Two native nonprofits and Bozeman Well being have launched a brand new multi-use path alongside Highland Glen to enhance entry for non-skiers and scale back battle amongst path customers.
The Bridger Ski Basis, Gallatin Valley Land Belief and Bozeman Well being introduced the opening of the Highland Glen Multi-Use Path west of the hospital on Tuesday.
Folks can bike, ski, stroll, run or snowshoe alongside the roughly 1.7 mile lengthy ungroomed path. It takes guests to the East Ridge Path, which can be ungroomed.
Jenny White, a spokesperson for BSF, stated there’s no ski path on the ridge, as grooming equipment can’t make it up there. Nonetheless, the East Ridge Path boasts “superb views of the valley,” giving guests a “nice feeling of getting out of city when you’re nonetheless on the town.”
Customers can entry the brand new winter route from Highland Blvd. by the Knolls, the brand new Hyalite View subdivision trails or the gate on Kagy Boulevard by the Painted Hills Trailhead. Entry by means of the farmstead off Ellis Avenue isn’t permitted, BSF wrote.
The brand new path represents a pilot undertaking by BSF to restrict consumer conflicts and enhance entry to snowboarding and different types of winter recreation. The nonprofit advises folks to choose up after their canine, maintain them on leashes and restrict foot and bike site visitors to the ungroomed portion of the path.
As a result of the path is slender, “it’s doubly essential to decelerate and yield to different customers when passing,” BSF wrote.
“I feel it is a welcome boost to Highland Glen within the winter, and we’re excited to see the ski trails and this multi-use path co-exist aspect by aspect,” stated Evan Weiss, BSF’s govt director, in a information launch. Making Highland Glen accessible is “an essential a part of protecting our group wholesome and completely satisfied,” he stated.
White stated the snowpack on the Highland Glen Nature Protect is shallow, which makes grooming difficult when there are many ruts and footprints. She added that multi-use site visitors mixed with numerous junctions and intersections within the path community could be difficult.
“I feel separating these two trails there may be going to be a very nice answer so that everyone can nonetheless have entry to that space,” she stated.
Bozeman Well being owns Highland Glen, however it permits BSF to groom cross-country ski trails there within the winter. BSF members packed within the new path with snowshoes final week, then marked it utilizing picket poles match with crimson and yellow plastic discs.
“Creating trails and offering public entry for recreation and train align with Bozeman Well being’s mission to enhance group well being and high quality of life,” stated Jason Smith, Bozeman Well being chief development officer, in a information launch. “As everyone knows, a stroll outdoors is nature’s greatest medication.”
GVLT companions with BSF frequently to cope with winter path points. The nonprofit helped to map out the multi-use route, based on White.
Matt Parsons, the paths director for GVLT, stated Highland Glen has is a well-liked place for folks to stroll or trip their bikes in the summertime, so it’s good to provide folks the choice to snowshoe with their canine or wander on foot.
“We’re so grateful to BSF and Bozeman Well being for developing with an answer for individuals who don’t ski however nonetheless need to take pleasure in this superb pure space,” he stated.