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National Trails Day – A Tribute to BIG WALLY



When:                           Saturday, June 5thNational Trails Day 9am – 2pm
Trail:                             Munger Mountain Trail Network
Rendezvous:                Munger Trailhead – roughly 10 miles down Fall Creek Road
Bring:                          Work gloves, water, extra food, and a cup for Snake River Brew

Friends of Pathways01_06_10_wally1, Teton Freedom Riders, Jackson Hole Ski Patrol and the Forest Service will host National Trails Day on SATURDAY, JUNE  5TH.  ”With over 150 volunteers expected, National Trails Day should have the biggest turnout in the history of the event in Teton County”, stated Tim Young, Friends of Pathways Executive Director. National Trails Day is an opportunity for trail users to volunteer their time to make trails close to home sustainable and improve functionality for future use.

The Forest Service always looks forward to National Trails Day as the kick-off for the summer trail season. “This year we are particularly excited about the opportunity to join with so many partners to improve a wonderful multi-use trail system and at the same time honor Big Wally and our long-time partners at Red Top Meadows. The trails at Munger Mountain are popular with mountain bikers, horse riders, and hikers and also are open for motorcycle use from July 1 – September 9 so we encourage everyone to come out and help make this trail system really work for all users.” said Linda Merigliano, BTNF District Program Manager.
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EJ’s Trail Update 5-30-10



** National Trails Day Saturday June 5th Munger Mountain Area – Details below**

Submitted by Erik Jacobson – USFS

Hello everyone.  Operation layout is now complete.  We have pin flags up on Josie’s Ridge, upper Game Creek, and the lower Ridge Trail.  I’m happy with the layout.  Thank-you Galen and Chris P. for all your work and expertise.  Thank-you Lloyd for volunteering two days on the Game Creek layout.

Next week we will commence operation project area prep work.  We will be clearing the new trail corridors and micro pinning the new trails.  Drew Kneeland and Lloyd Wiser start work this Thursday, and I am looking forward to working with them.  We have a massive summer of trail building ahead of us, and they are the kind of hard working trail folks that we need.  Clay Curly and Chris Owen are also slated to work on these projects, and I am looking forward to working with them as well.

I’ve been thinking about the Cache/Game bike race scheduled for June 21st quite a bit lately.  It makes me nervous.  I really feel that there will be some unsafe racing conditions if the race happens on the 21st.  The race is scheduled smack dab in the middle of the Game Creek trail construction.  Trail conditions are going to be very loose and dangerous.  A suggestion has been made to leave the old trail open for the race.  Unfortunately this cannot happen.  The old trail is close to the new trail.  As we dig we will be uncovering the rehab material that is needed for the old trail.  We have to rehab as we go.  Cache/Game races have been delayed in the past, and I feel that the race should be delayed again.  Let the new trail ride in and compact.  The racers should love the new trail, and a safe, new course will be show-cased.

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EJ’s Trail Update 5-23-10



Submitted by Erik Jacobson – USFS

Hello everyone.  Here we go .  Another trail season is upon us.  Chris P., Galen, and I started this Monday on the FOP crew.  Tim Farris started about half of his Jackson Trail Crew on Monday as well.

We had a meeting on Monday and discussed the upcoming massive trail building summer ahead.  Tim Farris went over the schedule of the work crews during mid-June to mid July.  We discussed the trial projects that we want to tackle this summer.  In addition we discussed the public comments from the trails party.  We are using these public comments to make an FS Decision Memo on which trail projects the public liked and that we will do.

Tim Farris has scheduled a ton of workers for this summer.  He got an SCA crew for 20 days,and he got this crew for free!  Nice work Tim.  He also got the amazing St. Anthony’s work crew of 10 days.  This is a lot of labor coming at us.  My plan is to combine forces as much as we can and work with these crews.  It is important for quality control and we can make these crews even larger.  The SCA is a crew of 8 and St. Anthony’s is a crew of 20.  Here are the crew schedules.  We are booked solid for a month.  I want to tie in with these crews as much as we can, but we are definitely taking some days off especially around the 4th.

SCA                                   June 10-20 (day off on the 16th)

St. Anthony’s                      June 21-25
June 28 – July 2

SCA                                   July 1-11 (day off on the 7th)

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First Night Ride of 2010



Well, it’s been a while since I dusted off the lights to head out for a night ride on the trails, but I was just itching to get out on the trails. It’s hard to believe that with all the rain and snow we’ve had that the trails are rideable but they are. I rode from the house about 8:30 up to Cache Creek Sidewalk and connected into the middleish section of Putt Putt. Surprisingly there were some soft spots on the Sidewalk. Putt Putt was in excellent, tacky condition with only one soft spot. I didn’t have to turn the light on until about 9:15 which is amazingly late. I recently had my Rock Shox Pike fork Pushed by the guys down in Loveland, CO and upgraded to a Rock Shox Monarch 4.2 rear shock. Not only does the bike climb well it sucks up everything on the way down and I swear I can ride faster due to the efficiency. After a super fun and fast descent I headed up the Hagen Highway to Sink or Swim, walked the two snow sections and bombed my way back down to Snow King Ave.

We don’t have  a weekly, shop mountain bike ride planned but if there is interest in one we will get one started. Please give a call and let me know if this is of interest to anyone. 

See you on the trails!

SAVE THE HAGEN STAIRCASE!



The Forest Service is taking public comment about their desire to reroute and close the beloved Hagen Staircase.

Public Comments Due tomorrow April 30th!

Send yours to lmerigliano@fs.fed.us

Here’s Mine:

I want to thank the Jackson Ranger District for all the hard work put into our local trail network since I moved to the area in 1998.  We are truly lucky to have such a proactive group of individuals representing the Forest Service here.  I am in favor of all the projects proposed for the Summer of 2010 with one exception.  I would not like to see the Hagen staircase closed and rehabilitated.  I agree this section of trail in its current form is unsustainable and that there is no easy solution to bring this section of trail to an acceptable level of service.  However, I think it is well worth the effort.

As we all know, the number of technical trail features on Teton Pass is growing.  I can speak from experience at the bike shop that there are also a growing number of riders looking to learn how to ride more technical trails.  Unfortunately, there are very few areas that are condusive to learning how to ride in this way.  But there is the Hagen staircase.  Over time, the Hagen staircase has been the local Mt Bikers’ test piece.  A place that is easily accessible, challenging, relatively safe and repeatable.  A place where a rider can gauge their abilities and decide if they are ready for the next step.  Now with the proposed reconstruction of Philips Canyon, the Hagen staircase would be an extremely unique and necessary part of our entire trial system.  Without the staircase, I’m afraid there will be no safe place for someone to decide if they are ready to attempt a trail like Lithium.  Instead, riders will be forced to ride Lithium and potentially hurt themselves in a very remote area before learning where their abilities lie.  Currently when a rider asks me, “Do you think I can handle Lithium?” I respond, “Can you ride the Hagen stairs?”

I want to finish with a personal anecdote.  When I first met my wife, she was terrified of riding downhill what so ever.  When I brought up the idea of riding down the Hagen stairs, her response was a very loud, “Never in a million years, don’t even ask me that again.”  Well, I did keep asking, and after a lot of convincing she was able to ride very slowly down the staircase with flat pedals and her saddle lowered all the way.  After a summer of practice like this, she decided that clipping into pedals and riding the staircase would be ok as long as she kept lowering her saddle and I was right there with her.  Every time she made it to the bottom without stepping off the bike, she would hoot and holler all the way back to the trail head!  Another summer of this practice and one day she was out riding by herself and decided to just go for it.  She didn’t stop at the top to lower her saddle, she didn’t get off and walk, but instead she rolled right into the staircase and greased it!  I’ve never seen her smile more than when she came back and bragged to me about her accomplishment.  Fast forward 6 years.  Jannine has now ridden, raced, and mentored other women on some of North America’s most challenging downhill trail networks including Whistler, BC, Boulder City, NV, Keystone, CO, the North Shore of Vancouver, and of course Teton Pass, WY.  I am now absolutely convinced of two things.  1. The Hagen Staircase was instrumental in her development as a Mt Biker. & 2. This is not a unique story.

Maintaining the Hagen staircase in a sustainable way will not be easy.  It will take a lot of resources to make this a successful project.  But I think it is worth it and I think the Mt Bike community would rally behind the effort so the burden does not fall solely on the Forest Service.  I for one would be glad to help save the Hagen Stairs in any way I can.

Putt – Putt & Cahce Sidewalk Update 4-25-10



Cache Creek Sidewalk:
Dry and Good to Go! Cache Creek itself is still pretty muddy – stay up on the sidewalk

Putt-Putt:
Dry and riding good from Nelson Drive to the high point above the Sidewalk.
Still extremely muddy and CLOSED beyond the first mud spot you encounter. Don’t believe the hype, Putt-Putt is still largely unrideable as of this weekend!

Wyoming Business Council Awards Trails Grant for JH Trails Project! $750k for trails to be spent this summer!



This is the biggest news that hasn’t been made big news!
Representatives from Friends of Pathways, JHMR, Snow King, Teton County, and the Town of Jackson successfully lobbied State Legislators to convince them that trails = economic growth.
Obvious to you right? Well now our leaders feel the same way. Wow! What times we are living in!
Get ready for some serious trail action this summer. Click on this link to see all the details:

Wyoming Business Council Grant Details

Here are the highlights:
The total JH Trails Project value is $751,430.
The grant award from BRC funds is $375,715.
The project partners will provide a 50% match, and will carry out the work starting in early spring 2010 with completion by fall 2011.

What’s it mean to us?
Miles of new hiking and biking trail – 27 miles
New facilities – 2 bike parks, 1 restroom, visitor signing
Job creation during construction – 12 jobs + 1 new business
Job creation after construction – 6 new jobs, 5 jobs saved, indirect jobs
Trails‐derived sales tax – improve Teton County’s sale tax revenue
New visitors attracted to area – generate 1000‐2000 destination visits

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