Hike and Learn

Hike and Learn with BSCO

2018 Schedule will be released in the spring.

2017 Program Dates.

When: Every Tuesday, July 11 – September 12 at 10:00 a.m., every other Tuesday evening at 5:30 starting July 18th and the 3rd Saturday in July and August at 10:00 a.m. Additional Hike Saturday, July 29th at 10:00 a.m.

Where: Trails throughout BSCO’s community trail system

Cost: Free!

Details: Please RSVP for hikes if possible. BSCO’s Outreach Coordinator may email participants with additional details prior to the hike.

Tuesday, August 15 – 10:00 a.m. – Meadow History Hike with Historic Photography
Lone Mountain Trail and Ousel Falls Rd. Trail


Meet at Roxy’s and hike along meadow trails, and learn about the ranching history of the South Fork and West Fork areas through archival photos with similar views you will see, and historical information curated by the Historic Crail Ranch Museum.

Tuesday, August 15 – 5:30 p.m. – Hike with an Avalanche Rescue Dog
South Fork Loop Trail

Take a walk with one of Big Sky’s finest. Lucy, a six-year-old yellow lab, works as an avalanche rescue dog for Big Sky Ski Patrol and Gallatin County Search and Rescue. Throughout the hike we will talk about the “work” that goes into being an avalanche rescue dog. We will demonstrate search strategies as well as discuss training and general canine health tips. It’s going to be fun for all ages.
*Dogs welcome on a lease.

Tuesday, August 22 – 10:00 a.m. – Geology Hike with Katie Alvin and East Slope Outdoors
Uplands Trail

Explore the fascinating world underneath us and find minerals, petrified wood or even a fossil as you learn how our unique ecosystem was formed. The Greater Yellowstone area is home to all types of volcanic rock and you will learn how to identify various formations and what happened 1000’s of years ago, that now make up our surroundings.


Tuesday, August 29 – 10:00 a.m. – Keeping the Gallatin Clean: An Aquatic Invasive Species Adventure with Gallatin River Task Force and Big Sky Weed Committee
Willow Way Trail

The Upper Gallatin Watershed encompasses some of the most ecologically and economically important resources in the state, which provides vital habitat and water for fish, plants, wildlife and the people who live and recreate in the area. The hike will educate residents and visitors about Aquatic Invasive Species, including disease, and how they are easily spread from one body of water to another. Virtually anyone who works or plays in or around water can unknowingly spread these pests on their boats and equipment. It only takes one mistake to potentially infest a new body of water.

Tuesday, August 29 – 5:30 p.m. – What Are Easements and How to Understand with the Montana Land Reliance.
Ralph’s Pass Trail

MLR is a non-profit land trust with a million acres under easement through the state. MLR works to permanently protect agricultural land, fish and wildlife habitat and open space in Montana. MLR’s Big Sky staff will lead the hike and discuss conservation easement basics and benefits. Learn how easements can play an important role in community development,

Tuesday, September 5 – 10:00 a.m. – Your Forest at Work with the Natural Resource Council
Hummocks Trail

Explore our local forest ecology and learn to identify common trees and how they have evolved with wildlife and wildfire. Experience tools and techniques of a forester and why some forest are actively managed.

Tuesday, September 12 – 10:00 a.m. – Walk with A Doc – Big Sky Medical Center
Uplands Trail

Dr. Jeremy Mitchell will talk to us about adult vaccines and why they are recommended. He will discuss the diseases they prevent and guidelines for when they are administered. There is an increased exposure to a variety of infectious diseases because of the seasonal nature of Big Sky, and these vaccines can help prevent some of these infections.

Meeting Locations & Directions

Hummocks & Uplands Trail
Meet at the Hummocks and Uplands Trailhead. From Town Center, head east on Aspen Leaf Drive, cross a bridge over the river and continue up the road until you see the parking area and trailhead on your left.

Ousel Falls Trail
Meet at the Ousel Falls Trailhead. From Town Center, head south on Ousel Falls Road for approximately 2 miles, turn left after Crown Butte Road into trailhead parking area.

Crail Ranch Trail
Meet at Historic Crail Ranch. From the Meadow Village head north on Little Coyote Road. Pass the Big Sky Community Park then turn left onto Spotted Elk Road, the ranch will be on your left.

Little Willow Way
Meet at the Big Sky Community Park near the River Pavilion. From the Meadow Village, head north on Little Coyote Road, go past the Big Sky Chapel and pond and turn right into the park. The River Pavilion is to the right near the playground.

Big Sky Community Park Climbing Boulder
Meet at the Big Sky Community Park near the climbing boulders. From the Meadow Village, head north on Little Coyote Road, go past the Big Sky Chapel and pond and turn right into the park. The climbing boulders are on the left near the skate park.

South Fork Loop Trail
Meet at the South Fork Loop Trailhead. From Town Center, head east on Aspen Leaf Drive, the trail is on the right, before the bridge over the river and before the Hummocks and Uplands trailhead. Park alongside the road.

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