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Lolo Pass Visitor Center to host fun runs June 27

The eighth annual Mountain to Meadow event will be held on June 27 this year. This scenic run, organized by Discover Your Northwest, will begin at the Lolo Pass Visitor Center (elevation 5,225 feet) on U.S. Highway 12 at the Idaho-Montana border.

The half marathon winds for 13.1 miles through forests of Englemann Spruce and sub-alpine fir with dramatic views of the Bitterroot Mountains in the distance.

All courses take participants along Packer Meadows, a historically significant and beautiful site along the Nez Perce and Lewis and Clark trails. A new addition this year is the 10K course option.

Historical reenactors will be at the visitor center on the morning of the race in their period regalia for photo opportunities with participants and to answer questions about Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery. After the race, certified chiropractors will be available for massages.

Start time is 7:30 a.m. Pacific time at the Lolo Pass Visitor Center, with walkers having the option of starting earlier. The event will have chip timing for all participants. Registration for the race is online at until June 24 or at the event the morning of the race. The cost is $32 and includes a commemorative item for each participant. Kids younger than 12 are free when accompanied by an adult.

Proceeds from this event are used to benefit the Lolo Pass Visitor Center on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. These proceeds are used to fund projects that enhance the experiences of visitors to Lolo Pass year-round.

Forest visitors should be aware that the following roads will be closed to all motorized use on June 27 from 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

• Road 373 (Packer Meadow Road): From the junction of Lolo Pass Visitor Center parking area to Milepost 6.6 (Junction of Packer Ridge Road 5671). Visitors will not be able to drive to Packer Meadow.

• Road 5671 (Packer Ridge Road): From the junction of Road 5670 to the junction of Road 373.

• Road 5670 (Packer Creek Road): From the junction of Road 373 to the junction of Road 5671.


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