Eastern Montana Walks

Photo by Jim Chapman

Explore The Badlands, hunt for fossils, or check out the Medicine Rocks

Please pay attention to Early and Late Seasons and their sign-up dates

Eastern Montana


Saturday, May 11 (Early Season)

Chalk Buttes

Location: Ekalaka
Miles/Difficulty: 8 Miles/Moderately Strenuous
Leaders: Helen Stevens and Roger Otstot

Join us in southeastern Montana for remarkable views of limestone cliffs, ash-filled draws, and meadows filled with early spring wildflowers.

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Saturday, June 1 (Early Season)

Archeology in Bitter Creek Wilderness Study Area

Location: Glasgow
Miles/Difficulty: 4 miles/Moderate
Leader: Jaye Sedlack and Mark Good

This will be a real prairie wilderness experience at Bitter Creek, a 60,000-acre Bureau of Land Management-managed Wilderness Study Area containing a large expanse of rolling shortgrass prairie with a long history of human use.

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Saturday, June 1 (Early Season)

Sykes Arch (Hike Full)

Location: Lovel, WY
Miles/Difficulty: 6 miles/Moderately Strenuous
Leaders: Roger Otstot and Aubrey Bertram

This hike will explore numerous rugged and spectacular limestone canyons and rock formations with viewpoints from which to enjoy the solitude.

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Sunday, June 2 (Early Season)

Burnt Lodge Wilderness Study Area

Location: Glasgow
Miles/Difficulty: 7 miles/Moderately Strenuous
Leaders: Mark Good and John Daggett

Explore the Burnt Lodge Wilderness Study Area, one of eastern Montana’s most scenic wildlands. We will work our way to the top of a ridge and follow it to spectacular views of river breaks topography.

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Saturday, June 15 (Early Season)

Makoshika Badlands

Location: Glendive
Miles/Difficulty: 4 miles/Moderate
Leaders: Tom Shoush and Amber VanMeter

This hike follows a road-to-trails route along a plateau in the undeveloped portion of Makoshika, providing close-up views of the badlands and distant views of adjacent valleys.

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Sunday, June 16 (Early Season)

Terry Badlands and Natural Bridges

Location: Terry
Miles/Difficulty: 4 miles/Moderate
Leaders: Karen Stevenson and Mike Stevenson

A great hike to naturally eroded sandstone bridges. Along the way, climb ridges for expansive views of the landscape of rugged draws and unusual rock formations.

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Saturday, June 22 (Early Season)

Four Dances Native Plant Walk

Location: Billings
Miles/Difficulty: 2 miles/Easy
Leaders: Claire Overholt and Melissa Petrich

This family-friendly walk will focus on the natural history of this undeveloped open grassland. We'll learn about dominant native plants and their uses, the geologic formation of this area, and practice nature journaling to familiarize ourselves with this sagebrush steppe ecosystem.

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Wednesday, July 10 (Early Season)

Four Dances Plant Walk - Evening

Location: Billings
Miles/Difficulty: 2 miles/Easy
Leaders: Claire Overholt and Melissa Petrich

The same hike as above, but we'll head out in the evening to avoid the heat of the day.

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Saturday, July 13 (Early Season)

Musselshell Breaks Tour and Car Camp

Location: Winnett
Miles/Difficulty: 5 miles/Moderate
Leaders: Mark Good and Art Canfield

Join us on a tour and car camp of Musselshell Breaks country with its rolling hills, grasslands, forested draws, steep inclines, and deep coulees. As we travel across this remote and rugged breaks landscape, we’ll stop for a short hike and learn about the area.

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Thursday, August 1 (Late Season)

Fossil Hunting in the Musselshell Breaks Wilderness Study Area

Location: Musselshell Breaks
Miles/Difficulty: 3 miles/Easy
Leaders: Aubrey Bertram and Dr. Rick Schmidt

Participants will learn how to recognize and identify fossils with paleontologists from Bighorn Basin Paleontological Institute. Afterwards, we'll help the paleontologists find and record fossil resources throughout the WSA.

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Saturday, August 17 (Late Season)

Timberline Lake (Hike Full)

Location: Red Lodge
Miles/Difficulty: 9 miles/Strenuous
Leaders: Aubrey Bertram

This out-and-back trail begins with a steep, exposed climb through the old burn area before entering thick stands of pines and beautiful wildflowers.

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Saturday, August 24 (Late Season)

Tongue River Breaks

Location: Ashland/Birney
Miles/Difficulty: 5 miles/Moderate
Leaders: Karen Stevenson and Claire Overholt

Explore the multi-colored sandstone cliffs and pine-studded buttes of the Tongue River Valley on the Custer-Gallatin National Forest.

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Saturday, September 7 (Late Season)

Medicine Rocks

Location: Ekalaka
Miles/Difficulty: 2 miles/Easy
Leaders: Tom Shoush and Amber VanMeter

Medicine Rocks has over 160 rock formations and 10,000 inscriptions dating back to pre-contact Native Americans. We'll enjoy unique Great Plains geology and opportunities to reflect on those who have called this area home for millennia.

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Saturday, September 14 (Late Season)

The Pryor Mountains' Bear Canyon (Hike Full)

Location: Bridger
Miles/Difficulty: 6 miles/Moderately Strenuous
Leaders: Aubrey Bertram and Dan Cohn

Sitting in the rain shadow of the Beartooth Mountains, the Pryors are home to Montana's only red-rock desert ecosystem. This hike will showcase the best of the low-country juniper and sage, with stunning views of year-round snowfields in the highest elevations.

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Sunday, September 29 (Late Season)

A Hiker's Haven in the Pryor Mountains (Hike Full)

Location: Warren
Miles/Difficulty: 7 miles/Moderately Strenuous
Leaders: Rita Harding and Sandra Abraham

A day in the Pryor Mountains is a feast for the senses with spectacular views of subalpine meadows and limestone cliffs, sweet smells of sage and juniper, birdsong, the feel of the wind, and perhaps even a glimpse of the mysterious pygmy panther lizard.

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