Anyone who’s loved a favorite trail enough to want to give back can pick from a wealth of volunteer trail-building opportunities this Saturday.
To commemorate National Trails Day, a variety of private and public agencies are improving old trails, building new ones and cleaning up others.
Montana State Parks workers will lead efforts at Travelers’ Rest State Park in Lolo and Milltown State Park.
The Milltown project takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will help finish the Floodplain Loop from the Overlook to the riverbank off Deer Creek Road.
Tools will be provided, but volunteers should bring their own gloves and sturdy boots. Snacks and drinks are also provided. For more information, call (406) 542-5533 or email Mike Kustudia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Travelers’ Rest work session starts at 11 a.m. and will add half a mile of new path for pedestrians and bicyclists. Volunteers will clear brush and smooth surfaces. For more information, call Loren Flynn or Kelly Byard at (406) 273-4253.
The Montana Single Track Riders will lead a work day at Blue Mountain starting at 10 a.m.
U.S. Forest Service workers will provide equipment and materials for repairing fences and filling in eroded areas. Food for volunteers has been arranged by the riders' club. For more information, call (406) 396-5229 or see montanasingletrackriders.com/
A variety of volunteer projects are available on the Bitterroot National Forest around Hamilton. They include:
Bitterroot Backcountry Cyclists (BBC) at the Sula Ranger District and on Warm Springs Creek Trail #101. Work will include clearing downed trees, and clearing the trail corridor of heavy brush. Meet at Spring Gulch Campground at 9:30 a.m., and bring gloves and a handsaw or lopper if possible. For more information, visit bitterrootbackcountrycyclists.org.
Selway-Pintler Wilderness Back Country Horsemen will work on the Stevensville Ranger District Blodgett Creek Trail #19 doing general trail maintenance, clearing downed trees and cutting back brush growing on the trail corridor. For more information: bchmt.org/spwbch.
Montana Conservation Corps will work on the West Fork, Darby and Stevensville ranger districts at Fred Burr Trail #38, Bass Creek Trail #4, Little Rock Creek Trail #57, Canyon Creek Trail #525 and Pasture Ridge Trail #62. These projects are also general trail maintenance, cleanup and erosion control.
The Bitterroot National Forest trail crew will be at the Darby Ranger District working on the South Fork Sleeping Child Trail #84, providing general trail maintenance and cleanup.
One project is also scheduled for Sunday.
Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen will work on the West Fork Ranger District, specifically at Boulder Creek Trail #617 at Boulder Creek Horse Camp, Sam Billings Campground. They will clear downed trees, and cut back brush on the trail corridor. For more information, visit bchmt.org/bitterroot.