Many Roads Across Bozeman R.D. Delayed Opening
Release Date: May 15, 2014
Contact(s): Mariah Leuschen, 406-548-1174, Marna Daley, 406-587-6703
Bozeman, MT –The Bozeman Ranger District, Custer Gallatin National Forests will be opening Hyalite Canyon Road to the dam (FS Road #62) on Friday, May 16 to motorized use. This year, Hyalite Canyon received about 130% – 150% of the average snowfall and currently an ice layer still covers Hyalite Reservoir and much of the road and trail system above the dam are snow covered and soft.
“If recreationists choose to utilize Hyalite, we urge common sense as hiking and camping opportunities are very limited in Hyalite Canyon at this time,” said Wendi Urie Recreation Program Manager. “An early morning ski is possible, but many roads and trails are extremely soft or still remain snow covered. Damage on both trails and road systems can be greatly reduced by minimal use during spring melt-off conditions, benefiting the longer-term recreational use of those road and trail systems. The road beyond Hyalite Dam to Grotto Trailhead remains snow covered and soft and Langhor, Hood and Chisholm Campgrounds remain closed.
Generally, an average of 50,000 people a month, visit Hyalite during the summer and it is easily one of the most popular Forest Service destinations in the region. Friends of Hyalite, a local non-profit organizes bi-annual clean-up days, helps fund the winter road plowing, and promotes public stewardship.
“The annual Spring Clean Up day was recently postponed due to the volume of snow in Hyalite,” said Joe Josephson, Executive Director for Friends of Hyalite, “to help out and keep informed visit www.hyalite.org for updates on rescheduling. Clean-up days help keep Hyalite enjoyable, the canyon provides unparalleled access to four season destination recreational opportunities.”
Most other roads on the Bozeman District scheduled to open May 16th will also remain closed due to snow cover and soft roadbeds.
- 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 and Trailhead will open as scheduled.
- Swan Creek, Spire Rock, and Red Cliff Campgrounds will also open May 16.
- Greek Creek Campground is closed due to Highway 191 construction.
Recreationists venturing out for first spring hikes are reminded to carry bear spray, follow food storage regulations and remain aware of their surroundings, as they enjoy Hyalite canyon and surrounding district trails. Loose rocks and debris are common during spring break-up.
For updated road, trail and campground information please call the Bozeman Ranger District at (406) 522-2520 or call the 24 hour Information line at (406) 522-2534. If you do come across a gate the road is closed with spring melt-off and snow conditions. Recreational crews are out daily checking and monitoring conditions to open roads as soon as seasonal designations and spring melt-off conditions allow. Administrative traffic may be on Hyalite Road checking conditions and preparing campgrounds as the snow continues to melt. General information on Gallatin National Forest recreation activities can be found at: www.fs.usda.gov/gallatin.
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