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FOP Trail Report August 30th, 3011



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 and riding well. Last week the FOP trail crew removed several trees from the last wind storm and replaced the kiosks at the top of Teton Pass. This week a volunteer group from the JH Community School will be helping do a small reroute at the bottom of Josie’s Ridge to bypass the most eroded, trenched section. This should not affect trail users. 

Last week the FS crew worked on the middle fork of Ditch Creek, clearing and improving washed out sections of trail.

FoP’s Pathway Report



Pathways Report, August 23rd, 2011

All pathways are open for use and we ask you to 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.’

FoP Trail Update



Trail Report, August 23rd, 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 and riding well. The FOP trail crew worked with volunteers from City Kids and the University of Wyoming to fix a turnpike on the Hagen Trail and to make a reroute on the KC Trail. Note: the KC reroute is not yet open. The crew also spent time berming corners on the bottom of the Ridge Trail and took care of downed trees in Game Creek, Phillips Canyon, and the Fuzzy Bunny Trail.
The FS crew worked on clearing Wolf Creek, Ditch Creek, and the Highline trail all the way from Granite Hot Springs to Cache Creek. 

The Silver Star work on Teton Pass continues to progress: they are already below Crater Lake and moving down Old Pass Road.  Heavy equipment remains on Old Pass Road during this project. To ensure public safety, temporary trail closures will be in place where machinery is working. To read the entire press release, click here.

Major Headway for Jackson Hole Pathways!



From the fine folks at Friends of Pathways:

Big Progress for Jackson Hole Pathways — multiple great news to share –
Friends of Pathways congratulates the Town of Jackson, Teton County and Grand Teton National Park on new funding awards and major progress towards completing Jackson Hole’s pathways systems. 

WY-22 Pathway takes a big step forward – Bridge and Pathway concepts approved!
Yesterday the Teton County Commissioners and Jackson Town Council made key decisions to move forward on the WY-22 Pathway that will soon connect the Wilson Pathways to the Town Pathways, including a safe pathway bridge over the Snake River. Friends of Pathways thanks our Commissioners and Council for their leadership and resolve to complete the missing link in the pathways system as soon as possible.

This project is funded by the SPET 6th penny sales tax voters approved in 2008. Elected leaders set a target timeline of completing the pathway by 2013. Their approvals yesterday set $6.5 million in motion, covering two key segments:

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Furball rides his Jamis to victory!



This isn’t your normal type of competition – this one makes sense.  Ever notice how at the end of a kickball game, you realize everyone’s goal is still to run in a circle.  Yeah – that makes tons of sense.

The Friends of Pathways Commuter Choice Challenge encourages individuals to use human powered transit instead of using a car.  In fact, if you aren’t riding to accomplish a goal that you would usually do in a car, as in day-to-day activities or commuting to work, you can’t earn points.  So riding around the block or up Cache Creek won’t add miles to your tally.

Michael Keane here (also know as Furball) rode his Jamis that he purchased from Fitzy’s last summer into 2 Commuter Choice Challenge Mini-Competiting victories.  Nice job buddy!

Updates from Friends of Pathways



The newest Bike Corral - located in from of Pica's

August 10th 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, August 1oth, 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 and riding well after some much-needed rain last week. There have been several downed trees due to high winds, which the trail ambassadors were able to (mostly) clear this weekend. 

Last week the FS crew worked with a Wilderness Ventures group clearing the Dog Creek to Little Dog Creek loop.

The FOP crew worked on completing two new sections of trail:  one at the bottom of Phillips Ridge, with the help of several volunteer groups, and the other a connector trail from the Pine Glades development to Sink or Swim, which trail crews are hoping to call  the “Shade Monkey Trail.” This trail was made with a mini excavator that narrowed down to 3 feet wide, providing 2,244’ of shaded single track.  Both of these new sections should be finished this week.

The TFR crew has finished some work on the upper Fuzzy Bunny trail including some new road gap jumps.

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).

Possible Old Pass Road Closures
Silver Star Communications began work this week to install fiber optic cable along the Old Pass Road. This work is park of a larger project to install approximately 100 miles of high-speed fiber optic cable to improve connectivity of broadband service across Wyoming. The work along Old Pass Road will help complete a key loop for this project. Heavy equipment will be on Old Pass Road during the project, which is expected to take about two weeks. To ensure public safety, temporary trail closures will be in place where machinery is working. To read the entire press release, click here.

Pathways Report, August 10th, 2011

The 2011 Sealcoating project began last week. Crews will be patching asphalt and following up with sealcoating the pathways over the next couple weeks on the following sections: School Pathways between Gregory Lane and Middle School Road, Cottonwood Pathways, Von Gontard Pathway (south of Melody), and the Spring Gulch (JH Golf and Tennis) Pathway. 

Pathways should be open to use during the asphalt patching work, but users should follow instructions from work crews and pay attention to regulatory warning signs. During the sealcoating work, sections of pathway will be closed temporarily.

County Begins Work on South Park Loop Bridges, Road Closure near Melody Ranch
On August 15th, Teton County will begin construction work to replace the existing South Park Loop Road Bridge over Flat Creek near Melody Ranch. This project will require closure of the South Park Loop Road in the vicinity of Melody Ranch for the entire 4-month construction period. Concurrent with the road bridge project, the County will also begin construction of a new pathway bridge over Flat Creek adjacent to South Park Loop Road. The bridges will be operational and South Park Loop Road will re-open by mid-December. To read the complete press release, click here.

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.

Pierre’s Hole Race Report from “The” Dave Saurman




Hey Riders, So another session of self abuse at Pierre’s Hole this past Saturday.  Tons of fun.  A great turn out from the locals and others from all over the planet.  And maybe a few from nearby planets?  A leisurely start at 10:15 for the 50 milers.  It was warm, dry and never got above 75 degrees.  Perfect race conditions as the weeks rains made the course tacky.  Some new trail( still a bit bumpy) but good to mix it up.

I had ridden some of the course last Wednesday and Mill Creek specifically was scary with a water runnel right down the middle of the trail.  Thanks to Troy Barry and his crew for making it much more rid able.

The race was fun – though seemed to hurt more than usual.  As the 40+ champ for the last two years, I had a lot to live up to…….or not.  I knew going in there was some stiff competition this year.  A lot of strong contenders not from here.

I had a good start, I had an awesome first decent of Mill creek. I hammered the road up to Bustle Creek decent.  I was amazed how many I passed.  at one point, like 15at once?  The usually long hump up Dry Creek (really painful) and out into Ricks kind of by myself.  Start/Finish and off for the second lap.  Now the pain increasing.  Even better descent down Mill Creek ( as there was no one in front of me) and another good road climb.  An OK descent to the Dry Creek #2.  Now the pain really begins.  I was passed by a few not in my class, and maybe one in the 40 +?  I did not care, I kept pushing forward, but not fast enough.  Finally the top and slowly into Ricks again.  Now I was home.  8 miles to go.  Then I began to Cramp.  The inner thighs.  Damn I hate that.  I popped my last 3 Ecaps and moved on.  It helped for a while, but a mile from the end I started to cramp agian.  Damn.  Then I saw some dude, a 100 miler on his last lap and asked him if he had Ecaps?  He looked, actually stopped in the middle of his race and found none.  I found one last shot of my Egooo and I guess there was enough lytes in it to save me.  I finished.  Yeah.  With no good training except racing, I felt good about my race.  I had record time and ended up 4th in the 40+ and a podium as they went 5 deep!!  Not bad for this fat out of shape geezer.

Just happy for another clean race, no crashes, no bonks, no flats and no mechanicals.

Oh, and congrats to all my buddies for there podiums.  I think just about everyone got a spot.

Cheers, DS

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