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Trail Conditions for 6-1-18


Snow King and Munger trails are good to go and Teton Pass is slowly but surely melting out. The TFR trails on the south side of the pass are in pretty good shape and should be riding nicely for their Pass Bash on Saturday. Everything else is probably still and out and back exploration from the bottom until you hit the snow line. The one exception may be the Ridge trail which you can link from the Phillip’s trailhead to Fish Creek road by using portions of the BPA powerline road that tends to melt out quicker than the shaded trail around the Snotel section. On Saturday you should start your day with bagels and coffee and at the base of Old Pass Road and then stay and help us build some new bridges with the USFS for National Trails Day. We will finish up with lunch and beverages and then you can continue on to the Pass Bash and make a full day of supporting and enjoying the trails!

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Trail Conditions for 5-25-18

The Cache Game trails are a go for the season!  Things have melted out about 3 weeks ahead of last year and the crews cleared the Cache Game divide, West Game, and Wilson this week.  I would say the trails are 99.9% good with a few seeps and water problems that we will address this summer.  Munger is also in great shape after crews got a few more trees off of Tusky and Squaw.  Teton Pass continues to melt out and the snow line is receding daily.  All of the trails there make a good out and back starting from the bottom and exploring your way up to the snow line.  Again if you see any trees down on trails or other problems let us know and we will get he crews out to fix them.  Also a reminder that the Skyline trail remains closed until July 1 each year to protect elk calving in the area.  I would say Cache to Game is the trail choice for the holiday weekend so get out and enjoy!

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Trail Conditions for 5-11-18

There are many more trails melting out and would be dry if only the rain would let up. The Putt Putt side of the Cache Creek drainage is drier than the Hagen side which is still holding a few snow patches and muddy spots. Crystal Butte and Josie’s Ridge are in great shape and the Nelson Knoll loop too if you are looking for the best views. You can connect across Sink or Swim with only a little snow remaining on the face of Snow King, and Game Creek continues to dry out making for a longer out and back option. Once again remember to stay off the trails when they are wet. A good rule of thumb is to wait for the streets in town to dry before heading out, and always look behind you, if you are leaving tracks of any kind on the trail it may be better to wait a bit. I’ll definitely be waiting for Sunday which looks to be the nicest weather window this weekend. See you out there!

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Trail Conditions 5-19-17

The trails continue to dry out and the crew had a busy week clearing 162 trees off of Wilson, Ferrin’s, and the Munger Mountain trails.  Munger is in good shape with only a few seeps and wet spots and a few trees left on Wally World where we ran out of time and gas.  Ferrin’s is dry up to the bottom of the meadow but there are several feet of drifted snow above that.  The upper reaches of Hagen and Putt Putt are also slowly melting out and you can make it several miles up Game Creek with a few spots where the creek is on the road or water is bubbling out of gopher holes but it is passable.  On Teton Pass Parallel is in good shape and the lower parts of Crater, History, Old Pass Road, Blacks, Ridge, Phillip’s Canyon, and Big Rocks are melting out and make good excursions to find where the snow line is each day.  The crew will be clearing trees and cleaning drains there starting next week.  Remember when we do get precipitation a good gauge of when the trails are dry enough to not cause damage is when the roads start to dry out.  Have a great weekend!

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Trail Conditions 5-5-2017

With the nice weather this weekend there are several trails around Snow King that are in great shape for short excursions.  The Sidewalk to Wiggle to Putt Putt link up offers a great 5K loop from the Cache or Nelson Dr. trailheads.  The Hagen Highway and Sink or Swim are clear of snow except for the usual 100 ft section as you cross the ski area.  All of the lower trails from the Wildlife Lane and Flat Creek trailheads are in good shape and Josie’s Ridge is snow free most of the way to the top.  Around the Summit Trail area please stay on the trail and don’t shortcut straight up and down the hill to avoid snow.  This causes highly erosive fall line trails to form.  Have a fun weekend and enjoy the warm weather!

Cache Creek Trailhead OPEN

The road to the Cache Creek Trailhead has reopened, showing that with a good team, you can accomplish almost anything!

The Bridger-Teton National Forest, Town of Jackson and Parks and Recreation staff worked together this week to remove ice and standing water, to reopen the road to the Cache Creek Trailhead. Conditions on the road are still rough and could be a challenge for smaller vehicles, but the road is open to the trailhead in time for the weekend.

Parks and Recreation will resume normal grooming on Monday, with a full run back to Noker Mine.

If you see any staff, please thank them for their exceptional efforts!

Regional Forester Award

Friends of Pathways, Trail Manager, Chris Owen and Bridger-Teton National Forest staff were recognized on October 26, 2016 for enhancing recreational opportunities, building public relevancy and changing lives by involving conservation youth corps to sustain resources and experiences on the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Jerry Balint   Tim Farris   Chris Owen   Jessica Shaw
David Cernicek   Adam Hansen   Kara Purser   David Wilkinson
Cory Cornett   Linda Merigliano   Richard Raione   Samantha Wilmot
Dale Dieter   Jahn Newman   Jay Romine   Sidney Woods

Jackson and Greys River Ranger Districts
Bridger-Teton National Forest

Friends of Pathways Youth Trail Crew put ten local high school students to work on our most loved close-to-home trails during the summer of 2016. We’re currently working to fund the 2017 Youth Trail Crew Program. If you are interested in helping, contact Katherine Dowson at katherine@friendsofpathways.org.

Old Bill’s – Still Time!

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Saturday’s Old Bill’s Fun Run was a great day for the Jackson Hole community. Thanks to everyone for participating and for visiting our booth in the historic town square for the 2016 Old Bill’s Fun Run! If you haven’t made your contributions yet- there’s still time to give to favorite local charities!

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Trail Conditions for 9-8-16

We are working to finish the last 2 miles of the Skyline Trail.  We are working downhill towards the Game Creek Trail narrowing the wide bench that the trail machine built to support itself.  This involves pulling down the backslope to prevent erosion, slightly outsloping the tread and making it 18 inches wide, and raking away the excess dirt on the downhill edge to allow snow and water to drain off the trail and to allow any vegetation covered up to regrow more quickly.  Crews will be working throughout the fall and into next spring to complete this project.

 

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