The Montana Island Challenge is the collaborative effort of four nonprofit organizations to raise funds in support of our individualized programs and services benefiting children (ages 0-18) in Central Montana.
Run It! 6K, 9K, 15K or Hike It! 6K or 9K The Half Moon Ranch Hike and Run Challenges are located in one of the most beautiful locations of Montana...tucked perfectly among the valleys, peaks, trees and wild of the Snowy Mountains.
The trail runs are challenging but worth it!
9K & 15K The 9K and 15K head west from the starting point along a old county road, where, after a 1/2 mile they climb in elevation along an awesome hillside. Make sure to raise up your head and look at the west, the climb in elevation rewards you with an awesome view. The 9K dips down adjacent to the ranch's lake while the 15K travels up hill revealing an impressive view. The routes rejoin at the start of the two toughest hills: Cat Hill and Cindy's Hill. Definitely, you will have wanted to eat your Wheaties, as the inclines of these two hills are tough! The good news is that once you climb these two "Montana Island Challengers", it is a nice run along the ridgeline's tree-shaded, grass-covered logging roads. The two will again part ways at Junction Station where the 9K splits to the NE and will travel through the beautiful Nelson's Canyon. The 15K will take a longer route around to the SE and eventually make the decline down Moose Path. The two join at the base of Moose Path and Nelson's Canyon, where you will spot and begin your descent into the finish line. Sightings of elk, deer and other wildlife are possible on any of the routes.
6K plus another 100 yards We don't call it the "Montana Island Challenge" for nothing... even our 5K turned out to be a 6K - because we know you can do it! Headed south from the finish line, the 6K takes runners and hikers up Nelson's Canyon on just under 4 mile route that winds up the Canyon, past Junction Station and around to Moose Path. This route features grass-covered logging roads, enclosed tree- lined trail routes and fragrant pine trees. This route may be shorter, but it is still a grand workout
Bike: 7:30 am Run/Hike: 8 am
Directions from Lewistown
(Look for arrow signs and balloons to help guide you)
Estimated time 45 minutes 1. From intersection of 1st and Main go South on 1st Avenue (towards Albertsons, which will be on your right hand side). 2. Continue onto Upper Spring Creek Rd 4.3 mi (stay to the left when road forks by the Fish Hatchery) 3. Continue onto E Fork Rd 5.4 mi 4. Turn RIGHT to stay on E Fork Rd 1.1 mi 5. Continue onto Red Hill Rd 12.9 mi 6. Slight LEFT 1.7 mi 7. Turn LEFT onto N Fork of Flat Willow Rd - 3 mi 8. Destination Pavilion/Start/Finish Area.
Half Moon Ranch is located 23 miles SE of Lewistown