Girls on the Trail
Girls on the Trail is a collaboration between Whitefish Legacy Partners and community partners to bring teenage girls ages 12-15 out on the Whitefish Trail for a week of mountain biking, hiking, photography, writing, volunteer events. The program provides teenage girls in the Flathead Valley an opportunity to find their own love of mountain biking, their own appreciation of trails and open lands, their own creativity through writing and photography, and their own strength through hard work and mentorship. Girls on the Trail began in 2018 in memory of Katy Branston and her passion for biking, trails and community.
Due to uncertainty with the COVID-19 outbreak we are delaying launching our 2020 education program schedule. We are following public health and safety recommendations and hope to begin education programs in mid to late May. To see the schedule as it is released, sign up for our e-newsletter or follow us on Facebook.
2020 Girls on the Trail is tentatively scheduled for July 13-16. We plan to be open registration in April as public health and safety recommendations become clear.
The program is free and registration is required. Participants are asked to attend all four days.
During a mountain biking clinic and group ride, led by Beyond the Boundaries instructors and volunteer Whitefish Trail Patrollers, the girls will learn mountain biking fundamentals through skill-building exercises and practice those skills riding the trail. Participants must know how to ride a bike, but all mountain biking experience levels are welcome. Free bike rentals are available if needed.
Hitting the trail for a hike, the girls will explore the cedar groves and wildflowers of Haskill Basin, while getting to know each other and talking about community, resiliency, and the strength that time spent outdoors cultivates with Dr. Sara Boilen.
Led by adventure writer Clare Menzel, the girls will enjoy a writing workshop beside Haskill Lake, inspired by views of Big Mountain and the Whitefish Range.
Surrounded by the sights and sounds of the forest, the girls will connect to their breath and practice beginner yoga with instruction from a certified yoga teacher.
Spending the afternoon swinging a Pulaski or using a saw on the Whitefish Trail will create a unique opportunity for the girls to build confidence using tools, believe in their ability to complete any task set before them, work as a team, and feel satisfaction from work well done and giving back to our community trail.
The girls will explore the landscapes around the Whitefish Trail through the lens of a camera, learning photography fundamentals from professional Lindsey Jane Photography. Cameras are available if needed.