A view offered north of Terry of the Terry Badlands.
Photo Courtesy Les Heiserman
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Montana Wilderness Association “Wilderness Walks” program, making it one of the most enduring and popular outdoor education programs in the country. Wilderness Walks provide an excellent opportunity to experience and learn about some of Montana’s most spectacular wildlands.
Since its beginnings on July 21, 1962, when MWA founders Ken and Florence Baldwin led 40 hikers on the first Wilderness Walk along a trail to Table Mountain in the Spanish Peaks, the intention of the Wilderness Walks program remains the same—to build grassroots support for wilderness by taking people to a special place that needs protection.
The 2011 Walks booklet contains 152 volunteer-led hikes or trail maintenance projects across the state with nearly 20 scheduled hikes in Eastern Montana. There are a few new hikes as well as some old favorites to popular spots in the Terry Badlands, Chalk Buttes, Tongue River Breaks, Pryor Mountains, Makoshika Park, and the C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.
As in the past, the schedule of walks includes outings for people of all ages and abilities. The majority of hikes are on weekends, but the line-up also features a few car camping opportunities and backpack trips, plus multiple weed eradication, wilderness monitoring, and trail maintenance projects. Details about the hikes such as mileage, level of difficulty, elevation gain, and walk highlights are included in the walks booklet.
All the hikes and trail projects are posted on the Events Calendar of our website at the Montana Wilderness Association web site: www.wildmontana.org
. To request a copy of the 2010 walks booklet call the office at (406) 443-7350 Ext. 108.
Here is a schedule of upcoming walks in Central and Eastern Montana:
Burnt Lodge Wilderness Study Area, near Malta – May 21
Timber Creek, near Lewistown – June 2
Dry Wolf/Rhoda Lake, near Stanford – June 9
Bitter Creek Wilderness Study Area, near Glasgow – June 9
Badlands View – Makosika State Park, Glendive – June 9
Prairie Exploration, near Billings – June 13
Square Butte, near Geraldine – June 17
Seven Blackfoot Wilderness Study Area, near Jordan – June 23
Big Pryor Mountain and Crater Ice Cave, east of Bridger – July 14
Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range, east of Bridger – July 14
Terry Badlands/Natural Bridges, near Terry – Sept 15
Chalk Buttes, near Ekalaka, September 29
Published May 9, 2012