Wild Life - June 2020

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Trail from Crystal Lake to the Ice Caves in the Snowies (photo by Ellen Whittle)

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.

Wranglers packing supplies into the Bob Marshall Wilderness (photo by Sharon Warlick)

Smoke Elser, a founding member of Montana Wilderness Association, played an integral role in establishing the Great Bear Wilderness.

Bald eagles are the second largest bird of prey in the U.S., with a wingspan up to 8 feet (photo by Andrew Morffew)

The Kootenai National Forest encompasses wild places like the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness, Scotchman Peaks, and Yaak Valley, and it’s also home to grizzly bears, bald eagles, bighorn sheep, westslope cutthroat trout, and so much more.

Hiking along Hyalite Creek Trail in Gallatin National Forest (photo by Donna Lawson)

We’d normally be out on the trail with 150 volunteers this summer. And while we’re hoping we can still get out with volunteers for the second half of the season, we had to cancel our first several projects. Instead, our two-person staff crew is out doing as much work as they can.

Naked Lady Lake in the Scapegoat Wilderness (photo by Carole Boerner)

North-central Montana is a great place to call home, and it’s made even better by the businesses that support our work and do their part to protect Montana's public lands. 

Explore Montana's wild places on June 6, National Trails Day (photo by Tony Bynum)

June 6 is National Trails Day, and we want to take the opportunity to share our favorite trails less traveled. We’ve compiled favorite trails from eight staff members to give you some ideas about where to explore this weekend and throughout the summer.