Western Montana Walks

Photo by Jim Chapman

Hike up Sunday Mountain, explore Turquoise Lake, or run to Heart Lake

Please note: All 2020 hikes are canceled due to Covid-19 precautions


Friday, May 29th (Early Season)

Lake Como - CANCELED

Location: Hamilton
Miles/Difficulty: 6.5 miles/Moderate
Leaders: Annie Paulson Gillespie and Nan Keiser Christianson

Hike to Como Falls and return on the same trail on this easy, low-elevation trek.


Saturday, June 20th (Early Season)

Solstice Saturday at Milltown State Park - CANCELED

Location: Missoula
Miles/Difficulty: 3.5 miles/Moderate
Leaders: Michael Kustudia and Jessica Martin

Learn about human and natural history as we hike from the Milltown Bluff to the restored floodplain of the Clark Fork River.


Saturday, June 27th (Early Season)

Mount Headley - CANCELED

Location: Thompson Falls
Miles/Difficulty: 10 miles/Moderately Strenuous
Leaders: Doug and Mindy Ferrell 

This glorious ridgetop hike will lead to a prominent peak with magnificent views into Canada, Idaho, and a big chunk of Montana.


Saturday, June 27th (Early Season)

South Fork Lolo Creek - CANCELED

Location: Lolo
Miles/Difficulty: 4.5 miles/Moderately Strenuous
Leaders: Steve Seninger and Daphne Herling

Join us as we hike to wonderful views of the Graves Range and pass through areas burned in the 2017 Lolo Peak Fire, where we'll observe fire restoration ecology before reaching our end point looking at Bass Peak.


Tuesday, June 30th (Early Season)

Crescent and Marshall Lakes - CANCELED

Location: Seeley Lake
Miles/Difficulty: 10 miles/Extremely Strenuous
Leaders: Gene Schade and Lee Boman

Hike to Crescent Lake, where we'll take a break and then proceed over the Swan Crest into the Bob Marshall Wilderness. We'll pass by some of the Marshall Lakes and look down the Marshall drainage.


Saturday, July 11th (Early Season)

Diamond and Cliff Lakes - CANCELED

Location: Superior
Miles/Difficulty: 2 miles/Easy
Leaders: Kara Hanson and Sadie Rae Russell

On this wonderful kid-friendly hike, our route will take us through the Great Burn Proposed Wilderness, hopping from from one lake to another, and through some woods to a meadow full of spectacular wildflowers.


Saturday, July 11th (Early Season)

Lolo Peak Fire and Whitebark Pine Ecology - CANCELED

Location: Lolo
Miles/Difficulty: 13 miles/Extremely Strenuous
Leaders: C. Alina Cansler and Julee Shamhart

Hike up the Mormon Creek Trail to Carlton Lake to look at alpine larch and whitebark pine forests burned in the 2017 Lolo Peak Fire.


Saturday, July 18th (Late Season)

Blacklead Mountain - CANCELED

Location: Lolo
Miles/Difficulty: 5 miles/Moderate
Leaders: Bert Lindler and Jay Gore

Blacklead Mountain is the most remote portion of the Great Burn Recommended Wilderness, which spans the Idaho-Montana Stateline. We may even see mountain goats as we hike along a ridge overlooking aptly-named Goat Lake.


Saturday, July 25th (Previously July 18th) (Late Season)

Stateline to Heart Lake Trail Run - CANCELED

Location: Superior
Miles/Difficulty: 13 miles/Extremely Strenuous
Leaders: Erin Clark and Mark Hanson

A delightful high-alpine trail run, this lollipop route starts at Hoodoo Pass and travels the Stateline Trail above Heart and Pearl Lakes before dropping down to the lakeside.


Tuesday, July 28th (Late Season)

Sunday Mountain - CANCELED

Location: Seeley Lake
Miles/Difficulty: 6 miles/Strenuous
Leaders: Lee Boman and Gene Schade

This is one of the quickest routes to the crest of the Swan Range, where we'll be treated to steadily improving views of the Mission Mountains Wilderness and the Clearwater Valley.


Friday, August 7th (Late Season)

Rhodes Peak - CANCELED

Location: Lolo
Miles/Difficulty: 16 miles/Extremely Strenuous
Leaders: Bert Lindler and Erin Clark

This multi-day backpack will take us into some of the highest and wildest areas of the Great Burn Recommended Wilderness. We will only be able to accomodate six hikers unless participants have reasonably high-clearance vehicles.


Sunday, August 9th (Late Season)

Mount Silcox Loop - CANCELED

Location: Thompson Falls
Miles/Difficulty: 7.5 miles/Strenuous
Leaders: Mark and Karen Sheets 

We'll pass by Goat Lakes at the southeast end of the Cube Iron/Silcox Roadless area and head to the top of Mt. Silcox for some excellent views.


Saturday, August 15th (Late Season)

Clearwater Lake - CANCELED

Location: Seeley Lake
Miles/Difficulty: 3 miles/Easy
Leaders: Lee Boman and Gene Schade

On this family-friendly hike around Clearwater Lake, we'll have great views of the Mission Mountains Wilderness Area and a good chance of spotting loons and maybe even some delicious huckleberries.


Saturday, August 15th (Late Season)

Dunham Creek Trail - CANCELED

Location: Seeley Lake
Miles/Difficulty: 8 miles/Moderately Strenuous
Leaders: Clare Ols and Hannah Nikonow

This hike is primarily meant for participants under 30, but all are welcome to join us as we explore this landscape, which stands be added to the Bob Marshall Wilderness by the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act.


Monday, August 17th (Late Season)

Baker Lakes Stewardship Day - CANCELED

Location: Darby
Miles/Difficulty: 3 miles/Strenuous
Leaders: Renee Snyder, Erin Clark

We'll hike along stunning high-alpine cirques to Middle and Gem Lakes. Once there, we'll clean campfire rings, collect monitoring data, and pick up trash. All equipment and training on protocols will be provided by MWA and the hike leaders. 


Wednesday, August 26th (Late Season)

South Lost Horse Creek - CANCELED

Location: Hamilton
Miles/Difficulty: 5 miles/Moderate
Leaders: Nancy Brown and Karla Wiencek

After crossing over Lost Horse Creek, we'll follow the creek through a plethora of huckleberry bushes and forest cover, observing interesting rock outcroppings above the trail before reaching a wonderful swimming hole.


Thursday, August 27th (Late Season)

Blodgett Canyon - CANCELED

Location: Hamilton
Miles/Difficulty: 8-9 miles/Strenuous
Leaders: Mike Young and Wolf Ametsbichler

We'll hike along Blodgett Creek, crossing a couple of talus slopes, on the way to a nice waterfall. From there, we'll tackle a gradual climb through a glacial valley carved into the granite of the Idaho Batholith and enjoy scenery reminiscent of Yosemite.


Thursday, September 3rd (Late Season)

Turquoise Lake - CANCELED

Location: Seeley Lake
Miles/Difficulty: 12 miles/Strenuous
Leaders: Lee Boman and Silke Jauck

The same glaciers that created Glacier National Park also carved the landscape that we'll enjoy on this hike to Turquoise Lake.


Saturday, September 12th (Late Season)

Slide Rock Mountain Whitebark Pine Ecology - CANCELED

Location: Thompson Falls
Miles/Difficulty: 7 miles/Moderate
Leaders: Doug and Mindy Ferrell

We'll head from Vermillion Pass to Slide Rock Mountain on Trail #529, which travels through an area burned in 2017 before reaching a stand of monster spruce trees.


Saturday, September 12th (Late Season)

Hoodoo Pass to Heart Lake - CANCELED

Location: Superior
Miles/Difficulty: 9 miles/Moderately Strenuous
Leaders: Mary Langenderfer and Julie Ellison

Enjoy a point-to-point hike from Hoodoo Pass south to the Heart Lake overlook, where we'll drop down to the lake and out to the trailhead. Along the way, we'll see gorgeous fall colors, ridgeline views, and maybe a few mountain goats.


Friday, September 25th (Late Season)

St. Mary Peak Whitebark Pine Ecology - CANCELED

Location: Stevensville
Miles/Difficulty: 7 miles/Extremely Strenuous
Leaders: Bob Keane and Julee Shamhart

We'll hike from the St. Mary trailhead up to the whitebark pine stands near treeline, where we'll discuss the ecology of whitebark pine ecosystems.