Little reminder to everyone who is excited to get out on the new Painted Hills Gap connector trail:
Construction has begun (yay!), but the public is not yet allowed on the new trail. The trail should be safe and complete by September 8, but stay tuned on GVLT’s website and social media to know when exactly you can hit the trail!
Also big shout out to our Trail Ambassadors this summer and our Volunteer of the Month (and Trail Ambassador), Dave Dolph! You all have done so much to help better our trails this season and we more than appreciate all that you’ve done. Keep up the great work.
Good trails are undoubtedly one of the best parts about a town, and here in Bozeman we are lucky to have so many that are so close and accessible. With all the people that are in love with getting outside and on the trails, it’s dangerous for anyone to think “Well, one person doing this won’t hurt anything”. Our trails are getting busier, and with that comes a greater responsibility to protect what we have and treat it with respect.
So, this week I wanted to talk about the best ways to be a steward of proper trail use! One of the best ways to do this is to tread lightly. The trails are not always in tip top shape (they are outside after all), so when they are muddy or in poor condition, do not bike on them and try to step over/around muddy areas. This allows them to dry properly and prevents “berms” from forming and wrecking the trail.
Another important thing to remember is to ALWAYS stay on the designated original trail. It’s definitely tempting to cut up the hill on switchbacks or to b-line to your car through a field or fence, but this really hurts the surrounding areas. A lot of thought was put in to where the trail should be placed, so if a trail does not exist in a certain area that means there’s a reason! Cutting the trail can cause erosion and the spreading of noxious weeds, which both hurt the land that you are enjoying. Anyone who truly loves the trail knows to stick to it at all times!
Let’s all keep our trails healthy and happy for years to come, no matter how big Bozeman grows!♥
The Painted Hills Gap trail easement was officially passed at the County Commission meeting this morning!! Thanks to everyone who came and made a public comment in favor of the gap, it truly makes a difference.
Also, Snowfill Dog Park will be closed Wednesday and Thursday August 1 & 2 for noxious weed spraying. If you are looking for somewhere else to take your pup, try Lewis and Bark dog area (Bozeman Pond) or Regional Park!
The people have spoken…and the trail of the week is Triple Tree!
This 5.4 mile round-trip trail has been a favorite in Bozeman for over 20 years. Far enough outside of town where you can get some peace and quiet, but close enough that you can squeeze in a hike after work, this trail passes through Triple Tree Ranch before turning onto state land.
Besides the spectacular view from the top, the trail passes through some prime wildlife habitat, so keep your eye out for deer, elk, bear, and even mountain lions! This is also one of the reasons dogs must be kept on leash when on the trail, disturbances can cause this amazing wildlife to no longer inhabit the area.
The new Painted Hills Gap trail will connect Painted Hills to Triple Tree, providing an additional 1.9 miles of trail! This is expected to be put in place at the end of August 2018.
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!
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!