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Exploring the Wild

Get your boots on the ground and discover Montana's wild areas 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.

Wilderness Walks are free and open to the public. 

 

2020 Season

We're excited to announce the brand new season of Wilderness Walks! This year we're offering hiking across the state, along with trail running, a grizzly bear seminar, children-friendly activities, and plenty of other adventures. 

Early Season (May 16 - July 15) registration opens at 9 am MDT on Monday, May 4th, 2020, for members and on Thursday, May 7th, 2020, for the general public. 

Late Season (July 27 - September 29) registration opens at 9 am MDT on Monday, June 29, 2020, for members and on Thursday, July 2, 2020, for the general public. 

Click here to view the full listing of WILDERNESS WALKS

Please contact Mike Rooney at mrooney@wildmontana.org or 406-443-7350 ext. 103 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 the spring and summer season of Wilderness Walks before the general public. 

DONATE HERE

 

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.

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