Exploring the Wild
Get your boots on the ground and discover Montana's wild areas on a Wilderness Walk
What are Wilderness Walks?
Each Wilderness Walk is an opportunity to slow down, feel the earth beneath your feet, travel a winding path through the forest, or reach the top of a mountain. It's an opportunity to experience nature with all your senses. And here's the best part: you'll be going with experienced volunteers who share their knowledge and passion for protecting our last wild places.
To walk and roam these wild places is an opportunity to become intimately involved with a landscape, to learn its character, and understand why it's so important to protect our wild places for future generations, and for ourselves.
Wilderness Walks are free and open to the public.
We're excited to announce the brand new season of Wilderness Walks!
Registration for early-season Walks (May-July) opened at 9 a.m. MDT on April 15th for members and at 9 a.m. MDT on April 29th for the general public.
Registration for late-season Walks (August - Otcober) opens at 9 a.m. MDT on July 15th for members and at 9 a.m. MDT on July 22nd for the general public.
Please contact Mike Rooney at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-443-7350 ext. 103 with any questions.
Donate to the Walks Program
Please consider becoming a member by making a tax-deductible donation to the Wilderness Walks program below to ensure this program will continue for generations to come. Members have the chance to register for Wilderness Walks two weeks before the general public.
Wilderness Walks History
Wilderness Walks began in the summer of 1960, when Montana Wilderness Association founders Ken and Florence Baldwin led 14 hikers into the Crazy Mountains. Inspired by the positive feedback they received the next year, they set out with a group of 40 hikers to Table Mountain in the Spanish Peaks. As Wilderness Walks grew in popularity, Ken and Florence continued to lead walks around the Bozeman area and began recruiting other wildland enthusiasts to help lead hikes across the state.
The Baldwins set in place a program that still gets outdoor enthusiasts – novice, expert, and in-between – out into Montana's wild landscapes. Keeping with the Baldwins' vision of using Wilderness Walks as a way to build grassroots support for Montana's wild places, we continue to offer hikes into our campaign landscape areas to educate participants about the landscape and how we can protect it.
More than 50 years later, Wilderness Walks are Montana Wilderness Association's most popular and well-known program. With your support, we hope to continue offering walks across the state for many years to come.
Volunteer Trail Crew
Looking for more than a walk through your favorite wild place? Consider signing up for our Volunteer Trail Crew. These projects are all about giving back to the trails we love. Weild a pulaski, handle a crosscut saw, or clear some brush on one of these trail stewardship projects. Find out what we're offering this year and learn how you can help maintain Montana's trails.