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Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 12:23pm Janice Cessna

Backpacking the Beartooth's Beaten Path.

Think a beaten path is for newbies and the unimaginative? Think again and meet the Beaten Path of Yellowstone country. “It’s a popular trail because it’s a beautiful trail,” says the USFS officer during a pre-hike visit to the Beartooth Ranger District in Red Lodge. Although, he quickly reminds me, “popular” in a southwest Montana Wilderness Area is a far cry from the intense crowds visiting the region’s national parks.

Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area, Montana
One of many alpine lakes along the way

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Monday, June 27, 2016 - 12:42pm Nora Mabie

Hiking with the Montana Wilderness Association.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 10:11am Kassia Randzio

MWA reveals new online trail guide.

Looking to hit the trail? Look no further than, the Montana Wilderness Association’s new online trail guide. Built by more than 70 volunteers, the site includes descriptions, photos, and maps for 225 trails throughout Montana. Plus, it includes recommendations to satisfy your trail cravings: burgers, milkshakes, pie, and more. Whether you’re in the mood for spring wildflowers, ancient cedar forests, glassy lakes, or mountaintop vistas, you’ll find what you’re looking for. Here are a few suggestions to get started.

Teepee Creek Trail #39
Location: Gallatin Range, Custer-Gallatin National Forest
Roundtrip Distance: 6 mi.
Total Elevation Gain: 925 ft.
Details here.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 3:05pm David Tucker

Wilderness Walks highlight land management opportunities.

We crossed the meadow of wildflowers as lush green grasses fell away below us; along the ridge, a charred pine forest guarded our right flank. I imagined riding my bike through this beautiful country, the steady climb devoid of sharp-angled switchbacks, meaning the downhill would cast an indelible grin across my face. I could almost taste the wind-induced tears of joy.

wildflower meadow

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Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 11:22am Maggie Slepian

Prepping your joints for the big season ahead.

After a psychotic mileage increase during my college running days, I blew out both my knees and ended up in physical therapy, sobbing for the entirety of my half-mile treadmill sessions because I just. wanted. to. run. As runners and hikers are aware, knee problems are among the most common injuries associated with endurance activities, carrying weight, and jarring descents. Luckily, there are precautions you can take to help prevent knee injuries and alleviate flare-ups.

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Friday, August 30, 2013 - 9:15am Patrick Hessman

In The Descent of Man, Charles Darwin wrote, “...The more intelligent members within the same community will succeed better in the long run than the inferior.” While Darwin was talking about the evolution of man, a recent hike up Storm Castle Peak showed that same principle at work... in a chipmunk.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 11:43am Anonymous

“Come on Mango, come on boy, you can make it!” I yelled at my aging golden retriever plodding along behind me. Mango is 12, which in dog years puts him somewhere in his late seventies. Even the tamest trails are a struggle these days. Today, we’re on the new Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT) trail by the hospital: several miles of fresh singletrack installed a few weeks ago on National Trails Day.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 10:47am Maggie Slepian

The wimpy inclines on the Leverich Canyon switchbacks made me wheeze and gasp. My snowshoes were on the wrong feet. My left hand was achingly cold because I couldn’t fit a mitten over my cast. Boiling over with frustration and stumbling constantly, I attempted to overcompensate by picking my feet up more, perpetuating the cycle of flailing and tripping over the snowshoes.

Hyalite snowshoe Maggie“You look like a puppy trying to untangle string from around its leg,” Ryan said with no regard for my already shredded dignity.

“I’m supposed to be CLIMBING right now,” I exploded, using my last remaining bit of lung capacity. Ryan either didn’t hear me or didn’t care to respond. I stomped on, keeping up a steady growl expressing my desire to be pumping out on overhanging problems, lock-off leg lifts, and everything else I was no longer capable of doing.

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Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 12:00am Anonymous

Hiking Mt. Blackmore in JanuaryWhen simple day hikes turn into extreme mountaineering adventures, you're destined to go home with some memories. This is exactly what we got ourselves into the other day when we began our hike toward Mount Blackmore. Needless to say, I was unprepared to summit a mountain that exceeded 10,000 feet on this random Tuesday. This didn't stop me from blindly following the bootpack of my close friend and experienced climber, Zack Weiss. At times we found ourselves waist-deep in snow struggling closer to the mountain. A few miles in we reached an extensive snow basin at the base of Blackmore. Hiking Mt. Blackmore in January

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Friday, August 7, 2009 - 12:00am Anonymous

Words and Photos by Doug Brown


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