Those with New Year’s resolutions to get outside more can look to Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks for inspiration.
The annual FWP First Day Hikes schedule includes adventures from Traveler’s Rest State park and several locations along Flathead Lake, as well as Ulm and Helena sites. All take place on New Year’s Day and are free to the public.
Traveler’s Rest State Park in Lolo offers self-guided hikes around the site where Lewis and Clark verifiably camped while on their transcontinental exploration of the American West in 1805. Brochures detailing the features along the 1.5-mile trail will be available between 10 a.m. and noon at the visitor center kiosk.
Flathead, Big Arm, Wayfarers, West Shore and Lone Pine state parks all have self-guided trail opportunities. Lone Pine State Park, 5 miles southwest of Kalispell, features extensive views of the valley laid out across 7.5 miles of trail encircling its interpretative center. It has snowshoe rentals available for individuals and families.
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