National Trails Day was started by the American Hiking Society to encourage people to find their favorite trail.

Over the years, it has become a day of volunteer work on trails throughout the country. Saturday, June 4, will see two projects on the Bitterroot National Forest and a trail building class on the Lolo National Forest, according to Tod McKay, BNF Public Affairs Officer.

McKay said the work is planned Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Trail users should be aware of the projects. He said this is the tenth year for the forest partnership projects on National Trails Day. The forest has over 1,500 miles of trails. Over 100 miles of trails have already been cleared this spring.

  • The Selway-Pintler Back Country Horsemen will be working on the Blodgett Creek Trail #19 on the Stevensville Ranger District. Plans are for general trail maintenance and cleanup, including clearing downed trees, cutting back heavy brush with work crews and horses.
  • Also on the Stevensville Ranger District, the Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen will be doing trail clean up on the Larry Creek trails, including fire ecology, nature trail and wheelchair trails. Work crews and horses are involved in that project, too.
  • Bitterroot Backcountry Cyclists and Bitterroot National Forest trail crew managers will be part of a "Trail Building School" at Marshall Mountain Ski Lodge on the Lolo National Forest. The school is sponsored by the International Mountain Bicycling Association.