National Trails Day is Saturday, June 2, and there are several opportunities in western Montana to get out and lend a hand.
While most projects occur on National Trails Day, a couple of them are planned for later in the month.
As a reward for your service, some events include a barbecue afterward!
The following are western Montana events – click through for times and more detailed information, or follow the link above for events in other parts of the state.
- REI, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership and the Montana Conservation Corps will pull weeds and perform basic maintenance along the “M” Trail on Mount Sentinel.
- The Back Country Horsemen of Missoula will have a “Leave No Trace” demonstration camp; handouts on trail use; bicycle/equestrian helmets for sale; water, snacks and dog treats for the public; and will paint a fence and clean up the main trailhead at the Blue Mountain Recreation Area. The group will also conduct a survey of trail users.
- At the Milltown State Park site, Montana State Parks will plant native shrubs and trees along a trail to the bluff overlook and a Boy Scout troop will install park benches made from salvaged logs.
- The Ninemile Ranger District will hold the Ninemile Family Fun Run – with 1K and 2K events – at Grand Menard Picnic Area near the Ninemile Ranger Station. The U.S. Forest Service; Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks; and the Montana Natural History Center will also provide educational activities.
- The Montana Conservation Corps will work on several trails at Herron Park in Kalispell.
- The Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation will perform seasonal work on the trail to Stanton Lake near Hungry Horse.
- On Saturday, June 9, Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness will hold a workshop on old-growth ecology in Heron and go on an afternoon hike.
- On Saturday, June 30, the Scotchman Peaks Friends group will have workshop on wetlands and riparian areas in Heron and go on an afternoon hike.