Hiking in NW Montana
Many people enjoy hiking in the Tobacco Valley and surrounding areas because of the beauty it offers. There are so many hiking opportunities here for the newest beginner to the expert with countless miles chalked up. We have the magnificent Ten Lakes Scenic Area, trails on the other side of the reservoir like the one to Webb Mountain, and easier ones such as the Murphy Lake Nature Loop or the Kootenai Rails-to-Trails that starts right in Eureka. Whichever one you decide to enjoy, please be aware of trail etiquette to maximize your enjoyment and to help others to do the same.
Heighten your hiking experience even more by learning about all the wonders you might see. Some trails, like the RiverWalk and Kootenai Rails-to-Trails, have interpretive signs that provide information on area wildlife as well as the history of the Tobacco Valley. The US Forest Service has materials designed for children as well as adults that describe the amazing local flora and fauna. These are for free and can be picked up at the Ranger Station on Highway 93 in Eureka. There are also books available which can be used for identification of birds, mammals and wildflower. Enjoy your time hiking in this beautiful region and use it as an opportunity to learn more about the abundant life that fills the forests and mountains in northwest Montana..
Of course, to thoroughly enjoy your hike you want to prepare before you even get to the trailhead. Water, extra clothing (for warmth or rain), maps or compass, bear spray and a small emergency pack are essential to insure that your hike will be thoroughly enjoyable as well as safe. It is very important to remember that here in NW Montana, weather patterns change very quickly so be prepared!
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About the Author: Rita Collins. I am a believer in the power of community and for now I call the Tobacco Valley home. I have lived in nine states and three counties and this community here amazes me - how people reach out to neighbors and even travelers. I've never lived in a place that demonstrates people caring for each other so well. And I've never lived in a place that has such a high percentage of talented musicians and artists. I work with the the Sunburst Community Service Foundation, a nonprofit that began in Eureka twenty years ago and now serves numerous communities in western Montana. And I just started a new business, St. Rita's Amazing Traveling Bookstore and Textual Apothecary. I never could have imagined life being this exciting in my sixth decade.