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Bozeman is home to an extensive trail system: Known as the Main Street to Mountains system, it's made up of 60 miles of greenways across the city and beyond. This connector, completed in the fall of 2019, serves to make that all-important connection for pedestrians and cyclists from the city up to the Bridger Mountains. Previously, users would have had to cover this distance by driving - the trail gives a safe alternative to reach the M and the Drinking Horse Trailhead, while reducing the overcrowding of those trailheads.
The asphalt trail begins at another new recreation amenity in Bozeman: Story Mills Park is 60 acres of restored wetland, playgrounds, sports fields, and hiking trails. It's a natural escape, a great place for fishing, bird- and wildlife-watching.
From the Story Mill Road, the trail parallels Bridger Canyon Road (State Route 86) heading east to the mountains. It switches to the north side of Bridger Canyon Drive and then crosses Bridger Creek via a newly constructed bridge. It continues to College M Trailhead and Picnic Area. An underpass under Bridger Canyon Road connects users to the Drinking Horse Mountain Trailhead. These are two of the easier and more popular out-and-back hiking trails in the foothills.
Parking is available at Story Mill Community Park (698 Bridger Dr, Bozeman, MT 59715). You can also park at the M trailhead parking area on Bridger Canyon Drive.
This trail is a segment of the Great American Rail-Trail (GART).
Location: Bozeman, MT
Trail Condition: Most excellent pavement, fresh and new. Doesn’t get any better surface.
Signage: Some warning, no directional.
Comments: This is an uphill climb (west to east) beside the highway. But the trail is wide and new, making it worth the effort. Once at the parking area at the eastern end, it is all down hill back to the west. This starts on the edge of town and ends beneath the big “M” on the hillside.
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