2019 Summer Events

Each summer, Prickly Pear Land Trust hosts a handful of events and activities that are free and open to the public. We encourage all people of all experience levels to join us a a family hike to get the kids out and exploring, a community walk at one of our project sites, or a trail work night to get your hands dirty and help maintain the trail system that we all love.

Call the office at 406-442-0490 for any questions or check our social media pages for the most up-to-date information.



April 13: Willow Cutting at Sevenmile Creek Restoration

Join Prickly Pear Land Trust and project manager, Nate Kopp, for a morning of willow cutting at our Sevenmile Creek restoration site from 9 AM to 11:30 AM on Saturday, April 13. The willows will be cut and harvested, then replanted on a later date along the creek to help build up vegetation and prevent erosion. Access the private property off of Head Lane follow these directions.

What to bring:

Wear closed toed shoes and pants that can get a little muddy. PPLT will provide gloves and instruction.


April 29: Community Trail Work Day

Join PPLT staff, volunteers, and the City of Helena as we work to “Make Single Track Single!” by reclaiming parallel tracks on Swaney and Ambrose Trail. We will reestablish the correct trail alignment, close down one of the two parallel trails, and seed them with native grasses. Meet at Tubbs Trailhead on LeGrande Cannon Ave on April 29, by 5:30 PM. Remember folks, stay on all established trails so that they do not get widened and create parallel tracks!

**Note that this schedule is subject to change based on how wet or dry the trails are so please RSVP to our Facebook event or check our website for any changes to meeting location.

What to bring: In order to volunteer with PPLT, you must be wearing proper protective equipment. That includes, close-toed shoesgloves (if you have them, we will have some you can borrow if you don’t), bike helmet/hard hat (if you have one, we have a limited supply of hard hats to borrow if you need one.)

PPLT will provide trail tools, supervision, water, a great time!
May 14: Family Hike

Get the kids outside for a family-friendly hike! Care to see a different part of the trail system, get the kids to explore Helena’s backyard, or get some fresh air with company? PPLT volunteers will be leading a casual hike from the Diehl Trailhead, Tuesday, May 14, at 5:30 PM.


May 21: Community Tour of Sevenmile Creek Restoration

Care for a Sneak Peak? Explore the dynamic Sevenmile Creek property with us! Listen to the babble of the creek while Project Manager, Nate Kopp, babbles about the new ecology and hydrology and what is coming in 2020. This community tour will be capped at 25 participants, so please RSVP or send questions to [email protected] asap. Community Walk at Sevenmile Creek will take place Tuesday, May 21, at 5:30 PM. There are only a few spots left!

*Reminder: Restoration work is ongoing at Sevenmile Creek property, so the site will remain closed to the general public.


May 23: Wildflower Walk with PPLT and Discovery Foundation

Stop and smell the… well, all the wildflowers! Hang out with some new buds on the Mount Helena Wildflower Walk on Thursday, May 23, starting at 7 PM. Meet us at the Mount Helena trailhead to learn about our local wildflowers and how to spot them.


June 1: National Trails Day

National Trails Day is set for June 1! Join forces with the many trail enthusiasts across the country by getting your hands dirty and improving your local trails. Prickly Pear Land Trust has planned for various projects in the Helena South Hills, at Spring Meadow Lake State Park, and at Tenmile Creek Park. We will meet at 9 AM at the Montana Conservation Corps Office (1229 E Lyndale Ave) and, from there, rally to the different project locations for a morning of trail work. The work will end by noon, followed by a luncheon hosted by Prickly Pear Land Trust.

We have some great trail projects lined up! One crew will be improving the small climbing trails and belay pads near the climbing area on Mt. Helena, the second crew will be building wheelchair-accessible picnic pads at Tenmile Creek Park, and the third crew will be rehabilitating some double-track trails on Mt. Ascension back to single track. The fun doesn’t end there! We will have decomposed granite stockpiled to resurface a new connector trail that was created at last year’s National Trails Day—it connects the Centennial Trail to Tenmile Creek Park, across Spring Meadow Lake State Park property. By resurfacing that trail, there will be a contiguous, universally accessible route from Centennial Park to Tenmile Creek Park. Thank you to Meadowlark Music Festival for sponsoring this connector trail!

As always, PPLT is proud to partner with an awesome team of local conservation and rec groups – Montana Conservation Corps, Helena Parks and Recreation, Helena Climber’s Coalition, and Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.


June 17: Community Trail Work Night


June 28 – 30: Kading Re-Route with Montana High Divide Trails

RSVP to [email protected]


July 18: Membership Party on the Downtown Walking Mall (Membership Week)


July 15: Community Trail Work Night


August 19: Volunteer Appreciation Event


September 16: Community Trail Work Night


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