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With Painted Hills gap complete, Bozeman trails connect Main Street to mountains

Posted at 9:29 PM, Sep 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-21 23:29:31-04

BOZEMAN – The Gallatin Valley Land Trust celebrated its “Main Street to Mountains” vision by opening a 2.5-mile portion of trail that allows users to walk from Main Street up to the Triple Tree Summit south of Bozeman.

“It’s a day of gratitude. It’s a day of celebration, and it’s also emotional,” said GVLT Executive Director Penelope Pierce.

The land trust was founded by Chris Boyd, who had the vision for this 28 years ago. He died before seeing its completion.

“He, along with a lot of wonderful people here, had a vision and he had tenacity and he now has a legacy,” said Pierce.

The portion of trail opened Friday connects the Painted Hills Trail to the Triple Tree Trail. From downtown to the summits, it’s more than eight miles. Much of the new trail section was made possible by private land donors and easements from the county.

The Gallatin land trust says it hopes that next year ground will break on a connection from Main Street to the North, to the Bridger Mountains.

Story by Mallory Peebles, MTN News