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Take a Hike with us on National Trails Day!

National Trails Day! Saturday, June 4, 2016

Get Fit Great Falls is offering 17 hike choices ranging from kid-friendly to expert; choose the hike that matches you and your family’s physical ability. Children must be accompanied by a legal guardian. ALL HIKES are FREE and everyone involved is a volunteer. Please leave your dog at home as a courtesy to the landowners and other hikers.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited, so register early at http://getfithikes.weebly.com/

For information or help getting registered, call 791-7700.

     All hikes depart from Gibson Park (along Park Drive) in downtown Great Falls. Please arrive 15 minutes early for check-in with your hike coordinator. Hike coordinators leading short walking trips in the city will depart on-foot from the park; hike coordinators on more distant hikes will gather their participants at Gibson Park and car caravan to the trailheads. Hikers are asked to wear sturdy hiking shoes (closed-toed shoes or boots) and to bring raingear, adequate bottled water and snack or lunch. More hiking tips are provided on the website.

                 Click here to view all of the hikes and register!



Vote For Our Activities in the Park Program!

Get Fit Great Falls is a finalist for a grant opportunity given by Benefis Health System.  You may vote once a day for a week starting at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 11, and ending at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 17.

Get Fit Great Falls is requesting funds to buy art and activity supplies for physical activities that will be offered in 10 parks in low-income Great Falls neighborhoods. Park attendants will spend two hours in two parks every weekday during the summer.

Each day, they will organize a different physical activity that doesn’t require expensive equipment and an art or science project with the hope of drawing kids of all interest to the parks. The activities will be timed as much as possible to coincide with the summer food truck program and Great Falls Public School’s Summer Read 6 book-giveaway program. The goal is to increase the number of kids playing in parks with the hope of building healthy, lifelong habits of being active outdoors and reducing the risk of them becoming overweight or obese.

Please vote, share with your friends, and set an alarm to vote everyday until Sunday!

Click here!

March 3rd Get Fit Great Falls Meeting Agenda

Get Fit Great Falls

Thursday, March 3, 2016 @ 10:30 a.m. Forest Service Offices,

1101 15th Street North


Mission: Get Fit Great Falls, Inc. promotes the benefits of healthy lifestyles to the citizens of Great Falls and Cascade County through a unified community effort that encourages cultural and system change.

1. Introduction of Guests – All (5 min)

2. Approval of Minutes from February 4, 2016 Meeting (DECISION) – All (5 min)

3. Finance Report –Jody (5 min)

4. GFGF & Bike/Walk Montana reciprocal membership potential – John (10 min)


5. Ready, Set, Read – Jane (10 min)

6. Strategic Plan Committee Reports – to include Strategic Plan Updates (15min)

a. Active Lifestyles Committee – Beth

b. Finance Committee – Patty

c. Communication Committee – Erin

d. Nutrition Education Working Group –Abigail

e. Ways and Means Committee –Kim

7. Winter Trails Day Debrief – Dave (10 min)

8. Come out and Play (COAP) Proposal – COAP Committee (25 min.)

9. Round Robin – (as time allows)

Next Meeting: April 7th, 2016 @ 10:30 am, Location TBD

2016 Winter Trails Day

Our 10th Annual Winter Trails Day was a huge success! We had nearly 250 participants and more than 50 volunteers. There were big smiles and lots of laughs while everyone enjoyed snow shoeing and cross country skiing in our National Forest.

Get Fit Great Falls February Meeting Agenda

Get Fit Great Falls will meet February 4th, 2016 at 10:30am at the Forest Service Offices

February 4, 2016 Meeting Agenda

Documents to be discussed:

Strategic Plan Tracking Tool

Strategic Plan Working Document

10th Annual Winter Trails Day Feb. 6th

The 10th  Annual Get Fit Great Falls Sponsored

Winter Trails Day February 6, 2016

  • Get Fit Great Falls will be sponsoring this year’s Winter Trails Day Event on February 6.
  • The event will provide 20 snowshoe hikes aimed at providing beginners and families with a fun and free hike that all participants can enjoy.
  • This year’s event is the 10th year that GFGF has sponsored the event.
  • The event will be on Saturday February 6 on the Silver Crest crossSam_7 country ski and snowshoe trails at the Kings Hill Winter Recreation Area.
  • The first snowshoe hike will begin at 10:00 AM and the last one will step out at 3:00 PM.
  • There will be 3 choices for hikes, a family hike with a lot of snow play aimed at families with young children, a one hour hike and a two hour hike.
  • There will be a cross-country ski tour at 10:00 AM and additional opportunities throughout the day for people interested in learning more about cross country skiing to give it a try.
  • Free hot chocolate, chili, and hot dogs will be served throughout the day as long as they last.
  • Participants must register for hikes. Registration will open on Thursday, January 21.
  • For additional information or to register for a hike contact the Great Falls Forest Service Supervisor’s office at 791-7700, M-F, 8:00 – 4:30.


The Silver Crest Trails are located in the Little Belt Mountains of Central Montana, just off Highway 89, approximately 6.5 miles south of Neihart on the west side of the highway, and about 2 miles north of Showdown Montana Ski Area.

The turn-off to the parking lot is marked by a sign indicating “USFS Winter Recreation Area”.  Turn there, then follow the nordic ski signs to the parking lot.  The parking lot is equipped with a latrine.


  • Distance to Silver Crest Trails from the following towns:
  • Great Falls – 65 miles
  • White Sulphur Springs – 34 miles
  • Helena – 109 miles
  • Lewistown – 106 miles
  • Bozeman – 113 miles
  • Missoula – 220 miles

Come out and Play – Morning Event Location Change

Come Out & Play

Will be held at the Great Falls High, Memorial Stadium.

Address: 1900 2nd Avenue South, Great Falls, MT 59405

Saturday, September 5

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


All around camp, to include fitness and wellness activities for children of all ages. Free admission for camp kids to Voyager Baseball Game, 7 p.m., Sept. 5.


Abby Wambach World Cup Soccer player

Kelley Jakle Singer/Actress in Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect star to join Abby Wambach for Come Out and Play Event

Get Fit Great Falls is bringing International soccer superstar Abby Wambach back to Great Falls — and it will be “aca”awesome.

The fourth annual Come Out and Play event on Saturday, September 5 also will feature Pitch Perfect star Kelley Jakle.

Jakle, who was a high school athlete who eventually chose a career in performing arts, joined the cast of Pitch Perfect because of her experience in the University of Southern California’s premiere a cappella group, the SoCal VoCals, which won the coveted International Competition of Collegiate Acappella in New York City twice during her tenure. She plays Barden Bella in Pitch Perfect with a recurring role in Pitch Perfect 2, which is still in theaters.

Wambach, is the all-time leading goal scorer in international soccer history with 183 goals, 25 more than any other man or woman in history. She also is a two-time gold medalist with the U.S. Women’s Soccer team and the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year. Wambach, who has grown fond of Great Falls during her time in the Electric City, speaks about the importance of living healthy and being active.

Get Fit Great Falls is partnering with the Great Falls Voyagers and will hold a free fitness festival at Centene Stadium in the morning with games and fitness challenges that attendees of all ages can participate in with Wambach, Jakle and members of the Voyagers. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Get Fit will be collaborating with local schools and agencies to make sure as many children as possible have the opportunity to participate.

That evening Jakle will sing the national anthem at the Voyagers Fan Appreciation game and Wambach will throw out the first pitch. Each will do a radio broadcast interview during an inning and will sign autographs for fans. All clinic attendees will join Wambach and Jakle on the field to sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch.

Jakle has a strong connection to the national pastime. She is the great-granddaughter of Branch Rickey, legendary general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who was instrumental in helping Jackie Robinson integrate baseball. She appeared in the movie, “42,” the Jackie Robinson story.

Get Fit Great Falls is a not-for-profit coalition of like-minded people who encourage neighbors, families and friends to get active and make healthy food choices. In addition to Come Out and Play, the group also facilitates events for National Trails Day in the June and Winter Trails Day in February.

For further information feel free to contact one of the coordinators:

Lindsay Smith: 406.788.0306

Erica Harp: 406.403.2662

Lacey Gallagher: 406.788.8284


*This year’s events through Get Fit Great Falls will not include a Youth’s soccer camp. For local soccer opportunites, please visit the Electric City Soccer Club website by clicking here.

Help Maintain Local Trails!

CaptureCome join the Central Montana Trail Group on June 6, National Trails Day, to help cut 600 feet of new hiking and mountain biking trails.

9:00 am – Meet at Morony Dam Road/NW Energy dirt road east of RR tracks. Call Cameron (590-0300) or Giant Springs Station (727-1212) for details.

If you can’t make Saturday, you can still help on Sunday! 9:00 am – Meet at the North Side of Rainbow Dam. Call Travis (590-8728) for details.

Bring gloves, water, and decent shoes. Trail tools provided.

Help build and maintain local trails for our community to enjoy!


National Trails Day – Complete List of Hikes

Get Fit Great Falls is sponsoring 16 day hikes on Saturday, June 6. All hikes depart from Gibson Park in downtown Great Falls. Trip leaders will gather hikers at Gibson Park and car caravan to the trailhead.

Pre-registration is required, and registration will be taken beginning May 5 by calling 791-7700.

When choosing a hike, participants are asked to consider their physical abilities and hiking skills to ensure they can enjoy and complete the trek. Hikes are rated easy to difficult depending on elevation gain, steepness, and trail length. Children must be accompanied by a parent. Please leave your dog at home as a courtesy to land owners and other hikers. Hikers are asked to wear sturdy hiking shoes (closed-toed shoes or boots) and to bring rain gear, a bottle of water, and a snack or lunch.

Trail Hikes Offered

  1. Square Butte Hike – departing at 9am; a difficult hike due to distance and climb; 5 miles, 8 hours; 30 mile drive to trailhead
    Follow Norm and Marcia Anderson to Cascade for a hike atop the butte and panoramic views in all directions. This hike is by permission of the private landowner and is weather-dependent. In the event of rain, the road may not be drivable and hike may be cancelled. Hike is in tick and rattlesnake country, so bring your walking stick.
  2. Windy Mountain in the Highwood Mountains – departing at 9am; a difficult hike due to steep climb and distance; 6.5 miles, 7-8 hours; 45 mile drive to trailhead
    Join Dave Schuler and Mary Couteau for a hike to the Windy Mountain summit in the Highwood Mountains. Traverse both forested and grass/shrub terrain, then break away for a climb to the summit for breathtaking views of Highwood Baldy, the tallest peak in the Highwood range. See late spring wildflowers and wildlife sign. Pack two liters of water to replenish yourself from the steep climb. A good trek for those in hiking shape.
  3. Rogers Pass All-Women Hike – departing at 9am; a difficult hike due to climb; 3 miles, 7 hours; 69 mile drive to trailhead
    Join Kathy Meier and Mary Somerfeld for an all-gals hike along the Continental Divide Trail where the coldest temperature in the lower 48 states was recorded. The pass was named for A.B. Rogers, a surveyor who discovered this saddle in 1887. Higher elevation wildflowers should be seen on the ridge top. Hike is steep with a 1000 foot elevation gain.
  4. North Fork Trail in the Highwood Mountains – departing at 9:15am; a moderate hike due to climb; 3 mile hike, 7 hours; 40 mile drive to trailhead
    Beth and Chris Munsterteiger will lead a family hike exploring the North Fork area. Hike involves a 500 foot elevation gain to the Middle Ridge for great views of Highwood Baldy and glimpse through the Highwood Gap. This hike is good for families.
  5. Climb of Rogers Mountain – departing at 9:15am; a difficult hike due to climb and distance; 5 miles, 7 hours; 69 mile drive to trailhead
    Follow avid hikers Katie and Tom Kotynski along the Continental Divide Trail to the top of Rogers Mountain, a steep climb with a 1500 foot elevation gain. This hike will provide fabulous views of the surrounding mountain ranges along the Rocky Mountain Front and a sprinkling of wildflowers with stops made along the way to identify flowers. Hike is in grizzly bear and tick country, so bear spray and light-colored clothing is advised. A good trek for those in hiking shape.
  6. Devils Glen/Dearborn Hike – departing at 9:15am; a moderate hike due to distance; 7 miles, 7-8 hours; 75 mile drive to trailhead
    Join Camille Consolvo and Mike Dannells for a hike along the Rocky Mountain Front’s scenic Dearborn River. Hike from the foothills into the beautiful river valley below Steamboat Mountain and enjoy the cascades along the Dearborn River. Hiking in bear country, so bear spray advised. Group ice cream stop in Augusta afterwards.
  7. Old North Trail Hike – departing at 9:30am; an easy hike with many stops along a short stretch of the Old North Trail; 2 miles, 7 hours; 70 mile drive to trailhead
     Al Wiseman, a Metis and member of the Little Shell Band of the Chippewa, is a noted cultural specialist leading the hike on this historic trail. Al has led many trips along this 12,000 year old route. See tipi rings, visit Blackfeet cultural sites, and learn the route’s importance to the First Peoples. Car caravan will rendezvous with Al Wiseman in Choteau. Hike is weather-dependent and in the event of rain may be cancelled or shortened. A great hike for those with an interest in First Peoples culture.
  8. South Shore Hike on the River’s Edge Trail – departing at 9:30am; a difficult hike due to steepness and distance; 6 miles, 6 hours; 6 mile drive to trailhead
    Join experienced hikers Chuck and Gerry Jennings for a special trip along the south shore of the Missouri River. This hike begins at the Lewis and Clark Overlook (Rainbow Dam) and follows a single track bike trail east toward Cochrane Dam. The route traverses Chaos and Mayhem trails and, at times, has steep exposures along the embankment. Although not physically challenging, the steep, open side hill may be uncomfortable for some. May we suggest bringing hiking poles for this extraordinary hike above the Missouri River? Hike is weather-dependent and, in the event of excessive rain, an alternative route may be chosen.
  9. Square Butte 2 – departing at 9:45am; a difficult hike due to distance and climb; 5 miles, 8 hours; 30 mile drive to trailhead
    Due to popularity, a second trip is being led by Sean Higginbotham, Matt Washington, and Laura Lovo. Hike to the top of the butte for panoramic views in all directions. This hike is by permission of the private landowner and is weather-dependent. In the event of rain, the road may not be drivable and hike may be cancelled. Hike is in tick and rattlesnake country, so bring your walking stick.
  10. Sulphur Spring Hike – departing at 10am; a moderate hike; 3.6 miles, 4 hours; 15 mile drive to trailhead
    Join naturalist Darian Kath for a hike to the sulfur water believed to have cured an ailing Sacajawea, member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, in 1805. Enjoy the Missouri River, views into lower Belt Creek and the start of their historic portage, and native prairie plants and animals recorded in the Lewis and Clark journals. Bring water, as none is available along the way.
  11. First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park – departing at 10am; a moderate hike; 3 miles, 3 hours; 18 mile drive to trailhead
    View the famous buffalo jump with ranger Clark Carlson-Thompson and identify the native plants and prairie wildflowers along the way. Learn how the First Peoples used these plants to survive on the prairie. Hike is good for active families. View the exhibits in the Visitors’ Center afterwards.
  12. Kiddos Playday Walk – departing at 10:15am; an easy stroll with a play stop for children; less than 1 mile, 90 minutes
    Join Great Falls Public Schools educator Miranda Murray for a play day with your children. Plan on a short walk from Gibson Park to a play area where organized activities will keep your little one active and engaged in fun, fun, fun! This walk is designed for pre-school to 2nd grade children. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
  13. Northside Historic District Walk – departing at 10:30am; an easy hike; 1 mile, 1 hour
    Step back into history with Carol Bradley, member of the Historic Preservation Advisory Council, as you stroll through the lower northside neighborhood for a sidewalk tour of the earliest homes in Great Falls. Enjoy views of front porches, see massive pillars, cupolas, and historic renovations. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. This walk makes many stops to view old classic homes.
  14. Kiddos and Grownups Hike – departing at 10:30am; an easy hike; 3 miles, 2 hours
    Grab your parents and join Great Falls Public School Superintendent Tammy Lacy for a hike across the Central Avenue West walking bridge, then onto Garden Home Park, a fun natural area hidden in the heart of the city. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. This hike is designed for children who are active and inquisitive. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  15. Walking Tour of Historic Churches – departing at 10:45am; an easy hike; 16 block walk, 2 hours
    Join Suzanne Waring for a leisurely stroll to visit historic churches (including Brother Van’s parsonage) and several historic homes near Gibson Park. Stop and enjoy the exterior beauty of these stone and brick facades, and learn a bit about the era and religion within their walls. Some church stops include and indoor visit to enjoy their grandeur. Wheelchair and stroller accessible.
  16. Giant Springs State Park Hike – departing at 10:45am; a moderate hike, 2.7 miles, 2 hours; 3.5 mile drive to trailhead
    Rangers Francine Sanchez and Kasey Linskey will lead you on a nature hike through Giant Springs State Park. Learn about the history of the park and enjoy the spectacular bird watching along the Missouri River and near the giant spring. Hike will be on single track dirt and paved trails. Discover the best kept secret in Great Falls, our backyard state park!

Those who would rather work on a trail instead of hiking one should consider joining the Trail Work Party for a project on the River’s Edge Trail. Call in advance at 727-1212 to confirm your space in the work party, then meet on Saturday, June 16 at 9am at the Morony Dam Road and NW Energy Dirt Road (just east of the railroad crossing at Morony Dam Road). Please wear work clothes/boots and bring leather gloves, lunch, and water. Tools will be provided. The Trail Work Party project is sponsored by Montana State Parks and the Central Montana Trails Group.