Weekly Trail Crew Work Report: May 28, 2018

New Southern Valley Trails Comin' Down the Pike! The crew was out this week laying some critical groundwork in preparation to put tools in the dirt in Southern Valley. This, plus a super successful Victor Bike Park Maintenance Monday mission.

Thank You!

  • GIANT thanks to our 2018 Local Business Trail Fund Supporters!
  • Thanks for the generous support of all the individual donors 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 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: May 21 – 27, 2018

This past week had the crew ramping up for new construction at Southern Valley.

  • Monday, May 21st was our second Maintenance Monday of 2018 and was hosted at the Victor Bike Park. 20 folks came out to dial in the pump track, fix cracks, work on drainage mitigation, remove invasive species (thanks Corey for hauling away the thistle!) and sneak in a few jumps as well. Amazing to see a fantastic team effort to get the park dialed in for the summer!
  • On Monday, in response to a community maintenance request, Chris installed signage at the Mill Creek trailhead reminding riders to be mindful of muddy trails.
  • On Tuesday, the crew headed out to Southern Valley and spent the day focusing on the lower, incomplete section of the Pole Canyon Connector Trail. They walked this new corridor, cross-checking slopes with an inclinometer and placing pin flags in order to guide final construction of this awesome section. Their goal, along with the USFS, was to have final trail alignment complete this week in preparation for necessary machine work that will begin here in mid-June.
  • Wednesday, spring showers socked us in for the day, keeping the crew from getting out in the mud.
  • Thursday, Chris and Ron headed back out to Southern Valley with Scott Bossell from the USFS and walked the corridor for the new Teton Springs Connector. In a debrief after the work day, Chris and Ron both raved about this new mile-long section of trail – which will swoop through older-growth conifer and a magnificent aspen forest (see the map). They’re really excited to get this trail built, beginning in just a few weeks!
  • Ron finished up each day in front of a computer, drafting trail schematics, alignment maps and technical renderings of the Pole Canyon and Teton Springs Connectors to aid the USFS in the planning for this new construction. We’re so fortunate to have Renaissance Ron on the team.
  • Friday, Alec and Ron headed back out to Pole Canyon do begin corridor clearing prep work. This involved intensive chainsaw work in clearing heavy timber and vegetation in order to allow a sufficient corridor for the trail dozer to rough in a new trail surface in few weeks. They’ll continue to be at it with the saws for a few days this coming week getting this zone fully prepped.
  • Ron continues to work hard in his design of a kids bike park on Blair Drive in Jackson. We are putting the finishing touches on the design and other logistical elements of this project prior to final approval from the Town of Jackson. It’s been fantastic so far working with Brian Schilling with Teton County Trails and Pathways, Chris Owen and Lauren Dickey of Jackson Hole Friends of Pathways, Teton Bike Stoke Ambassador Andy Weenig and others on this super cool project. Stay tuned for lots more soon!
  • Finally, MBT is super excited to be working with local ripper Liston Saulters, his dad Todd and Driggs 5th St. Park guru Jim Sudauckas on Liston’s awesome Eagle Scout project. Liston is building a wooden berm feature at 5th St. that is not only looking beautiful but will also function as a more sustainable section of trail in a tricky corner there. It’s not ready yet but will be really soon. Check out the photo down below and stop by the park for a spin to see their progress. Way to go Liston!

Southern Valley Trails Project

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. 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