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MONTANA WILDERNESS ASSOCIATION, in partnership with the Helena Outdoor Club and other environmental groups, is spearheading multiple efforts to safeguard wild and scenic places for future generations, including completion of the Continental Divide Trail along the top of the Rocky Mountains from Canada to Mexico. Montana Wilderness Association offers hiking trips in summer and snowshoe hikes in winter around Montana. (406)443-7350.

PRICKLY PEAR LAND TRUST maintains and expands the dozens of miles of hiking and biking trails in Helena's Open Space. (406)442-0490.

MONTANA DISCOVERY FOUNDATION sponsors nature hikes each month around Helena, including moonlight snowshoe hikes in the winter. They are especially suited for young folks and others who want an opportunity to go slowly and appreciate the surrounding beauty. (406)495-3711.

EXPLORATIONWORKS! is dedicated to teaching students of all ages the art of active learning as well as being critical thinkers and problem solvers in support of a healthy democratic society. They offer science exhibits, workshops plus creative and educational classes for kids & adults. (406)457-1800.

HELENA BICYCLE CLUB offers many road and mountain bike trips as well as special bicycling events from late spring through fall in Helena and surrounding areas.

HELENA NATIONAL FOREST is located in west-central Montana. It surrounds Montana's Capital City and offers close to one million acres of distinctive landscapes. The Forest is administered by District headquarters in Lincoln, Helena, and Townsend, with the Supervisor's Office located in Helena as well.

THE BASE CAMP is a local retail store whose website features a calendar of events, snow, trail and weather reports, as well as other links useful for those of us who like to play in the great outdoors.

LAST CHANCE NORDIC SKI CLUB is a handy way for folks to find information about XC ski conditions at MacDonald Pass, the Helena golf course and elsewhere in Montana, as well as training and other skiing-related events.

Hiking in the News

Helena Independent Record: Hiking clubs open outdoors to novices, experts (July 11, 2017)

Visit Helena, MT: Helena Area Hikes (July 11, 2017)

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