It may not feel like summer just yet, but National Trails Day 2019 is right around the corner, so start
planning your hiking experience now!
According to The American Hiking Society, “National Trails Day® is a day of public events aimed at advocacy and trail service. Thousands of hikers, bikers, rowers, horseback riders, trail clubs, federal and local agencies, land trusts, and businesses come together in partnership to advocate for, maintain, and clean up public lands and trails.”
And luckily for you, Get Fit Great Falls is hosting National Trails Day once again. Whether it be a historical walk through town, a challenge up near Rogers Pass, or an adventure to unknown trails around Central Montana, this year we have something for everyone.
National Trails Day Chair, Megan Schermele, agrees.
“National Trails Day is a great event for the community to get together and explore Great Falls and the beautiful country surrounding us. It gives community members the opportunity to go on a guided hike or walk of an area that they are unfamiliar with and give them the tools to continue to explore throughout the summer,” says Schermele.”What makes National Trails Day so great is that we provide hikes/walks for all different levels of experience. Whether you are wanting to walk around the rivers edge trail, learn about the neighborhoods in Great Falls, or climb a mountain, it is a day for everyone!”
Registration for 2019’s National Trails Day opens Sunday, May 12th. Hikes fill up fast, so be sure to reserve your spot here! All hikes will take place on National Trails Day, Saturday, June 1st. Hikers will meet at Gibson Park in Great Falls at the designated time of their hike. Please remember to dress appropriately.
If you can’t make it on June 1st, don’t worry, there is still a way to celebrate! The American Hiking Society is challenging all of us to “give back” to our trails and take the pledge by improving a trail. This can be anything from picking up litter to spreading the message of our beautiful public lands across the country. Make sure to take the pledge online here, and use #NationalTrailsDay on social media.