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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 involved in.  For prior years’ projects, please check out our Pathways Projects Archive page.  For a more in-depth analysis of each project, where available, please view the project page by clicking the link under “More Info”.


Current and Ongoing Projects:

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Featured Projects:

Thermopolis Trail Plan

Location: Thermopolis, WY

Project Partners: Bureau of Land Management, Hot City Outdoor Alliance, Town of Thermopolis

Project Description: The success of the recently developed multi-use trails in Hot Springs State Park demonstrated to Town of Thermopolis officials, business leaders and community members the positive impact on the economy and quality of life that a well-planned and professionally-built trail system can have.  The goal of the project is to create a Thermopolis Community Trail Plan that evaluates and meets the needs of Thermopolis residents for year-round close to home recreational trail systems, and which provides visitors with added outdoor recreation opportunities.

Wyoming Pathways Participation: Wyoming Pathways is partnering with the Bureau of Land Management, the Hot City Outdoor Alliance and the Town of Thermopolis to develop a vision for the future of soft surface trail development in and around Thermopolis.

Next Actions: The project will begin this summer and will include opportunities for the public to provide input during the planning process. The partners have retained trail consultant Todd Thibodeau to develop the Thermopolis Community Trail Plan. Todd Thibodeau also managed the 2019 development of the well-received new T-Hill Trail in Hot Springs State Park, and he brings a wealth of trail planning experience along with local area knowledge to the project..

More Info: Thermopolis Trail Plan page.


Pole Mountain Trail Project – 2020

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 in Phase 3 of the Pole Mountain Trail Project continuing to work with partners to address the backlog of much needed trail maintenance to the system trails at Pole Mountain. 

Wyoming Pathways Participation: Wyoming Pathways has secured another $50,000 Wyoming Recreational Trails Program Grant that will be used to bring in additional professional trail building resources and to once again hire Wyoming Conservation Corps crews to perform trail maintenance at Pole Mountain in the summer of 2020.

Next Actions: The 2020 edition of the Pole Mountain Trail Project will commence in the Summer of 2020, with a professional trail builder and crews completing the 2019 work on the Aspen Trail and commencing work in a re-route of the Haunted Forest Trail.  Once again, multiple community trail work days will be also be planned to involve the community in the process, in cooperation with our good partners in the area, Laramie trail advocacy group, Common Outdoor Ground (COG).

More Info: Pole Mountain Trail Project 2020 page.


Continental Divide Trail Project

Location: Togwotee Pass, WY

Project Partners: Wyoming Pathways and the Shoshone National Forest.

Project Description: The Shoshone National Forest invited Wyoming Pathways to assist in a new project to construct a missing section of the iconic 3100-mile Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) that connects from Canada to Mexico. The new piece is near Brooks Lake, with access off Togwotee Pass US-26.

Wyoming Pathways Role: Provide trail development expertise, hire a professional trail building firm, provide project management, and act as partner liaison.

Status: Ongoing.  Project was cut short in 2019 due to inclement weather.  We will continue the project in 2020.

Next Actions: Manage professional trail builder throughout the remainder of the construction process.

More Info: Continental Divide Trail 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:

Thermopolis Trail Plan

Location: Thermopolis, WY

Project Partners: Bureau of Land Management, Hot City Outdoor Alliance, Town of Thermopolis

Project Description: The success of the recently developed multi-use trails in Hot Springs State Park demonstrated to Town of Thermopolis officials, business leaders and community members the positive impact on the economy and quality of life that a well-planned and professionally-built trail system can have.  The goal of the project is to create a Thermopolis Community Trail Plan that evaluates and meets the needs of Thermopolis residents for year-round close to home recreational trail systems, and which provides visitors with added outdoor recreation opportunities.

Wyoming Pathways Participation: Wyoming Pathways is partnering with the Bureau of Land Management, the Hot City Outdoor Alliance and the Town of Thermopolis to develop a vision for the future of soft surface trail development in and around Thermopolis.

Next Actions: The project will begin this summer and will include opportunities for the public to provide input during the planning process. The partners have retained trail consultant Todd Thibodeau to develop the Thermopolis Community Trail Plan. Todd Thibodeau also managed the 2019 development of the well-received new T-Hill Trail in Hot Springs State Park, and he brings a wealth of trail planning experience along with local area knowledge to the project..

More Info: Thermopolis Trail Plan page.


Pole Mountain Trail Project – 2020

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 in Phase 3 of the Pole Mountain Trail Project continuing to work with partners to address the backlog of much needed trail maintenance to the system trails at Pole Mountain. 

Wyoming Pathways Participation: Wyoming Pathways has secured another $50,000 Wyoming Recreational Trails Program Grant that will be used to bring in additional professional trail building resources and to once again hire Wyoming Conservation Corps crews to perform trail maintenance at Pole Mountain in the summer of 2020.

Next Actions: The 2020 edition of the Pole Mountain Trail Project will commence in the Summer of 2020, with a professional trail builder and crews completing the 2019 work on the Aspen Trail and commencing work in a re-route of the Haunted Forest Trail.  Once again, multiple community trail work days will be also be planned to involve the community in the process, in cooperation with our good partners in the area, Laramie trail advocacy group, Common Outdoor Ground (COG).

More Info: Pole Mountain Trail Project 2020 page.


Continental Divide Trail Project

Location: Togwotee Pass, WY

Project Partners: Wyoming Pathways and the Shoshone National Forest.

Project Description: The Shoshone National Forest invited Wyoming Pathways to assist in a new project to construct a missing section of the iconic 3100-mile Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) that connects from Canada to Mexico. The new piece is near Brooks Lake, with access off Togwotee Pass US-26.

Wyoming Pathways Role: Provide trail development expertise, hire a professional trail building firm, provide project management, and act as partner liaison.

Status: Ongoing.  Project was cut short in 2019 due to inclement weather.  We will continue the project in 2020.

Next Actions: Manage professional trail builder throughout the remainder of the construction process.

More Info: Continental Divide Trail Project



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

Project Partners: Please check back for project details

Project Description: Please check back for project details

Wyoming Pathways Participation: Please check back for project details

More Info: Please check back for updates.



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:

2021 Wyoming Active Transportation Bike Walk Trails Summit

Location: Casper, WY, Jackson, WY

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

Project Description: Please check back for updates.

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Health:

Active Living Wyoming

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