- GIANT thanks to our 2019 Local Business Trail Fund Supporters!
- Thanks for the generous support of all the Individual Trail Fund Supporters who have helped get our trail crew off and running this 2019 season!
- As always, the outstanding work that these guys are able to do is only possible through your support. Take 2 minutes now and TEXT MBT to 24365 or click HERE and please pledge a few bucks to keep them maintaining and building your Teton Region trails throughout the summer season. Donate and get yourself in a sweet new MBT t-shirt and hat too!
Trail Crew Work Report: July 7 – 13, 2019
After a busy 4th of July week, the trail crew was able to focus efforts on the Blair Drive Kids’ Bike Park in Jackson and the re-working of a Teton Valley classic. With summer in full swing, we hope you all have had a chance to get out and enjoy the trails – old familiar ones and new ones too! We want to encourage and remind YOU to reach out and let us know any work you have done on our local trails (clearing brush, cutting out downed trees, tread work, wildlife conflicts, updated conditions, etc.). The more information we can pass along to the community, the better. Just email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org anytime and we’ll include them in these weekly updates.
- On Monday, the crew spent the day over in Jackson cleaning up the Blair Drive Kids’ Park. They filled ruts, smoothed berms, pulled weeds, removed rocks and raked the entire track. This awesome little park should be in great shape for the rest of the season.
- Tuesday, the USFS and the crew walked the trail dozer up the South Fork of Horseshoe Trail. The crew worked behind the dozer, cleaning up drains and repairing tread as the dozer climbed into the heart of the northern Big Holes.
- Tuesday, local trail ambassador Nate Carey removed a number of trees along the Big Hole Crest. Nate always packs a saw with him, whether on his moto or mountain bike. Thanks Nate! We really appreciate the stewardship.
- On Wednesday, Chris and Alec shot grades for the new “Campground Trail” in Southern Valley and laid out design for the west end of this new trail. This will be a singletrack loop connecting the Mike Harris Campground to various trails at that trailhead (Mikesell, Grumpy) – likely to be constructed in 2020.
- Thursday, the crew finished work on the lower 2 miles of the South Fork of Horseshoe Trail. This multi-use trail was constructed in such a way that drainage at the lower section is unsustainable over the long-term. We’ve cleaned up the tread with the dozer and with a hand crew and installed a number of new drains – all the way back to the parking lot. This should hold up well to motos and mountain bikes! Let us know what you think.
- Friday, the crew finished the “Campground Loop” alignment and began to explore the corridor for the new “Happy Hour Trail” which will connect Trail Creek Campground to Mike Harris via singletrack and be constructed in 2020.
- Also on Friday, we learned that local trail ambassadors Ted Wells and John Borstelmann have been pulling thistle along the Ladyslipper Trail in Southern Valley. With new disturbance (construction of this trail in 2018), weeds can be an issue but thanks to these two gentlemen, we’ve got a great head start on managing these weeds. At the same time, Dave Bender and his family have been pulling weeds along the AJ Trail in Victor, allowing for native species to take over one bit at a time. Thanks so much all!
- OPEN trails as of July 13, 2019:
- Teton Valley: All Southern Valley Trails, all Horseshoe Canyon trails, Driggs 5th St. Park, Victor Bike Park, Aspen, AJ Trail, Decoster, Mahogany, Mill Creek, Cold Springs, Mike Spencer Trails, Rainey Creek Trails, Grove, Drake, Corral, Spooky, Rocky Peak, Pole Canyon, Mikesell, Mail Cabin, Southfork Horseshoe, Big Hole Crest, Targhee Bike Park Trails (upper trails are still a little snowy), Rick’s Basin.
- Jackson: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Bike Park, Snow King, Putt Putt, Sink or Swim, Hagen Highway, Game Creek, West Game Creek, Josie’s Ridge, Skyline, Wilson Canyon, all Teton Pass freeride/jump trails, Black Canyon, Lithium, Phillips and Phillips Connector, Arrow, Game Creek, Munger Mountain, Ditch and Horsetail Creeks, Shadow Mountain, Mosquito Creek. Big shout-out to the folks at Jackson Hole Friends of Pathways and the Teton Freedom Riders for clearing all Jackson and Teton Pass area trails!
- Surrounding Areas: 7N Ranch, Palisade Lakes, misc. Caribou Range trails, and the brand new Kelly Canyon Bike Park.
- Note: Phillips Ridge on Teton Pass will be intermittently CLOSED beginning Monday, July 15th there will be a temporary trail closure between 6am and 4pm daily Monday thru Saturday until the project is completed and visitors will be traveling at their own risk outside of trail closures as conditions along the trail may be changing.
Don’t hesitate to fill out a Trail Maintenance Request Form on our website and check out our calendar for a Maintenance Monday schedule for opportunities to get out and help!
Remember, all of this work depends on YOU. Please take two minutes and head to our DONATIONS PAGE to make your Trail Fund donation in support of these guys today!
How will my donation make an impact?
Your contribution, no matter the amount, will go DIRECTLY toward the following categories this year:
- Three-person trail crew salary and travel over 20 + weeks in 2019
- Purchase of new tools (pulaskis, rouge hoes, pick mattocks, etc.)
- Maintenance of current inventory (trail tools, saws, radios, etc.)
- Chainsaw maintenance (sharpening, service, etc.)
- Trail machine rental/maintenance
- Trail construction and maintenance supplies (signage, Geo Blocks, drainage, etc.)
- GIS/Mapping work, engineering, trail crew training