- 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: June 3 – 8, 2019
The trails saw more sun this week but we plunged back into winter for a minute this past weekend! Lots happening despite the weather. We jumped around the Valley quite a bit this week and got some great help from our partners in clearing additional trails. More miles are clearing up daily this early June and 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, Chris met with a local Eagle Scout to discuss a potential trail bridge project. We love when Scouts are excited to give back to their community through trails! Last year, we worked with local Eagle Scout Liston Saulters on an amazing trail project at the 5th Bike Park in Driggs. We’re excited about this one!
- Monday, the crew also made another pass through the Aspen Trail to clear two large trees in addition to taking the time for some regular chainsaw maintenance. Our amazing partners at the Skyliners Motor Club were able to log out the massive tree 3 miles up the Mahogany Trail. It’s now clear to the top! Huge thanks to the Skyliners!
- Tuesday, Chris put a tool on the ground on Probation out at Horseshoe Canyon – taking care of some much needed drainage and corner tread work. We love this trail! If you haven’t made your way to the backside trails at Horseshoe, it’s definitely worth it.
- Wednesday, the crew finished reclamation and rehab work on the old Channel Lock trail, adding check dams and utilizing the trail dozer to assist in revegetation. They also did a thorough assessment of the Bovine trail along with the USFS for future repairs and the upper section reroute. They also assessed Shark’s Belly for future bridge improvements (which will be undertaken likely this summer). In the afternoon, Chris placed trail name stickers along Southern Valley trails in order to help in navigation.
- Thursday, Chris fell 4 trees on the Ladyslipper Trail (in the aspen grove) to assist in sight-line improvement and to prep for the June 10th Maintenance Monday. He also conducted a site assessment on the Aspen Trail for an upcoming joint volunteer day with TVTAP.
- Over the weekend, Mitch Prissell was able to clear the Cold Springs Trail of downed timber in its entirety. One very large tree is still down at the bottom two-track which will be removed by the USFS shortly. Also, Andy Williams was able to clear most of upper Mill Creek to the lunch tent and do some tread work. This recent storm did take out additional aspen trees which should all be removed early this week.
- OPEN trails as of June 10, 2019: All Southern Valley Trails (except for upper Mikesell), all Horseshoe Canyon trails, Driggs 5th Park, Victor Bike Park, Aspen, AJ Trail, 7N Ranch, Lower Decoster, Mahogany, Palisade Lakes, Mill Creek to the lunch tent, Cold Springs, misc. Caribou trails, numerous Jackson town trails (Putt Putt, Sink or Swim, Hagen Highway, Lower Game, Josie’s Ridge, Wilson Canyon, Lower Black Canyon, Parallel, Game Creek, Munger Mountain. NOT QUITE: Big Holes trails (Grove, Drake, South Fork Horseshoe, Corral, Spooky), Pole Canyon are about a week out. Mail Cabin, Mike Spencer trails, Mosquito Creek and lower Targhee Trails are 7-14 days out.
- We’ve had quite a bit of moisture over the weekend, so let’s take care of our trails. A good rule of thumb is to wait for the roads to dry out in town (no puddles) before venturing out onto trails in order to keep from damaging them long-term.
- Join MBT and TVTAP for a Volunteer Trail Day on Saturday, June 22nd on the Aspen Trail at upper TH. We’ve got a long-needed project on tap to improve a seep/water crossing and can use all hands. We will have as always, delicious post-work food provided by one of our sponsors and by Kate’s Real Food and beverages provided by Grand Teton Brewing! Plus, we’ve got some great prizes to give away to participants. All ages welcome!! Details on the MBT webpage.
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