Weekly Trail Crew Work Report: June 25, 2018

Logging out downed timber was the name of the game this week along with a strong effort on new trails in Southern Valley!

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: June 18 – June 24, 2018

This week, the crew spent significant time on continued efforts in Southern Valley. New trails are taking shape out there! They also had a chance to divide and conquer a number of maintenance needs on regional trails including drainage work and clearing downed timber. Overall, an extremely busy week for the crew with ever more work to do.

  • In preparation for an anticipated final Maintenance Monday of the early summer season, this past Sunday, Chris and Alec placed pin flags and created new corridor via heavy saw work for the final Grumpy’s Trail re-route. They were also able to saw out a downed tree on the Nemo Trail on their way back to the parking lot at the end of the day.
  • On Monday, a nice soggy day meant no trail work and a canceled Maintenance Monday. We’ll be picking back up with Maintenance Monday volunteer days this coming September. If you’re interested in volunteering otherwise on our various trail projects around the region, send a quick email to our Trail Crew Leader Chris Burle at: trails@mountainbiketetons.org. There are plenty of opportunities and your trails would be grateful for your help!
  • On Tuesday, Chris and Ron made significant headway through super thick brush and timber in their quest to pin flag and complete corridor clearing for the new Teton Springs Connector Trail (which will connect Sherman Springs Rd. to the Nemo Trail).  After a full day’s work, the corridor is approximately 95% clear and ready for machine work. Ron and Chris also continued to check in with the Montana Conservation Corps Trail Crew who is in the Valley to assist with follow-up handwork behind trail machine construction in Southern Valley. We’re super grateful to have these folks on board with this amazing project.
  • Wednesday, Ron, Chris and Alec continued clearing corridor and placing an additional 300 pin flags along the new Pole Canyon Connector Trailway. This trail, once completed (very soon), will connect Pole Canyon to the Southern Valley Trails network. The trail dozer on loan from the USFS Soda Springs District has accomplished quite a bit along this corridor and we anticipate a completed trail in the next week. alongside Scott Bossell of the Teton Basin Ranger District and his USFS crew and Nick Beatty of TVTAP, Ron, Alec, and Chris continued running chainsaws making significant headway on new trail Corridor for the Teton Springs Connector Trail (1.8 miles of new corridor in total).
  • More corridor clearing in Southern Valley on Thursday. Today, the crew ran chainsaws most of the day, finishing corridor clearing from the Teton Springs Connector Trail to the Pole Canyon Trail, linking the existing portion of the connector trail to the brand new portion. We’re getting so close to finishing this amazing trail!
  • Friday was all about maintenance. Ron, Chris and Alec split up to tackle a pretty solid maintenance request list. By the end of the day, all drains were cleaned and tuned on Mill Creek to the top, Mikesell Canyon was logged out to the ridgeline, Drake was re-checked for blowdown and drainage was repaired and finally, new blowdown on the Aspen Trail was logged out. The crew has been focused on Southern Valley quite a bit lately but are also still very keen on keeping our existing area trails clear and tuned up for the summer. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any trail maintenance requests, suggestions or needs. That’s what we’re here for!
  • Also on Friday, Joe McFarlane of the USFS was able to remove a fresh moose carcass on the Sheep Bridge Trail. There was active bear activity on the site, so please use caution and be aware when riding in the area.
  • This past Sunday, Chris was able to take care of a little business while on a ride in the Sheep Driveway/Fog Hill area. He logged out 8 downed trees out there in order to have it all set for your next adventure ride. Chris also met with Joe McFarlane at the USFS to assess the Pole Canyon Connector project progress and needs. Overall, a solid week of work for the crew! Thanks again fellas!
  • Finally, a GIANT shout out to Scott Bossell and Joe McFarlane of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Teton Basin Ranger District. These guys are the ones facilitating all of this amazing new trail construction in Southern Valley and are working super hard, seven days a week to see this project through. If you see Scott or Joe out on the trail or around town, be sure to say THANKS!

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