All abilities trail gets bench donated from community

With school finally out for the summer, let the fun and games begin! The Seeley Lake area offers amazing winter activities, and we promote those outdoor activities like crazy for more than half the year. And then spring and summer – those glorious, long-awaited, priceless Montana blue sky days – descend, and we turn our full attention to the warmer weather outdoor activities that ROCKS serves and supports.

The jewel of the ROCKS summer activities is the Placid Lake Trails system – Lakeview Trail and the All-Abilities Trail – both of which offer healthy fun in beautiful, pristine areas. Both trails offer amazing views and heathy outdoor exercise. This summer’s planned improvements include trailhead signage to ensure everyone can easily find the starting point and routes for each trail.

The All-Abilities Trail, as part of a working relationship with Summit Independent Living, just installed a new wheelchair-accessible picnic table overlooking Owl Creek. The table, which was generously donated by a Placid Lake cabin owner, has two available wheelchair spots ready and waiting for use, and a new concrete viewing bench will soon be installed in another area of the trail for peaceful viewing.

The Missoula County Youth In Restoration crew visited the area to work with the ROCKS crew last week to tune up the trails for the season. The ROCKS crew supported with shovels and rakes and a good attitude. Our team lives for such moments.

All of the outdoor activities that ROCKS supports are the result of many important collaborations, such as the Summit Independent Living project mentioned above, and also the support of many volunteers and donors, who generously aid our cause. Our mission, as always, is to have free, accessible, year round outdoor fun for all in a way that also showcases the uniqueness and the beauty of our world here.

If you’d like to get involved with ROCKS, you can donate time as a volunteer, always welcomed, or funding through the local Community Foundation Change Your Pace fundraising effort that runs through the month of June or directly to ROCKS. For more information, please contact Garry Swain, President of Seeley Lake Rocks, at 406-499-2966 or


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