Outdoor enthusiasts from all over Montana will celebrate National Trails Day on June 5 by participating in trail improvement projects, hikes and trail dedications around the state.
“We are seeing Montana’s trails becoming more connected and accessible. We have 15,000 miles of urban and back country trails in the state now, so that is something to celebrate,” said Bob Walker, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks trails program coordinator.
Walker said also in celebration of National Trails Day, FWP will recognize the River’s Edge Trail as Montana’s Trail of the Year at a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. at Giant Springs State Park.
“Since, 1990, this trail has inspired other municipalities and trail enthusiasts with the quality of its planning, design and development of a trail near an urban center,” Walker said. “The River’s Edge Trail also shows the benefit of partnering.”
Partners in constructing and maintaining the trail include: the City of Great Falls; Department of Transportation; Fish, Wildlife & Parks; Cascade County; PPL Montana; and Recreational Trails, Inc.
Other trail events scheduled around the state to celebrate National Trails Day include:
Billings: The Blue Creek Trails and Park Association will host a hike along sections of the old Bozeman Trail from Blue Creek to Pictograph Caves State Park. Meet at 8 a.m. in Riverfront Park at the shelter on the right fork of the road. For additional information, contact Mike Penfold at 406-254-0884.
Great Falls: The Second Dam Mountain Bike Ride sponsored by Recreational Trails, Inc. and the Great Falls Bicycle Club begins at 11 a.m. near Giant Springs State Park. The ride will follow the south shore trail and return by the north shore trail along the scenic Great Falls of the Missouri River. For information, call John Juras at 406-727-3687.
Big Sky: The Big Sky Community Corporation will host the Ousel Falls Cleanup. In cooperation with the Montana Conservation Corps, volunteers will clean the trail and level steps at the falls. Meet at 9:30 AM and take Hwy 191 to Big Sky Road, west to Ousel Falls Road, left to Ousel Falls trailhead. For information, call 406-995-3444.
Bozeman: The Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT), in cooperation with the City of Bozeman, MCC and others, will host a variety of trail events in southwestern Montana. Examples include bird watching walks, the Wortman Trail cleanup, a guided hike on Daly Creek-Black Butte Loop Trail in Yellowstone National Park and the M Trail Fix up. For information, go to the GVLT webpage at www.gvlt.org and click on events, or call 406-587-8404
Seeley Lake: Walk where Capt. Lewis rode. Sponsored by the Blackfoot River Chapter, Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. An interpretive program will describe access sites along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail in the Blackfoot valley followed by a hike and litter cleanup. Meet at noon at the junction of Highways 200 and 83 at the rest area picnic shelter, Lewis and Clark Gateway kiosk. For information, call 406-677-3398.
Huson: The Nine Mile Ranger District invites volunteers to assist with the Burnt Fork Pinnacle Trail improvement project, including brush clearing, cutting windfall and trail surface maintenance. Meet at the Ninemile Ranger Station, I-90 west from Missoula to exit 82, MT 10 west to Remount Road, Remount Road to the Station. For information, call 406-626-5404.
Hamilton: The Bitterroot Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club will host an open house to dedicate their new trail groomer and groomer shed from 1-5 p.m. at 663 Grantsdale Road. For information, call 406-363-3414.
Condon: The Bob Marshall Foundation will host the Holland Lake area trails maintenance day, including brushing, cutting windfall and cleaning drainage structures. Bring sack lunch and work clothes and stay for a hosted barbecue that evening at Holland Lake Lodge. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the North Holland Lake Trailhead, Hwy 83 to Holland Lake Road, then east to the trailhead. To register call 406-863-5411.
Whitefish: The City of Whitefish will dedicate the Rocksund Trail Section including a National Trails Day Proclamation and ribbon cutting. Information about future trail plans for the Whitefish area will be provided. Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of JP Road and River Lake Parkway. For information, call 406-863-2471.
Eureka: The Pacific Northwest Trail Association, Montana Conservation Corps, and the Tobacco Valley High Country Horsemen will work on the Krinklehorn Trail at 8 a.m., followed by a barbecue and prizes. To register, call Greg Seabloom at 877-863-2701.
June 12St. Regis: The Superior Ranger District will dedicate the Maynard Loge Nature Conservation Trail. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. followed by a potluck at noon. To register, call the District at 406-822-3911.