Northwest Montana Walks

Photo by Jim Chapman

Learn about grizzlies, head up to the Mt. Wam Lookout, or help restore the Bull River

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

Wednesday, May 27th (Early Season)

Columbia Mountain Wildflowers

Location: Columbia Falls
Miles/Difficulty: 2.5 miles/Moderate
Leaders: Ellen Horowitz and Amy Robinson

On this evening hike, the Montana Native Plant Society will join us to show off the flower-lover’s paradise on the Columbia Mountain Trail.

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Saturday, June 13th (Early Season)

Alvord Lake: Cabinet Mountain Solitude Monitoring Training

Location: Troy
Miles/Difficulty: 3 miles/Easy
Leaders: Allie Maloney and Wilderness Ranger

Give back to our wild places! On this hike around Alvord Lake, we'll learn what it takes to become a wilderness character monitor in the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness.

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Friday, June 19th (Early Season)

Solstice Hike to Finger Lake

Location: Whitefish
Miles/Difficulty: 3 miles/Easy
Leaders: Laura Cova and Allie Maloney

Come along for a relaxed after-work stroll, with the option of jumping in Finger Lake for a rejuvenating start-of-summer experience.

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Saturday, June 20th (Early Season)

Spar Peak

Location: Troy
Miles/Difficulty: 7.5 miles/Strenuous
Leaders: Henry Jorden and Allie Maloney

Take in summit views of northwest Montana on an adventure up Spar Peak with Friends of Scotchman Peaks.

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Saturday, June 20th (Early Season)

Wild Horse Island

Location: Big Arm
Miles/Difficulty: 2 miles/Easy
Leaders: Beth Hooper and Allie McCurry

Old-growth ponderosa pine forest, incredible trails, and wildlife abound on the largest island in Flathead Lake. If we're lucky, we'll see the handful of wild horses that still inhabit this park, which is only accessible by boat.

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Friday, June 26th (Early Season)

Literary Lookouts: Apgar

Location: West Glacier
Miles/Difficulty: 7 miles/Strenuous
Leaders: Amy Pearson and Chris Rost

Join former park ranger and forest-fire-lookout-turned-writer Amy Pearson on a hike to Apgar Lookout, a scenic adventure with unique views of spectacular Lake McDonald. We'll hike, converse, enjoy silence together, and write.

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Friday, June 26th (Early Season)

Roderick Mountain

Location: Yaak
Miles/Difficulty: 9 miles/Strenuous
Leaders: Anthony South and Jane Jacoby

Come experience one of the Yaak Valley's largest roadless area, replete with expansive views of the surrounding wild landscape.

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Sunday, June 28th (Early Season)

Bear Creek: Day of the Grizzly

Location: Libby
Miles/Difficulty: 5 miles/Moderate
Leaders: Wayne Kasworm and Kim Annis

Join grizzly bear biologist Wayne Kasworm and bear specialist Kim Annis on a walk along Bear Creek. We'll travel through important bear habitat to learn about grizzly bear natural history, research, management, and capture and monitoring techniques.

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Friday, July 10th (Early Season)

Rockwell Falls

Location: East Glacier
Miles/Difficulty: 7 miles/Moderately Strenuous
Leaders: Chris and Stephanie Rost 

This hike begins at Two Medicine Lake and heads into the Paradise Creek area, culminating at Rockwell Falls. Expect wildlife viewing, scenic panoramas, and plenty of wildflowers.

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Saturday, July 11th (Early Season)

Stahl Peak

Location: Eureka
Miles/Difficulty: 9 miles/Strenuous
Leaders: Allie Maloney and Molly S. Elliott

Passing alpine forests, wildflower meadows, and limestone ridges, we'll climb to the top of Stahl Peak in the northern Whitefish Range, part of the Ten Lakes Wilderness Study Area. The panoramic views from the top are a rich reward for the climb.

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Sunday, July 12th (Early Season)

Whitefish Range Whitebark Pine Ecology

Location: Polebridge
Miles/Difficulty: 6 miles/Moderately Strenuous
Leaders: Debo Powers and Melissa Jenkins

Join the North Fork Preservation Association and the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation for a hike up to a proposed restoration area in recommended wilderness along the Tuchuck Trail.

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Saturday, July 18th (Late Season)

Coal Ridge Lookout

Location: Polebridge
Miles/Difficulty: 6.8 miles/Strenuous
Leaders: Bill Walker and Randy Kenyon

We'll climb steadily through undisturbed forest and the occasional sub-alpine meadow until we reach the site of an old fire lookout on the crest of Coal Ridge. Broad views of the Flathead National Forest and Glacier National Park will spread out below us.

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Sunday, July 19th (Late Season)

Heart Lake

Location: Condon
Miles/Difficulty: 7.6 miles/Moderately Strenuous
Leaders: Gina Jepson and REI Staff

On this hike, we'll pass by Crescent and Glacier Lake, with the option of stopping at Glacier Lake (three miles round trip) or continuing on to Heart Lake.

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Sunday, July 26th (Late Season)

Wedge Mountain

Location: Polebridge
Miles/Difficulty: 3 miles/Moderate
Leaders: Rachel and Jack Potter

We'll stroll across the high limestone ridge of Wedge Mountain, near the Tuchuck-Whale Recommended Wilderness, and bask in stunning views of Glacier National Park and the Canadian wildlands beyond.

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Wednesday, July 29th (Late Season)

Cedar Lake

Location: Swan Lake
Miles/Difficulty: 8 miles/Moderately Strenuous
Leaders: Kari Gunderson and Anne Dahl

Explore whitebark pine and high-elevation wildflowers in the Mission Mountains Wilderness as we hike up switchbacks up to a saddle before dropping into the Cedar Lake Basin.

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Friday, July 31st (Late Season)

Literary Lookouts: Mt. Brown

Location: West Glacier
Miles/Difficulty: 10 miles/Extremely Strenuous
Leaders: Amy Pearson and Chris Rost

Join former park ranger and forest-fire-lookout-turned-writer Amy Pearson for an intense hike to the Mt. Brown Lookout, passing through an old burn and enjoying a beautiful view of Lake McDonald. We'll hike, converse, enjoy silence together, and write.

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Saturday, August 1st (Late Season)

Geiger Lakes

Location: Libby
Miles/Difficulty: 8 miles/Strenuous
Leaders: Allie Maloney and Brian Stephens

This is one of the best hikes in the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness, with flowers, berries, and gem-like lakes set under towering peaks. We'll be accompanied by fisheries biologist Brian Stephens, who'll discuss alpine lake ecology and trout habitat.

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Friday, August 7th (Late Season)

Blacktail Creek Trail Educational Hike

Location: Yaak
Miles/Difficulty: 6 miles/Moderately Strenuous
Leaders: Anthony and Ashley South

Come walk the beautiful Blacktail Creek Trail in the northern Yaak Valley to discuss how this road-to-trail project has increased recreation opportunities, improved native fish habitat, and provided sustainable jobs in our forest.

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Friday, August 7th (Late Season)

Bluebird Lake

Location: Eureka
Miles/Difficulty: 5 miles/Moderately Strenuous
Leaders: John Larson and Allie Maloney

Treat yourself to gorgeous wildflowers, huckleberries, and scenic views. The hike climbs steadily up the Bluebird Creek drainage through the forest, crossing avalanche paths, small creeks, and many scenic openings.

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Friday, August 21st (Late Season)

Literary Lookouts: Huckleberry

Location: West Glacier
Miles/Difficulty: 12 miles/Extremely Strenuous
Leaders: Amy Pearson and Chris Rost

Join former park ranger and forest-fire-lookout-turned-writer Amy Pearson for an tough climb to Huckleberry Lookout and great views of Lake McDonald. We'll hike, converse, enjoy silence together, and write.

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Saturday, August 29th (Late Season)

North Fork Bull River: Day of the Trout

Location: Troy
Miles/Difficulty: 8 miles/Strenuous
Leaders: Allie Maloney and Matt Boyer and Ryan Kriener

Along with two fisheries biologists from Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, we'll follow the North Fork of the Bull River drainage into one of the wildest and most remote sections of the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness.

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Sunday, August 30th (Late Season)

Mt. Wam Lookout

Location: Eureka
Miles/Difficulty: 12.5 miles/Extremely Strenuous
Leaders: Jedd Sankar-Gorton and Whitney Pratt

On National Trail Mix Day, we'll head high up into the Ten Lakes Proposed Wildernness. We'll start off with a steep climb before holding elevation and traversing across and between hillsides to a junction that'll lead us to the lookout.

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Tuesday, September 15th (Late Season)

St. Paul Lake

Location: Noxon
Miles/Difficulty: 8 miles/Strenuous
Leaders: Doug and Mindy Ferrell

Come along on this shady creek-bottom hike, featuring several creek crossings and traveling through giant cedar and hemlock to a lovely mountain lake.

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Saturday, September 19th (Late Season)

Bull River Restoration: Day of Service

Location: Noxon
Miles/Difficulty: 3 miles/Moderately Strenuous
Leaders: Allie Maloney and Brita Olson

Help the Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group bring back the Bull River. The service day will include a short talk on land-use history and changes in the Bull River Valley, as well as an overview of current conservation efforts along the river corridor.

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