It’s Monday, and that means if you cast your gaze up Waterworks Hill between 10:30 and 11:30 this morning, you’ll most likely see a group of moms hiking together. Some have kids in tow, some have dogs, some have both and some have neither.

What they all have in common is that they are participants in Active Moms Missoula, a group organized by the local YMCA. “Inspiring moms and women in the Missoula area to lead healthy lives by nurturing friendships and activity,” reads the flier I’ve been carrying around in my backpack for three weeks now.

A look at November’s schedule reveals some very active activities indeed, offered at a variety of days and times. Besides the Monday hike, there’s a group run on Sunday, pre/post natal aerobics on Tuesday, water aerobics on Wednesday, a pick of “Momma Fit” or “Gentle Yoga” on Thursday and much more.

Some of these activities – like the Waterworks hike – are free, and most are kid-friendly. A few, like the New Moms Support group, ask a nominal donation (like $3 for the support group).

And of course, the YMCA offers childcare. It’s free with a family membership. For other members and non-members, it’s $2.50 for one child and $2 more for each additional kiddo.

For more information, contact the YMCA’s Missy Adams at 532-6281 or

Sounds like a great way to get some exercise and meet some other moms.

– MM