Trail Report & Map
Trail report for the weekend of May 17, 2019
The weather is still refusing to our trails the break they need! This week saw an improvement in trail conditions in the area, but then rain returned Friday bringing back the mud that had been slowly receding. With the forecast of rain and possible snow in meadow this weekend, the trails will be vulnerable to damage. It is probably best to avoid the natural surface trails, such as Hummocks, Uplands, and South Fork until drier weather returns. If you must get out, please be cognizant of the tracks you leave. If you leave footprints/tire tracks or if the trail is slippery, please turn around to prevent causing trail damage. A little patience will help give the trails a chance.
Remember these tips as you consider getting on the trail this weekend:
- Let’s keep our beloved single-track single! Please stay on the trail, even if it is muddy. Please do not walk on the grass that is exposed next to it. Walking/riding on the exposed grass will widen the trail, damage the emerging vegetation and create erosion issues in the future.
- If you leave a track (footprint, hoofprint, pawprint or tire track), the trail surface is too wet and soft to be on. Turn around and give it some time to dry out before trying to use it again.
- Pick up after your dog! As the weather gets warmer, we love getting out for the fresh spring air and so do our dogs. Please remember to grab a bag or two at the trailhead. Just as important, make sure those bags make it back to a trash can and are not left on the trail!
- Respect wildlife! Wildlife loves the spring time as well and it is an important season for them. Please do not disturb any wildlife and prevent your dogs from chasing wildlife, including all birds, deer, and elk.
Finally, as we all start getting out on the trail, remember the most basic of trail etiquette:
Be Nice and Say Hi!
We are all friends of trails, so let’s try to all be friends while on the trails.
Individual Trail Conditions:
Uplands: The trail mostly dried out during the past week, but the predicted rain and snow will likely turn it back to mud especially in the in the meadow sections. Probably best to avoid using and enjoy the gravel trails around town.
Hummocks: Overall, trail is not ready and needs additional time to dry to avoid damage. Trail conditions, especially in the meadow areas, remained muddy and slippery through out the week. The predicted weather will not help with drying out the trail.
Let’s keep our beloved single-track single! Walking around the wet sections has been widening the trail, making the single-track no longer single. Please avoid using and enjoy the gravel trails around town.
Ousel Falls Trail: Most of the trail is drying out well and is a great hike right now. Water levels are on the rise and the Falls should be growing by the day. Take a raincoat for all mist coming off the falls, but please don’t get too close as the power of water is immense!
Ousel Falls Road Trail (Town Center to Ousel Falls Trailhead): The trail is dried out and good for walking and biking. Its gravel tread is firm and dries quickly if it rains or snows this weekend.
Black Diamond Trail: Clear and dry! Soft trail surfaces may return if it rains hard all weekend, so please use responsibly.
Little Willow Trail: Clear and dry. The trail is a gravel base that is good for walking on this early in the spring. Combine this with Black diamond and/or Crail Trail for a longer hike.
Crail Ranch Trail: Clear and good to go.
South Fork Loop: Trail section on the old road bed are durable and can be walked when wet. The single-track section can and will be muddy with the continued rain. Be kind to the trail and turn around if it gets muddy. Remember to grab and bag at the trailhead and pick up after your pup.
Ralphs Pass: This trail is closed for the winter season. Trail will re-opens June 15.
Big Sky Trail Map
The Big Sky Community Organization trail map and guide includes information and directions to parks, trails, recreation, and fishing in Big Sky.
Pick up a map at the following locations:
- Big Sky and Greater Yellowstone Welcome Center
- Grizzly Outfitters
- Gallatin Alpine Sports
- Big Sky Resort
- Roxy’s Market
- Lone Mountain Ranch
- Big Sky Chamber of Commerce