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U.S. Forest Service Receives Sourdough Canyon Trailhead

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After seven years in the making the Sourdough Canyon Trail is now in public hands. The Gallatin Valley Land Trust donated the much loved trail and adjoining 5.9 acres of land to the U.S. Forest Service yesterday.

The Sourdough Canyon Trail is one of the most popular trailheads in Montana.

Biker Kim Hull says she and her son make it out here quite often given the trail's close proximity to town.

"We make it out during the summer probably a couple of times a week. It's just a great ride from town coming out and easy to get on the trail and back into town within an hour or two."

The trail is a popular spot for bikers and hikers all year round. Penelope Pierce, Executive Director of the Gallatin Valley Land Trust, says they're excited to hand over the land and popular trail to the U.S. Forest Service and the public's faithful trail-users.

"We really see the Sourdough Canyon Trail as the gateway to Yellowstone. It's part of the main street to the mountain trail system which is over 70 miles long now. One of the greatest amenities of Bozeman is our trail system and I think it adds to the quality of life for everybody here."

The land was donated to the Gallatin Valley Land Trust in 2007 and over the last seven years, Pierce says they've made a lot of special improvements for the public.

"We made the road safer for folks. We added 35 parking spaces. We put a turn around in it for safety-emergency vehicles. We added a vault toilet and we improved the beautiful gate there, which was made possible by donations from a wonderful individual."

Pierce says she and her colleagues are thrilled about the transfer, noting that the donation helps ensure continued public access to Montana's natural resources.


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