North Central Montana Walks

Photo by Jim Chapman

Hike up Collar Peark, explore wildflowers around Lewistown, and dive into Sluice Boxes state park

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

Saturday, May 30th (Early Season)

Collar Peak

Location: Lewistown
Miles/Difficulty: 6 miles/Moderately Strenuous
Leader: Laurie Lohrer and Susan Lohmuller

This well-maintained trail will lead us into a backcountry area with varied terrain, plenty of solitude, and panoramic views of of the Little Belts, Bear Paws, Big Snowies, and plains of eastern Montana from the open summit of Collar Peak.

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Saturday, June 13th (Early Season)

Cow Island/Nez Perce Trail

Location: Lewistown
Miles/Difficulty: 7 miles/Moderate
Leader: Tim Faber and Mike Chapman

Enjoy panoramic views of Cow Island and the Cow Creek and Antelope Creek WSAs in the heart of the Missouri Breaks. We'll learn about the Nez Perce historic trail and the steamboat era while hiking to the Kipp homestead. This is a two-day hike that involves car camping.

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Saturday, June 13th (Early Season)

North Fork Dupuyer Creek

Location: Dupuyer
Miles/Difficulty: 4 miles/Easy
Leader: Dan Bennett and Dave Shea

Join us, along with the Native Plant Society, on a leisurely wildflower stroll across the Old North Trail and through grizzly country.

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Friday, June 19th (Early Season)

Square Butte

Location: Square Butte
Miles/Difficulty: 5 miles/Extremely Strenuous
Leader: Grant Barnard and Katie Kotynski

Square Butte is the largest lacolith in the state and one of central Montana’s most unique landmarks. We'll hike through prairie grasslands, scrub pine, and steep cliffs to enjoy wide views from the top of the butte.

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Saturday, June 20th (Early Season)

Lewistown Area Wildflowers

Location: Lewistown
Miles/Difficulty: 2 miles/Easy
Leader: Dave Mari and Jim Hanson

We'll walk in the Crystal Lake area of the Big Snowy Mountains to revel in fields of spectacular wildflowers.

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Saturday, June 20th (Early Season)

Lost Fork of the Judith

Location: Utica
Miles/Difficulty: 6 miles/Strenuous
Leader: Darryl Stevens and Gordon Whirry

On this hike, we'll drop steeply into the Lost Fork drainage in the Middle Fork Judith Wilderness Study Area, described by Charlie Russell as a “hunter’s paradise." We'll visit beaver dams and elk calving grounds and see the growth that's followed the 1985 fire.

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Saturday, June 27th (Early Season)

Hannan Gulch

Location: Augusta
Miles/Difficulty: 2.5 miles/Easy
Leader: Gene Sentz and Dave Shea

From the Hannan Gulch Bridge, we'll walk along the Sun River and hike uphill to a saddle and a hogback. From the top, we'll see upper Hannan Gulch, the backside of Castle Reef, Sun River Canyon, French Gulch, and Norwegian Gulch.

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Saturday, June 27th (Early Season)

Middle Fork Judith to Sand Point

Location: Neihart
Miles/Difficulty: 6 miles/Moderate
Leader: Dave Wilsey and Sara Buley

On this moderate hike, we'll be treated to a grand view of the Middle Fork Judith Wilderness Study Area and points far beyond.

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Tuesday, June 30th (Early Season)

Lost Peak, Big Snowy Mountains WSA

Location: Lewistown
Miles/Difficulty: 8 miles/Moderately Strenuous
Leader: Tim Faber and Harvey Nyberg

Lost Peak lies in one of the most seldom-traveled areas of the wild Big Snowy Mountains. After hiking two miles through old-growth conifers, we'll reach the crest of the Snowies and experience stunning views of the eastern Montana landscape.

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Sunday, July 5th (Early Season)

Hall Creek Wildflowers

Location: East Glacier Park
Miles/Difficulty: 6 miles/Moderate
Leader: Lou Bruno and Kerry Nickou

Enjoy abundant wildflowers and spectacular vistas while we identify and photograph vibrant bitterroots. Your local naturalist and photographer leaders will help identify the flowers and offer tips on taking terrific pictures.

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Thursday, July 11th (Early Season)

Neil Creek Trail, Big Snowy Mountains WSA

Location: Lewistown
Miles/Difficulty: 10 miles/Extremely Strenuous
Leader: Camille Consolvo and Mark Good

Widely regarded as Montana’s most intact island mountain range, the Big Snowy Mountains provide wonderful hiking opportunities for those looking for a place less traveled.

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Saturday, July 18th (Late Season)

Lubec Hills Art and Photography

Location: East Glacier Park
Miles/Difficulty: 2 miles/Easy
Leader: Cindy Taylor and Kerry Nickou

Enjoy a slow walk and close observation of the beautiful Lubec Hills. Bring your naturalist’s notebook, paints, or camera as your guides, local artists and photographers, give you tips about capturing whatever catches your eye.

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Sunday, July 19th (Late Season)

Yeager Flats

Location: Choteau
Miles/Difficulty: 6 miles/Moderately Strenuous
Leader: Cathy Balasky and Dave Shea

This hike passes through limber pine savannah, narrow-leafed cottonwood groves, sagebrush, douglas fir/Englemann spruce forest, and an old burn before ending in a vast high-elevation native fescue prairie near the base of Ear Mountain.

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Saturday, August 8th (Late Season)

Middle Fork Judith River Canyon

Location: Utica
Miles/Difficulty: 9 miles/Moderately Strenuous
Leader: Michael Enk and Jim Zadick

Scramble up the Middle Fork Judith River canyon on a trail that fords the river eight times on its way to Arch Coulee and back.

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Saturday, August 8th (Late Season)

Sluice Boxes State Park

Location: Belt
Miles/Difficulty: 7 miles/Strenuous
Leader: Colin Maas and Nate Kluz

On this state park through-hike, we'll travel from the south end of the park to the north end, crossing Belt Creek 16 times - be ready for an adventure!

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Tuesday, August 18th (Late Season)

Two Medicine Loop

Location: East Glacier Park
Miles/Difficulty: 10 miles/Strenuous
Leader: Peter Metcalf and Zach Angstead

Sample the ecological diversity of the Badger-Two Medicine with a loop hike in the lower Two Medicine country that passes through aspen stands, rolling grasslands, coulees, and deep forest.

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Saturday, August 22nd (Late Season)

South Fork Two Medicine Ramble

Location: East Glacier Park
Miles/Difficulty: 8 miles/Moderate
Leader:John Schmid and Rose DeFrancesci

This delightful hike through the Two Medicine River Canyon passes through mixed conifer forest, aspen parks, and wildflower-filled meadows, with occasional views of the peaks of Glacier National Park.

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