“With the more sporadic snowfall this season the Hyalite recreation corridor received a heavy amount of use, but with that we also saw an increase in trash and bonfires,” said Lisa Stoeffler, Bozeman District Ranger. “Trash, shooting garbage and hundreds of nails left behind leave an unwanted mark on our landscape for all recreationists looking to enjoy the area.” More than 12,000 lbs of trash were removed this past weekend; a new record for a Hyalite clean-up day. “Thank you to Friends of Hyalite and Bozeman community members for turning out to support the event.”
Some Hyalite trails may remain soft throughout the spring season and recreationists are urged to reduce long-term damage to trails by treading lightly, not pushing too far and waiting for trails to dry up from spring run-off. The Moser and Langhor Roads remain closed until June 16th. Langhor, Hood and Chisholm Campgrounds will open May 16th. When heading out, remember to carry bear spray, follow food storage regulations and remain aware of their surroundings. Loose rocks and debris are common during spring break-up.
Other roads on the Bozeman District scheduled to open May 16th include: Storm Castle Road, (FS Road #132) from Highway 191 to Rat Lake Road (FS Road #3112) and Swan Creek Road (FS Road #48) to the Swan Creek Campground. Swan Creek, Spire Rock, and Red Cliff Campgrounds will also open May 16.
For updated road, trail and campground information please call the Bozeman Ranger District at (406) 522-2520 or the 24 hour Information line at (406) 522-2534. For general information on the Custer Gallatin National Forest visit online at: www.fs.usda.gov/custergallatin.