Flathead National Forest’s September Trails Initiative

Release Date: Aug 2, 2018

A trail worker digs trail tread with a pulaski.

Kalispell, MT, August 2, 2018 - Flathead National Forest is inviting local citizens to join its September Trails Initiative and help make a few trails close to home a little better. 

Volunteer work parties will be held the last four Fridays and Saturdays in September 2018 on a wide range of trails within roughly an hour of Kalispell. Each weekend of work parties features one of the many non-profit partners in the Flathead Valley that work hard to make the whole trail system a great place for a wide range of trail lovers.

Each work party starts at 9 at the trailhead and ends at about 3:30pm rain or shine. Be sure to bring a long sleeve shirt, long pants, sturdy boots, pair of work gloves, lunch, plenty of water and a winning attitude. Expect a physically strenuous day and a hike up to 3 miles one-way.

For more information and to sign up for one or more work parties visit http://bit.ly/SeptTrails2018. When you sign up you will receive a confirmation email with more details on where to meet and what to expect.

 "Few activities on National Forests are more rewarding than helping maintain trails: get outside, get a little work out, feel the joy of working alongside some new friends, and perhaps most importantly, immediately see how your efforts improve trails that many others will enjoy." –MJ Crandall, District Recreation Lead for Hungry Horse-Glacier View Ranger District.

Finally, come celebrate all the good work we get done as well for the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act on Tuesday October 2nd at 6:00pm at Backslope Brewing in Columbia Falls.

For questions, contact MJ Crandall, Hungry Horse-Glacier View District Recreation Lead at 406-387-3818 or mjcrandall@fs.fed.us.


*Meeting times are 9 a.m. You will get an email with information on where to meet when you sign up for a workday!

Weekend 1 - Friday/Saturday September 7 & 8

Emery Creek Snowmobile Trail (FSR 1614), with the Flathead Snowmobile Association.

Weekend 2 - Friday/Saturday September 14 & 15

Danny On National Recreation Trail #370, with the Montana Wilderness Association

Weekend 3 - Friday/Saturday September 21 & 22

Tally-Ashley Trail #800, with the Flathead Area Mountain Bikers.

Weekend 4 - Friday/Saturday September 28 & 29, with the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation

Friday, Sept. 28 - Ousel Peak Trail #331

Saturday, Sept. 29 (National Public Lands Day) - Skiumah Creek Trail #204

Trails 50th Celebration

Tuesday, October 2, 6:00 p.m. at Backslope Brewing in Columbia Falls, MT - come join us to celebrate your work and 50 years of the National Trails System Act