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This year marks the 48th 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.
The 2010 Walks booklet contains 124 volunteer-led hikes or trail
maintenance projects across the state, with nearly 12 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, Pryor Mountains, Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, and the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.
As always, 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 and trail maintenance projects. Details about the hikes such as mileage, level of difficulty, elevation gain, and walk highlights are included in the 2010 walks booklet. All outings are free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Walk participants are encouraged to sign up early, as the walk lists fill up fast.
All the hikes and trail projects are posted on the Events Calendar of the Montana Wilderness Association Web site at www.wildmontana.org
. To request a copy of the 2010 walks booklet call the office at (406) 443-7350 Ext. 108. Copies of the hiking guide will also be available at the Bureau of Land Management office in Miles City and the Miles City Public Library.
Published May 5, 2010