Five Valleys Land Trust Requests Bids for Construction of 4.6-Mile Single-Track Trail

Five Valleys Land Trust is working to connect the Deer Creek Saddle on FR 2127 to the High, Wide, and Handsome Trail below the summit of Mount Dean Stone. This non-motorized trail is on lands owned by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), and the City of Missoula. Once complete the trail will connect the Barmeyer and Sousa Trailheads with the Deer Creek Saddle (Skyline Ridge Trailhead) providing expanded trail access to the South side of Missoula.

Five Valleys Land Trust is currently seeking bids on construction of a 4.6 mile, non-motorized, single track trail. The excavation and installation activities are the main focus of this Request for Proposal.

Proposed dates for this project are June 1st 2021 through June 30th 2022.  Extension may be granted due to weather events or closure due to fire danger, but it must be completed by the end of 2022.

The total amount allocated to this project is from a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Recreational Trails Program grant, with a cash and in-kind match from Five Valleys Land Trust and partners.

General Terms and Conditions:

Provide all necessary transportation, supervision, labor, licenses, tools, equipment, services, clean-up and expertise for excavation and construction of 4.6 miles of single-track multi-use 3-season trails suitable for hikers, runners, mountain bikers, horses, and other non-motorized recreation.  

Contractor experience:  Contractor should have familiarity and experience with weed-conscious trails design and construction techniques. Skills in building trails with sustainability and natural trail design preferred. The contractor should be prepared to build this trail by hand and with machine to meet the requirements laid out in the grant.  

Five Valleys requires:

•      Proof of general liability insurance; minimum of $500,000 per occurrence; $1,000,000 aggregate.

•      Proof of Independent contractor status and/or Worker’s Compensation insurance.

•      Vehicle liability insurance, $500,000 per person (personal injury), $1,000,000 combined single limits

Bidder agrees to meet with Five Valleys or its representative to review the proposed area at a mutually agreeable time.

The contractor shall be paid for work every six months on a timeline discussed with Five Valleys after construction has begun on the project described herein.  

Work shall be completed by October 31, 2022.  A final trail inspection with Five Valleys must be completed by October 1, 2022.

The contractor shall not be entitled to any claims against Five Valleys Land Trust, TNC, the City of Missoula, or DNRC, for damages from any cause whatsoever in the progress of the work for this project.

Any damage to property as the result of the contractor’s operations shall be the responsibility of the contractor.

Proposals must be received no later than Friday, February 26th and submitted via email in PDF format. Email proposals to Forrest Boughner, Operations Manager, at For questions please call the Five Valleys Land Trust office during regular business hours at 406-549-0755.

Header photo of the House of Sky Trail route by Five Valleys staff


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