Current Trail Projects

We’re always hard at work behind the scenes planning, fundraising, and designing new trail projects. Here’s what’s coming soon to a trail near you.

Path to the ‘M’

The College ‘M’ Trail and Drinking Horse Mountain Trail are two of the most popular trails in the Gallatin Valley, with constantly overflowing parking lots. GVLT spearheaded an effort to fund a paved, multi-use pathway along Bridger Drive to the ‘M’ trailhead. The new trail is two miles on the north side of Bridger Drive and makes it possible for people to safely get from existing trails to the trailheads. You truly will be able to go from Main Street to the Mountains entirely on trails. This project was funded by the Bozeman Trails, Open Space, and Parks bond and the Federal Land Access Program. The total cost is $4,000,000. The Federal Highway Administration, the City of Bozeman, and the US Forest Service led the trail planning and construction. The trail opened in the fall of 2019. Enjoy!

Painted Hills Gap Trail

We’ve closed the link from the Painted Hills Trail to the Triple Tree Trail, completing the route south from Main Street to the Mountains.  This 1.5 mile missing link has been a priority for nearly 25 years. In the summer of 2017, GVLT received permanent trail easements from three generous landowners to access the section of the Painted Hills gap on private land. The trail opened to the public in the fall of 2018. Enjoy!

Front Street Connector

GVLT is planning a new connection that will help link the North part of Bozeman. The 1/4 mile connector trail on Front Street will start at the intersection of Rouse Avenue ans Oak Street on the Northeast side of Bozeman. This paved, multi-use path will occupy a city right-of-way and will greatly improve the safety for trail users who want to connect to the Northeast trail system coming from the west. Right now, people would have to use busy Rouse Ave. to connect with the trail network. With this added connection, people will be able to safely access the Story Mill Spur Trail, the new Story Mill Park, Path to the M, East Gallatin Recreation Area and more. This project is partially funded by the Bozeman Trails, Open Space, and Parks Bond. The total cost for this project is $215,000. Construction is delayed due to road construction in the area.

Hudson Creek Trails

In early 2017, GVLT and the Jarvis Family finalized a conservation easement on 462 acres rolling pasture and dense forest offering prime wildlife habitat and scenic views on Bozeman Pass. Part of the Jarvis Family’s generosity and vision is their desire to see the special place enjoyed by the public. GVLT is currently working with the family to plan for trails on the property that would connect into the existing Chestnut Mountain Trail system (which passes through another one of GVLT’s conserved properties). Stay tuned for updates on this exciting new access on private land. Thank you to the Jarvis Family!