- 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 16 – 22, 2019
This week was a busy one, filled with logging out trails, hauling materials, cleaning drains and a big volunteer trail day on Saturday. We’re so close to having all regional trails open and are doing our best to keep up with a pretty hefty maintenance list – alongside some great local volunteers, the Friends of Pathways Youth Trail Crew and Teton Freedom Riders crew. 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 spent the day cleaning full drains on over 2 miles of the Mill Creek Trail. After all the recent moisture, these drains were full of debris and due for maintenance. He also was able to tune the trail tread in a few sections.
- Tuesday was a big day. Alec and Chris logged out the Mikesell Trail all the way up to the ridgeline. That afternoon, the crew met with a local Eagle Scout and coordinated transport of materials to the new bridge site on the Shark’s Belly Trail in Horseshoe Canyon. Most materials are now on-site and construction will begin shortly.
- On Wednesday, Chris made his way up to the Big Hole Crest (between Grove and Drake) to remove a large cluster of downed trees blocking the trail. The classic Grove/Drake loop is all clear and good to ride!
- On Thursday, the crew spent the morning logging out the snow-less sections of Mail Cabin. The trail is cleared to the top of the 2016 re-route but is still very snowy in the treed switchbacks above. About 10 days should have this trail all clear and ready to go.
- Friday, Chris and Teton Valley Trails and Pathways’ Nick Beatty set materials and prepped the site of the Saturday Volunteer Trail Day on the Aspen Trail – this was a large project, so site prep was fairly involved. Chris was also able to remove a few downed trees on the south end of the Aspen Trail.
- Saturday, MBT and TVTAP joined forces to install a turnpike on the Aspen Trail, eliminating an unsustainable muddy bog section about 1.5 miles from the north trailhead. Over 40 volunteers lent hands to excavate the site, set culverts, mine, crush and lay rock and fill this new segment of trail. It was a fantastic day and a massive project was nearly completed (the Montana Conservation Corps. will finish the job this week).
- OPEN trails as of June 24, 2019: All Southern Valley Trails, all Horseshoe Canyon trails, Driggs 5th Park, Victor Bike Park, Aspen, AJ Trail, 7N Ranch, Decoster, Mahogany, Palisade Lakes, Mill Creek, Cold Springs, misc. Caribou trails, Mike Spencer Trails, Grove, Drake, Corral, Spooky, Rocky Peak, Pole, Mikesell, Southfork Horseshoe, Big Hole Crest, Jackson town trails (Snow King, Putt Putt, Sink or Swim, Hagen Highway, Lower Game, Josie’s Ridge, Wilson Canyon), Lower Black Canyon, Parallel, Phillips and Phillips Connector, Arrow, Game Creek, Munger Mountain, Lower Targhee Bike Park Trails, Rick’s Basin. NOT QUITE: Upper Mail Cabin, upper Mosquito Creek, Lithium, upper Black Canyon and upper Targhee Trails are at least 7-10 days out due to snow. The Skyline Trail in Jackson will open July 1 (wildlife).
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