National Trails Day


June 1, 2013

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!


Pictograph Cave State Park

Join the Early Bird- Bird Walk with Ruth Vanderhorst from the Billings Audubon Nature Center. Come for an easy early morning walk in the park to learn about our seasonal aviary visitors. Learn about and enjoy the wrens, warblers, swallows White-throated Swifts, Towhees, Lazuli Buntings, Flickers and other species that have make our park their home. Time: 9am-10am Contact: Jarret Kostrba (406) 254-7342


Highland Boulevard

On Saturday, June 1, join the Gallatin Valley Land Trust and the Montana Conservation Corps in celebrating National Trails Day and help build and maintain a piece of the Main Street to the Mountains trail system. This year, through a partnership with Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, volunteers will construct 2 miles of new trail on hospital property east of Highland Boulevard. Time: 9am-2pm Contact: Chris Nesset (406) 586-0151

Drinking Horse Trail

The Montana Conservation Corp, Gallatin Valley Land Trust, and Montana Outdoor Science School will host a National Trails Day Event on Drinking Horse trail, located adjacent to the Fish Technology Center. Give back to this trail and enjoy its scenic beauty as a family- hike it, pick up trash, or put in some sweat equity maintaining this heavily used but treasured trail. Time: 10am-12pm Contact: Chris Nesset (406) 586-0151

Hyalite Canyon

Montana Conservation Corps is partnering with Wilderness and Recreation Partnership to celebrate National Trails Day in Hyalite Canyon. Montana Conservation Corps Leaders will be taking youth volunteers (ages 13-16) into Hyalite Canyon for a trails project followed by an overnight camping extravaganza. The evening will be full of trail knowledge, wilderness skills, games, fun, and food! This is a great opportunity to get to know Youth Crew Leaders, make friends, and give back to the community. Space is limited. Contact: Gia Petito (406) 586-0151 or


Bannack State Park

In celebration of National Trails Day  the staff at Bannack State Park are offering 2 guided hikes to demonstrate hiking opportunities around the park. Time: 10am-2pm Contact: Tom Lowe or Dale Carlson (406) 834-3413 This event is free to Montana residents, out of state registered vehicles pay $5.00 entrance fee. Hike 1 at 10am: Marysville and the Canyon: The hike departs from the Visitor Center and follows the road east down the canyon. We will visit the site of Marysville and view the site of the Gold Leaf mill as well as historic and current mining activity in the canyon.Level of Difficulty: Easy Length: 2.8 miles round trip Time 2-2.3 hours
Hike 2 at 2pm: A Bird’s Eye View: The hike departs from the Group Use area and follows the old stage road into the hills south of Bannack. This is a loop trail and there are opportunities for hikers to get a bird’s eye view of the town site, views of the surrounding country, views of historic mining activity, and hopefully the wild flowers will be in bloom. An optional side hike to Bannack Peak that affords great views is also offered.Level: Moderate Length: 1.5 mile loop Time: 2 hours

Great Falls

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park

Join a Montana State Parks ranger for a guided hike along First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park's 3.5 mile interpretive trail. During the hike you'll learn about the jump's history, geology, plants, animals and more. The hike will start and finish at the park's visitor center and includes a trip to the top of the jump. Time: 10am-12pm Contact: First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park 406-866-2217

Giant Springs State Park

Meet at Gibson Park for National Trails Day (Shuttle to North Shore Trails). Join our Park Ranger for a hike celebrating National Trails Day along the newest section of the River's Edge Trail on the north shore. The hike will follow the new beautiful section of trail near Cochrane Dam in the rugged canyon of the Missouri. This walk will be on a dirt and rocky 3.7 mile trail. Moderately strenuous. Bring water and a snack. Time: 10am-12:30pm Contact: Holli Langlieb (406) 791-7700 *Preregistration for this event is required. Call 406-791-7700 to RSVP.


Mount Helena

Join the Montana Conservation Corps, Prickly Pear Land Trust, and the City of Helena for a workday on the Mount Helena mainline trails. Meet at the 1906 trailhead at 9am. Bring gloves and water, refreshments will be provided. Time: 9am-2pm Contact: Tim Dwyer at (406) 495-9214


Lone Pine State Park

Join a fun volunteer work day and learning experience. See how trails are built and maintained, and participate in this fun event in the park. A BBQ will be held for volunteers after the event. Time: 9am-1pm Contact: Lone Pine State Park 406-755-2706 ext. 2

Great Bear Wilderness Trail

Join the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation and the Montana Conservation Corps to work on the popular day use trails of Stanton Lake #146 and Rescue Basin #326. These trials need some sprucing up before summer gets into full swing. Volunteers will be using pulaskis to repair tread, Cross cuts and saws to clear fallen trees and loppers to open up the trail corridor. After a day on the trail, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation invites all volunteers to a tailgate BBQ at the Hungry Horse Ranger Station from 4-6pm. Registration is required. Time: 8am-4:30pm Contact: (406) 387-3808 or

Wildhorse Island

Join Fish, Wildlife, and Parks and the Montana Conservation Corps for a workday on Wildhorse Island. Contact: Cliff Kipp (406) 755-3619

Herron Park

Help Foys to Blacktail Trails and the Montana Conservation Corps improve trails. Registration begins at 8:30 AM at the Foy’s Lake parking area before the turn for Lone Pine State Park (look for the blue tent). One volunteer crew will head to Herron Park, the other to Lone Pine State Park. Projects run from 9 AM to noon, with lunch provided by Daybreak Rotary at Lone Pine State Park. Later in the day (3 PM) anyone wanting a guided tour of the Foy’s to Blacktail Trails at Herron Park can join a guide for a walk or bike ride, approximately 1 to 2 hours in length depending on the ability of those who show up. To top it all off, Foy’s Fest begins at 5 PM. Farm to Market Pork is sponsoring this fundraiser for Foy’s to Blacktail Trails. Contact: Helen Birk at (207) 691-6740.


Travelers' Rest State Park

To celebrate National Trails Day, volunteers are asked to join park staff to help remove fencing in preparation for a trail project later this year. Volunteers should check in at the registration tent between 8:30am and 9am. This is a great opportunity to help Travelers' Rest State Park as we expand the trail system within the park. There will be prize giveaways at noon. Volunteers should come prepared to work in the weather condition of the day. Gloves, long sleeved shirts and pants are recommended as we will be handling barbed wire and metal fence posts. Time: 9am-12pm Contact: Loren Flynn (406) 273-4253


Riverwalk Trail

Join Field Crew Leaders with the Montana Conservation Corps for a weed pull at Riverwalk trail in Roundup. Time: 10am-2pm. Contact: Tauzha Grantham (406) 651-1311

Three Forks

Missouri Headwaters State Park

Missouri Headwaters State Park Commemorates National Trails Day! Volunteers will gather at 9 a.m. to clean park trails; highway ditches and marshes in the park; and the Headwaters Trail System from Missouri Headwaters State Park through the town of Three Forks. After the morning clean up, volunteers can enjoy a community barbecue with Dutch oven cooking and kite flying in the picnic area. Where: Volunteers and participants should meet at the Milwaukee Fishing Access Site, located on the frontage road (Highway 205), 1.5 miles from the town of Three Forks. Missouri Headwaters State Park is located at 1585 Trident Road, Three Forks, MT 59752--four miles north of Three Forks, just off of interstate 90. Time: 9am-11am Contact: Anne Ore (406) 285-3610 or (406) 581-5568

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

Join Us at Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park for a weed-pulling event to help maintain our great trails and celebrate National Trails Day. Come out to the park, meet people, enjoy the outdoors and participate in a prize giveaway! Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park is located 15 miles east of Whitehall on Montana 2 and 19 miles west of Three Forks on Montana 2. The day will begin with registration at the Pavilion in the Park's campground area. Then, there will be a short presentation given by the Jefferson County Weed District representatives about noxious weeds and weed identification. After the presentation, volunteers will split up into groups and work on trail segments that are in need of weeding. The workday should last for two hours and volunteers will be entered into a raffle for door prizes. A complimentary lunch will be provided by the park. After lunch will be a raffle for door prizes such as, National Trails Day t-shirts, hats, first-aid supplies, a backpack, and other items. Registration is on the day of the event. All participants should be prepared for a day in the sun. Please wear appropriate clothing, put on sunscreen, and bring work gloves and water. Time: 9am-2pm Contact: Lynette Kemp or Briney Bischof (406) 287-3541


Whitefish Trail

Join the Whitefish Legacy Partners and the Montana Conservation Corps for a day of trail maintenance to celebrate National Trails Day on the Whitefish Trail. Volunteers will be working on seeding, drainage maintenance and tread work on Swift Creek Trail. Bring your own gloves, lunch, water and rain gear Meet at Whitefish Depot Park at 9:00am or at Swift Creek Trailhead at 9:30am. Volunteers must complete a volunteer form which can be found online at . Please email or call 862-3880 for more information and to sign up.

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