, Foy’s Lake Parking lot before the turn to Lone Pine Rd.
http://stateparks.mt.gov/lone-pine/

Lone Pine State Park is located 5 miles southwest of Kalispell and offers one of the most vivid views of the valley, 7.5 miles of trails, and a beautiful interpretive center that provides information on living in a wildlife urban interface.  Additional amenities include a picnic shelter and a community room, which are both available to rent, as well as a volleyball court, horseshoe pit, and an archery range. Furthermore, Lone Pine offers a fantastic variety of educational and interpretive programs.

Visit Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more and discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth.

Bannack State Park

Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) will host National Trails Day® at Bannack State Park on Saturday, June 2 from 10am-12pm.

Celebrate National Trails Day® with a hike at Bannack State Park! This guided hike will be held along the Bird’s Eye View trail south of Bannack. The two-mile loop will take about two hours and cover the history of Bannack and feature excellent views of the town and surrounding countryside. The hike will also cover the natural history of the area with plant identification, birding, and wildlife viewing. Feel free to stick around afterward for our weekend town tours, mill tour, or gold panning.

Please be prepared for all types of weather. Sunscreen, water, sturdy hiking boots/shoes, and appropriate hiking gear are suggested for these hikes.

For more information call the park at (406) 834-3413.

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® is a nationally recognized trail awareness program that occurs annually on the first Saturday of June and inspires the public to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in outdoor activities, clinics, and trail stewardship projects. National Trails Day® is a registered trademark of American Hiking Society.

What:  Bannack State Park National Trails Day Guided Hike

When:  10am to 12pm; Saturday, June 2nd, 2018.

Where: Bannack State Park; located 24 miles southwest of Dillon, on I-15 S take exit MT-278 toward Jackson, Wisdom, then 17 miles west on MT-278, follow Bannack Bench Road for 4 miles.
http://stateparks.mt.gov/bannack/ 

Bannack State Park located near Dillion, MT., is a National Historic Landmark and the site of Montana’s first major gold discovery on July 28, 1862. This strike set off a massive gold rush that swelled Bannack’s population to over 3,000 by 1863. As the value of gold steadily dwindled, Bannack’s bustling population was slowly lost. Today, over 50 original buildings line Main Street and their historic log and frame structures recall Montana’s formative years.

Whitefish Range

Montana Wilderness Association is thrilled to host a National Trails Day service project in partnership with Whitefish Legacy Partners and Montana Conservation Corps!

We’ll spend the morning maintaing a stretch of the Whitefish Trail, a multi-use recreational loop trail connecting community to important places worth protecting. This is an exciting opportunity to join a nationwide celebration of trails on your public lands. The pace will be relaxed – we’ll make sure to stop and smell the bear grass. Sign up today to ensure you have a place on the crew!

About the Area

Adjacent to Glacier National Park, the Whitefish Range provides refuge for a remarkable community of life in the transboundary region of the Crown of the Continent. The clean, clear waters of the Whitefish Range flow to the Wild and Scenic North Fork of the Flathead River and contribute to the exceptional Flathead watershed. Supporting the highest density of grizzly bears in the Lower 48, as well as wolverines, lynx, bull trout, and westslope cutthroat trout, the area also boasts a unique habitat for subalpine larch, subalpine fir and genetically superior Whitebark Pine trees. In short, the Whitefish Range is remarkable.

The Whitefish Trail connects the Flathead Valley community and tourists with frontcountry recreation opportunities close to town. It’s a big asset for the community and an economic driver. The Whitefish Trail is completly user maintained, so MWA needs to do our part to help pitch in!

About the Whitefish Range Partnership

As members of the Whitefish Range Partnership, MWA and Whitefish Legacy Partners have worked with more than 30 diverse individuals to tackle their interests, concerns, and needs regarding public lands of the Whitefish Range. After working together for a little more than a year, we reached full consensus on a package of recommendations that we presented to the Flathead National Forest for inclusion in its new Forest Plan. So far, this has resulted in 80,000 acres of new Recommended Wilderness in the draft Forest Plan. We’re continuing to work with partners to include the agreement in the final Forest Plan and build positive momentum for future legislation. Learn more about the Whitefish Range Partnership by watching this video.

Meeting Time & Place

Saturday June 2, Lion Mountain Trailhed @ Time TBD

What to Bring

This project is a shorter offering than most. Just bring along enough to get you through to the afternoon – drinking water, snacks, rain layers (just in case), and a backpack. Work gloves and safety glasses will be available to borrow. MWA provides all tools. Make sure to wear work pants, boots, and enough layers to keep you warm during the day.

More Information

Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park

Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) will celebrate National Trails Day® at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park on Saturday, June 2 from 9am to 12pm.

Join us for a celebration of the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®: the country’s largest celebrations of trails. Enjoy the trails at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park as you embark on a Lewis and Clark themed scavenger hunt. Participants will meet at the Campground Pavilion at 9am, and will split into two teams to complete the scavenger hunt along a 2-mile loop. Please bring water and snacks if desired. Sturdy hiking boots and weather-appropriate clothing are recommended.

For more information, contact Rebekah Smith at (406) 287-3541 or Rebekah.Smith@mt.gov.

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® is a nationally recognized trail awareness program that occurs annually on the first Saturday of June and inspires the public to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in outdoor activities, clinics, and trail stewardship projects. National Trails Day® is a registered trademark of American Hiking Society.

What: National Trails Day Event at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

When: June 2, 2018 from 9am to 12pm

Where: Campground Pavilion, Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, 25 Lewis & Clark Caverns Rd, Whitehall, MT
http://stateparks.mt.gov/lewis-and-clark-caverns/

From the exit 274 on I-90 we are 13 miles south on Highway 287 and 5 miles west on MT 2.
From the Cardwell exit 256 on I-90 we are 7 miles east along MT 2.

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park features one of the most decorative limestone caverns in the Northwest filled with spectacular stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and helictites. The park also features camping, trails to hike or bike, a state-of-the-art visitor center, interpretive displays, a gift shop, food and beverage concessions, amphitheater, and interpretive events presented during the summer months.

Visit Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more and discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth.

Bob Marshall Wilderness

Sat June 2, 8 am – 4 pm, Lincoln Ranger District

Join BMWF for a celebration of our country’s trails by working on popular trails into the Wilderness that leave from the Indian Meadows trailhead located near Lincoln, MT.

This event is free yet registration is required. Sign up here:www.bmwf.org/2018-national-trails-day

We will meet at the Lincoln Ranger station located just outside of the town of Lincoln at 8 am. From there, we will caravan to the trailhead and begin a day of work.Volunteers may be using pulaskis for tread work, loppers for brushing the trail corridor, or cross-cut saws to cut fallen trees. Bring the whole family, there will be something for everyone. Age limit is 12-90 years!

Please also bring a pack lunch and a water bottle.

After a day of work, we’ll treat you to a tailgate BBQ at the Indian Meadows Cabin from 4-6 pm. Woo hoo!

PS It’s also the 50th anniversary of the National Trail System! Another great reason to join us on the trail 🙂 www.bmwf.org/2018-national-trails-day

#FindYourTrail #LoveTheBob #Montana #BobMarshallWilderness

Gallatin Valley Land Trust

This year we’ll be improving trails and planting trees on the trails around the west side of town. No registration is necessary, bring your family, friends and coworkers for a morning of volunteer service for our community trails.

Please wear layers, sunscreen, and closed toed shoes. Gloves are recommended. If possible, please bring wheel barrows, rakes and shovels (make sure to put your name on them!).

We will meet at the pavilion at Valley West (click here for google map with meeting location and work sites) and assign locations and tasks from there. Breakfast goodies will be provided, and we’ll meet for a free picnic lunch at noon once our work is complete. Music and beer will be provided this year thanks to Oboz Footwear! Valley West pavilion is located on the west side of town, on Clifden Dr. between Babcock and Durston.

Thanks to REI and Oboz Footwear’s One More Tree event, we’ll be planting trees at the Gallatin County Regional Park.

Big thanks to our lead sponsors, REI, Edward Jones, and Home Base Partners! Thanks to the many other businesses who have supported Trails Day and the Trails Challenge below.

Questions? Contact Matt Marcinek, mattm@gvlt.org

14 hikes Great Falls

Get Fit Great Falls’ National Trails Day 2018

GREAT FALLS – Kick-start your summer outdoor activities by celebrating National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2, 2018.  Choose from 14 hikes planned in the Rocky Mountains, Highwood Mountains, Little Belt Mountains and on local Great Falls trails.  This one-day event is sponsored by Get Fit Great Falls, a not-for-profit organization advocating healthy, active lifestyles.  National Trails Day is celebrated across the nation, but Great Falls offers more hiking options in one day than any other community.  As a courtesy to landowners and fellow hikers, participants are asked to leave their dogs at home.

 

On-line registration is required and begins Wednesday, May 9 but all hike listings are already available for viewing at www.getfitgreatfalls.com/hikes.  National Trails Day co-chair Megan Schermele said, “People that are interested in hiking should go check out the hikes before registration opens. That way you know which hike you would like to sign up for.”  The hikes are free, but space is limited and the number of participants varies with each hike.  In past years, registrations for particular hikes have filled quickly, so knowing your preferred hike will ensure securing your spot when the on-line registration opens.

 

Hikes range from kid-friendly to strenuous and are categorized into six classes: Walk & Talk – Kids – Easy – Moderate – Difficult  depending on miles hiked and/or elevation gained.  Hikers are asked to read the hike descriptions carefully before selecting a trail to fit their physical conditioning.  Those recovering from physical challenges, families with children in strollers or folks just starting to get into shape should check out the shorter walks and hikes labeled “easy” or described as “stroller-friendly.”  Those seeking a more challenging experience should watch for hikes labeled “moderate or difficult.”  Schermele reminds registrants selecting a hike to “Understand your skill level about hiking and your physical fitness level. A difficult five-mile hike in mountainous terrain is much more challenging than walking 5 miles on the flat paved sidewalks of Great Falls.”

 

All hikes depart from Gibson Park, located at Park Drive and 1st Avenue North.  Departures are at staggered times beginning at 8:00 a.m.  Hikers are advised to arrive 20 minutes before their scheduled departure time to meet their hike coordinator.  Some hikes require car caravanning to a trailhead while others depart directly on foot from the park.  Detailed descriptions for each hike are available from a link at www.getfitgreatfalls.com/hikes.  For those car caravanning, please arrive with a full tank of gas.

 

The Walk & Talk category includes excursions with frequent educational stops to learn about local history. Interpretive walks in the historic downtown business district, led by longtime businessmen Ike Kaufman and Channing Hartelius.

 

Several trips are being repeated this National Trails Day due to popular demand.  For little ones, the Kiddos Playday Walk with educator Miranda Murray is designed for pre-school through second grade children; and the longer Kiddos and Grownups Hike is offered and led by Superintendent of Schools Tammy Lacey.

 

For women and girls looking to hike with friends, choose the all-women/girls hike to the top of Crown Butte with educator Mary Somerfeld.  Montana State Park, USDA Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management rangers will lead hikes to Giant Springs Park, First Peoples Buffalo Jump, Sulphur Spring along the Lewis and Clark Trail; and to Clary Coulee along the Rocky Mountain Front. These state and federal partners help make National Trails Day all the more special, as most of the hikes traverse public land.

 

For those whose health does not allow them to hike very far, a short walk in the local neighborhood led by historian Carol Bradley is back by request.  Stroll the lower north side neighborhood to learn the history of these grand, old residences and take a lemonade break on the porch of one of the neighborhood’s finest restored home.

 

Schermele advises participants to come prepared with a daypack, lunch, plenty of drinking water, closed-toed shoes, sunscreen and rain gear, as most hikes happen regardless of weather.  In the past, June showers have not dissuaded participants, and the sun has often broken through the clouds for a beautiful day of hiking. Experienced hikers believe in the adage, “There are no bad hiking days, only bad clothes.”

Whitefish Legacy Partners

Love the Whitefish Trail? Here’s your chance to give back with a little elbow grease! Whether you’re an old pro or a first timer, leaders from Montana Wilderness Association, Montana Conservation Corps, and Whitefish Legacy Partners will teach you how to swing a pulaski as we do trail improvement projects at Lion Mountain.

Meet at the Lion Mountain Trailhead at 9am. Be sure to wear close toed shoes, bring work gloves if you have them, as well as a snack, water, dress for the weather. All tools will be provided.

This work day is appropriate for kids ages 10 and up.

Missoula – June 3, not June 2 like the others

Join us to celebrate Missoula’s new public open space– The Barmeyer Loop Trail and the South Hills Spur! This new community open space became a reality through a public private partnership that transferred new open space land into City of Missoula ownership, and are part of the larger Mount Dean Stone Project. Light refreshments will be served at the top of the South Hills Spurfrom Big Sky Brewing Company, collect some swag from REI, and take home the first new map of the Mount Dean Stone project area. Join us for the ribbon cutting at 12:45 pm at the Pattee Canyon trailhead and then hike up the Barmeyer Trail to the celebration on the South Hills Spur property and take in the view of the Missoula Valley. Option 1: Hike the trail! Shuttles running from the gravel pit on Pattee Canyon Drive to the Barmeyer Loop Trailhead on Pattee Canyon Drive, beginning at 12:30 at the Gravel pit parking area, 790 Pattee Canyon Road. Option 2: Everyone is welcome! If you need transportation, take ride to the top. The road to the South Hills Spur property is private and not open for public use, but a special shuttle will run for this event only. Meet at The Keep and take a shuttle to the top.

Helena

June 2, Big Log Gulch/Gates of the Mountains Wilderness Day Hike (Helena area)  Honor National Trails Day by getting out and exploring one!  This hike will be a journey into the edge of the vast Gates of the Mountains Wilderness which long ago inspired Lewis & Clark on their journey west.  We will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Big Log Gulch Trailhead, near Nelson, Montana.  The plan is to hike 3-4 miles out and return along the same trail.  This is a mellow, easy to moderate trail that begins in some interesting rock formations and opens into a vibrant ponderosa pine grassland savannah ecosystem.  We will look for early season ephemeral wildflowers, discuss the role of fire on the landscape much of this wilderness burned in 2007, and talk about the importance of preserving and expanding wilderness in the modern age.

RSVP by May 26 to Drew Sovilla, wildwillysovilla@yahoo.com

Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park

ontana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) will celebrate National Trails Day® at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park on Saturday, June 2 from 9am to 12pm.

Join us for a celebration of the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®: the country’s largest celebrations of trails. Enjoy the trails at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park as you embark on a Lewis and Clark themed scavenger hunt. Participants will meet at the Campground Pavilion at 9am, and will split into two teams to complete the scavenger hunt along a 2-mile loop. Please bring water and snacks if desired. Sturdy hiking boots and weather-appropriate clothing are recommended.

For more information, contact Rebekah Smith at (406) 287-3541 or Rebekah.Smith@mt.gov.

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® is a nationally recognized trail awareness program that occurs annually on the first Saturday of June and inspires the public to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in outdoor activities, clinics, and trail stewardship projects. National Trails Day® is a registered trademark of American Hiking Society.

What: National Trails Day Event at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

When: June 2, 2018 from 9am to 12pm

Where: Campground Pavilion, Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, 25 Lewis & Clark Caverns Rd, Whitehall, MT
http://stateparks.mt.gov/lewis-and-clark-caverns/

From the exit 274 on I-90 we are 13 miles south on Highway 287 and 5 miles west on MT 2.
From the Cardwell exit 256 on I-90 we are 7 miles east along MT 2.

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park features one of the most decorative limestone caverns in the Northwest filled with spectacular stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and helictites. The park also features camping, trails to hike or bike, a state-of-the-art visitor center, interpretive displays, a gift shop, food and beverage concessions, amphitheater, and interpretive events presented during the summer months.

Visit Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more and discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth.

Beaverhead National Forest

Join the Dillon Ranger District and Beaverhead Trails Coalition on Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate National Trails Day.  The day will consist of annual maintenance for the Birch Bender Loop trail on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. Bring the family as there will be a task for everyone!

You can choose to clear brush back to widen the trail corridor, clean any leaf/needle litter and rocks from drains with a shovel, use a Pulaski or pick mattock to redefine and improve the tread, pick up trash in the Aspen Picnic Area and along the trail, or enjoy hiking the trail in your National Forest. Participants will learn about traditional tools and the fundamentals of trail work while celebrating National Trails Day!

Participants will need to bring a lunch, water, gloves, and hand tools if available.  From Dillon, MT take I-15 N to Birch Creek Rd. 11.5 Miles.  Take Exit 74 from I-15 N.  Turn left and follow Birch Creek Rd. 8.7 Miles to the Aspen Picnic Area.  Birch Creek Rd. becomes Forest Service Rd. 98 after crossing the Forest Boundary.  For more information contact Patrick Thomas at (406) 683-3911.

Bitterroot National Forest

he Bitterroot National Forest (BRF) will celebrate National Trails Day this weekend by partnering with three local groups on trail maintenance projects.  Events are planned for Saturday on the Stevensville and Darby/Sula Ranger Districts.  See below for more event and partnership information.

The BRF is home to more than 1,500 miles of trails open to all types of use.  The American Hiking Society established the first Saturday in June as National Trails Day, hoping to inspire the public and trail enthusiasts nationwide to seek out their favorite trails to discover, learn about, and celebrate.  This marks the 12th year in a row that the forest has hosted groups for National Trails Day projects.  For more information or to find an event happening near you visit www.americanhiking.org/national-trails-day.

This year’s National Trails Day events are even more special as they are helping kick-off a national celebration.  In 2018, America will be celebrating the 50thanniversary of the National Trails System Act as well as the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.  With the passage of the National Trails Systems Act in 1968, America was given a gift – the creation and protection of some of the America’s favorite places to discover the great outdoors.

With over 158,000 miles of trails, the Forest Service manages the largest trail system in the country.  This vast network plays an integral role in the health, wellness, and daily lives of citizens and communities nationwide — from back yards and urban areas to remote and wild places – connecting people to outdoor experiences and their public lands.

Bitterroot National Forest trail crews along with volunteers and partners have cleared approximately 67 miles of forest trails already this spring.  For the latest trail condition information visit us at www.fs.usda.gov/bitterroot and click on ‘Recreation’.

National Trails Day Events – Bitterroot National Forest

Saturday, June 2nd Location – Trails Project
Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen (BRBCH)  www.bchmt.org/bitterroot
Stevensville Ranger District.  Larry Creek Trails including fire ecology, nature trail and fitness trail.  Bass Creek Recreation Area. General trail maintenance & clean up.  Clearing downed trees and brush growing inside the trail corridor.

 

Public should be aware that volunteer work crews and stock will be in the area from 9am – 1pm.

Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation (SBFC)

www.selwaybitterroot.org

 

Stevensville Ranger District.  Bass Creek Trail #4 General trail maintenance & clean up.  Clearing downed trees and brush growing inside the trail corridor.

 

Public should be aware that volunteer work crews will be in the area.

Bitterroot Backcountry Cyclists (BBC)

www.bitterrootbackcountrycyclists.org

Darby/Sula Ranger District.  Warm Springs Ridge Trail #177 and Fire Creek Trail #404. General trail maintenance & clean up.  Clearing downed trees and brush growing inside the trail corridor.

 

Public should be aware that volunteer work crews will be in the area.