The featured speaker for the Avalanche Awareness Full Moon Ski will be Jeff Gildehaus, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Beartooth Ranger District speaking about avalanche conditions and awareness. The talk will begin at 7:00 p.m.
The Red Lodge Nordic Center is located 3 miles west of Red Lodge off Highway 78. Follow Highway 78 to the one mile marker and turn left/(west) following Fox Road two more miles and turning right/(north) on Smith Road to the parking area. Hiking without skis will not be permitted on groomed trails.
This walk is held two nights 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 full series and schedule of 2013 walks is available at Forest Service offices in Red Lodge or Billings or on the web site at www.fs.usda.gov/custer. “The Walk by the Light of the Moon series of interpretive walks is a great way to experience your National Forests from a different perspective,” said Traute Parrie, Beartooth District Ranger. “Walking under the light of the full moon with naturalists and interpreters including foresters, biologists, poets, storytellers and historians is a great way to spend an evening exploring,” added Parrie.
2013 Walk By the Light of the Moon schedule
January 26th – Avalanche Moon with BRTA at Red Lodge Nordic Center, 6 p.m
February 23rd – Howling Moon with BRTA at Red Lodge Nordic Center, 6 p.m
March and April – spring break – no walks
May 23rd – River Moon, Richel Lodge site on Lake Fork Rd., 7:00 p.m
June 21st – Sweetgrass Moon on Red Lodge Creek Trail, 7:00 p.m
July 20th –Lion Moon location to be determined, 7:00 p.m
August 19th – Thunder Moon at Vista Point, 7:00 pm
September 17th –Mines Under Red Lodge location to be determined, 7:00 p.m
Many of the walks are a night or two before the full moon to take advantage of the earlier moonrise. The walks will often be located along a trail with one or more interpreters located along the route of ½ to 2 miles on easy terrain. For additional questions call the Beartooth Ranger District at 406-446-2103 or visit online at www.fs.usda.gov/custer and click on the right hand quick link for the 2013 Moon Walks.