Pathways Projects

Wyoming Pathways helps develop, advocate, and secure favorable policies, facilities, and investments in public trails, pathways and complete streets for people in all Wyoming communities, and supports non-motorized recreation and transportation advances through public outreach, legislative efforts, partnerships, education, encouragement, and trail support programs. Below is a summary listing of some of the specific projects that Wyoming Pathways is currently or has recently been involved in. For a more in-depth analysis of each project, where available, please view the project page by clicking the link under “More Info”.


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Featured Project:

Greater Yellowstone Trail Concept Plan

Location: Northwestern Wyoming, Eastern Idaho and Southwestern Montana

Agency Partners: US Forest Service; Teton County Wyoming; Victor, Driggs, Tetonia, Ashton, Island Park (Idaho); West Yellowstone, MT

Nonprofit Partners: Wyoming Pathways, Idaho Walk Bike Alliance, Bike Walk Montana, Teton Valley Trails and Pathways, Friends of Pathways

Project Description: The Greater Yellowstone Trail Concept Plan establishes a vision for a world-class regional trail system that would enhance quality of life, improve access to recreation, and spur economic development opportunities for local communities along the unique and diverse corridor that connects three states.

Wyoming Pathways Participation: In 2015 Wyoming Pathways helped lead a planning effort with local and regional partners that developed a Concept Plan for the GYT. The Concept Plan includes maps of the proposed route, descriptions of the existing trails and pathways, proposed priority projects to complete the GYT, and implementation steps.

Next Actions: With a federal grant Wyoming Pathways helped prepare, the City of Victor Idaho and Teton County Wyoming will construct an additional two miles of paved pathway on the Wilson-Victor section from Moose Creek to Trail Creek Campground. The project is at 30% design, with planned for 2018 construction.

More Info: Greater Yellowstone Trail Plan project page.


Trails:

Pole Mountain Trail Project

Location: Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, Pole Mountain area

Project Partners: Laramie Ranger District, University of Wyoming, Laramie and Cheyenne trail user groups

Project Description: Pole Mountain is a 55,000 area square of public land located in the Sherman Mountains between Laramie and Cheyenne. Wyoming Pathways will help the Forest Service continue the progress made at the Pole Mountain Trail Charrette by working with the Laramie and regional trail using community to develop a mechanism for ongoing volunteer participation in the maintenance of trails at Pole Mountain.  In addition, Wyoming Pathways will help kickstart the process by working with partners to develop and manage a project and procure the resources necessary to provide much needed trail maintenance to the system trails at Pole Mountain. 

Wyoming Pathways Participation: Wyoming Pathways procured a $46,000 Wyoming Recreational Trails Program Grant that will be used to hire Wyoming Conservation Corps crews to perform 2500+ hours of trail maintenance at Pole Mountain in the spring of 2017.  Working with local and regional partners, funds will also be raised to hire a professional trail building consultant to assist the Forest Service and WCC crews in assessing trails and planning appropriate maintenance.  will help the Forest Service by developing nonmotorized trail system recommendations. A one-day public charrette style meeting is being planned for August 2016.

Next Actions: The Pole Mountain Trail Project will commence on May 29th, 2017, with WCC crews performing trail maintenance at Pole Mountain over the course of the following four weeks.  Multiple community trail work days will be also be planned to involve the community in the process.

More Info: Pole Mountain Trail Project page.


Pole Mountain Trail Charrette, Medicine Bow Trail Planning

Location: Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, Pole Mountain area

Project Partners: Laramie Ranger District, University of Wyoming, Laramie and Cheyenne trail user groups

Project Description: Pole Mountain is a 55,000 area square of public land located in the Sherman Mountains between Laramie and Cheyenne. Wyoming Pathways will help the Forest Service by developing nonmotorized trail system recommendations. A one-day public charrette style meeting is being planned for August 2016.

Wyoming Pathways Participation:  Wyoming Pathways will help the Forest Service by developing nonmotorized trail system recommendations. A one-day public charrette style meeting is being planned for August 2016.

Next Actions: Wyoming Pathways and UW will hire a student assistant to facilitate the planning discussion. Outreach will begin soon to all interested parties to attend the meeting and participate in planning for Pole Mountain trails.

More Info: Pole Mountain Trail Charrette project page.


Shoshone Non-motorized Trail System Planning

Location: Shoshone National Forest

Project Partners: Lander Cycling Club, DART in Dubois, Park County Pedalers in Cody, Shoshone National Forest

Project Description: With the new Shoshone Forest Plan adopted in 2015, the Forest closed the Dunoir to bike use, but pledged to improve trails for mountain biking in other areas. The Forest is developing a mountain bike strategy, and Ranger Districts are developing specific plans for purpose-built mountain biking trails closer to the larger communities. Lander is expanding on the existing 20 miles of trails in Sinks Canyon, and planning is underway for new trails near Dubois on Union Pass, and evaluating future options near Cody.

Wyoming Pathways Role: Participation in Shoshone Forest planning efforts, meetings with Forest Supervisor and District Rangers to advocate for improved trail planning to serve Lander, Dubois, Cody areas. Advising the FS on partnering with trail groups. Helping local partners in the communities with support and advice, FS public comments, and promotion.

Next Actions: Local bike groups in Lander, Dubois, and Cody are developing priority trail requests and building trails. The Ranger Districts will complete environmental compliance for additional trail improvements in Sinks Canyon above Lander, and Wind River District near Dubois. The Cody Forest Headquarters office will be developing an overall Mountain Bike Strategy for the Shoshone NF, and consider North Zone trail enhancements.

More Info: Please check back for updates.


Skyline Trail

Location: Bridger Teton National Forest, Jackson WY

Project Partners: Jackson Ranger District, Friends of Pathways

Project Description: The Skyline Trail will be an epic-quality 6.3 mile multi-use trail following the Skyline ridge that extends eastward from Snow King Mountain.  It will connect the Ferrin’s Saddle to the Cache Game Divide providing unparalleled views of the Tetons and Cache Peak, and loop options for hikers, runners, bikers, and equestrians.  The trail will add new loop options to the 50 mile Cache Creek Trail System.

Wyoming Pathways Participation: A key advocate in NEPA public comment in the Forest Service approval process, walked route with FS and biologists.

Next Actions: The first mile of trail has been constructed, and Friends of Pathways Trail Crew will lead major construction efforts in 2016 to complete the Skyline Trail.

More Info:  Project information on the Friends of Pathways Website


Beck Lake Trails and Bike Park

Location: Cody, WY

Project Partners: Park County Pedalers

Project Description: Construct new purpose-built mountain bike trails on public land adjacent to the City of Cody. Park County Pedalers completed about 8.5 miles of rocking good purpose built trail. The trails range from machine built, with the intention of providing some easier, lower angle and wider trails to help riders advance their skills before they wander out to more remote and difficult trails, to a number of feature rich trails with many berms and jumps. Crews will return in the Fall of 2016 to build a pump track and slope style lines.

Wyoming Pathways Participation: Project support and advice on funding options for construction. WyoPath Board Member John Gallagher is also on Park County Pedalers Board.

Next Actions: The Park County Pedalers is adding trail connectors to expand the trail system, and will start build the pump track fall 2016.

More Info:  Project information on the Park County Pedalers website.


Red Grade Trails

Location: Sheridan County, State Lands, BLM, Bighorn National Forest

Project Partners: Lead Sheridan Community Land Trust, State of Wyoming, other agencies.

Project Description: The SCLT is leading an effort to create another wonderful resource, 33 miles of non-motorized trails located close to Sheridan and Big Horn on public lands. The Red Grade Trails System will offer spectacular scenery and solitude for hikers, bikers, and equestrians.

Wyoming Pathways Participation: Support for the Red Grade Trails in the planning process, advice on funding and grants.

Next Actions: With two miles constructed in 2015, the SCLT is waiting for BLM approval for the next phase. In 2016 they plan safety improvements for the two existing parking areas on State land, servicing the two miles of trail. The BLM is expected to release a draft final EA for public comment this spring, prior to making a draft final decision that will also have a public comment period.

More info: Project information on the Sheridan Community Land Trust website.


North Cheyenne Community Park Trails

Location: Cheyenne, WY

Project Partners: City of Cheyenne, Wyoming State Parks

Project Description: A close to home single track trail system in the North Cheyenne city park.

Wyoming Pathways Participation: Participation: Wyoming Pathways Board members Todd Thibodeau and Bruce Burrows in Cheyenne have assisted with the project design and volunteer trail building help.

Next Actions: Cheyenne plans to extend the successful trails and add more riding opportunities.

More Info: North Cheyenne Community Park map on the City of Cheyenne website.


Pathways

Greater Yellowstone Trail Concept Plan

Location: Northwestern Wyoming, Eastern Idaho and Southwestern Montana

Agency Partners: US Forest Service; Teton County Wyoming; Victor, Driggs, Tetonia, Ashton, Island Park (Idaho); West Yellowstone, MT

Nonprofit Partners: Wyoming Pathways, Idaho Walk Bike Alliance, Bike Walk Montana, Teton Valley Trails and Pathways, Friends of Pathways

Project Description: The Greater Yellowstone Trail Concept Plan establishes a vision for a world-class regional trail system that would enhance quality of life, improve access to recreation, and spur economic development opportunities for local communities along the unique and diverse corridor that connects three states.

Wyoming Pathways Participation: In 2015 Wyoming Pathways helped lead a planning effort with local and regional partners that developed a Concept Plan for the GYT. The Concept Plan includes maps of the proposed route, descriptions of the existing trails and pathways, proposed priority projects to complete the GYT, and implementation steps.

Next Actions: With a federal grant Wyoming Pathways helped prepare, the City of Victor Idaho and Teton County Wyoming will construct an additional two miles of paved pathway on the Wilson-Victor section from Moose Creek to Trail Creek Campground. The project is at 30% design, with planned for 2018 construction.

More Info: Greater Yellowstone Trail Plan project page.


Wyoming Bicycle and Pedestrian System Task Force Bill

Location: Statewide

Project Partners: Wyoming Legislature, Governor Matt Mead

Project Description: In 2016 the WY Legislature passed a new law to create a Bicycle and Pedestrian System Task Force. Governor Mead will soon announce the 13 member Task Force, which is charged to develop a report for the legislature and agencies on the “benefits and opportunities of bicycle and pedestrian pathways and natural surface trails” for Wyoming.

Wyoming Pathways Participation: Leadership on the development of the bill and to testify before legislative committees, and advocacy to support the bill around Wyoming.

Next Actions: Wyoming Pathways applied to serve on the Task Force.

More Info: Project article on the Wyoming Pathways website.


Moose-Wilson Corridor and Pathway

Location: Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole WY

Agency: National Park Service, Grand Teton National Park

Advocate Partners: Friends of Pathways, League of American Bicyclists, PeopleForBikes, Adventure Cycling, IMBA, Rails to Trails

Project Description: The National Park Service has begun an EIS planning process for the Moose Wilson Corridor between Moose WY and Granite entry near Teton Village. Wyoming Pathways supports a complete pathway along the road corridor for biking and walking access to the National Park.

Wyoming Pathways Participation: Providing extensive comments on the EIS for Moose-Wilson Corridor, in support of the complete pathway. Outreach to national bicycle organizations to help support biking in National Parks.

Next Actions: The NPS is expected to release a Draft Final EIS by summer 2016 and will accept public comments at that time.

More Info: Wyoming Pathways comments and project information on the National Parks Service website.


Grand Teton National Park Pathway System

Location: Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole WY

Agency: National Park Service, Grand Teton National Park

Advocate Partners: Friends of Pathways, League of American Bicyclists, PeopleForBikes, Adventure Cycling, IMBA, Rails to Trails

Project Description: To encourage the National Park Service to complete the 42-mile Grand Teton National Park Pathway System, approved in the 2007 EIS.

Wyoming Pathways Participation: Advocate for continuing construction of additional pathways in Grand Teton.

Next Actions: Grand Teton NP just completed the Antelope Flats Pathway connection, and is next planning for a 1-mile pathway from Gros Ventre Junction west along Sagebrush Drive to connect to Teton County pathways at Golf and Tennis on Spring Gulch Road.

More Info: Please check back for updates.


Jackson Hole, WY Improved Winter Grooming

Location: Bridger-Teton NF, Grand Teton National Park, Teton County Pathways

Project Partners: JH Nordic, Grand Teton National Park Foundation

Project Description: Improved trail grooming and coordination of winter trail activities for classic and skate skiing, fat biking and walking.

Wyoming Pathways Participation: Attend JH Nordic meetings and provide input to enhance winter Nordic trails in Jackson Hole region; comment in support of Teton County grooming of public trails.

Next Actions: Plans for best ever grooming in Jackson Hole in 2016.

More Info: Project information on the JH Nordic website.


National Park Winter Fat Bike Access

Location: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park

Project Partners: Wyoming Pathways, IMBA, Adventure Cycling

Project Description: Advocate to allow Fat Bike access where appropriate on Yellowstone groomed roads that allow snowmobiles and snow coaches, and on Grand Teton groomed roads when conditions are firm and favorable.

Wyoming Pathways Participation: Meetings with Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk to request opening of Yellowstone to Fat Bikes. Comments that Grand Teton allow fat bikes on the Moose Wilson Road in winter.

Next Actions: Continue to request Fat Bike access to our National Parks.

More Info: Wyoming Pathways fat bike information page.


Yellowstone National Park Bicycle Safety Improvements

Location: Yellowstone National Park

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Complete Streets:

WYDOT State Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation and Encouragement

Location: State Highways across Wyoming

Project Partners: WYDOT, Cities Towns and Counties, local advocacy groups

Project Description: Wyoming’s State Highways are frequently community main streets, and many are used by people biking and walking for recreation and transportation. Efforts underway include US Bicycle Route designation for the Trans-America route that crosses Wyoming, participation in an update of WYDOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, serving on the Safety Management Committee, and meeting with WYDOT leadership and the Transportation Commission on bicycle and pedestrian topics.

Wyoming Pathways Participation: Wyoming Pathways is working with WYDOT to explore options to enhance the safety and function of state roads for biking and walking.

More Info: Please check back for updates.


Wyoming Main Streets and Community Builders Trainings

Location: Statewide in many Wyoming Communities

Project Partners: Wyoming Business Council, Cities and Towns in Wyoming, Community Builders

Project Description: Vibrant walkable main streets are key components of successful communities. Many Wyoming communities including Sheridan, Casper, Jackson, Cheyenne and Laramie are working to enhance their downtowns. Wyoming Main Street has nine certified and six affiliate communities participating in their program.

Wyoming Pathways Participation: Advocate for complete streets design concepts for state and local road systems. Partnered with Community Builders for WYDOT and community training in 2015 and featured the WY Main Street Program in the WY State Bike Walk Trails Conference in 2013 and 2015.

More Info: Main Streets page on the Wyoming Business Council website and the Community Builders website.


Yellowstone National Park Bicycle Safety Improvements

Location: Yellowstone National Park

Project Partners: Wyoming Pathways, Adventure Cycling

Project Description: Seek to improve safety and comfort of people biking in Yellowstone, with education and visitor information to share the road, and long term to improve road cycling safety.

Wyoming Pathways Participation: Regular meetings with Yellowstone leadership to discuss bike safety, advocacy support for federal transportation funding to improve Yellowstone’s roads, research into latest share the road programs.

Next Actions: Follow up with Yellowstone for specific actions for bike safety.

More Info: Please check back for updates.


Events:

2015 World Fat Bike Summit

Location: Jackson Hole, WY

Project Partners: IMBA, Mountain Bike the Tetons, Fitzgerald’s Bicycles, Hoback Sports, Teton Mountain Bike Tours

Project Description: Please check back for updates.

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2013 & 2015 Bike Walk Trails Summits

Location: Casper, WY

Project Partners: Platte River Trails, Wyoming Department of Transportation, Wyoming Department of Health, Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources, City of Casper, and AARP

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Health:

Active Living Wyoming

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