Backpacking 101 Classes at Lone Pine State Park
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: March 26, 2018

(Kalispell, MT) – Montana State Parks ( will host a series of Backpacking 101 classes covering the basics of camping in the backcountry at Lone Pine State Park on April 6, 13, and 20, 2018. All classes start at 5:30 p.m.

The Flathead Valley provides easy access into Montana’s wonderful backcountry and knowing the proper techniques for packing your pack, cooking, first aid, and sleeping in bear country can make the experience safer and more enjoyable.  Lone Pine State Park will offer 3 courses covering different aspects of backcountry camping. Course offerings include:

Friday, April 6 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Organization and Planning
Friday, April 13 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Leave No Trace and Gear Repair
Friday, April 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  – Camp set up and Cooking

Classes will be held at the park visitor center. Full series attendance is recommended, but single class attendance is welcome. Class sizes are limited, and registration is required. For more information call the park visitor center at (406) 755-2706 ext. 2.

Registration available at

What:  Backpacking 101

April 6th from 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Organization and Planning
April 13th from 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Leave No Trace and Gear Repair
April 20th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Camp set up and Cooking

Where: Visitor Center, Lone Pine State Park, 300 Lone Pine Rd, Kalispell, MT

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 ( and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more and discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth.

A division of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Derrick Rathe
Park Ranger,
Lone Pine State Park
(406) 755-2706, ext. 2

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