Experience the Scotchmans’ winter wonders

Scotchman PeakIt may feel gray in town, but there is snow in the mountains! The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness offers plenty of free guided hikes this winter, so bust out those snowshoes and trekking poles and fill your thermos with hot cocoa. Whether you’re new to snow hiking or a seasoned alpinist, the Friends have an adventure for you.

The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness offers free guided hikes year-round to get folks exploring every side of their wild backyard. And what a beautiful side it is! There’s nothing quite like the sight of white blankets covering the peaks and forests of the undisturbed Scotchmans. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about winter ecosystems, keep your body moving, and avoid the crowds.

There are few better feelings than trekking out into the winter landscape with snowshoes on your feet, enjoying the crisp winter air and the snow-laden trees. Hiking in the winter can be intimidating, but with this series of free guided hikes, FSPW hopes to get more people comfortable exploring our wild backyard every season of the year.

Sound enticing? That’s a normal reaction. And the good news is there’s no shortage of winter hike dates already booked; January 6, New Year Hike – Star Peak. January 13. Hiking with Kids, January 14, Regal Creek hike January 16, Ross Creek Cedars hike, January 17, Goat Mountain hike, February 3, Annual Ross Creek Cedars snowshoe, February 10, Dry Creek Wildlife ID and Tracking with Wild Montana, February 24, Snow Moon snowshoe, and February 25 Star Peak Viewing snowshoe.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up for a hike at scotchmanpeaks.org. Keep an eye on the calendar, as new hikes are added frequently!