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Please note: All early-season hikes are canceled due to Covid-19 precautions; late-season hikes will open on June 29 for members and July 2 for the general public.

What are Wilderness Walks?

Each Wilderness Walk is an opportunity to slow down, feel the earth beneath your feet, travel a winding path through the forest, or reach the top of a mountain. It's an opportunity to experience nature with all your senses. And here's the best part: you'll be going with experienced volunteers who share their knowledge and passion for protecting our last wild places.

Wilderness Walks are free and open to the public. 

Update around Covid-19

MWA's first priority is to ensure that we are doing all we can to protect the health of our employees, volunteers, members, and community. We regret to inform you that all early-season hikes are canceled due to physical distancing precautions around Covid-19. The cancellation of early-season hikes doesn't mean the end of Wilderness Walks.

The late-season walks (July 17 - Sept. 29) of hikes will still continue. The following precautions should be followed by all attendees: 

  • Follow, as best as you are able, CDC guidelines on protecting yourselves against COVID-19. It's recommended that everyone who attends a Walk bring a mask with them. 

  • Social distancing (with non-family members) of at least 6 feet must be observed during the Walk. 

  • Carpooling (with non-family members) is discouraged to help promote social distancing.

  • COVID-19 related waiver must be signed by walk leaders and participants. 

If you do intend on exploring the public lands near your home, we recommend reading this article to learn how to responsibly do so during these times, or visit Hike Wild Montana to see what adventures are nearby. 

2020 Season

This year we're offering hikes across the state, along with trail running, a grizzly bear seminar, children-friendly activities, and plenty of other adventures. Early-season (May 16 - July 15) registration is CANCELED.

Late-season (July 17 - Sept. 29) registration opens at 9 a.m. MDT on Monday, June 29, 2020, for members and on Thursday, July 2, 2020, for the general public. 

Click here to view the Listing of WILDERNESS WALKS

Please contact Mike Rooney at mrooney@wildmontana.org or 406-443-7350 ext. 103 with any questions.

 

Donate to the Walks Program

Please consider becoming a member by making a tax-deductible donation to the Wilderness Walks program below to ensure this program will continue for generations to come. Members have the chance to register for the spring and summer season of Wilderness Walks before the general public. 

DONATE HERE

 

Wilderness Walks History

Wilderness Walks began in the summer of 1960 when Montana Wilderness Association founders Ken and Florence Baldwin led 14 hikers into the Crazy Mountains. Inspired by the positive feedback they received the next year, they set out with a group of 40 hikers to Table Mountain in the Spanish Peaks. As Wilderness Walks grew in popularity, Ken and Florence continued to lead walks around the Bozeman area and began recruiting other wildland enthusiasts to help lead hikes across the state.

The Baldwins set in place a program that still gets outdoor enthusiasts – novice, expert, and in-between – out into Montana's wild landscapes. Keeping with the Baldwins' vision of using Wilderness Walks as a way to build grassroots support for Montana's wild places, we continue to offer hikes into our campaign landscape areas to educate participants about the landscape and how we can protect it.

More than 50 years later, Wilderness Walks are Montana Wilderness Association's most popular and well-known program. With your support, we hope to continue offering walks across the state for many years to come.

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