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June/July 2011

Upcoming Events

August 6:        Climb to Conquer Cancer

August 6:        Beartooth Run

August 7:        Beartooth Ride

September 3:  Fun Run 8

Recreational Trails Program Grant Application

BRTA Board member Ray Svenson has submitted a Recreational Trails Program application for a grant to help with our Nordic Center operations. This grant, if approved, will fund a new 4-stroke snowmobile for grooming, maintenance and operating costs for all machinery, and portable toilet rentals. Thanks to Ray for his hard work, and thanks to all who wrote letters of support to help with the application.

Highway 212 Rebuild Project

The BRTA provided comments in June to the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) in support of proposed pedestrian and bicycle design provisions along Highway 212 in Red Lodge. Proposed are:

  • A 10-foot wide multi-use pathway from Highway 78 to Two Mile Bridge Road set off the roadway
  • Sidewalks on both sides of Broadway from 8th Street to Highway 78
  • A roundabout at Highway 78 and Broadway with pedestrian crossings
  • A sidewalk on the west side of Highway 212 from Highway 78 to Sam’s Taproom
  • Sidewalks on the lower end of Highway 78 at Broadway

These type of pedestrian and bicycle design provisions are compatible with the vision documented in the City of Red Lodge Trails Plan, May 2006, and they promote safety and alternative transportation for our residents and visitors. For questions or comments, contact Gabe Priebe, Consultant Design Project Manager, Montana Department of Transportation at or call (406) 444-5446.

Airport Trail Grand Opening

Watch our next newsletter for details of the Airport Trail Grand Opening celebration to take place in August.

See Ya ‘Round, Tom

The BRTA Board of Directors regretfully received the resignation of long-time Board member, Tom Kohley. Tom has served BRTA as Vice President for Summer Trails, Website manager, Newsletter publisher, and the best volunteer map producer in the Universe. He has put in hundreds and hundreds of hours of volunteer work for BRTA and for the City of Red Lodge. He planned, organized and put in hard ground work (and continues to do so) to make the Airport Trail a reality. That alone had Tom coordinating with the Airport Board, County Commissioners, the Rodeo Association, private landowners, the contractors, the City’s Public Works Dept., Montana Conservation Corps, and many volunteers. He is also coordinating the two Recreational Trails Program grants (County & City), which help fund the Airport Trail. We humbly thank you, Tom and wish you the best with all your new free time! Like getting your house sided before next winter.

National Trails Day a Success

Since 1993, the first Saturday of every June is known as National Trails Day, inspiring the public and trail enthusiasts nationwide to seek out, discover, learn about, and celebrate America’s trail system.  On National Trails Day in Red Lodge, over 40 people celebrated the day by working on the newly constructed Airport Trail segment of the Rocky Fork Trail System.These hard-working individuals built fence, installed water bars and signs, sawed logs and removed debris and trash from the trail. Thank you to these folks for making it an outstanding day.  A special thanks to the Montana Conservation Corps who provided such a strong work force.  We hope to bring them back to Red Lodge soon.

Fun Run 8

Please Remember BRTA during this year’s Red Lodge Area Community Foundation’s Fun Run 8, September 3. Donations to area non profit organizations are enhanced with money in the matching fund, so your donation will be multiplied! This is another of BRTA’s big fundraisers, so please consider August or early September to financially help us. Donations through Fun Run can be made online or through the mail. Look for more detailed information in the Carbon County News and in fliers or mailers around Red Lodge coming in July.

Lily Pad Lake Trail

BRTA recently sent a $400 check of appreciation to the Montana Conservation Corps for their volunteer work on National Trails Day on the Red Lodge Airport Trail. This money will help them purchase food for their workdays this month on the new construction of the Lily Pad Lake Trail up the West Rosebud. This trail has been dreamed of and planned for 7 years, with the Beartooth Backcountry Horsemen taking the lead and working with the Bureau of Land Management, State of Montana, MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks, the US Forest Service, and now the MCC. Stand by for more information and a tour in the near future.

Supporter Spotlight

Corey Thompson has served on the BRTA board for the past three years. Corey and her husband Mike have two children: Mick, living in Red Lodge and Emily, living in Madison, WI. She taught middle school in Wisconsin, and retired, sort of, here in Red Lodge.  She has a Master’s Degree in Gifted Education from UW Wisconsin. Corey lived on a hilly, heavily wooded, 170-acre farm in Wisconsin for 30 years where they built and maintained hiking and skiing trails.

When Corey isn’t running, hiking, or skiing, you might see her at Back Alley Metals with Mike, Mick, and Alana. Corey likes to do anything outdoors!

Hiking Trails Near Red Lodge

This one page brochure with simple and complete directions to 13 hikes in the immediate area is available in businesses all over Red Lodge, including the Chamber of Commerce, the Red Lodge Carnegie Library, and on the BRTA website. Email Grant ( if you would like a supply for your business.

Forest Service Updates

Call or stop in at the Beartooth Ranger District office in Red Lodge for current information on trails and roads in the Beartooth Mountains, 446-2103. At this time, many roads and trails still have snow, mud, even running water on them; some roads are closed, so check before you go. This photo was taken in June at Bear Canyon in the Pryor Mountains.

Quote of the Month

“Camping is nature’s way of promoting the motel business.” ~Dave Barry

Always consider yourself welcome at BRTA monthly Board meetings, second Wednesdays, at the RLACF building, (13th & Oakes, across from Post Office), 6:30 pm, or call your favorite Board member to learn what’s up with BRTA.