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Bureau of Land Management open public comment on new plan for Scratchgravel Hills

The plan includes a new 40-mile trail system.
Posted at 4:20 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 19:59:42-04

The hills north of Helena could soon see a new trail system for those seeking additional recreation opportunities close to home.

The new Recreation Area Management Plan or RAMP includes a new 40-mile trail open to biking, hiking, equestrian use, and more in Scratchgravel Hills.

The new trail system would also allow e-bikes less than 1 horsepower. One visitor MTN spoke with supported the plan.

“I have no problem with e-bikes being added to the mix,” says Chris Bernet, he visits the Scratchgravel Hills about four times a week. “You know, I've done a lot of mountain biking in my life and also riding dirt bikes. I think e-bikes are great. They are quiet. I don't think they are anywhere near the threat of a normal dirt bike."

The new plan also includes improving signage and visitor information, providing sustainable options for continued use of existing trails and expanding existing trailheads for additional parking.

"I think expanding the parking lot would be fantastic. Obviously, there isn't a heck of a lot of parking up here right now. I think this area is growing, so more parking is needed. Overall, I think it is a good idea," says Bernet.

The Bureau of Land Management has already posted signs near their trailheads regarding the public comment period, that is until August 7th, 2020. However, if you have questions you would like to ask in-person, field office members will be at the Norris Trailhead July 16th and July 22nd, 2020 from 6-8 p.m. to answer your questions.

To view the full plan, click here.

Comments may be emailed to or, via mail, to Bureau of Land Management-Butte Field Office, ATTN: Scratchgravel RAMP, 106 N. Parkmont, Butte, MT 59701.