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Michael Hoyt

A new all-color hiking guidebook, the second in a series, to trails on the middle portion of the Bitterroot Mountains written and photographed by life-long outdoorsman Michael Hoyt of Corvallis was announced this week.

Titled Bitterroot Mountain Trails – Vol. 2, the long sought-after guide includes some of the most popular trails in the Bitterroot Mountains on the valley’s western mid-section that leads into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. It covers the area from Blodgett Canyon just west of Hamilton south to Soda Springs Canyon, slightly west of Nelson Lake and accessed from Nez Perce Road. Hoyt said his new book will serve as a guide for hikers, trail runners, horseback riders, mountaineers and families. He noted that, unlike many guidebook authors who live outside the areas they write about, he has spent the last 15 years concentrating on the Bitterroot Mountains. He lives in Corvallis, Montana, at the base of the Bitterroot Mountain Range. Hoyt has spent more than 35 years hiking and climbing in the Rocky Mountains and locally is considered the “go to” expert when it comes to information related to trails and summits encompassed within the Bitterroot Mountains.

A dedicated wilderness mountaineer, Hoyt has carefully documented the hikes covered in his books, using notes, photographs and maps. He believes the long-term survival of wilderness lands will only be possible if more people feel they have a vested interest in their preservation and is writing the guidebooks in hopes it will bring more people into the back country, and in so doing increase the probability the wild areas of the Bitterroot Mountains will continue to be protected and preserved.

He is also the author of the hugely popular book Hikes and Climbs to Bitterroot Mountain Summits published in 2010 and a novel released a year ago titled Ranger about a pack of wolves fighting for survival in the Bitterroot Mountains, a book aimed at young adults on the theme of wilderness and its wildlife in a contemporary setting.

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