Bozeman, MT – Starting April 1 and continuing through May 15 the Bozeman Ranger District will close the Hyalite Road to motorized use. Each year, spring break-up during this time period causes the road sub-grade to thaw and become saturated with snowmelt. Hyalite Road has an overwhelming amount of traffic and the asphalt road is unable to support the repeated motorized use during the spring thaw which causes additional surface cracking and potholes. This transition time period provides a great opportunity for non-motorized recreationists to use this very popular corridor on the Gallatin National Forest.
“Each winter, we estimate over 10,000 visitors a month enjoy the Hyalite Corridor for ice climbing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and cross country skiing activities. With the start of spring, many recreationalists enjoy the Hyalite Corridor from a different perspective including bike riding and hiking” said Lisa Stoeffler, Bozeman District Ranger. “Throughout the winter a partnership with Gallatin County, the Forest Service and the Friends of Hyalite kept the road plowed. We are thankful for the continued support for the Hyalite Corridor and are grateful to have the opportunity to make this great resource available.”
As spring is ushered in, bears are starting to emerge from their dens and recreationists are reminded to carry bear spray and to have it readily accessible when traveling into the Hyalite Corridor and across the Gallatin National Forest. Spring break-up can also cause loose rocks and debris to fall onto the road. Administrative vehicle traffic may be present with crews maintaining the road and dam.
Seasonal trail changes will also take effect and as of April 1 – June 15 the Buffalo Horn Trail #1, Porcupine Creek Trail #34, and Teepee Creek Trail #39, all in the Gallatin Canyon south of Big Sky, will be closed to pack and saddle livestock and mountain bikes. During this time of year these trails can be very soft and muddy, and use can cause significantly increased damage and rutting to the trail and soil. Many other roads and trails on the Forest are also wet and muddy this time of year. Please use caution and common sense when planning your trip.
For information about road and trail conditions, please contact the Bozeman Ranger District at 3710 Fallon Street or by phone at 406-522-2520. For more information on the Gallatin National Forest, visit us on the web athttp://www.fs.usda.gov/gallatin.