• Trail Updates

Friends of Pathways has a formal partnership with the USFS to collaborate on design, construction and stewardship of local trails for all users – hike, bike, horse, and ski. We’re committed to providing easy year round access to trails in order to maintain our high quality of life in Jackson Hole.

The lower trails on Munger are good to go and the Cache-Game area is opening up slowly but surely.  We cleared 24 trees off of Munger and cleaned drainage with the USFS crew on Thursday.  All of the trails there are in great shape and the Aspens are just starting to bud.  Big Munger still has some snow drifts on the ridge.  Wilson Canyon is dry up to the 5 way meadows and Ferrins is 99% dry up to the saddle where there is still a bunch of snow on the north side.  Lower on Hagen things are dry up to the last section by bridge 5 and Putt Putt is good to go.  Sink or Swim has just a little bit of snow left on the ski run.  Get out and enjoy this weekend!

Another snowy and rainy week means trails are still melting slowly and the dry ones are a bit muddy.  Ease into tomorrow afternoon and head to sunny aspect first and then explore some of the shady trails on Sunday when its sunny.  We worked with the BTNF crew this week to clear and clean drainage on Putt Putt, KC, Kellys, Lindas, Josies, and Wilson Canyon so those all should be in good shape.  Game Creek is cleared too up to the W Game junction and is pretty dry until you turn that north facing corner just before the junction.  We worked some more at connecting sections of the S 89 Singletrack that was covered up during the highway expansion, so thats a good option to connect from the South Jackson neighborhoods over to Game Creek.  We will head out to Munger next week and start hitting the lower parts of the Teton Pass trails as they melt out with what looks to be a sunny and warmer start to next week!

The trails are starting to dry out after a wet April.  The usual spots, Putt Putt, Crystal Butte, the Sidewalk Trail, and Josie’s Ridge are in good shape with only a few lingering snow patches.  If you haven’t explored the new South Jackson trails you can make a fun loop with the pathway.  Start at Adam’s Canyon on the new A&W Trail and head south to Wilson Canyon, cross over the highway to the S. 89 Singletrack which some volunteers helped us to reconnect last week, and then continue on through the pathway tunnel to the Game Creek Connector Trail up to the trailhead and back via the pathway and the Adam’s Canyon pedestrian tunnel.  As you explore out make sure to stay off of muddy trails, a good rule of thumb after precipitation is to wait until the roads are dry in town before going out to the trails!

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!

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!