Helena staff preview western Mount Helena trail project

Nolan Lister

Helena Open Lands staff gave members of the public Tuesday a preview of their planned revamp of hiking trails within the recently acquired Whyte property on the city’s west side.

Open Lands Manager Brad Langsather said a crew will obliterate about a mile and a half of what he called social trails this summer while incorporating the rest into a professionally designed trail through the area, also about a mile and a half, that connects soon-to-be city annexed land to the south and Northwest Passage, an existing official trail that stretches across the northern slope of Mount Helena and connects with Westridge Heights subdivision.

“This is the last important piece of the puzzle in the larger connectivity picture,” Langsather said. “It’s so nice to finally have access to this corner of the park.”

“Park” being the about 900 acres of open lands his crew oversees.

He said in addition to greater open lands access for the general public, the recent shuffling of ownership in the area also increased access for city workers and emergency responders.

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Tuesday’s “field trip” was lead by Assistant Open Lands Manager Tyler

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