Walking the Wild
Get your boots on the ground and discover Montana's wild 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.
Volunteer Trail Crew
Registration for our Volunteer Trail Crew is now open. Simply CLICK HERE to see what's being offered and how you can help upkeep Montana's trails.
Come back April 15th for a listing of summer 2019 Wilderness Walks and registration! We send our members a printed guide and give members the chance to register 2 weeks before the general public. If you’re not a member, get these benefits and support wilderness when you join today through THIS LINK.
Wild Winter Adventures
Montana Wilderness Association is excited to announce the brand new season of 2019’s Wild Winter Adventures (formerly Wild Winter Offerings).
Registration for 2019's Wild Winter Adventures opens Tuesday, December 18th!
Adventures are available for all skill levels and take place throughout the winter and across the state. And we're excited to now offer cross-country skiing as an option for exploring your public lands with MWA. To register, contact the organizer directly with the information provided for their respective adventure.
For registration questions please contact Mike Rooney at email@example.com or 406-443-7350 ext 103
Please consider becoming a member or making a tax-deductible donation to the
Wild Winter Adventures program below to ensure this program will continue for generations to come.
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 today gets outdoor enthusiasts – novice, expert, and in-between – out into Montana's wild landscapes. Keeping with the Baldwin's 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 that educate participants about the landscape and how we can protect it.
Over 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.