Working to keep Hyalite Canyon enjoyable for all

Friends of Hyalite is a 501(c)3, grassroots, charitable organization that draws on a broad base of community engagement to promote volunteerism and support for recreational opportunities and conservation of the outstanding, year-round, recreational opportunities found in Hyalite Canyon on the Gallatin National Forest near Bozeman, MT.

Welcome to Friends of Hyalite

Join one of 11 Guided Hikes in Hyalite in 2015

Awestruck in Flanders Meadow Want to hike, but looking for a guide? Companions to hike with? New trails? Join one of the several groups that lead hikes in Hyalite Canyon.

Montana Wilderness Association has offered free, member-led excursions into some of Montana’s finest backcountry for 53 years.  In fact, MWA will offer over 150 guided hikes across Montana this year. For more details and to sign up, go to the MWA website and look for “Wilderness Walks”.


  • June 6: Palisade Falls Preschoolers & Parents Hike
  • June 19: Celebrate Summer Solstice at Fox Meadows
  • June 20: Family Hike to Grotto Falls
  • August 2: Flanders Cirque
  • August 15: Devil’s Backbone (extremely strenuous)
  • Sept 19: History Rock to Fox Meadow

Women are welcome to join the Monday BWAGs (Bozeman Women’s Activity Group) on their scheduled hikes this summer. The BWAGS meet at Museum of the Rockies to car pool; no RSVP required. Hike descriptions are on the BWAG website.  Their hikes in Hyalite for 2015 include:

  • July 22: Crescent Lake to Window Rock Cabin
  • August 10: Wild Horse to Maxey Cabin
  • August 31: History Rock to Fox Meadow

Big Sky Hikers occasionally venture into Bozeman for hikes, too.  They meet at the Big Sky Community Park to carpool.  Meeting time for the hikes below is 8:30. Bring $2/person.

  • July 23: History Rock
  • July 30: Mt Blackmore

Bozeman Adventure Club usually hikes a couple times in Hyalite each summer, although no hikes in Hyalite have been announced yet.

Descriptions of some of these hikes are available on the Friends of Hyalite website under the Hiking tab.

May 27 Trailblazers event

Please sign up for our mailing list and donate to our efforts to keep Hyalite open, clean, safe and enjoyable to all. Please come visit us in person at the inaugural Trailblazers Event at the Lindley Center, May 27th at 6:30pm sponsored by GVLT and The Wilderness Society. Stop by the Friend of Hyalite table and share your favorite story about Hyalite Canyon and find out about additional opportunities to get involved to conserve and care for Bozeman’s favorite back yard – Hyalite Canyon.


Clean Up Day Results


Friends of Hyalite extends a gracious appreciation to our supporters REI, Sola Café, Little Red Wagon Coffee, Wheat Montana Blue Smoke BBQ, Costco and Montucky Cold Snacks for their contributions to the morning stimulation and après work appreciation BBQ.

Offering breathtaking views, diverse recreational opportunities, and drinking water for Bozeman, Hyalite Canyon is a treasure to residents and visitors alike. Friends of Hyalite extends a special thank you to the 95+ volunteers and eight Custer Gallatin Forest personnel that showed up on the chilly morning of Saturday, May 9th for our Spring Clean Up. Together, we removed 14,000+ pounds of trash from parking lots, campsites and shooting areas. Most was the result of illegal pallet fires and irresponsible target shooting; with a Lazy Boy and squatters camp thrown in for good measure.


The unique agreement between the USFS, Gallatin County and Friends of Hyalite to plow the road allows the privilege to enjoy Hyalite all winter. With this freedom comes the responsibility to take care of the resource and access we so cherish. The seven tons we removed is more than double any previous clean up day. This is a staggering number considering Friends removed over 5,000 pounds last October and the USFS had a volunteer most of the winter helping clean up around Hyalite.

Despite these challenges, Hyalite continues to remain magical and special place. As the next season begins with the road opening to motor vehicles on May 16th, please continue to treasure and share Hyalite Canyon as your favorite back yard. It is up to all friends of Hyalite to participate in keeping our public lands safe and enjoyable to all. To get involved please visit or if you witness inappropriate behavior, please call the 1-800-TIP-MONT hotline or the Bozeman Ranger District at 522-2520.

Hyalite Road Spring Closure

April 1 – May 15 marks the annual spring closure of Hyalite Road at the mouth of the canyon to motorized use. Each year, Bozeman Ranger District provides a seasonal closure during the spring break-up period as the road sub-grade thaws and becomes saturated with snowmelt. As one of the most popular recreation destinations in Montana, Hyalite receives 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 period provides a great opportunity to clean-up Hyalite, Bozeman’s well-loved backyard and provide a variety of non-motorized recreational options throughout the spring season.
“Hikers, bikers, runners and other recreationists all enjoy and look forward to experiencing Hyalite in a different way during this 1.5 month closure,” said Lisa Stoeffler Bozeman District Ranger. “The plowing and winter access provides a fantastic winter opportunity. We are thankful to Gallatin County and Friends of Hyalite for their community involvement helping continue to keep Hyalite plowed.”
Over 20,000 visitors a month explore Hyalite during the winter, and upwards of 80,000 a month during the summer. That makes Hyalite one of the most sought after destinations, but with all that love from recreationists, it is also important to take care of our backyard treasure. Friends of Hyalite, a local non-profit providing support, conservation and year-round recreational opportunities in Hyalite will be hosting a clean-up day on Saturday, May 9. Meet at the Hyalite Canyon fishing access at 9:30 a.m. where groups will travel up the canyon to pick up along the road, trailheads, parking lots and other heavily used areas.
“With the amazing access we all enjoy comes the added responsibility to take care of our favorite backyard,” says Joe Josephson, Friends of Hyalite Executive Director. “With the lack of snow around the area, recreationists have hit the canyon particularly hard and the mess left behind is considerable this season with trash, pallet fires, shooting areas and dumping. We need your continued support to help keep Hyalite enjoyable to all.” Visit for more information.
For additional information please contact the Bozeman Ranger District at (406) 522-2520 or visit us online at

A Free Guided Tour in Hyalite on Snowshoes

“Seldom visited meadows, a huge old tree, and tantalizing views of the high peaks of the northern Gallatin Range.  What more could one ask for in an easy to moderate snowshoe hike?  We will start on an unnamed creek, climb to a magnificent meadow, and cut across the Buckskin and Moser Creek drainages before returning to our starting point.”

Each year, Montana Wilderness Association leads guided snowshoe hikes in wilderness areas around Montana. Not only are the hikes free, but they will even provide snowshoes if you don’t have them.  This year, one of those guided tours will be to Hyalite Meadows on Saturday, January 31st, 2015.  This hike will be led by the president of MWA’s local chapter, Roger Jenkins, who loves to find hidden meadows and off-the-beaten-path routes.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot.  Register at


It’s time to Tour Hyalite

2015-HyaliteTourJoin us for the annual Hyalite Tour.  This fun, free, family-friendly Nordic ski event includes skiing and a free lunch.

Saturday, January 3 at 10:00 a.m.

Meet at 10:00 am at the Hyalite reservoir parking lot. Bring classic skis.

There will be various route options — of 5, 7 and 10 miles — and route maps will be available.

Free lunch of soup, bread and hot drinks starting at 12:30 pm. Please bring a holiday treat to share if you’d like!

Wax technicians will be on hand to help you kick wax your skis. Kick wax has been donated by TOKO.


This annual tour has become a great holiday tradition! It is for all ages to enjoy, but please leave your doggies at home.

If you have questions, please call the BSF office at 406-587-2445.

The Hyalite Tour is hosted by



New Map of Nordic Groomed Trails

Have you been frustrated trying to figure out which ski trails in Hyalite are groomed?  Bridger Ski Foundation has come to the rescue with a new map of just the groomed ski trails in Hyalite.

The older Hyalite winter recreation map includes all designated ski trails, regardless of whether they are groomed.  When you’re ready to venture into ungroomed terrain, compare the two maps to find non-groomed trails and their degree of difficulty.

BSF Hyalite Groomed Ski Trails MapHyalite Groomed Ski Trails 201410 Links to both maps can also be found on our Maps page.

The Forest Service does most of the grooming of ski trails in Hyalite.  Typically, the trails are groomed once every week or two, so you’ll often be skiing through a layer of light powder on a “groomed” run.

Bridger Ski Foundation often grooms from Sourdough Canyon, past the bridge and up to Moser Jumpoff Road.  This route can be skied as a mostly-downhill one-way shuttle run, starting at Moser parking lot and ending in Sourdough Canyon.  The first mile, up Moser Road and Moser Jumpoff Road, is snowmobile territory.


Meet Us at the Bozone 12/7/14

Bozone Brewery is hosting a fundraiser for Friends of Hyalite’s plowing fund.  Drop in Sunday, December 7th between 2pm and 8pm.  Fifty  cents from every pint sold will benefit Friends of Hyalite! The Bozone is a family friendly place too, so swing by and have a drink with us!

Tell your friends you are coming by RSVPing on our Facebook event page, then inviting others.

Thanks Bozone!  And thanks to all the beer drinkers who are friends of Hyalite!





WHAT: Annual Fall Hyalite Clean Up Day

MEETING TIME: @ 12:30 pm

Volunteers clean up Moser Road

Volunteers clean up Moser Road

Join the Gallatin National Forest & Friends of Hyalite Sunday, October 19 from 12:30 pm to 4 pm at the Hyalite Reservoir Pavilion. The annual Hyalite Fall Clean Up is an opportunity to meet like-minded community who love Hyalite and to help clean up our favorite backyard before winter.

Bring gloves, water, & appropriate clothing.