Gallatin National Forest
BOZEMAN – The Bozeman Ranger District will close the Hyalite Road to motorized use from April 1-May 15. Spring thaw causes the road sub-grade to become saturated with snowmelt, making the asphalt unable to support the heavy motorized use.
This transition time period does, however, provide opportunity for non-motorized recreationists. “With the start of spring, many recreationalists enjoy the Hyalite Corridor from a different perspective including bike riding and hiking,” said Bozeman District Ranger Lisa Stoeffler.
An estimated 10,000 visitors visit Hyalite each month during the winter for ice climbing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and cross country skiing activities, according to Stoeffler.
A partnership between Gallatin County, the Forest Service and Friends of Hyalite keeps the road plowed throughout winter.
Seasonal trail changes will also take effect starting April 1. From that date until June 15, the Buffalo Horn Trail no. 1, Porcupine Creek Trail no. 34, and Teepee Creek Trail no. 39, all in Gallatin Canyon south of Big Sky, will be closed to pack and saddle livestock and mountain bikes. These trails can be very soft and muddy during spring, and use can cause significantly increased damage and rutting to the trail and soil.
The forest also reminds recreationalists to carry bear spray readily accessible, because bears are starting to emerge from dens.