Jim Dutcher Trail

Montana

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Jim Dutcher Trail Facts

States: Montana
Counties: Yellowstone
Length: 6.5 miles
Trail end points: Mary St., between Bench Blvd. and Hawthorne Lane (Billings Heights) and Mystic Park (Billings)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6974168

Jim Dutcher Trail Description

The Jim Dutcher Trail offers 6.5 miles of paved pathway along the Yellowstone River through eastern Billings up to the northeastern neighborhoods of Billings Heights.

Along the way, the trail is dotted with community parks. Begin your journey in wooded Two Moon Park and meander south through Earl Guss Park with its man-made waterfall, followed by Coulson Park and Mystic Park, where the trail ends.

For a little more riding or walking, you can connect to the Alkali Creek Trail on the northern half of the trail, near Earl Gus Park.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available within the parks along the trail (north to south):

  • Two Moon Park (Two Moon Park Road)
  • Earl Gus Park (Bench Boulevard and Lake Elmo Drive)
  • Coulson Park (Charlene Street, north of the NW Energy Plant)
  • Mystic Park (Buena Vista Avenue and Belknap Avenue)

Jim Dutcher Trail Reviews

Good ride along river

s

Nice paved trail along the river, fairly flat and smooth with nice views. The north couple of miles is on an abandoned railroad grade through neighborhoods. Just south of the bridge over Alkali Creek near the sewer plant is the turnoff to get to Alkali Creek trail and Swords Park Trail. This connection goes under HWY 87(Main Street) but still a couple of blocks riding on the sidewalk.

actually 6 miles long

s

The trail is now 6+ miles long. It provides a great alternate route to travel from the Heights section (north side) of Billings to the south side.

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