Weekly Trail Crew Work Report: May 20, 2019

First Report of the 2019 Season!

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!

A few of our 2019 partners!

Trail Crew Work Report: May 1 – 20, 2019

Welcome back to the second season of the Weekly Mountain Bike the Tetons Trail Report! We’re excited to be able to bring you these regular updates on what the MBT Trail Crew is working on, the conditions of your local trails and alerts throughout the spring, summer and fall riding seasons here in the Tetons. As this report evolves, we want to encourage 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.

As soon as dry dirt showed itself here, our 2019 Trail Crew had boots on the ground. Set with a cache of new tools, a new crew truck (her name is “Silver”) and a fantastic relationship with our partners at the Teton Basin Ranger District of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, our Trails Coordinator Chris Brule has lined out an ambitious season of work.

  • An April full of training, re-certifications, planning, scheduling and prep culminated in a trip to Horseshoe Canyon to shoot grades and flag for a long-awaited re-route of the Channel Lock Trail. Chris and Alec Johnson spent the next week at Horseshoe re-aligning the re-route, placing pin flags, clearing brush and prepping for machine work.
  • The crew also was able to log out the Southbound Trail, Sodbuster, and Bovine. The backside trails at Horseshoe Canyon are still quite snowy but we’ll get to them as soon as we can.
  • May 14th, machine work on Channel Lock began and will continue for the next few weeks. We are currently utilizing a brand new community trail dozer, secured through a collaborative grant in 2018 by the USFS, TVTAP, MBT and the Skyliner’s Motor Club. We’re super excited to be running this machine to construct new trail (and re-routes) here! Andy Williams (one of the masters of the trails at Grand Targhee Resort) has lent his expertise, time and equipment to help make this re-route a reality and has been out digging with the crew over the last week.
  • The MBT Crew is currently evaluating a broken bridge on Rush Hour and will be repairing the structure very soon. In the meantime, it is safe to walk over the bridge but please USE CAUTION.
  • OPEN trails as of May 20, 2019: Ladyslipper (Southern Valley), Bovine, Channel Lock, Southbound, Sodbuster, Training Wheels (Horseshoe Canyon), Driggs 5th Park, Victor Bike Park, Aspen, AJ Trail, 7N Ranch, Lower Decoster, Palisade Lakes, misc. Caribou trails, numerous Jackson town trails (Putt Putt, Sink or Swim, Hagen Highway, Lower Game, Josie’s Ridge). The Friends of Pathways Trail Crew is working to get Munger Mountain ready to go as well. Mill Creek, Big Holes trails, Southern Valley Trails (Nemo, Grumpy, Mikesell) are almost there but not quite.
  • We’ve had quite a bit of moisture recently, 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 for a Volunteer Trail Day on Tuesday, May 28th at Horseshoe Canyon @ 5:30 pm at the Channel Lock trailhead. Dig on the new Channel Lock re-route, enjoy food provided by our friends at the Knotty Pine Supper Club and Kate’s Real Food and beverages provided by Grand Teton Brewing.

New Trail Dozer!


Broken Rush Hour bridge.

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