Well, an improved trailhead is more like it. Over the last year or two, we have been working with the City of Missoula and the North Missoula Community Development Corporation to obtain two parcels of private land that could be turned over to City Open Space and allow us to improve the Orange St. access to the North Hills. This past spring, Montana Trail Crew was able to facilitate this purchase of privately held land and immediately rolled it over into City Open Space holdings to enhance public land for us all to enjoy. We are now going to move the old trailhead from its existing location closer to the parking lot. This move will create a more welcoming entry to the North Hills, create a more resilient access point for all season use, and allow for future inclusion of amenities such as an informational kiosk with historical and map references and benches to provide an aesthetic rendezvous point for trail users. Additionally, a major traffic revision on Orange St. is planned for the near future which will include pedestrian paths to this trailhead improving community access even more. Improving the trailhead now is important as this has become one of the heaviest used community access points in Missoula.
We Need Your Help!
Work Party, June 29th.
Join us Wednesday, June 29th as we finally get boots to soil to start the transition of a new trailhead for the Froehlich/Moon Randolph trail in the North Hills. We will initiate Phase 1 (see above) of the new trailhead. We are getting some heavy equipment assistance from the City of Missoula, but we will need volunteers to help connect the new trail to the existing, move existing utilities (signs, gate, trash can, bike rack, etc.) to the new location, and close off the old trailhead for good. We will need to do some fund raising and additional planning for Phase 2, so that will come at a later date. Come help out and be a part of this transformative process.