Northwest Montana Adventures

Photo by Steven Gnam

Friday, January 10th

Round Meadows Full Moon Ski

Location: Whitefish
Miles/Difficulty: 6 miles/Moderate
Leaders: Laura Cova and Allie Maloney

"The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow gave a luster of midday to objects below." -Clement Clarke Moore. Come celebrate the magic of winter nights and the full moon, while cross country skiing with fellow adventurers.

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Sunday, January 19th

Ross Creek Cedars (Cross-country ski)

Location: Troy
Miles/Difficulty: 6.6 miles/Moderately Strenuous
Leaders: Jessie Grossman and Allie Maloney

Snow falls softly on a grove of giant Cedars, magical in winter white. We will follow the summer access road to the trail, along a groomed ski track into the tree cathedral.

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Saturday, January 25th

Herron Park (Snowshoe)

Location: Kalispell
Miles/Difficulty: 6 miles/Moderately Strenuous 
Leaders: Amy Pearson

This will be a lovely adventure in 'wilderness' just outside of Kalispell. Depending on snow conditions, we will snowshoe or hike up towards the Chase Overlook which provides a stunning view of the Flathead Valley including a peek into Glacier Park, Big Mountain, and views also into West Valley. Bring a snack and an attitude geared towards fun and enjoyment with a community of others who love wilderness.

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Saturday, February 1st

Winter Photography in Glacier Park (Snowshoe) 

Location: West Glacier
Miles/Difficulty: 4-5 miles/Moderate
Leaders: Chris Rost and Blake Passmore

Join Flathead area photographer Blake Passmore as we travel along McDonald Creek and learn how to photograph water and ice scenery. Bring your cameras and questions.

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Saturday, February 8th

Callahan Creek Historic Trail (Snowshoe)

Location: Troy
Miles/Difficulty: 2 miles/Easy
Leaders: Henry Jorden and Allie Maloney

This hike is a great opportunity for kids and anyone that wants a more mild winter adventure! We will also be discussing the history of Troy and Callahan Creek. Parking is limited at the trailhead. We will be offering a shuttle from the Troy Museum to the trailhead. Please bring water, snowshoes, appropriate winter clothing, and a light snack.

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Saturday, February 15th

Winter Bird Ecology: A Great Backyard Bird Count Event (Snowshoe)

Location: Condon
Miles/Difficulty: 2 miles/Easy
Leaders: Rob Rich and Allie Maloney

This trip is in partnership with Swan Valley Connections. If you were a golden-crowned kinglet, Montana's smallest year-round resident bird, how would you survive the winter? Believe it or not, this hummingbird-size insect-eater has found a number of ways to thrive in the cold. Please join SVC's Rob Rich for an educational walk exploring the seasonal adaptations of kinglets and other birds in the diverse forest and floodplain habitats of the Elk Creek Conservation Area.This event will also coincide with the Great Backyard Bird Count, and our sightings will contribute to this international bird census!

To sign up and register, please email or call 406-754-3137.


Sunday, February 16th

Blacktail Mountain Snowshoeing

Location: Lakeside
Miles/Difficulty: 3+ miles/Easy
Leaders: Gina Jepson and Stacy Krenn

Celebrate your 'love' of adventure with your local REI Co-Op! We'll provide snowshoes and trekking poles, you provide the fun and camaraderie. If you've never been out on snowshoes or are just beginning, this hike is for you! We'll provide some tips and tricks along the way. Don't forget to dress for weather!

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Saturday, February 29th

Demers Ridge (Snowshoe)

Location: Columbia Falls
Miles/Difficulty: 6 miles/Extremely Strenuous
Leaders: Sonny Mazzullo and Allie Maloney

Demers Ridge provides stunning views of the northern Whitefish Range, Glacier National Park, and the North Fork Valley. Come celebrate 2020's bonus day (Leap Year!) by snowshoeing up a ridge with a bunch of fellow wilderness lovers.

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Saturday, March 7th

Snyder Basin Snow and Ice Adventure (Snowshoe)

Location: West Glacier
Miles/Difficulty: 9 miles/Strenuous
Leaders: Chris and Stephanie Rost

The Snyder Basin is a gorgeous area surrounded by Mount Brown, Little Matterhorn, and Edwards Mountain. This time of year we will see some broad, tall curtains of ice. If conditions are changing we may even be able to observe some avalanches (from a safe distance of course).

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