Featured speakers for the “Settler’s Moon” will include:
v Nancy Heyl Ruskowsky, author of Two Dot Ranch, A Biography of Place, who will talk about this historic Wyoming ranch located in the Bighorn Basin along the foothills of the North Absaroka Wilderness.
v Jane Taylor, Beartooth Ranger District, who will talk about the Meeteetse Trail and its importance in the settlement of the Clarks Fork Valley and Bighorn Basin
The walk on moderate terrain will begin at the Face of the Mountain Trailhead. To reach the trailhead, travel approximately 1 mile south of downtown Red Lodge on US Highway 212 and turn left (east) onto the Meeteetse Trail Road; drive another 3 miles on this gravel road to the trailhead on the right. Parking is limited, so look for opportunities to carpool. The walk will last for about 2 hours. Speakers will be located along this unique trail through a diversity of vegetation, with great views to the plains.
This walk is one night before the full moon to take advantage of the earlier moonrise. Participants may want to bring binoculars and a flashlight in case the moon does not cooperate. Anticipate the weather and dress in layers accordingly.
Participants with questions or special needs can call the Beartooth Ranger District at (406) 446-2103. The schedule of 2012 walks is available at Forest Service offices in Red Lodge or Billings, or on the web site at www.fs.usda.gov/custer.