Highland Glen- Trail of the week!

A trail I really want to highlight this week is Highland Glen Nature Preserve! So much is going on over at this gorgeous trail that I thought it deserved a little recognition. It’s a great biking trail that also allows leashed dogs. The trail runs through some historic agricultural land that has been in use for over 140 years! If you haven’t already checked this trail out and are looking for a beautiful, quiet place to go on a bike ride or a run, look no further!

The trail recently got a a bit of a face lift in order to make it more user friendly, so all you regulars, I hope you enjoy the improvements!

In animal news, the cattle have been moved into the pasture that the trail runs through, so make sure to give them the space they need and to not take corners too quickly on bikes! It’s also especially important to keep dogs on leash, as they are known to bark at/chase cattle, which is bad news for the rancher! Another little black animal has also recently been spotted in the area…a black bear that has been getting into some bird feeders. Also remember to be aware of what’s around you when hiking and, if you’re traveling alone, to always make noise as you go!


T(r)ail Etiquette

Time for a trail etiquette tip!

It’s important to remember to always practice responsible dog ownership. This includes keeping dogs on leash is designated areas and picking up after them!

Areas where dogs are required to be on leash are areas where the land is sensitive to being disturbed. Dogs running off the trail can disturb livestock or wildlife and cause major issues for the people who call those areas home.

Dogs can also spread noxious weeds when seeds get stuck to their fur and fall off elsewhere. This is why it is important that they stay on trail and on a leash.

Even if your dog is allowed to be off leash, that still means they have to be monitored! Ever let your dog out of your car while you prepare for your outing, and by default not watch where they may wander? This is when they love to poop! It is your duty to pick up after your dog so that their waste does not contaminate water sources in the area. Even if you are not close to a stream, dog feces can still make it into the groundwater. After all, we get outside to breathe in the crisp mountain air, not smell what a dog left behind!


Trail Ambassadors 2018

Heading into July we have our team of Trail Ambassadors lined up for the summer season! From people on the GVLT NextGen board, to a Montana Conservation Corps Forest Service intern, and just some Bozemanites wanting to do what they can for their trails, this team of trail stewards is looking to be a strong one! They have already done some awesome work on Triple Tree trail to make sure that everyone is prepared for the Painted Hills Gap trail that will be put in place by the end of the summer.

One especially important piece of information we are trying to get out is why the new fencing off of Limestone Meadows Ln has been put in. A noxious grass called Ventenata has been found up in the area and has been reported in only two other spots in Gallatin County. This grass is competitive and has little nutritional value, so therefore could pose a serious problem for livestock if it gets out of control. In order to prevent the grass from spreading, we’re asking that everyone please stay on the marked trails (including leashed dogs!).

Stay tuned for more updates on what’s going on on the trails and the status of the Ventenata!


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Happy June!

It’s been a wet start to the summer, but that hasn’t stopped everyone from getting out on the trails!

A big thank you to everyone who participated in the Trails Challenge. Despite a little hiccup, we reached our goal of 66,000 miles by our goal date! Everyone at GVLT was truly astounded by how Bozeman came together to get us over the finish line, and we couldn’t be more proud!

Another big thank you goes out to 4-H for their help on our trails. They have been coming out the past three Saturdays and have done some awesome drain work and tree planting on some of the trails around town. We have a lot of work ahead of us on the trails this summer, but it’s already off to a fantastic start!

Where Should I Go Ski?

Sunset Hills: Pisten Bully groomed for classic and skate

Highland Glen: Pisten Bully groomed for classic and skate

Sourdough Canyon: Ginzu groomed to near Wild Horse Junction before mechanical breakdown ended grooming effort. Moser Divide not groomed.

Bridger Creek Golf Course: No report

New MAPS in Hyalite!

Our partners at Friends of Hyalite and the USFS Bozeman Ranger District were busy over the weekend!

”  These “you are here” signs can be found at many of the trail junctions this winter and will be a great addition to the Nordic trail system around the Hyalite Reservoir. Pick up our new trail map at one of the many retail locations in Bozeman and Livingston and go xc skiing, ice climbing, or backcountry skiing!  ”

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Be Thankful…but also Call on Ullr!

The Trail Ambassador Program has just wrapped up it’s 4th season on the trails…Wow time flies when you’re having fun!  We are very THANKFUL for all of the support of our volunteers and partners over that time.  Just for a little reflection, let’s take a quick look at some stats.

  •   10 program partners
  • Over 20 volunteer ambassadors
  • 210 outings made on area trails
  • Volunteers spent 507 hours lending their time on the trails
  • Interactions and resources shared with nearly 5k trail users!

All that said, we are now gearing up for another successful season on the snow –  after we finish “stuffing” our faces with a hearty Thanksgiving meal of course.

The Trail Ambassador Partners and Volunteers would like to give a special  thank you to all of our area trail users.  Thanks for being Courteous, and Respectful of our wonderful trail system, as well as our fellow trail users.  We are after all – in this together!!!

Snow is in the forecast, so let’s make sure to urge Ullr to do his thing.  As the snow starts to fly our friends and partners at Bridger Ski Foundation want to remind users of:

Ski Trail Etiquette

With all the people sharing the Lindley Park, Highland Glen Nature Preserve, Bridger Creek Golf Course, Bozeman Creek/Sourdough Canyon and Hyalite Canyon ski trails, BSF encourages skiers to be respectful and follow these tips on ski trail etiquette:

Please . . .

1.  Be aware of whether or not the trail is designated for multi-use. (See chart below.)

2.  Do not walk/run on groomed ski trails unless it is a multi-user trail (Sourdough/Hyalite).

3.  Dog owners are responsible for keeping their animals safe and under control, and must remove any dropping on the trails.

4.  Avoid walking, running, or skating on the parralel xc ski tracks.

5.  Move off trail to allow grooming equipment to pass.

6.  Avoid skiing right after groomers have groomed trails.  It takes 2-4 hours for the freshly groomed trails to set up.

7.  Do not ski the wrong way on one way trails.  Keep to the right on two-way trails.

8.  Ski under control, at a safe speed, and use care at blind intersections.

9.  Respect private property and the guidelines for each venue.

10.  Respect the wildlife.

11.  If you fall, please get off the trail as soon as you can.

12.  Please let others know that you are approaching them from behind by politely calling out “on you left.”

13.  If you are skiing fast and come upon slower skiers, please reduce your speed while you pass on their left, and then take off again once you have safely passed them.  Think of other skiers as yield signs.

14.  Fill in sitzmarks (disturbed snow left when you fall)

15.  Downhill skiers have the right-of-way.

16.  Please park at the Softball Complex/recycling parking lot off Highland Blvd. when skiing on the Lindley Park and Highland Glen Nature Preserve trails–do not park in the Lindley Center, hospital, or the professional buildings off Ellis St. parking lots.

17.  Buy a Community Nordic Trails Pass to support cross country skiing today!

And finally, say hi the Gallatin Valley Trail Ambassadors, who are working hard to reduce trail user conflict and provide good information to trail users.

Thank you!