• 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 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!

https://www.mountainbiketetons.org/news-updates/20210517-trails-and-conditions-report

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.