Weekly Trail Crew Work Report: July 22, 2019

July 22nd Trail Report!

Thank You!!

  • 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 15 – 22, 2019

This week brought a beginning to a long-awaited project deep in the Big Hole Mountains. Alongside the USFS and the Montana Conservation Corps, MBT is finally addressing some major erosion and drainage issues on the multi-use Corral Creek Trail and its connection to Red Creek. With the help of the trail dozer, we are re-constructing tread and installing drains on this classic backcountry loop. 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: info@mountainbiketetons.org anytime and we’ll include them in these weekly updates.

    • On Monday, the crew spent the day prepping for work in a remote location. Alec, Chris and the USFS walked the dozer, tools and fuel in to Corral Creek. By late afternoon, the equipment was in and work on reconstructing tread began.
    • Tuesday, the crew executed more chainsaw clearing work. This trail will continue to have a light footprint and the crew worked hard to clear brush to ensure good sight lines while maintaining the backcountry, raw nature of the trail. Alongside the MCC crew, Alec and Chris completed finish work behind zones that were pushed by the dozer.
    • Wednesday, local trail ambassador Bob Benedict worked alongside the crew to complete a few sections of finish work on the corridor. The crew dug a number of brand new drains in order to ensure that given the steeper grade of the trail, water would still efficiently move off of the trail surface.
    • Thursday, the crew prepped for an upcoming volunteer trail day out on Corral Creek by flagging work zones, and continuing finish hand work.
    • Friday, Chris spent the morning coordinating hand-tool transport with local horse packers Liz King and Patrick Solomon up to the Corral work site for the Saturday volunteer day. Liz packed in a number of grubbing tools, loppers and pulaskis with her two horses. This saved volunteers from having haul tools into this remote work site. Thanks so much Liz and Patrick!
    • Also on Friday, Chris met with Friends of Pathways’ Chris Owen in Jackson to survey and pin flag for a new project adjacent to the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole. They also met to discuss the relocation of the Blair Drive Kids Bike Park.
    • Saturday, MBT hosted the first Carriboo Jack Volunteer Trail Day (to benefit a backcountry mountain bike race taking place this Sept.). Volunteers completed cutbank work, fill slope dispersal, brushback and treadwork for optimal drainage. And, they had fun. That evening, Chris Brule and MBT executive director Tony Ferlisi taught a “Trail Maintenance, Construction and Sustainability 101” class to Liv Ladies AllRide participants at Grand Targhee Resort.
    • Thanks again to local trail ambassadors Ted Wells and John Borstleman for continuing to pull thistle on the Ladyslipper and Pole Canyon Connector trails!
    • OPEN trails as of July 21, 2019:
      • Teton Valley: All Southern Valley Trails, all Horseshoe Canyon trails, 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 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.
      • Surrounding Areas: 7N Ranch, Palisade Lakes, misc. Caribou Range trails, and the brand new Kelly Canyon Bike Park.
    • CLOSED:
      • Driggs 5th Park is open but internal trails are currently flooded with summer run-off storage.


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