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‘M’ trail and parking lot to be closed Friday morning for facelift

September 15, 2015 -- MSU News Service

The M at the head of the Bridgers. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham

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The “M” trail and parking lot that marks a popular hiking trail on Mount Baldy in the Bridger Mountains will be closed Friday, Sept. 18, from 6-10 a.m. so that new rock can be placed safely in the iconic 100-year-old landmark.

While the trail is closed, a helicopter will transport approximately four tons of new rock to the “M.” Montana State University staff will then move the rock from its staging area to the empty areas in the middle of the “M” where bare ground currently exists. 

The work on Friday will be performed by MSU staff members in partnership with Central Copters, Inc., the U.S. Forest Service, Gallatin Valley Land Trust and Bozeman Brick, Block and Tile.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, 100 MSU students have signed up to paint the “M” as part of the university’s annual “Rock’n the M” event. The project will be coordinated by the MSU Office of Activities and Engagement.

For more information about the restoration work and trail closure, contact E.J. Hook, MSU environmental services manager, at or (406) 994-7840.

Contact: E.J. Hook, MSU environmental services manager, (406) 994-7840 or