Spring has sprung in Big Sky! As the snow melts, our beloved hiking trails are calling. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone and ensure the preservation of our trails, let's brush up on some essential spring hiking etiquette. 

 Spring Flowers

Leave No Trace:

Pack out everything you pack in, including trash, food scraps, and dog waste. Leaving pet waste behind is not only unpleasant but harmful to our local water sources. Bring dog bags and remember to appropriately dispose of your pet’s waste by not leaving bags on the trail.  

Get Muddy:

Spring often means muddy trails. While it might be tempting to avoid muddy sections by stepping off the trail, this widens the path and damages the surrounding vegetation.  The best approach is to walk straight through muddy sections preventing further trail erosion.  

Check Trail Conditions:

Knowing the conditions and status of the trail(s) ahead of time can ensure you’re equipped with the right gear.  Check current trail conditions online at bsco.org or trailforks.com.  

Be Prepared:

Spring weather can be unpredictable. Sunny mornings can easily change to rainy afternoons. Dress in layers with waterproof gear and sturdy hiking boots with good traction. 

Be Bear Aware:

It is the time of year that bears begin emerging from their winter slumber. Carry bear spray and know how to use it properly. Hike with others, and make noise, especially in areas with limited visibility. 


By following these simple tips, visitors and residents alike can become stewards of Big Sky's cherished trails. By embracing responsible hiking etiquette this spring, we can all contribute to a positive experience for everyone and ensure the health of our trails for years to come.  Happy hiking! 


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Be Bear Aware in Big Sky Country