Helena to reroute portion of city trail that enters private land

Jesse Chaney

Helena city crews are fencing off and rerouting a portion of the Easy Rider trail after a recent survey confirmed that it enters private property on the north face of Mount Ascension.

Although the state’s online real estate mapping system indicates that the trail is entirely on public land within the South Hills Trail System, a surveyor brought in by the city determined otherwise.

“The Montana Cadastral layer has a considerable error factor on the north face of Mt. Ascension,” Helena’s Open Lands Manager Brad Langsather wrote in an email to the Independent Record. “Recently, the City had a licensed surveyor reinstall a missing survey monument on the Park boundary in question and highlight the precise location of the property line.”

According to the survey, a portion of the trail dips onto private land.

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