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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.

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

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.

VIP ATM’s in GTNP for Pathway Users!



Before the casinos can be developed in Grand Teton National Park they have to implement a series of ATM machines.  If you’re a bicyclist/pathway user you get to use the VIP ATM that they are putting right on the pathway!  Apparently these machines are also used to collect park usage fees, which are worth every penny you put into the cause.  Ok forget about the casino thing, I just found out that’s not scheduled until 2056… ATM machines at Grand Teton Nation Park will be guiding us through the pathway entrance at GTNP.   A friendly reminder from the folks at GTNP:

A new self-serve machine (similar to an ATM) is now in place near the Moose
Entrance Station kiosks for the collection of entry fees from people using
the pathway–regardless of the mode of travel.  Visitors and locals who
travel the pathway by hiking, bicycling or roller-blading will be required
to pay an entrance fee, just as vehicles are required to do.  Pathway users
are advised to carry their park permit, or stop and pay the 7-day entrance
permit of $12 for pedestrian and/or bicycle access.

If  bicyclists opt to travel on the Teton Park Road with vehicles, they
will also be required to stop at the Moose Entrance Station and show their
permit before proceeding into the park.

Periodically, Grand Teton staff will perform audits on the pathway to check
for fee compliance.  Unlike vehicles, there are no stickers for bikes, so
the audit will serve as verification that pathway visitors have the
requisite entrance permit.

Anyone using the park pathway from Moose to South Jenny Lake must bring
their park pass with them, or stop at the automated fee machine and pay
with cash or credit card.

Entrance fees on the pathway are $12 for 7 days for an individual on foot,
bicycle, rollerblades, or other non-motorized equipment.  A family
(immediate household of mother/father/children under 21) can pay $25 for 7
days.  The annual park pass for Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks
is $50, and annual passes for all federal land agencies cost $80.

We welcome pathway enthusiasts and look forward to a safe and enjoyable
2011 season.

Sincerely,

Robert A. Vogel
Deputy  Superintendent
Grand Teton National Park and
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway

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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