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Trail Well Traveled – 6/23

Welcome to the Trail Well Traveled!

Each Friday, in partnership with Montana Wilderness Association we will feature a new western Montana trail and then give you some helpful details and tips to get on your way!

This weekend, the Trail 103.3 and one of our sister station’s, 102.9 ESPN Missoula, will be at Big Sky for the annual Montana Broadcasters Association banquet and awards – so we’ll feature one of the trail’s we’ll likely be enjoying as we kick back with our fellow radio folk for a few days!

Kircher Trail

Easily accessed from Big Sky’s Meadow Village and Town Center, this short out-and-back trail makes for a wonderful nature walk.

Round Trip: .5 miles

Total Elevation Gain: 150 feet

Directions: From Missoula, head east on I-90 through Butte and Three Forks, but turn south on Highway 191 in Belgrade, just outside Bozeman. You’ll reach Big Sky after about 44 miles.

Once there:

-From Meadow Village, head south toward Lone Mountain Trail. Cross at the flashing lights and crosswalks and continue south to Kircher Trail.

-Or from Town Center, just hop onto Lone Peak Trail, which runs parallel to Lone Mountain Trail. Kircher Trail can be found about a half-mile east on the right-hand side.

What to expect: Kircher Trail spurs off the asphalt-surfaced Lone Peak Trail near the intersection of Lone Mountain Trail and Little Coyote Road.  From this intersection, there’s a moderately steep embankment on the natural surface trail to the small, secluded sanctuary of an open-space park.

New in 2016 is a quarter-mile extension that loops through the park from its starting point on the embankment of the South Fork of the West Fork of the Gallatin River. Enjoy a casual walk by the river, stop to have a picnic – or bring your fly rod and cast some dry flies to test your fishing abilities on the small and abundant trout in this tributary of the Gallatin River.

Tip: With such close proximity to stores and restaurants in Meadow Village, this trail and park are an excellent option to share some of Big Sky’s beauty with children, pets or guests after a nice meal or checking out a local shop.

Learn more about this trail, file your own trip report and photos, or check out some other great hikes at And don’t forget to tune in to the Trail 103.3 each Friday at 9:50 am for the next featured trail and your chance to win!

Big thanks to Rangitsch Bros RV for sponsoring the Trail Well Traveled. Proudly serving Missoula for over 56 years, whatever camper best suits your needs Rangitsch Bros has got it!

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