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A gnarled tree watches the sun rise above Murphy Peak in the Rattlesnake Wilderness (photo by Brian Christianson)

Chasing light in the Rattlesnake Wilderness under the cover of winter was a unique opportunity to highlight the beauty of this remarkable wild place that's tucked away in Missoula’s backyard.

A stunning sunrise over Stuart Peak in the Rattlesnake Wilderness (photo by Brian Christianson)

The project began with a clearly defined objective: to photograph the Rattlesnake Wilderness in winter. That’s it. But then something unexpected happened. 

Thunderheads build up above the Highline Trail (photo by Crissy Bauman)

We know what slipping and sliding along a muddy switchback does to our dignity and our boots, but how does it affect our favorite trails?

Spectacular views of the Big Snowies Wilderness Study Area on the Crystal Lake Loop hike (photo by Zack Porter)

There's been a lot of back-and-forth about wilderness study areas over the last few months, so we wanted to give Senator Daines an opportunity to speak for himself on the matter. 

Blooming cactus with the Sweetgrass Hills in the background (photo by Janice Hendrickson)

There’s still snow covering Montana’s high country, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of places to get out on the trail.

Infographic: a guide to Wilderness in Montana

Looking for Montana wilderness facts? You've come to the right place.