Annual Winter Hike to be held at Fort Mandan

The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center will be hosting the Fort Mandan Winter Hike on Saturday.  Hikers can experience what life was like on the 1804-05 Lewis & Clark Expedition. This event is free and is sponsored by the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation.

Participants will trade their modern hats and coats for historic bison robes and wool capots. The hike winds through the forest to Fort Mandan, where warm fires and historically accurate refreshments await.

“The hike is popular because it’s so unique,” says interpretive coordinator Robert Hanna. “People love saying they roughed it like Lewis and Clark.”

The hike, which is about a mile long, begins at 1 p.m. at the Fort Mandan Visitors Center, 2.5 miles west of Washburn. Participants should come dressed for temperature and snow conditions, because historic coats will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Pets are welcome but must be on a six-foot leash. More information can be found at www.facebook.com/LewisClarkND/.

The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center is located 38 miles north of Bismarck at the intersection of U.S. 83 and N.D. 200A in Washburn.

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