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National Public Lands Day on Mount Dean Stone

Help us finish the newest trail on Mount Dean Stone in honor of National Public Lands Day!

National Public Lands Day is Saturday, September 26th. Five Valleys will working to complete the under-construction "High, Wide, and Handsome Trail." However, as with nearly everything this year, National Public Land Day will look a little different.

Five Valleys and MTB Missoula will be hosting four different workdays to help keep group sizes small. Workdays will be capped at 20 people each. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Volunteer workday dates are:

Saturday, September 19th; 9:00am - 3:00pm

Saturday, September 26th; 9:00am - 3:00pm

Sunday, September 27th; 9:00am - 3:00pm

Saturday, October 10th; 9:00am - 3:00pm

Volunteers will be required to maintain social distancing protocols, and wear face masks when social distancing cannot be maintained. Volunteers for each workday will meet in the Lewis and Clark Park and Ride just south of Dornblaser Stadium at 9:00am (view map). From there we will carpool (masks mandatory) up to the work site.

We are monitoring the recent smoke situation. We will keep registered volunteers informed of any schedule changes.

Due to COVID protocols we ask that volunteers pack their own lunch and snacks. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes, dress for a long day outdoors in variable weather, and bring a water bottle, gloves, sun protection, and a sense of adventure. We will have water available to refill bottles as needed.

Volunteers should expect to be up on Mount Dean Stone the entire day. We will return to the Lewis and Clark Park and Ride between 3:00pm and 4:00pm.

While we are extremely excited to share the new trail, please keep in mind that the trail is CLOSED to public access and is on private property until 2021. We encourage you to enjoy your time up on Mount Dean Stone while helping us complete the trail, but please refrain from further exploration until the trail is officially open.

The High, Wide, and Handsome Trail

The currently nicknamed "High, Wide, and Handsome Trail" route will extend the Barmeyer and Sousa Trails on the South Hills Spur, up to and around the Mount Dean Stone summit.

The view from the nicknamed "High, Wide, and Handsome Trail," by Five Valleys staff.

Where it loops around the Mount Dean Stone summit, the "High, Wide, and Handsome Trail" will connect to the planned 4.6-mile House of Sky Trail. Once complete, the House of Sky Trail and the "High, Wide and Handsome Trail" will, for the first time, create a united trails network across the Mount Dean Stone landscape. The trails will connect open space areas on the northern side of the mountain with a 2,500-acre parcel on the south side of Mount Dean Stone managed by The Nature Conservancy.

Please keep in mind that the "High, Wide and Handsome Trail" route is currently on private land is closed to the public. Please help us create the best possible experience for the public by respecting this area closure. Five Valleys, working with the City of Missoula and the other Mount Dean Stone Committee members, hopes to invite the public to enjoy the completed trail next year.

Questions? Please email lena@fvlt.org.

Learn more about the once-in-a-generation Mount Dean Stone project.

The Mount Dean Stone Committee partners and business supporters:

Header photo of 2019 National Public Lands Day volunteers by Geoff Sutton

Photo of the view from the "High, Wide, and Handsome Trail" by Five Valleys staff

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