On Saturday, January 20th several events will be taking place in the Flathead area, hosted by the Flathead Community of Resource Educators, to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of National Winter Trails Day. Flathead National Forest/Foys to Blacktail, Glacier National Park, MT Wilderness Association, Flathead Audubon, and Lone Pine State Park will all be offering opportunities to snowshoe, ski or do other outdoor activities. Check out the Winter Trails Day website for details, www.wintertrails.org and search for events in Montana. Most sites will offer FREE trail passes, rentals, and lessons.
Flathead National Forest- Blacktail Mountain
Snowshoe walk in the Flathead National Forest, hosted by the Swan Lake Ranger District and Foy’s to Blacktail Trails, will be at the Blacktail Mountain cross-country ski trails near Lakeside, 10am-Noon. Come explore the winter landscape and enjoy a guided look at animal tracks, trees and shrubs and even the snowpack. Participants may bring snowshoes, or a limited number of children and adult shoes will be available by reservation. Please meet at the Blacktail Cross-Country Ski Trails parking area. For more information or to reserve snowshoes, please contact the Swan Lake Ranger District at 837-7500.
Lone Pine State Park
Explore Lone Pine State Park on snowshoes. From 10am to 5pm, park visitors can borrow snowshoes and explore the many park trails. If you are planning on attending the event, please contact the park at 755-2706 for more information or to reserve snowshoes for a fee. A ranger-led snowshoe walk takes place from 2pm to 3:30pm.
Glacier National Park
Ranger-led snowshoe hikes at Glacier National Park will be hosted at 10:30am and 2pm. Each hike will last approximately two hours and reservations are not required. Take an intimate look at the park searching for signs of wildlife, discovering plants and animals and enjoying the solitude of winter. Snowshoes are available for hike participants. Visitors need to purchase a park entrance pass. Please meet at the Apgar Visitor Center. Call 888-7800 for more information.
Owen Sowerwine Natural Area- Kalispell
Join Flathead Audubon for a guided ‘Winter Birding and Tracking’ snowshoe hike along the river bottom trails at the Owen Sowerwine Natural Area in Kalispell, from 10am to Noon. Bring your snowshoes. Meet at the Montessori School parking lot on Willow Glen Ave. Call 249-3987 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to register.
*For more information about the above local events visit, http://flatheadcore.org/.
During the month of January there are other opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy winter trails, including a ‘Winter Walk’ on snowshoes with the Montana Wilderness Association to Stanton Lake on January 13 and a winter ecology walk in the Condon area, January 27 with Swan Valley Connections, (http://wildmontana.org/) . On January 20 Glacier Nordic Club hosts Winter Trails Day from 11am to 3pm at Whitefish Lake Golf Course with free rentals, trail passes and more.