The BSCO Hike And Learn Series Offers Free Guided Hikes And Activities This Summer

Do you like to ride your bike along Ralphs Pass?

Take your dogs on a hike on Hummocks Trail? Trail run on the Southfork Loop? Or wander down to Ousel Falls on a lazy Sunday? If you like getting outside in Big Sky, Montana you have the Big Sky Community Organization (BSCO) to thank.

The BSCO is a not-for-profit organization that “connects people to recreational opportunities by acquiring, preserving and promoting sustainable places and programs for all.” You’ll see their contribution throughout our mountain town via trails, public spaces, facilities, collaborations, and recreational opportunities. BSCO makes getting outside easy.

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One program that BSCO offers is the summer Hike and Learn Series. The Hike and Learn series offers “free guided hikes and activities throughout BSCO’s Community Trail System.” It’s a totally free program that will appeal to both Big Sky locals and destination guests. If you have some free time on Tuesdays and Saturdays this summer, you’re going to want to learn more about the BSCO’s Hike and Learn Series.


BSCO’s Hike and Learn Series utilizes community experts to teach you about all sorts of cool things. If you’ve ever wanted to learn about the local flora and fauna, identify birds, learn to navigate in the backcountry, break into bouldering or rock climbing, learn about bear habitats, or discover the history of Big Sky, then the Hike and Learn series is for you.

Let’s take a quick look at the current BSCO Hike and Learn series for 2017:

  • Tuesday, July 11 – Bird Spotting and Identification with BSCO staff member Scott Hoeksema – South Fork Loop Trail
  • Tuesday, July 11 – A Nature Walk with the Wildlife Conservation Society – Black Diamond Trail and Willow Way Trail
  • Saturday, July 15 – How to Navigate the Backcountry with Big Sky Search and Rescue – Uplands Trail
  • Tuesday, July 18 – Climbing Boulders with Montana Alpine Guides – Community Park
  • Tuesday, July 18 – Mindfulness and Exploration Hike with Angela Marie Patnode – Ousel Falls Trail
  • Tuesday, July 25 – History Hike with Historic Crail Ranch Conservators – Crail Ranch Trail
  • Saturday, July 29 – Learn about Bear Habitats with the United States Forest Service – Black Diamond Trail and Willow Way

Big Sky, Montana | Photo: Big Sky Community Organization
Big Sky, Montana | Photo: Big Sky Community Organization

To learn more about each of these local adventures, read descriptions, find meeting locations, and to see a complete schedule of the BSCO Hike and Learn series, please visit It’s important to Register/RSVP for the free events so that BSCO knows how many people to expect and to ensure that you’ll get all of the details before hand.

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Now grab your calendar and add the BSCO Hike and Learn series to your calendar. Have fun!

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Derek Lennon