National Trails Day
Saturday, June 7th
National Trails Day is the country’s largest celebration of trails sponsored by the American Hiking Society. AmeriCorps members with Montana State Parks and the Montana Conservation Corps have helped plan events across the state encouraging Montanans to celebrate, maintain, and use our abundant network of trails and recreational areas. Get involved with an event in your area!
Lindley Park Pavilion
9:00 a.m. Volunteer Work Projects: Meet at the Lindley Park Pavilion. We’ll lead volunteer crews in trail work, including new trail construction at Highland Glen Nature Preserve and family-friendly trail resurfacing around Lindley Park. Bring your sunscreen, layers for weather, sturdy shoes, hat, and gloves. We will provide some tools, but if possible please bring shovels, rakes, and wheelbarrows.
12:30 p.m. Picnic Lunch: Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch at the Lindley Park Pavilion and learn more about GVLT’s Community Trails Program.
No registration necessary for this event. Just show up on Saturday June 7th ready to work!
Big Sky Community Park
Please join Big Sky Community Corporation and the Trails Committee for a fun day of trail work. Meet at the pavilion at the Big Sky Community Park on June 7th at 9:00AM and break into groups to work on several different trail projects ranging from fixing erosion problems to staining bridges. The groups will meet back at the park around noon for a BBQ.
Join the Montana Wilderness Association on the Continental Divide Trail to kick off your summer on National Trails Day! MWA’s trail stewardship program, CDT Montana, works with volunteers to help build and maintain the northern 1/3 of the Continental Divide Trail in Montana and Idaho.
From June 10-14 we are working with the Montana Youth Challenge Academy to get some work done on the section of CDT near Burnt Mountain. MYCA is a high school program based in Dillon, MT focused on educating young men and women on how to make sound decisions and to be a positive person in their community. These are great young folks to work with!
We will be there for the entire week, but you can show up to join us for a day or two or the whole week! We’ll be camping at the Beaverdam Campground and commuting to the work site each day (short drive). All volunteers are required to sign up on the CDT Montana website for this project. Volunteers are not permitted to work without registering online prior to the project. See www.cdtmontana.org for more.
Please consult the project page for additional details and to register. We want to know when you’re joining us so we can bring enough food and tools to share with everyone. See www.cdtmontana.org for more.
Bannack State Park
Join us at Bannack State Park for National Trail’s Day on June 7. The hike will take place on a trail, moderate in difficulty, in the hills to the south of the townsite. Be sure to bring comfortable clothing, footwear, and water. The hike will begin at 10 AM outside of the Visitor’s Centers and will take approximately 2 hours to complete. This hike will give you the opportunity to learn a little about the history of the area in regards to transportation, mining, ranching, Native Americans, plants, animals, and wildflowers.
Ennis State Park Fishing Access
Join us to clean up the river trail and meet some locals!
Madison Byways is a group of Ennis and Madison Valley residents dedicated to developing and maintaining a trail and pathway system to promote safe and healthy travel in and around Ennis.
We will meet from 9am to 12pm on Saturday, June 7th to get to work.
Please bring weedwackers, clippers, gloves, or whatever else you can find around the house that might be helpful. We will provide garbage bags and drinking water.
National Trails Day is sponsored by Get Fit Great Falls on Saturday, June 7th. Choose from 12 hikes or 2 bike rides, all departing from Gibson Park. Find a detailed list of hikes at americanhiking.org/national-trails-day-great-falls-montana/.
Star Peak Trail
Join us for a work day on the Historic Star (nee Squaw) Peak trail on the southern edge of the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. We will hike two-and-a-half miles to the work area. Tools, lunches and water will be transported by 4-wheeler to a spot 1/4 mile from work area. We will cut tread using Pulaskis, McCleods and other tools. Safety equipment and gloves will be provided. This is a great chance to enjoy the satisfaction of building a trail and help out the wilderness cause in Montana. Many camping options nearby. Adult beverages and other refreshments served at the end of the day.
Traveler's Rest State Park
Join us at Travelers’ Rest State Park for National Trails Day on June 7. Travelers’ Rest is undergoing trail expansion in 2014 to link this National Historic Landmark to existing non-motorized trails that connect the Bitterroot Valley. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., we will be removing fencing along the entry road to prepare for trails work that begins in the fall. Wear long pants, long sleeved shirts and eye protection. bring work gloves if you have them or we can provide. Finish the event with a guided hike through the park to learn about the existing trail and future plans.
Milltown State Park, Overlook Bluff
Meet park staff at noon at the Milltown State Park Overlook off Deer Creek Road to hear an interpretive talk, “Past, Present, and Future Pathways through Milltown State Park.” After sharing trail plans for the park, enjoy a guided hike from the Overlook to the Clark Fork Floodplain. Bring a picnic lunch, sturdy shoes, and weather-appropriate hiking necessities for our trek through moderate terrain. The hike will be from 1-3pm.
Bear Trap Trail Clean-up
Come help pick up trash along the Bear Trap Trail on June 7th at 9:00AMVisit AmericanHiking.org for more details on events, contact information, or to find a project near you. Check back on this page to stay updated on more projects happening in Montana as National Trails Day approaches!