Exploring the Wild
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.
Wilderness Walks are free and open to the public.
Covid Update: 2021 Walks in July - September
MWA has led Wilderness Walks every year since 1960 as a way to connect our supporters with Montana’s wildlands. So it was with a heavy heart that we decided to cancel the majority of the 2020 Wilderness Walks season.
We are planning to proceed with Wilderness Walks for 2021 in hopes that, by the summer, circumstances and trends surrounding COVID will allow for a safe experience. In order to increase our chances of hosting Walks, we will be delaying the start of the season. Wilderness Walks will only occur in July, August, and September this summer.
Sign ups will begin for Walks later than usual - look for another update on this page in mid-May. In the meantime, be sure to visit Hike Wild Montana to see what hikes you might be able to do on your own. And here are some tips for getting out on public lands during this tough time.
Please contact Sonny Mazzullo at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.