Path to the M

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Sunflowers on the M trail

Path to the M construction started at the beginning of April and is expected to be completed in September 2019. Once complete the path will be a 2.16 mile separated path along Bridger Drive from Story Mill road to the trail heads of the “M” and “Drinking Horse” and will include an underpass between the two trails. In addition to providing connections to the two trails, the path will also link Story Mill Community Park, the Story Mill spur, and the Glen Lake Rotary Park (formerly East Gallatin Recreation Area).

What’s great about it:

Connectivity: This path will connect the city of Bozeman to a few of our cherished local hikes, bringing our beautiful landscape that much closer; and will provide non-vehicular connectivity for City and County residences along the path into the City of Bozeman’s sidewalk and trail network.

Quality of Life: Bikers, walkers, and trail enthusiasts of all kinds will get to enjoy this new resource.

Reduced Parking Congestion: With better access to the trailheads skip the car and catch the sunset from the mountain, without the hassle of parking; or jump on the trail from your home in the foothills as a safe route to school, dinner, and events downtown!

What’s going on now:

CK May Excavating out of Belgrade is installing a 12-foot-wide by 10-foot-high bike/ped tunnel to connect the "M" and Drinking Horse Trailheads under MT 86.  Work has also begun in the area of the bridge over Bridger Creek.

Traffic/Trail Impacts:

For the duration of the project the existing portions of trail will be closed to both pedestrians and bike access.

Drinking Horse Mountain Trail and Parking Lot will be closed from July 8 through July 22, opening on the 23rd, for the detour of traffic from MT 86 while the bike/ped underpass between the “M” Trailhead and Drinking Horse Mountain Trailhead is constructed under MT 86. Some vehicle traffic delays will occur during this portion of the project. Stay tuned for more updates!

 The "M" Trail is expected to remain open throughout project construction.

How it's Funded 

Resolution 4484 adopted October 28, 2013. Funding amount awarded by the City Commission: $600,000.

Resolution 4757 adopted February 6, 2017. Additional $75,000 TOP funding to match increased FLAP grant.

This project was sponsored by the Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT) and is funded primarily through a Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. The total cost of this project is $4.8 million. The FLAP grant will provide approximately $4.1 in funding with the City of Bozeman contributing $675,000 in TOP funding toward this project. Construction for the project is under way!


Special Thanks To:

Projects like these take huge team efforts. We appreciate our partners who helped take this from dream to reality: GVLT, Gallatin County, Western Transportation Institute, US Forest Service, Federal Highway Administration, Montana Department of Transportation, and Collin’s Coalition