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Outdoors Activities Scheduled for Winter Trails Day in Flathead Valley
Families invited to participate in the free hikes on Jan. 12
Several free outdoors activities including guided snowshoe treks are scheduled for Jan. 12 in conjunction with Winter Trails Day.

The day's event is organized locally by Flathead Community of Resource Educators (CORE), a network of individuals and organizations working together to increase awareness and understanding about the natural, historical and cultural resources of the Flathead Region.

Events are Saturday, Jan. 12. All activities are suitable for beginners and families. Organizers are encouraging participants to be prepared with warm clothing and wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots.

— A snowshoe walk on the Flathead National Forest, hosted by the Swan Lake Ranger District and Flathead Audubon, will be at the Blacktail Mountain cross-country ski trails near Lakeside from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants may bring snowshoes, or a limited number of children and adult shoes will be available by reservation. Meet at the upper trailhead parking area. Reservations are not required. For more information or to reserve snowshoes, contact the Swan Lake Ranger District at 837-7500.

— Explore Lone Pine State Park on snowshoes. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., park visitors can borrow snowshoes and explore the many park trails. Adult and children’s snowshoes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A ranger-led snowshoe walk takes place at 1 p.m. Contact the park at 755-2706.

— Join Whitefish Legacy Partners, Stillwater Mountain Lodge and Ravenwood Outdoor Learning Center for a day of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fun winter games from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stillwater Mountain Lodge and the Whitefish Trail, Beaver Lakes Trail Section, north of Whitefish. Participants can ski on the Stillwater Nordic Center’s groomed trails or snowshoe across the road on the Beaver Lakes Trail Section. Bring equipment or use the provided demo equipment. Contact Whitefish Legacy Partners, 862-3880.

— Ranger-led snowshoe hikes at Glacier National Park will be hosted at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Each hike will last roughly two hours and reservations are not required. Snowshoes are available for hike participants. Visitors need to purchase a park entrance pass. Meet at the Apgar Visitor Center. Call 888-7939.

— A short snowshoe hike for ladies new to the sport will be offered by the Swan Ecosystem Center from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Condon. Snowshoes are available. Participants will learn about snowshoe basics and the guided hike will take participants over gentle terrain through open and forested areas. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. more experienced snowshoers are invited to join a guided four-mile hike. Please meet at the Forest Service Condon Work Center, 6887 Hwy. 83. Call 406-754-3137 to sign-up.

For more information about local events and Winter Trails Day visit online.
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