Mexico to Montana: Hiking the Triple Crown
Zelzin Aketzalli is the first known Mexican hiker to complete this monumental challenge
Zelzin Aketzalli completed her first thru-hike in 2017 when she tackled the Pacific Crest Trail. By 2019, she had completed the Triple Crown – comprised of three long-distance hiking trails totaling 7,900 miles that cross 22 states.
Her next goal is to popularize thru-hiking in Mexico. That will take a culture shift, but she's up for the challenge.
Day Trip: Hike the Snowcrest Range
Explore the Snowcrest Recommended Wilderness near Dillon
The Snowcrests showcase rugged peaks well over 10,000 feet high. Teeming with wildlife, including elk, bighorn sheep, grizzlies, black bears, mountain lions, and more, you’re almost certain to spot an animal while exploring.
Kootenai Critters: Westslope Cutthroat Trout
Here’s what you need to know about Montana’s state fish
In addition to hybridization, habitat loss and degradation have also contributed to the cutthroat’s reduced range in Montana.
Day Trip: Explore the Kootenai National Forest
In honor of National Forest Week, explore the Kootenai and nearby towns of Libby and Troy
Spanning 2.2 million acres in the northwest corner of the state, the Kootenai National Forest is one of the largest national forests in Montana.
Humble Humor: A Remembrance of Jim Posewitz
Honoring a lifetime of advocacy defending Montana’s wild places, wild rivers, and wildlife
Jim Posewitz passed away on July 3, leaving behind a legacy that we should all strive to live up to.
Day Trip: Hike the Big Snowies South of Lewistown
Explore an island range ice cave at the crest of the Big Snowy Mountains
For those seeking to enjoy a day away from heavily-trafficked trails, the Ice Cave Loop Trail in the Big Snowy Mountains offers a unique opportunity to explore one of Montana’s lesser-known island ranges and a 100-foot-wide cave that features ice year-round.