This week crews worked on a variety of projects. We installed a new feature at the Blair Dr. Bike Skills Park, we sprayed musk thistle in Game Creek, we prepped the OPR pad for the new toilet, we fixed barriers on Phillip’s Ridge and History Trail, we updated signs near the Crater Lake junction, we fixed we cleared Phillip’s Pass, we measured and prepped lumber for a new bridge on the Arrow trail, we GPS’ed some user created trails, we worked with Pine Glades on their neighborhood connector trails, we installed new signs on the Adam’s and A&W trails, and continued improving the A&W trail with volunteers on Thursday evening after some much needed rain. The trails should be in great shape with the recent moisture, so get out and enjoy them this weekend!
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Crews were busy this week clearing trees and cleaning drainage around the system. We hit Black Canyon on Monday which has only a few small snow drifts left near the top of Mt. Elly. We covered Wilson Canyon and West Game to get them in shape for the Cache Creek race and then got up to the pass and brushed Arrow and Phillip’s Pass. Then we began building some new features for the Blair Dr. Bike Skills Park that will get installed next week. We are also still digging along on the Adams to Wilson connector that we have tentatively named the A&W trail. This connector will allow users to safely access the USFS trail system on the east side of the highway from the neighborhoods on the west side of the highway via the old Adam’s Canyon cattle tunnel. We will be hosting a volunteer dig night this Thursday from 5-8 to help finish this trail. Come help out and meet at the top of Adam’s Canyon Dr., bring close toed shoes, work gloves, and water!
Its been a busy week on Teton Pass. The crews cleared Arrow, Snotel, the Ridge, Ski Lake, and upper History. There were lots of big trees down from heavy snow and winds over the winter. Almost all of the trails are dry with a few lingering snow drifts. We will continue to work on upper Black Canyon and Phillip’s Pass next week. If you see trees down on the trail use the trail maintenance request button on our site to report them and if possible send a picture of the tree. Some are easy and take a few minutes to clear, and others like the 4 tree pile up shown above take a few hours. Around Snow King there are some trail closures tied to the construction of new ski runs and infrastructure. Make sure to check their information posts before heading out on the trails to get up to the minute info on whats open and closed. We had a successful National Trails Day improving the connector trail from Adams to Wilson Canyon. About 35 hearty volunteers helped us rebench the user trail and we will continue working on it over the summer. Feel free to follow the pin flags and help to burn in the trail to access the pedestrian underpass to the pathway at Adams’s Canyon. We hope this will provide safe access from the south Jackson neighborhoods to the public lands and trails on the east side of the highway. Have a great sunny weekend out on the trails!
Teton Pass is drying out and crews have been clearing trees this week. We got Phillip’s Canyon up to the Phillip’Pass junction and the Ridge Trail up to rock world. The ridgelines and shaded trees are still holding drifts so if you are intrepid you can posthole your way through. We also worked on prepping the Adams to Wilson connector trail for National Trails Day tomorrow. This user created trail that will provide safe access from the neighborhoods on the west side of the highway to the national forest on the east side of the highway via the old Adams Canyon Cattle Tunnel. We will meet at Adams Canyon Dr. and have bagels and coffee before and brats and beverages after. Come out tomorrow morning from 9 to 12 to help out!
Finally some sunshine! Snow King and Munger are in great shape after the rains and the trails on Teton Pass are drying out quickly. Crews cleared up Black Canyon to the snow line, and hit Big Rocks, Crater, and lower History. The lower reaches of Phillip’s Canyon and the Ridge trail are also dry along with Parallel. Get out this weekend and enjoy some sunshine and plan on coming out on National Trails Day on June 5th to help us complete the Adams to Wilson connector trail. More info can be found HERE
The trails in the Snow King and Munger Systems are 99% dry with only a few lingering snow drift on windy ridges. Crews have cleared both systems for downed trees and have started to clear on Teton Pass. The Teton Pass trails are melting out and are usable from the lower trailheads. Crews cleared up Phillip’s Canyon and the Crater to History trail loop. TFR also reported dry conditions on the Parallel trail. There is still a good amount of snow at the Phillips/Jimmys and Teton Pass trailheads so the upper access to the trails may still be a few weeks away. With rain in the forecast for the next few days try to make sure you wait until the paved roads are dry to go use the trails. That is usually a good indicator of when the trails have drained and absorbed the moisture and you won’t be getting muddy and damaging the trails. MBT also has some trail reports for the CTNF trails at the link below. Have a good weekend out on the trails!
Crews are clearing trees as the trails continue to dry out. The Cache Creek trails are mostly dry with a few lingering snow patches. Everything below Sink or Swim is also good to go with just the snow on the ski slopes remaining. Game Creek is dry up to the West Game junction and you can explore up both drainages above that until you start hitting snow in the north facing trees. Munger is also drying out quickly with snow remaining on the north side of Wally World. Crews will be heading out there next week to clear trees and work on drainage. As you explore, be sure to let us know if you see downed trees on the trails via the Trail Maintenance Request button at the bottom of the page. This really helps the crew find trees and clear them before user trails form around them.
Spring is here and there are dry trails! The Winter Wildlife Closures open today offering lots of options to explore Wilson Canyon, Josie’s Ridge, and Crystal Butte. The usual Putt Putt and Sidewalk loop to the Wiggle is 99% dry with intermittent snow patches further up Cache and on the shaded Hagen side. Game Creek is dry on the Beaver Ponds side with a few snow patches lingering on the singletrack. The trails from the Wildlife Lane trailhead are mostly dry too offering some short loops. Get out and enjoy and if you find some snowy or muddy patches remember to go through them, not around them! It is easier to fix some concentrated trail damage rather than to rehab wide sections of trail. With so many excited trail users, all those footprints and tire tracks will smooth out the muddy bits as they dry. Also if you see a tree down or a section of trail that needs work, use our trail maintenance request button at the bottom of this page to let our crews know where the issue is.
This week the crew started on the new Game Creek connector trail. This trail will connect the Game Creek trailhead to the S. 89 pathway and will provide safe access from the neighborhoods along S. Hwy. 89 to their public lands without having to take a trip in a vehicle. We hope this will help alleviate some of the parking issues at the Game Creek trailhead. If you are out in the Game Creek area and would like to help we have a cache of tools and instructions at the western end of the trail and you are more than welcome to stop and dig for a little while. I highly suggest mornings and evenings as our crew was baking in the sun last week on the south facing slopes. Our youth crew has one more week of work and we will see if we can finish the stretch on the BTNF. The crew also worked on the Phillip’s Pass and Arrow trails this week cleaning drains and fixing tread. On Thursday they helped the town relocate the Rodeo/Pine Dr. Access trail. The trail was created by users over the last two decades but was actually on private property slightly to the west of the access easement. They brushed back the the larger trees and willows and re-dug it about 8 feet to the east. The Phillip’s Ridge and Snotel trails are opening back up now that the thinning crews have finished chainsawing in that area. I suggest heading up there this weekend as I imagine a byproduct of the thinning is better views of the mountains and valley!
This week the crew finished up the last new log bridge up Cache Creek. These are a fun endeavor where the crew gets to use the griphoist to maneuver the several thousand pound logs into place, a good physics lesson in action. We then installed a new culvert on the Phillip’s Connector trail where the Glory Bowl snow melt runs across each spring. We cleared some trees off of the Hagen and Wilson Canyon trails and will get one off of Phillip’s Canyon. We also spent some time on the History trail clearing down trees, cleaning drains, adding fill to bridge approaches, clearing culverts on turnpikes, and cutting back the infamous “Nettle Nam” section. This trail really is amazing and the upper section is a perfect combo of peak wildflowers, beautiful Aspen groves, and dark shady Douglas Fir stands right now. If you’re looking for a nice hike this weekend to avoid the heat at high elevation this would be a great one.
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