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Welcome to Get Fit Great Falls!

Get Fit Great Falls is a coalition of like-minded people who encourage neighbors, family, and friends to get active and make healthy choices when selecting foods for their dinner table.

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National Trails Days

June 2nd 2018
Hit the Trail - Make new friends - Find an adventure - All for free

How to sign up:

All hikes are also listed below. Registration opens May 9th, 2018.

Find a hike that fits your fitness level. Click the registration button associated with that hike. Select the number of hikers in your party. Click on “Check Out.” Fill out the form for each hiker. You will receive an email confirmation and reminder. Happy hiking ūüôā

These walks are interpretive in nature and probably not suited for fidgety children. There will be many stops and lots of talking on an adult level.

Historic District with North-
Side Homes

Length: 1 mile
Elevation gain: minimal
Meet: 10 a.m. Gibson Park Bandshell
Total time:  1 hour
Travel Distance to Trailhead: None. Leave from park
Age limit: None; children with legal guardian
Max. Number: 20
Difficulty Level:Easy
Coordinator: Carol Bradley

Step back into history with Carol Bradley, member of the Great Falls-Cascade County Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, as you stroll through the Lower North Side neighborhood for a sidewalk tour of the earliest homes in Great Falls. Enjoy views of front porches, see massive pillars, cupolas, and historic renovations. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. This walk makes many stops to view old classic homes.

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Historic Downtown Business District

Length: approximately 3 miles
Elevation gain:  none, all sidewalk travel
Meet: 10:30 a.m. Gibson Park. Bandshell; walk departs from park
Total time:  2 Hours
Travel Distance to Trailhead: None. Leave from park

Age limit: 14 and up, children with legal guardian
Max. Number: 20
Difficulty Level: Easy
Coordinators: Ike Kaufman and Channing Hartelius

Join Ike Kaufman, owner of Great Falls’ longest single-family owned business and Channing Hartelius, part-owner of the Celtic Cowboy Pub, for a whirlwind tour of the historic business district. Learn the history of the business owners who operated flourishing stores, taverns, theaters, and hotels in in the historic business district. Ike and Channing will share their extensive research and long-standing family knowledge of businesses from the past. You will gain a new perspective on how you see downtown next time you travel along Central Avenue and the lower south side. For those interested, a post-walk celebration at the Celtic Cowboy is an optional activity.

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Kiddos and Grown-ups Hike

Length: 3 miles
Elevation gain: none
Meet: 10 a.m.  Bandshell, Gibson Park
Total time:  2.5 hours
Travel Distance to Trailhead: Depart on foot from park
Age limit: None
Max. Number: 20 children
Difficulty Level: Easy
Coordinator: Tammy Lacey
Grab your parents and join Great Falls Public School Superintendent Tammy Lacy for a hike across the Central Avenue West walking bridge, then onto Garden Home Park, a fun natural area hidden in the heart of the city. Water height depending, we will take off our socks and shoes and wade along the sandy beach. This hike is wheelchair and stroller accessible and is designed for children who are active and inquisitive. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Kiddos’ Playday Walk

Length: Less than 1 mile
Elevation gain: none
Meet: 10 a.m. Bandshell, Gibson Park
Total time:  1.5 hours
Travel Distance to Trailhead: Depart from park
Age limit: None
Max. Number: 20 children
Difficulty Level: Easy
Coordinator: Miranda Murray

Join Great Falls Public Schools educator Miranda Murray for a play day with your children. Plan on a short walk from Gibson Park to a play area where organized activities will keep your little one active and engaged in fun, fun, fun, including sidewalk chalk drawing and activity booklet to take home! This walk is designed for pre-school to second-grade children. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Lost Lake

Length: Less than 1 mile
Elevation gain: None
Meet: 9:30 a.m. Gibson Park Bandshell to coordinate caravan

Travel Distance to Trailhead: 50 miles
Total Time: Four hours
Age limit: None, children with legal guardian
Max. Number: 25
Difficulty Level: Easy
Coordinators: Robin Strathy and Chuck Frey

Join retired Forest Service geologist Robin Strathy and Chuck Frey and visit the spectacular scenery and geology. You will be walking around and looking at the hoo-doo-like rocks that ring the abandoned river channel of the Missouri River. Make sure you bring a lunch to enjoy among the rocks.

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Giant Springs State Park Nature/Historic Hike

Length: 3 miles
Elevation gain:  Mostly flat ground with little hills (half is single track dirt trail and half is paved trail)
Meet: 9:30 a.m. Gibson Park to coordinate car caravan to trailhead
Total time:  2 hours, including interpretive stops and talks by the rangers
Travel Distance to Trailhead:  3.5 miles from Gibson Park to main parking area at Giant Springs State Park
Age limit: none, strollers not recommended; children with legal guardian
Max. Number: 15
Difficulty Level: Easy/Moderate
Coordinators: State Park Rangers Tamara Tollett & Mary Gray

Description: State Park Rangers Tamara Tollett and Mary Gray will lead you on a nature/history hike through Giant Springs State Park. Learn about the smelter sites which still have remnants of the old stacks still standing, the historical work done by the WPA & CCC in the early 1900s, and the plants and animals that call Giant Springs their home.

You will also discover the amazing natural features in the park to include the springs and the shortest river in the world. The hike will be easy to moderate on single track dirt trails to paved trails. There is some incline involved but mostly flat terrain. All ages welcome, but strollers are not recommended. Learn and see all the wonderful things about Giant Springs State Park and why it is the most visited State Park in Montana.

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River’s Edge Trail: Westbank Park and Bridges Loop

Length: 3 miles
Elevation gain:  Mostly flat ground with little hills. All is paved.
Meet: 10 a.m. Gibson Park Bandshell
Travel Distance to Trailhead:  No driving. We will walk from the park.
Total Time:2 hours
Age limit: Ages 5 and up, children with legal guardian
Max. Number: 20
Difficulty Level: Easy/Moderate
Coordinators: Erin Merchant and Derrick Merchant

Description:¬†¬†Erin and Derrick Merchant will lead you from bridge to bridge on an easy loop route on the River’s Edge Trail. ¬†You will cross the Missouri River at Central Avenue West bridge, stroll along the West Bank park, viewing the many waterfowl that hide among the rushes and islands as you head to the Ninth-Street Bridge. At this point, you will ¬†walk the other side of the river by the Dog Park and end up where you started, completing the circle back to Gibson Park.¬†¬†A great little hike to get a body in motion.¬† Who knows? You may make this part of your daily walking routine.

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Memorial Falls and Upper Falls

Length: 2 miles
Elevation gain:  500 feet, (50 flights of stairs)
Meet: 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 Gibson Park Bandshell to coordinate caravan

Travel Distance to Trailhead:  63 miles, one hour 10 minutes
Total Time: Four hours
Age limit:
 None, children with legal guardian
Max. Number: 20
Difficulty Level: Easy
Coordinators: Beth and Chris Munsterteiger  and their two kids, Michaela and Ryan

Join retired Forest Service geologist Robin Strathy and visit this gem of a waterfall, nestled in the Little Belt Mountains. We follow a pretty creek uphill to the major waterfall, where we will stop to enjoy it and eat our lunch. Then we will continue up a short, steep section to a smaller upper waterfall and continue along the creek for another half mile.

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First People’s Buffalo Jump

Length: 3 miles
Elevation gain: 500 feet (50 flights of stairs)
Meet: 9:30 a.m. Gibson Park Bandshell to coordinate caravan
Total time: 3 hours
Travel Distance to Trailhead: 18 miles
Age limit: None, children with legal guardian
Max. Number:20
Difficulty level: Moderate
Coordinator:Alice Southworth

Follow the park’s loop trail with Park Ranger Alice Southworth for views of the famous buffalo jump. Tread where ancient bison hunters procured mass quantities of meat and hides. Learn how the First Peoples used native plants to survive on the prairie. Hike is good for active families. View the exhibits in the Visitors’ Center afterwards.

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Sulphur Springs Hike

Length: 3.6 miles
Elevation gain:  500 feet (50 flights of stairs)
Meet: 9:30 a.m. Gibson Park Bandshell to coordinate caravan
Total time: 4 Hours
Travel Distance to Trailhead:  17 miles
Age limit: 8 and above with legal guardian
Max. Number: 15
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Leaders: Darian Kath and Ray Tetreault

Sulphur Springs Trail is part of the Lewis & Clark Trail. It starts at a trailhead next to the Morony Dam (17 mile drive Northeast of Great Falls). Starting from the trailhead, it is a 1.8 mile hike to the Springs site. The terrain crosses through several small coulees. The trail follows the river through a rocky, native prairie landscape. This hike is a guided interpretive walk with topics ranging from native plants to the Lewis and Clark expedition.

On this hike you have to be in good physical shape; please bring insect repellent, hiking boots, backpack with about 3 liters of water, sunscreen, and high-energy snacks and food. We will hike at a moderate pace. The distance is 3.6 miles round trip, which we will cover in about three hours. We have a snack at the springs.

Hikers can expect great views and possibly wildlife, including rattlesnakes. Insect repellent is suggested, as there are ticks and mosquitoes: a true Lewis and Clark experience! The hike coordinators are Darian Kath and Ray Tetreault, both staff at the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center.

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Highwood Baldy

Length:5.6 miles
Elevation gain: 1915 feet (100 flights of stairs
Meet:8:30 a.m. Gibson Park Bandshell to coordinate caravan
Total time:5 hours
Travel Distance to Trailhead:  84 miles (round trip)
Age limit:13 and up
Max. Number: 12
Difficulty level:Moderate
Coordinators:Dave Schuler and Mercy Padgett

Join Dave Schuler and Mercy Padgett  for a hike to Highwood Baldy. They will move at a moderate pace, enjoy the views and late spring flowers and wildlife. Plan to eat lunch on summit and enjoy the views.

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Rogers Pass

Length: 3.5 mile
Elevation gain: 1,000 feet (100 flights of stairs)
Meet: 8:30 a.m. Gibson Park Bandshell to coordinate caravan
Total time: 7 hours
Travel Distance to Trailhead: 69 miles, 1.25 hours
Age limit: 10 and up in good shape, children with legal guardian
Max. Number: 15
Difficulty Level:Difficult for steepness
Coordinators:Camille Consolvo and Mike Dannells

Join Camille Consolvo and Mike Dannells for a hike along the Continental Divide Trail where the coldest temperature in the lower 48 states was recorded. The pass was named for A.B. Rogers, a surveyor who discovered this saddle in 1887. Wildflowers will line our path all the way and culminate in a glorious display of alpine flowers including thousands of forget-me-nots on the ridge top. Hike is steep, so please be in shape for hiking for two hours uphill.
Notes/Advisory: This is grizzly bear country; please bring bear spray and be bear aware. This is an early season hike, so there may be sections of trail that are snow covered.

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Muddy Creek Falls–RM Front

Length: 5.5  miles
Elevation gain: 500 feet (50 flights of stairs)
Meet: 8 a.m. Gibson Park Bandshell to coordinate caravan
Total time: 8 hours
Travel Distance to Trailhead: 90 miles, 2 hours, 38 miles dirt road
Age limit: 10 and up in good shape; children with legal guardian
Max. Number: 15
Difficulty Level: Difficult for uneven terrain
Coordinator: Barb Long
Note: Bear spray required; rough gravel road. SUV advised.

This hike is a one-of-a-kind experience in the Rocky Mountain Front that ends in a fantastic waterfall. The trek starts on an old road, passing an old capped gas well, but quickly enters a slot canyon. You will follow the dry creek bed, where the water runs underground, but as the canyon narrows,  you will reach the point where the creek emerges above the ground. Finally, the slot comes to a dead end against giant boulders with the falls spilling from overhead.

In the alcove, it will be quite cool in the shadows, so we will put on our jackets while we enjoy our lunch sitting on the large rocks by the falls. Be sure to bring your sandals or water shoes to wade into the pool at the bottom of the falls for the full effect of the cascading spray! This hike has off-trail sections, and requires hikers to step over boulders and stream-bed rocks with uneven footing. Good footwear is a must.

Notes: This is grizzly bear country; please bring bear spray and be bear aware. This is an early season hike, so there may be sections of trail that are snow covered. The road is rough gravel and two track at times. SUV advised.

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Crown Butte All-Women’s Hike

All-Women’s Hike to Crown Butte

Length: 5 miles
Elevation gain:¬†1000 ‚Äď 1200 ft. (120 flights of stairs)
Meet: 9 am Gibson Park Bandshell to coordinate caravan
Total time: 6 hours
Travel Distance to Trailhead: 35 miles, 50 minutes
Age limit: 8 and up in good shape; girls with a legal guardian
Max. Number: 15
Difficulty Level: Difficult for steepness and length
Coordinators: Mary Somerfeld and Lindy Hatcher

Note:High-clearance vehicles required.

Come climb Crown Butte to find 360-degree views of where the Rocky Mountain Front mountains meet the plains. This butte is a unique example of a laccolith with gorgeous shonkinite formations covered in lime-green lichen. Eagle catches and teepee rings can be found on the butte along with native Montana grasses and a Nature Conservancy plaque. If we are lucky, we will catch a glimpse of the mule deer herd that inhabits the valleys on the butte. High clearance vehicles required. Hike will be cancelled if it rains, due to gumbo roads. Remember, this is an all-women/girls hike.

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Clary Coulee-Rocky Mt. Front

Length: Approximately 4 miles total
Elevation gain: 1600 feet, (160 flights of stairs)
Meet: 8 a.m. Gibson Park Bandshell to coordinate caravan
Total time: 6 hours
Travel Distance to Trailhead: 85 miles, 1.75 hours, 3 miles on gravel road
Age limit: 8 and up in good shape; children with legal guardian
Max. Number: 13
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Coordinator:  Travis Rixford and Jon Edwards
Note:Bear spray required

This is a great hike in the foothills of the Rocky Mountain Front that ends with a fantastic view of the plains. We will hike an established Forest Service trail that passes through remnants of an old wildfire and various segments of timbered forest.  The area offers an abundance of wildflowers, birds and small and large mammals. Please be sure to bring good, preferably waterproof, hiking boots, backpack with three liters of water, sunscreen, and high energy snacks and food. The hike is rated as difficult based on elevation gain, so it is important that all hikers be in shape and used to walking over uneven terrain and have good ankle strength.

Notes/Advisory: This is grizzly bear country; please bring bear spray and be bear aware. This is an early season hike, so there may be sections of trail that are snow covered or muddy.

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