Calendar

Welcome to the 2019 North Fork Trails Association activity calendar! Weather and other circumstances keep things a bit fluid, but the schedule below has most of the principle elements in place — enough for planning purposes, certainly.

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Scheduled Project Days

Unless there is a conflict with a significant North Fork event, most major projects are scheduled on the second Saturday of each month through October. The exception is the May project day, which is on the third Saturday.

Monthly Meetings

Regular NF Trails organizational meetings from late spring through fall are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm, usually at the Walker’s. (Early and late-season meetings may be held “down-valley” in order to encourage attendance by people who are not North Fork residents.) All meetings are potlucks, with the host providing the main course and everyone else chipping in with sides and desserts. The meeting in October is the NFTA annual meeting. Given the heavy overall North Fork summer activity schedule in July, there is no membership meeting that month.

“Trails Project Days”

The third Wednesday is designated as a “Trails Project Day.” These are typically events that require more flexible scheduling and will likely be announced with less lead time than the weekend projects. Basically, it means that if people show up on those days, there will be something interesting going on.

Training

Training activities (first aid, chainsaw usage, GPS, etc.) are listed as they firm up. So far, there is a First Aid/CPR/AED course on the schedule at the end of May.

Short-Notice Activities

Finally, a number of additional activities may be organized on short notice — a week or less — in response to events and personnel availability. (Yes, some of us have real lives — but only some of us.)  Currently, these short notice  get-togethers are announced on the email list but don’t necessarily show up on the calendar or Facebook page.


All that being said, here’s the fixed part of our calendar through the end of the year. Use the “Contact Us” page if you have questions.

May

Thursday, May 16, 10:00am – Meet with USFS personnel.

Tuesday, May 31, 9:00am to 4:00pm – Bob Lee is providing First Aid/CPR/AED training with certification at Sondreson Hall. Please bring your lunch and drinks. The cost is $45. This class is limited to 10 individuals. Please contact Bil Walker 406-407-2764 or wkwalker@nvdi.com to reserve a spot.

June

Saturday, June 1 – National Trails Day

Wednesday, June 19, 6:00pm – monthly meeting at the Walker’s. This is a potluck, with the host providing the main course and everyone else chipping in with sides and desserts.

Friday, June 21, 7:30pm – Summer Solstice Sunset Hike to Cyclone LO. Meet at the junction of North Fork Rd & Hay Creek Rd to carpool. The hike is a little over 2 miles one-way. Bring flashlight, bear spray, water & snack. We will watch the sun set and hike back down before dark. Debo Powers, host.

Saturday, June 22, 8:30am – Trail maintenance — Trails 26/3, west end of Hay Creek drainage; access from Red Meadow Road.

Thursday, June 27, 8:30am – Trails project day — Coal Ridge area (Trail 4)

July

Thursday, July 4, noon – Polebridge 4th of July Parade, including a fundraiser for North Fork Trails!

Saturday, July 6, 8:30am – Moran Basin Trail (Trail 2) maintenance in preparation for hike on 13th. Will continue on Sunday, July 7, if necessary.

Wednesday, July 10, 1:00pm-4:00pm – Summer Interlocal meeting at Sondreson Hall

Saturday, July 13, 8:00am – Bonus project: Thoma-Tuchuck Trail (Trail 19) with other participants, including Border Patrol; depart from Leigh’s after an 8:00am breakfast.

Saturday, July 13, 9:00am – MWA sponsored Coal Ridge Lookout hike. Meet at the Polebridge Mercantile. Co-leaders: Bill Walker and Randy Kenyon. You must preregister for this hike through the Montana Wilderness Association web link. If hike shows as full, you can still get on the waiting list. There are usually several last-minute cancellations.

Wednesday, July 17, 8:30am – Trails project day, Moose Creek Trail (T9)

Saturday, July 28, 8:00am – MWA sponsored Nasukoin Mountain hike. Meet at the Polebridge Mercantile. Co-leaders: Debo Powers and Jen Fugatt. You must preregister for this hike through the Montana Wilderness Association web link. If hike shows as full, you can still get on the waiting list. There are often last-minute cancellations.

August

Saturday, August 10, 8:30am – Trail Maintenance, TBD (Trail 4?, T113 follow-up?, Grizzly Inn repairs?).

Wednesday, August 14, 6:00pm – monthly meeting at the Walker’s. This is a potluck, with the host providing the main course and everyone else chipping in with sides and desserts.

Wednesday, August 21, 8:30am – Trails project day, TBD.

September

Wednesday, September 11, 6:00pm – monthly meeting at the Walker’s. This is a potluck, with the host providing the main course and everyone else chipping in with sides and desserts.

Saturday, September 14, 8:30am – Grizzly Inn maintenance?

Wednesday, September 18, 9:00am – Trails Project Day, TBD.

October

Wednesday, October 9 – NFTA annual meeting and election of officers at the Walker’s. This is a potluck, with the host providing the main course and everyone else chipping in with sides and desserts.

Saturday, October 12, 9:00am – TBD

Wednesday, October 16, 9:00am – Coal Creek-Coal Ridge Trail hike (T239)

November

Wednesday, November 13, 6:00pm – monthly meeting at the Walker’s. This is a potluck, with the host providing the main course and everyone else chipping in with sides and desserts.