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12th Annual Pathways Celebration!



The Friends of Pathways bring us once again to the pathways to enjoy what we shouldn’t take for granted.  The work involved to make, and to continually expand our pathway system should never go without celebration!

Join us as we celebrate the N89 Pathway
What:    12th Annual Pathways Celebration
Where:  National Museum of Wildlife Art
When:   10:30 to 2:00pm, August 7th

10:30 – 11:45am
FAMILY RIDE along the new North 89 pathway. Ride will start at the National Museum of Wildlife Art upper parking area, ride to the “Welcome to Grand Teton National Park” turnout and back to Museum for lunch.

12:00 – 2:00pm
FREE COMMUNITY LUNCH AND PATHWAY CELEBRATION – hosted by the National Museum of Wildlife Art and Friends of Pathways. Music by Anne & Pete Sibley.

RSVP HERE

Thank You to our Sponsors!
Brimmer Communications
Spring Creek Ranch
Gift in Memory of Jim F. Petersen
Silver Star Communications

Dig Day this Saturday!



The fine folks at the  Teton Freedom Riders are still getting after it!  If you have the time to help them help our trails, you shouldn’t pass this opportunity:

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.

WYDAHO RENDEZVOUS this weekend!



You definitely don’t wont to miss out on this great event now in it’s second year!  Naturally, we’re coming to play too – in none other than the Bike Shenanigans!  What are Bike Shenanigans?  Hint: think bikes, mallets and blood.

FRIDAY, July 22

9am    Registration opens at the Hub in Driggs
1pm    Registration opens at Grand Targhee Resort
Bike demos up and running
Advanced group ride – Red Creek
2pm    Intermediate group ride – Aspen Trail
3pm    Beginner group ride – Lower Mail Cabin
5:30pm Registration opens in Victor
6pm    Friday night party opens at Grand Teton Brewing in Victor with music from The Outfit, food vendors, raffles, bike shenanigans, a trials riding “teaser” show and BEER
10pm  Party shuts down (you need to sleep to ride, right?)

SATURDAY, July 23

8am        Registration opens at the Hub in Driggs and at Grand Targhee Resort
8:30am   Downhill race registration opens at Grand Targhee Resort
9am        Beginner (Sheep’s Bridge), intermediate (Mill Creek), advanced (S. Fork Horseshoe to Mahogany), and DH group rides
9:30am   DH race training runs start
10am      Beginner RipStoke clinic in Driggs (pre-registration is ideal)
10:45am DH race starts at Grand Targhee Resort
12pm      Beginner group ride – Tetonia Rail Trail
2pm        Beginner (Sheep’s Bridge), intermediate (Horseshoe Loops), women’s (Horseshoe Loops) and DH group rides
Intermediate RipStoke clinic in Victor (pre-registration is ideal)
4pm        DH race awards at Grand Targhee Resort
5pm        Saturday night party opens in Driggs with food vendors, raffles, auctions, bike shenanigans and more beer
7pm        RipStoke trials riding show, followed by music by The Salamanders
10pm      Party shuts down in Driggs

SUNDAY, July 24
7am        Registration opens at Grand Targhee Resort
5-hour XC race begins at Grand Targhee Resort
8am        Registration opens at the Hub in Driggs
10am      Beginner (Trail Creek Trail), Advanced (Red Creek), and DH group rides
Intermediate RipStoke clinic at Grand Targhee Resort
1pm        Advanced RipStoke clinic at Grand Targhee Resort
2pm        Beginner (Sheep’s Bridge) and intermediate (Rick’s Basin) group rides
3pm        XC race awards at Grand Targhee Resort
3:30pm   RipStoke trials riding show at Grand Targhee Resort
BBQ starts at Grand Targhee Resort
4pm        Live music at Grand Targhee Resort with the Jet Black Ninja Funkgrass Unit
6pm        Party over….see you next time!!!
Registration for clinics is live on the festival registration page.  We expect these to sell out…
Registration for the 5-hour XC race is online at Athlete 360 here (different link from the festival)
Registration for group rides will happen at the festival.
And registration for the whole shebang is RIGHT HERE….
We’re live with 2011 online registration at Athlete 360.

Victor Velo Work Nights



From our friends at Victor Velo:

Victor Velo’s primary activities to date have been the construction of the Victor Bike Park and the organization and promotion of cyclocross racing throughout the fall in Pioneer Park.  Our future plans include improving the bike park and growing our premier cyclocross race, Moose Cross.



Throughout the months of July and August we will have volunteer work nights at the Victor Bike Park from 6 – 9pm.  The first work night is Wednesday, July 13th.  Bring gloves and we will supply the tools.

In addition to shaping the dirt jumps, we have lots of rock raking and weeding to do as well.

If you own a Skid-steer or a Bobcat, feel free to bring it and we will put it to good use!

About Victor Velo

Victor Velo is an Idaho Non-Profit based in Victor, ID.

MISSION STATEMENT

Victor Velo exists to promote healthy lifestyles and economic development in Victor, ID by providing diverse cycling opportunities.

 



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.

Teton Freedom Riders Update



Harlan and the team have been hard at work rebuilding the Powerline jumps.  Although it’s not finished it is worth going over to see the progress and to check out “history” in the remaking.  This means both a better and safer trail for all riding abilities.

Currently the Candy Land Connector is too muddy to ride due to run off; please stay off until the high snow melts away.  Jimmy’s Mom is in good shape but be cautious of up hill traffic on Old Pass Road while descending.

The progression of our trails system is due in large part to our collaboration with the USFS.  If you’d like, share your thoughts on our Teton Pass trail system with those directly involved by sending an email to either Linda or Dale:

lmerigliano@fs.fed.us

ddeiter@fs.fed.us

See you at the July Dig Day on Sunday the 10th!

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