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Battle of the Boots at Wayfarer’s Park

January 1, 2023

Every time you hike, snowshoe, fat-tire bike, sled, or cross-country ski a trail at one of these parks in the month of January, log your miles on the log sheets at trailhead kiosks to help lead your park to victory. The competition will kick off on January 1, 2023, and conclude on January 31, 2023.
The stellar showing from hikers at Flathead Lake State Park in 2021 and 2022 crowned the two-time champion on the lake. With their own success to live up to, Flathead Lake will not take their status as reigning champ lightly. They know what it takes to continue a winning tradition.
But who doesn’t like an underdog story? Lone Pine has shown grit and will not back down from its rival: Flathead Lake State Park.
With the past 11 months to prepare for the rematch, we invite you to hike the trails at Lone Pine State Park and Flathead Lake State Park’s Wayfarers, West Shore, and Big Arm Units to help your park to victory in January. And it’s only fitting that the prizes are bigger and better than ever.
Weekly: For just hiking your name will be entered into a raffle; for every mile you hike, you will receive one raffle entry (11 miles, 11 raffle tickets).
End of the Month: On February 1st Park staff will finish each park’s tallies.
1st overall miles for the month: FREE weekend of camping this summer at Lake Mary Ronan State Park or the West Shore Unit of Flathead Lake State Park.
2nd overall miles for the month: FREE day of SUP/Kayak rental at Finley Point Unit of Flathead Lake State Park
3rd overall miles for the month: FREE 25L OSPREY day pack
There will also be smaller prizes for top hikers at Lone Pine and Flathead Lake (units combined). The winner of a tie will be determined by a random drawing.
First Day Hikes celebrate the new year with a way for individuals and families to get outside, exercise, and connect with nature. In honor of this 30-year national tradition in US State Parks, the Battle of the Boots participants with the most miles logged on January 1 will receive prizes as well.
Share your photos from your hikes and tag the park for a feature on our Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Battle of the Boots at Wayfarer's State Park Starts January 1-31


January 1, 2023
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Wayfarer’s Unit of Flathead Lake State Park
8600 Montana Hwy 35
Bigfork, MT 59911 United States
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