Weekly Trail Crew Work Report: July 9, 2018

Mail Cabin Log-Out and the Beginnings of Another New Trail!

Thank You!

  • GIANT thanks to our 2018 Local Business Trail Fund Supporters!
  • Thanks for the generous support of all the Individual Trail Fund Supporters who have helped get these guys off and running this season!
  • As always, the outstanding work that these guys are able to do is only possible through your support. Take 2 minutes HERE and please pledge a few bucks to keep them maintaining and building your Teton Region trails throughout the summer season.

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Trail Crew Work Report: July 2 – July 8, 2018

This week, the crew was able to complete the brand new Pole Canyon Connector Trail and log out the Mail Cabin and Mikesell Trails. They managed to polish the remaining turns and were able to move on to the new Teton Springs Connector (as it’s known now) which will connect Sherman Springs Road to the Nemo Trail in Southern Valley. In the most recent newsletter, we misspoke in saying that the entire connector from Pole Canyon to Nemo is complete. This isn’t the case quite yet but will be in another two weeks or so. Stay tuned!

  • This week, Chris, Ron and Alec put in the final finish work on the outstanding new Pole Canyon Connector Trail. This trail connects Pole Canyon to the Sherman Springs Road next to Teton Springs. This work involved completing bench work and dialing in the last remaining corner on the trail.
  • Monday, the crew walked with USFS personnel, TVTAP’s Nick Beatty and a Nordic Trails consultant along the Nemo corridor to determine suitability for winter nordic grooming before moving forward on the new trail there. Teton Valley Trails and Pathways is taking the lead on the winter grooming for fat bikes and Nordic skiers in Southern Valley. We’re excited to be working alongside them on this project!
  • On Tuesday, Alec and Ron made their way up the Mail Cabin Trail and down Mikesell Canyon to log out a number of downed trees. This loop is now all clear of timber and snow and riding super well. Hopefully, you get a chance to ride it soon if you haven’t already! They were joined by Tony Ferlisi and a videographer (who was able to document their work for an ongoing film project) and had a super fun day running saws and talking trails.
  • We all took the 4th of July to celebrate and ride our bikes. Did you??
  • Thursday, the crew was back on the horse, breaking ground on the new Teton Springs Connector Trail. A few weeks ago, there cleared a significant corridor for the trail dozer using chainsaws, loppers and hand tools. That work all paid off as the dozer was able to begin pushing dirt immediately.
  • Between Thursday and Friday, the crew spent all of their time out on the Teton Springs Connector, working alongside Joe McFarlane, Scott Bossell and the USFS trail crew as the dozer makes progress. Pin flags are being realigned, trees are being cleared and new trail tread is going in by the hour! We predict that this trail will be ready to ride in a little less than two weeks!
  • This coming week, the crew will be working hard on making headway on this trail as well as their usual maintenance duties – completing the Grumpy Trail re-route and tread work, so stay tuned!
  • Big thanks to Nate Carey for clearing 4 downed trees between Grove Creek and the top of Garns Mountain as well as the Big Hole Crest Trail junction at Garns! He reports that there is still a snow patch across the Red Mountain side-hill trail section that is generating a go-around trail. Please try to avoid cutting new trail over the top of Red until the snow clears.

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 how large or small, will go directly toward the following categories this year:

  • Three-person trail crew salary and travel over 20 + weeks in 2018
  • 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