This year marks the 49th 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 2011 Walks booklet contains 145 volunteer-led hikes or trail maintenance projects across the state with nearly 41 scheduled hikes in Central and 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, 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. A copy of the booklet can be obtained by calling 406-443-7350 ext 108. The books are also viewed on the Events Calendar of the Montana Wilderness Association website at www.wildmontana.org
All outings are free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Walk participants are encouraged to sign up early, as many of the walks fill up fast.
Upcoming walks in Eastern Montana
Tongue River Breaks – May 7
Bitter Creek Wilderness Study Area – June 4
Bear Canyon, Pryor Mtns – June 5
Cove Canyon Prairie Exploration – June 8
Arrow Creek Breaks, Upper Missouri River Breaks Nat’l Monument, June 11
Makoshika Park Badlands – June 11
South Fork Grove Creek Canyon – June 18
Line Creek Plateau, Beartooth Mtns – July 9
Goat Meadow, Beartooth Mtns – July 10
Seven Blackfoot Wilderness Study Area – July 16
Hell Creek, C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge – July 17
Buttes of the C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge – July 23
Terry Badlands/Natural Bridges – July 24
Beartooth Lake and High Country – July 30
Nez Perce Trail, Upper Missouri River Breaks Nat’l Monument – Aug. 27-28
Hagadone Homestead, C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge – Sept. 3
Bullwhacker, Upper Missouri River Breaks Nat’l Monument, Sept. 17-18
Chalk Buttes - September 24
Published May 4, 2011