South Central Montana Adventures

Photo by Steven Gnam

Saturday, January 11th

Brackett Creek, Bridger Mountains (Cross-country ski)

Location: Bozeman
Miles/Difficulty: 4-6 miles/Moderate
Leaders: Catherine Nelson and Bob Bayley

Scenic ski on logging road at Brackett Creek, gradual climb, great views of the mountains. 

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Sunday, February 9th

Hyalite Cross-Country Ski Tour

Location: Bozeman
Miles/Difficulty: 4 miles/Moderate
Leaders: Peter Bennett and Jen Moran

We will be skiing on trails that are groomed intermittently from the Hyalite Reservoir day use area on the west side of the reservoir up to the History Rock meadow where spectacular views of the Gallatin Range can be seen on a clear day. Skiers should bring their own equipment and have some experience cross country skiing (no novice / first time skiers). The trail does not gain a lot of elevation, but there are some rolling ups and downs.

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Saturday, February 22nd

Great Bear Trap Canyon Family Adventure (Snowshoe)

Location: Norris
Miles/Difficulty: 6 miles/Moderate
Leaders: Jeanette Hall and Linda Grimm

Gather up the kids and join Jeanette and Linda for a moderate length winter hike with easy terrain along the spectacular Madison River. This is a family-friendly hike and children accompanied by an adult are welcome. We’ll walk slowly looking for wildlife along the Bear Trap Canyon Trail in the historical Lee Metcalf Wilderness. Originating in Yellowstone Park, the Madison River courses through the narrow Bear Trap Canyon giving the hiker spectacular vistas and outstanding photo opportunities. Bring a lunch and we’ll find a suitable spot to rest, most likely near Bear Trap Creek, where we can enjoy the quiet beauty of the Wilderness. While we understand they’re part of the family, dogs are not allowed on this hike. Depending on snow depth and trail conditions, this hike may require snowshoes. Bring your own snowshoes or let us know if you need to borrow a pair from our chapter’s supply!

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Saturday, February 29th

Lava Lake (Snowshoe) 

Location: Bozeman
Miles/Difficulty: 6.2 miles/Strenuous
Leaders: Cynthia Fox and Lisa Trankley

Beginning on the banks of the Gallatin River, we'll follow frozen Cascade Creek upstream into the Lee Metcalf Wilderness to beautiful Lava Lake at 7100 feet, nestled below 10,000 foot peaks in the heart of the Madison Range. We'll have lunch at the lake and then return via the same route. This trail is steep and shaded and often packed enough that snowshoes aren't required but traction cleats highly recommended.

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Saturday, March 7th

GPS Training (Indoors) 

Location: Bozeman
Miles/Difficulty: 0 miles/Easy
Leaders: Roger Jenkins

Have a GPS or smartphone with GPS capability, but not sure how it all works or why you might really want to use it in the backcountry or anywhere? Want to get ready for the summer hiking or biking season? We’ve got you covered. The leader will do an entertaining and instructive morning presentation in a conference room, where questions will be solicited and experiences shared. In the afternoon, assuming weather cooperates, we will head out to a local fishing access area to test our new-found skills. Education, fun, and practical experience all rolled into one. How could one ask for more?

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Sunday, March 8th

Lava Lake (Hike)

Location: Bozeman
Miles/Difficulty: 5 miles/Moderate
Leaders: Jen Moran and Kat Mulqueen

Come celebrate Daylight Savings in the mountains! A picture-perfect hike or snowshoe with a wild lake view at the top. Conditions will vary although it is likely hiking with yak tracks should suffice.

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