FoP: Trail and Pathways Report



July 20th Report & Project Updates

Below you will find today’s trails and pathways report for Jackson Hole. Friends of Pathways and the Forest Service have trail crews out on the systems daily, working hard on trail maintenance and construction. Friends of Pathways also works with Jackson Hole Community Pathways and Teton County Parks and Recreation to ensure pathways are swept and safe.

Trail Report, July 20, 2011
Greater Snow King Area/Munger Mountain Area/Teton Pass Area

All Greater Snow King Area, Munger Mountain, and Teton Pass Area trails are now open. Seasonal maintenance continues. 

Arrow to Phillips is rideable and 99% snow free, but do be aware of the trench near the creek crossing at the bottom where the high water caused damage. Blacks is now snow free; the Ridge Trail is riding well as are the lower downhill trails. The Jumps Trail reroute is finished and the Teton Freedom Riders – as part of the JH Trails Project – are working on the bottom part of the Fuzzy Bunny Trail, which is closed halfway down during construction.

Trails Projects, Summer 2011:

  • Wiggle (GSKA) – Complete for the season.
  • Cache Creek Sidewalk – Complete for the season.
  • Hage Reroute, Bridge 4&5 – Complete for the season.
  • Turnpike repair to be completed this season on Hagen between Bridge 3-4, Salt Lick Draw and Gin Pole Draw on Putt-Putt. These projects will be completed in mid-August.
  • Game Creek – Almost 200 hours have been spent on GC in an attempt to restore the trail and remove the water. Work is complete for the season.
  • Phillips Ridge Trail – Work is just starting on maintenance. Folks should note that parts of this project are less than a year ld and work will continue.
  • Phillips Canyon – Crews will be in there for the remainder of the season to complete sight distance, tread widening, fall zone and two to three bridges.
  • Blacks is cleared, work will be forth coming and will continue for the season.
  • Powerline Jump Trail will be finished this week and should be open and good to go very soon.
  • Kiosks – Crews are in the process of building six new kiosks for the Teton Pass and Greater Snow King Areas. This will take the rest of July.
  • Ski Lake is getting a face lift; 12 workers will be in there for the week.
  • Tunnel Trail – scheduled to be started on August 1st, with machinery. This project is estimated to take two weeks and should be open September 1st.
Crews and volunteers are working hard daily, addressing problem areas first and then moving to trail improvements as needed. Please be patient, send in your observations, and come out and help – Friday AM’s have now moved to the Teton Pass Area (meet at the Stagecoach at 8am).

Pathways Report, July 20, 2011
Pathways will be installing a “pathway travel lane” for users on the North 89 pathway south of the Fish Hatchery Road. There is an unfinished section of pathway just south of the Fish Hatchery, and pathway users are required to use the highway shoulder between the completed sections. Traffic delineators will be placed on the shoulder to separate pathway users from motor vehicles. The “travel lane” will be in place until the pathway is completed later this summer.

Routine seasonal maintenance on pathways continues.  TC Parks & Rec has been focusing on weekly sweeping, sightline improvements (branch and hedge trimming), and trimming around safety signage. Fortunately, only minor flooding was seen in limited areas, and warning signs are up on those pathways. Sealcoating will begin in early August.
As the system sees more use every day – especially with kids out of school and on pathways often – please remember your ‘Respect & Responsibility’ code, and consider the safety and enjoyment of all users.  Pathways are mult-directional, multi-use, and walkers, runners, cyclists, rollers, and skaters all have the same rights and responsibilities while using these amenities.  Please announce yourself from behind when overtaking other users, yield to the younger and more inexperienced, stay to the right, and always remember to pick up after your dogs!  Additionally, please remember that on Town pathways, dogs are required to be on a leash – not just under voice control.’

Please let us know if there are any concerns or questions about maintenance and safety conditions on pathways and trails at stewardship@friendsofpathways.org, or call 733-4534.

Trail Updates from Friends of Pathways


July 6th Report

Below you will find today’s trails and pathways report for Jackson Hole. Friends of Pathways and the Forest Service have trail crews out on the systems daily, working hard on trail maintenance and construction. Friends of Pathways also works with Jackson Hole Community Pathways and Teton County Parks and Recreation to ensure pathways are swept and safe.

Trail Report, July 6, 2011
Greater Snow King Area/Munger Mountain Area/Teton Pass Area
Last week Friends of Pathways’ crews fixed several problem areas in Game Creek, moving the tread higher where the beaver pond had risen, and building a bridge to replace the flooded crossing just below the West Game junction. The Forest Service crew was off last week (they work 8 days on and 6 days off).

Friday Morning Volunteer Days in Cache Creek continue to be successful – thanks to all who have come out to work!  With volunteer help and that of Operation Purple- a military service group from Teton Science School (pictured above) – the new “Wiggle” trail connecting the Cache Creek Sidewalk to Putt Putt is now open.  It offers a great beginner loop from the Cache Creek trailhead that is approximately 3 miles long.

The Greater Snow King Area trails are all open and in good shape. There are still a few problems in West Game where reroutes are needed as well as one seeping section of the Game Creek trail that users should go around.

Munger trails are all open and rideable.

Lower trails in the Teton Pass Area are open, but mid and higher elevation trails still have many sections that remain under snow, and/or have trees down yet to be removed. The Arrow Trail is nearly snow free until the corner towards the SnoTel area where drifts persist. The Ridge Trail is drying out from the Fish Creek side and offers a nice out and back. Jimmy’s Mom is in good shape for the downhill bikers, just be advised to be cautious of up hill traffic on Old Pass Road.

Teton Freedom Riders are hard at work rebuilding the Powerline Jumps. This is not finished, but TFR encourages those interested to go over and check out the progress being made.

Notes:
Please beware of wildlife and early season conditions on all trails – carry bear spray! A cat (mountain lion) was spotted on Linda’s Trail last week. Baby moose are now appearing in the lower Teton Pass Area. Please use caution as Momma Moose may not be in the mood to deal with you or your dog.

Pathways Report, July 6, 2011
All pathways are open and in great shape! Two new bike corrals were put in place last week – one at Betty Rock and one at The Wort Hotel!
The fence on Garaman, where it comes to Gregory Lane has been fixed. Parks and Rec is sweeping the system today and tomorrow. Friday they will be focusing on the line-of-sight trimming on Hwy 390.

Pathways will remain open during construction/maintenance, but users should exercise caution when passing through construction areas. Users should remember to keep their dogs under control – dogs are required on leashes within the Town of Jackson, pick up after their dogs using mutt-mitt bags, and place the used mutt-mitt bags in the trash cans.  Walkers, rollers, and riders should stay to the right, allowing two-way traffic, announce their approaches from behind, and signal all intentions, including changes of direction. Finally, please remember motorized vehicles are not permitted on the pathways.

Friends of Pathways Trails Report



June 20th Report

Below you will find today’s trails and pathways report for Jackson Hole. Friends of Pathways and the Forest Service have trail crews out on the systems daily, working hard on trail maintenance and construction. Friends of Pathways also works with Jackson Hole Community Pathways and Teton County Parks and Recreation to ensure pathways are swept and safe.

Trail Report, June 20, 2011
Greater Snow King Area/Munger Mountain Area/Teton Pass Area
Last week Friends of Pathways’ crews dug drainage on Hagen, Crater, and Lower History trails – all of which are free of snow and passable with a few muddy seeps to walk around. They also improved the bottom section of the Ridge Trail, which is clear of snow up to the berm section (with a few seeps to walk around). The Forest Service crew finished the Rock Creek bridge at Munger, connecting the motorized trailhead to all of the trails there, which are open and clear of snow.

Friday’s volunteer day had a good turnout with volunteers working on the new “Wiggle” section which will connect the Cache Creek Sidewalk up to Putt Putt. Teton Science Schools “Roads Scholars” (pictured above) worked with trail crews this morning on that same section.

The Snow King and Cache Creek area trails are riding well. The Ferrins saddle meadow is almost free of snow and Wilson Canyon is snow-free with several seeping muddy sections to avoid. Josie’s Ridge is totally clear of snow except for a 5 foot section of snow near the very top.

Notes:
The Cache/Game mountain bike race has been postponsed. Please check with Teton County Parks and Rec for more info.
Baby moose are now appearing in the lower Teton Pass Area. Please use caution as Momma Moose may not be in the mood to deal with you or your dog.

Finally, please remember that if mud is piling up on your shoes or tires or horses the trails are too wet to use.  Be Responsible!  Summer is coming (eventually); just be a little patient so the trails will be in good shape for the whole season.

Pathways Report, June 20, 2011
All pathways are open – clear of snow, gravel, and debris!  Users may encounter some areas of gravel in certain locations after rainstorms, but the whole system is swept weekly, and scheduled for the first seasonal mow in the next few weeks.

Minor construction and landscaping near the Hidden Ranch Tunnel on the Garaman Pathway this week and next.

Asphalt patching on the Paul Merritt (S 89) Pathway between High School Road and South Park Loop Road is expected to begin in the next week or so.

Pathways will remain open during construction/maintenance, but users should exercise caution when passing through construction areas. Users should remember to keep their dogs under control – dogs are required on leashes within the Town of Jackson, pick up after their dogs using mutt-mitt bags, and place the used mutt-mitt bags in the trash cans.  Walkers, rollers, and riders should stay to the right, allowing two-way traffic, announce their approaches from behind, and signal all intentions, including changes of direction.

Please let us know if there are any concerns or questions about maintenance and safety conditions on pathways and trails at stewardship@friendsofpathways.org, or call 733-4534.

Cache to Game Race Postponed



Hang tight for a few weeks until the classic Cache to Game Race is ready to go.  Here’s a message from our friends at the Parks and Rec Departement:

Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department has postponed the annual
Cache Creek to Game Creek Mountain Bike Race scheduled for Wednesday, June 22,
2011 due to snowpack still covering sections of the trail.
The race will be postponed to a later date this summer. Please watch for information
regarding the rescheduled race date. For more information, contact Teton County/
Jackson Parks and Recreation Department at 739-9025.

Trail Updates by the Friends of Pathways



Trail Report, June 13, 2011
Greater Snow King Area/Munger Mountain Area/Teton Pass Area


Greater Snow King Area
FOP crews dug drainage on Putt-Putt and worked on some new seeping areas.  They worked on re-benching some sections of Josie’s and re-vegging braided sections of the trail.  They also finished the Cache Creek Sidewalk extension begun on National Trails Day, which connects the Sidewalk to bridge 3, allowing people to use the Sidewalk to bypass the Hagen stairs.

Trails on Snow King that are free of snow include Putt-Putt, Cache Creek Sidewalk, Hagen River, Hagen 2 Track, High Hagen, Sink or Swim, KC, Linda’s, Flat Creek, and Josie’s Ridge.

Ferrins Trail – the trail to the meadows is open and provides a great out and back. The entire trail should be open by this weekend.

West Game – This canyon may be open by the coming weekend, but there is a good bit of water everywhere.

Cache Creek Trail above Hagen and Putt-Putt – This is still a mess, but by the weekend we should be looking to be clear of snow to Bridge 6 (Cache/Game Bridge).

GSKA Notes:
You will notice bridges in Cache Creek are now numbered just in case they get washed away. If you see a bridge floating away, please let FOP or the USFS know!

The Cache/Game mountain bike race may be moved back a few weeks (it was scheduled for June 22). Please check with Teton County Parks and Rec for more info.

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Not Quite Time to Cache In



TRAIL UPDATE BY WARREN OSTLER

Photo from Singletrack.com

Although it’s mid May and the sun is shining, the Cache Creek trail system is only starting to become suitable for riding.  Lets work together and make sure the hacks out there know that riding through mud is extremely bad for the trails.

The rule of thumb is simple: if you’re getting mud on your bike (other than your tires) it’s too muddy to ride.  In addition, by leaving ruts in a muddy trail, you create a place for water to collect which in turn extends drying time.  Also, if you bike around mud then you widen our precious single track.  So do the right thing: stop before a muddy section, kick out a trench for water to drain, and turn around.

If you see someone with a muddy mountain bike, take a second to educate him or her.  Our trails get a lot of use and it would be nice if they were around for many years to come.  If you’re itching to ride this weekend, there is great dirt in Dubois and Pocatello!  Also, you can spin the legs on the Elk Refuge Road and take in some great scenery.

Do the Hokey Pokey!



Looking for a place to ride this weekend?  Fitzgerald’s mechanic Warren Ostler already scouted out a great option!  Here’s what he has to say:

Do you wish it was early June and you were riding Putt Putt? Well in three short hours it could be. Last weekend I took scenic a drive through beautiful Idaho Falls to ride some dirt in Pocatello, and I was stoked I did. After reportedly raining all morning the skies cleared to reveal perfect dirt on the resilient City Creek Trail System. The trails that were below snow line, offered smooth flowy cross-country riding. The climbs are very manageable for early season legs (as well as single speeds) and the system is well marked and mapped making for a great day. In my shorts and Hawaiian shirt I was loving it for 3+ hours, easily looping back to the car for some left over French toast mid ride. Be wary of the wide range of trail users.  I saw everything from grandma and her poodle to duel crown DH bikes, ti single speeds and Kmart specials. Bottom line… Yeah it’s kind of a long drive but what would you be doing if you stayed in Jackson this time of year? Must ride the 911 trail at least once when you’re there. Find directions on MTBR.

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