Summer Trails Challenge

Local businesses will donate to GVLT every time you hit the trails. GVLT will receive $1 from the Community Match Pool, donated by local businesses, for every mile that is biked, hiked, or run on trails and logged on the form below. 1 mile=$1. It is that simple.

Together we've logged
Our target goal is 66000 miles
67088 miles

June 2019




All day




Thanks to all who participated in the 2018 Trails Challenge. We’re currently seeking businesses to sponsor and support the match pool. Contact if you’re interested. Details about the challenge will be released in May for a June 1st start date.

6/25/2018: We did it!

Honesty prevailed. Despite our 10,000 mile set back, our community rallied together to prove that we can honestly earn 66,000 miles in three weeks for $66,000 to build more trails. Nearly 2,000 people logged miles. We celebrate together with an incredible BBQ from Montana Aleworks on June 22nd, hitting our goal by our original deadline. We left our form open through the weekend to honor the deadline extension and you logged even more! We’re so grateful. Thank you Bozeman. Here’s to an even BIGGER challenge in 2019!

6/20/2018 Announcement:

We have some unfortunate news to share. We have discovered that someone fraudulently entered 10,000 miles for the Summer Trails Challenge using a series of blatantly fake names and email addresses, using the online form to call us naive for trusting people to be honest in reporting of miles.

This hit a nerve. In Bozeman, we actually DO trust people. That’s part of what makes this community so special. Integrity is a core value of the Gallatin Valley Land Trust, and of this community. The honor system DOES work here. 1,580 different people have been diligently logging miles, from their 1 mile dog walk to their 15 mile run. We’ve gone outside and raised thousands of dollars together with honesty, trust, team spirit, and good ol’ Montana grit.

After consulting with the 50+ generous businesses who challenged the community with their dollars to get outside, we have decided that we won’t let this individual prove a point. In fact, we’re going to prove the opposite. The businesses want us all to get outside and they want to celebrate the honesty and hard work we have all put in. We have decided to delete the miles that were fake and extend the deadline past Friday to hit the 66,000 mile goal. How quickly can we get there?

Together, we will celebrate our community values of honesty and integrity. We will prove that here, in Bozeman, you can still trust people. #KeepBozemanHonest

Don’t forget to join us for the Montana Aleworks BBQ on Friday June 22 from 4:30pm-6:30pm to celebrate the Challenge!

Hey Bozeman, are you ready for the challenge?

REI, Edward Jones, Home Base Partners and many other businesses have challenged YOU to get outside. They’ve contributed $66,000 to the Community Match Pool but it has to be matched with trail miles by community members like you. Every mile you spend on the trails is $1 to GVLT from the match pool. They’re in, are you?

The 2018 Summer Trails Challenge starts June 2nd, National Trails Day, and runs through June 22nd. Keep track of your miles and log them on this page. You will fill out a simple form and watch the mileage tracker go up and up! 1 mile=$1 to GVLT from the Community Match Pool provided by generous businesses.

Supporting GVLT is easy and your miles will help us continue to expand and enhance the Main Street to the Mountains trail system.

The Rules and Details:

  • Scouts honor, please be honest when tracking and logging your miles. Your tracking doesn’t need to be exact (sometimes you have to estimate!) but please keep your ’rounding’ within reason.
  • There are no strict limits on which trails qualify for the challenge but please use area trails in our region (Main Street to the Mountains, Forest Service, Hyalite, Big Sky, Livingston, Three Forks all qualify). Email with specific questions.
  • Please share the challenge on social media, bring a friend, challenge a co-worker.
  • Please share photos of you competing in the challenge for us to share on social media.
  • Stay tuned to social media and this site for updates of special prize days where local businesses will incentivize folks who log their miles on that day.
  • Teams: Sponsoring businesses are included in an optional drop-down menu on the logging form. If you’re a client, employee or friend of the business, log miles on their team to help them reach their goals!

June 5th is HomeBase Day. Their team will be hitting the trails together to log miles. You can get your coworkers together for a Trails Challenge walk too!

June 7th is Edward Jones Day! Log on the Edward Jones Team and you can DOUBLE your miles on June 7th!

June 15th is Dee-O-Gee Dog Miles Day! Grab your pooch and hit the trails on the 15th. You can log your dog’s miles as well as your own. Double the miles! Make sure log on the Dee-O-Gee Team.

June 16th is REI Day! Log miles on June 16th and you’ll be entered into a raffle to win an REI Half Done 2-person tent! As an added bonus, if you log your miles on Team REI, you’ll get a special prize.


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