Weekly Trail Crew Work Report: May 27, 2019

Late May Trail Crew Report

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!

Trail Crew Work Report: May 19 – 25, 2019

This past week here was a bit wet but that didn’t keep the MBT crew from turning more dirt and continuing to log out local trails. More finish machine work on the Channel Lock re-route, more scouting Teton Valley trails for conditions and running chainsaws were the theme this week. With more rain in the forecast, we’re doing our best to get things ready for a clear upcoming weekend. 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.

  • On Monday this past week, Chris, Alec, Kevin Frazier (USFS) and Andy Williams continued roughing in the new Channel Lock re-route sections, constructing finished corners and brushing back completed trail corridor.
  • Tuesday, the crew deconstructed and removed the Rush Hour bridge at the ID/WY state line section of trail. A broken stringer made the bridge in-operable. The crew removed all bridge materials and constructed a new singletrack section through this dip in the trail that will now take the place of the bridge.
  • Wednesday, Chris and Alec walked the AJ Trail in Victor to assess how the tread held up over the winter. Repairs made last summer are still well intact. No noxious weeds were present but a new agreement with Teton County Weed and Pest will help us keep up with non-native growth along this trail corridor.
  • Thursday, the crew cut out two large trees on Shark’s Belly in Horseshoe Canyon. The afternoon was spent working behind the trail dozer on the Channel Lock re-route all the way to the lower gate.
  • Friday, Chris did reconnaissance work on Grove Creek and Mahogany. He removed two trees crossing Mahogany but was unable to proceed up the Grove Creek trail due to heavy snow.
  • OPEN trails as of May 27, 2019: Ladyslipper, Nemo (Southern Valley), Bovine, Channel Lock, Southbound, Sodbuster, Shark’s Belly, Training Wheels (Horseshoe Canyon), Driggs 5th Park, Victor Bike Park, Aspen, AJ Trail, 7N Ranch, Lower Decoster, Mahogany, Palisade Lakes, 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). The Friends of Pathways Trail Crew is working to get Munger Mountain ready to go as well. Mill Creek, Big Holes trails (Grove, Drake, South Fork Horseshoe), Southern Valley Trails (Grumpy, Mikesell), Lower Pole Canyon are about 2 weeks out. Mail Cabin, Mosquito Creek and lower Targhee Trails are 3+ weeks out.
  • 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. Awesome prizes for a few lucky attendees too!


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