Photo by Tony Bynum

Friday, July 8

Baker Lakes Stewardship Project

Location: Middle and Gem Lakes (Bitterroot Mountains)
Nearest Town: Darby
Difficulty: Moderately Difficult
Distance Covered (estimate): 4.5 miles
Project Contact: Renee Snyder

Baker Lakes Basin is a very popular hiking and backpacking destination in the Bitterroot Mountains. The trail to the lakes passes through heavily timbered lodgepole pine forests to Baker Lake. We will hike through a stunning high-alpine cirque lake environment over large exposed granite formations looking up to the backside of Trapper Peak, the highest point in the Bitterroot Mountains. This year we will continue our efforts to clean campfire rings and pick up trash. We will also be working with the Bitterroot National Forest to post the wilderness boundary between Baker and Middle Lakes and to close some of the user-created trails.

What To Bring: Bring water, lunch, gloves and a rain jacket for afternoon thundershowers. Any other tools will be provided.

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Saturday, August 6

Baker Lakes Stewardship Project

Location: Middle and Gem Lakes (Bitterroot Mountains)
Nearest Town: Darby
Difficulty: Moderately Difficult
Distance Covered (estimate): 4.5 miles
Project Contact: Renee Snyder

Baker Lakes Basin is a very popular hiking and backpacking destination in the Bitterroot Mountains. The trail to the lakes passes through heavily timbered lodgepole pine forests to Baker Lake. We will hike through a stunning high-alpine cirque lake environment over large exposed granite formations looking up to the backside of Trapper Peak, the highest point in the Bitterroot Mountains. This year we will continue our efforts to clean campfire rings and pick up trash. We will also be working with the Bitterroot National Forest to post the wilderness boundary between Baker and Middle Lakes and to close some of the user-created trails.

What To Bring: Bring water, lunch, gloves and a rain jacket for afternoon thundershowers. Any other tools will be provided.

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Sunday, September 18

Baker Lakes Stewardship Project

Location: Middle and Gem Lakes (Bitterroot Mountains)
Nearest Town: Darby
Difficulty: Moderately Difficult
Distance Covered (estimate): 4.5 miles
Project Contact: Renee Snyder

Baker Lakes Basin is a very popular hiking and backpacking destination in the Bitterroot Mountains. The trail to the lakes passes through heavily timbered lodgepole pine forests to Baker Lake. We will hike through a stunning high-alpine cirque lake environment over large exposed granite formations looking up to the backside of Trapper Peak, the highest point in the Bitterroot Mountains. This year we will continue our efforts to clean campfire rings and pick up trash. We will also be working with the Bitterroot National Forest to post the wilderness boundary between Baker and Middle Lakes and to close some of the user-created trails.

What To Bring: Bring water, lunch, gloves and a rain jacket for afternoon thundershowers. Any other tools will be provided.

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Saturday, July 16

Sage Creek Weed Pull

Location: Sage Creek (Pryor Mountains)
Nearest Town: Bridger
Difficulty: Moderate
Distance Covered (estimate): 1 to 2 miles
Project Contact: Susan Newell

A July day in the Pryors is a feast for the senses. You’ll see native wildflowers, locate chokecherry bushes for fall picking, watch butterflies, enjoy the sights and sounds of Sage Creek, smell sage and juniper and see a variety of birds. This is the third year of our effort to eradicate spotted knapweed from the Sage Creek campground area. This plant is a noxious species that threatens this natural landscape. Bring plenty of water! The Pryor Mountain Weed Pulls are a joint effort of the Pryor Mountains Weed Campaign, The Pryors Coalition, Billings Bureau of Land Management, Custer National Forest, Carbon County Weed District, and the Eastern Wildlands Chapter of the Montana Wilderness Association.

What To Bring: Lunch, water, comfortable outdoor work clothes and footwear, and sun protection.  Weed pullers are asked to bring their own tools such as a dandelion digger, large screwdriver and hammer or narrow blade shovel. 

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Friday, July 15 - Saturday, July 16

Berray Mountain Lookout Project

Location: Bull River Guard Station (Kootenai National Forest)
Nearest Town: Trout Creek
Difficulty: Moderate
Distance Covered (estimate): 6 to 7 miles
Meeting Time and Place: 7:00 a.m. at the Bull River Guard Station
Project Contact: Cindy Betlach

We will be clearing, brushing, and working on drainage structures and tread work on the Berray Mountain Trail 967 and the Berray Mountain West Trail 1025.  All but about 1.5 miles of these two trails were in the 2015 fires, followed by the fall wind event, so there will be a substantial amount of clearing.  Early recon indicates there will be some tread work, and there's always additional drainage needs following a fire event.  In addition; we will be spraying weeds at the trailheads, and around the guard station, and doing maintenance work at the Bull River Guard Station.

What To Bring: Gloves, lunch, and a potluck dish for dinner.  The Forest Service will provide the tools and radios.

Co Sponsored by Yaak Valley Forest Council.

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Saturday, August 6

Pryor Mountains Weed Pull

Location: Burnt Timber Ridge (Pryor Mountains)
Nearest Town: Bridger
Difficulty: Easy
Distance Covered (estimate): 2 miles
Meeting Time and Place: 7:00 a.m. at Albertsons parking lot (3137 Grand Ave) in Billings
Project Contact: Susan Newell

Help our four-year effort to eradicate invasive Spotted Knapweed threatening East Pryor Mountain.  We will pull knapweed along Burnt Timber Ridge Road while enjoying a day in the spectacular Pryor Mountains.  We’ll see native wildflowers, watch butterflies, note spectacular limestone cliffs and sub-alpine meadows, as well as a variety of birds, small creatures and possibly deer. Four-wheel drive vehicles necessary to get to location; carpooling is an option.

What To Bring: Lunch, water, comfortable outdoor work clothes and footwear, and sun protection.  Weed pullers are asked to bring their own tools such as a dandelion digger, large screwdriver and hammer or narrow blade shovel.

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Saturday, August 20

Northwest Peak Lookout Condition Assessment and Work Day

Location: Northwest Peak Lookout (Kootenai National Forest)
Nearest Town: Yaak
Difficulty: Moderate
Distance Covered (estimate): 4 miles
Meeting Time and Place:  9:00 a.m. at the intersection of Pete Creek Road #338 and Hwy 508, 3 miles outside of Yaak.
Project Contact: Chuck Manning

Volunteer to help the Northwest Montana Chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association (FFLA) conduct a facility condition assessment at Northwest Peak lookout in the heart of the Northwest Peaks Scenic Area.  In addition to assisting the FFLA with the condition assessment and doing site cleanup, the leader will share with you the role lookouts play on the landscape and explain basic fire spotting skills and weather reporting.  Northwest Peak Lookout is a gabled L-4 cab prototype built in 1929 and is one of many historic lookout structures on the Kootenai National Forest This assessment will guide the restoration efforts for Northwest Peak Lookout in 2017 and beyond.

What To Bring: Plan to bring lunch, standard day hiking gear and always plan for changing weather.

Co Sponsored by Northwest Montana Chapter Forest Fire Lookout Association.

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