New public trails open on Westside property donated to Helena

Jesse Chaney

Several new trails are now open to the public on a Westside Helena property recently donated to the city. 

“If someone wants to explore, it is open for business,” said Nate Kopp, program and trail director for Prickly Pear Land Trust.

The trails are located on 72 acres that PPLT purchased from the estate of the late William Whyte Jr. and donated to the city of Helena in 2019.

Remember: It’s called “wildlife” for a reason. It’s not only dangerous to approach wild animals, it’s illegal in National Parks. Keep a good distance for your safety and theirs. For more information: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/watchingwildlife/7ways.htm

The Whyte property includes 4,800 feet of the old LeGrande Cannon Boulevard road bed, which was available for public use long before it was officially donated to the city. The property also includes about 7,300 feet of existing social trails that developed by repeated use and 9,400 feet of newly built trails for a total of more than four miles of public trails, Kopp said.

Some of the existing social trails were eroding badly and have been rerouted to make them more safe, accessible and sustainable, Kopp said.

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