“Various planning processes with public involvement have identified the need and desire for additional non-motorized opportunities outside of the wilderness and connecting public access from the town of Red Lodge to the National Forest trail system,” said Parrie. The approximately 2.5 miles of trail will utilize about 1.42 miles of existing trail, 0.25 mile of user built trail or game created trail and 0.75 mile of new trail construction.
New trail reroute and construction includes trail treading, drainage installation and repair along with brush clearing adjacent to the trail. The trail and surrounding 937 acres is scheduled to be closed to dogs from December 1 to July 1 annually to minimize disturbance of wintering moose and calving season.
For additional information on the trail contact Allie Wood, Wilderness/Trails Manager, Beartooth Ranger District at 406-446-4587. To learn more about the Custer National Forest visit www.fs.usda.gov/custer.