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090319/090719 Update:

Today is the final day of the 2019 Pole Mountain trail project. We don’t have the totals yet, but we were able to repair and reroute a substantial portion of the Aspen Trail. Initial feedback has been good, so if you happen to be in the Laramie area today and want to check it out, we would appreciate your feedback.  If you like what you see, please also be sure to thank the Laramie Ranger District and encourage them to support future trail projects at Pole Mountain.  We hope to have photos of the work that was done soon.
 
There’s a lot left to be done. And if you happen to see the crew out on the trail, please thank them for their hard work. We also want to thank the National Forest Foundation, whose grant made the Project possible. That grant, combined with matching funds from the Laramie BikeNet, Cycle Wyoming, Laramie Racing, the USFS, Wyoming Pathways and numerous community members, allowed us to keep improving Pole Mountain for all trail users.  We can’t thank everyone enough for the support, but we are still short of our fundraising goal, so if you can help with a donation to the project, we would be commensurately grateful to you as well. You can make an online donation via the form below, so please 

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Here are photos of some of the completed work on Aspen Trail taken on September 7th, 2019.  It is a whole lot of fun and flowy singletrack.  Feedback from all trail users that day was universally positive, so we need to keep this project going into 2020.

 


081219 Update:
Wyoming Pathways Executive Director Tim Young visited the worksite today and caught the America Conservation Experience (ACE) crew wrapping-up the last day of their 8-day hitch.  Project progress slowed a bit as the crews encountered very rocky conditions, but that made for some nice sections of rerouted trail around the rocky features.  You can see photos below.  Although the ACE crews are done for this project, Pathfinder Trail Builders is still on the job and look to finish as much of the 9,000+ lineal feet of trail reroutes that were proposed for the 2019 project.  Check back to keep up with the latest on the Pole Mountain Trail Project 2019 and please consider making a donation to the project via the form below.  We are still seeking matching funds for the National Forest Foundation Grant.  That means that your donations are doubled and all that money goes directly to support the trails.


080519 Update:
The 2019 edition of the Pole Mountain Trail Project has started work on the Aspen Trail and we have the first pictures of the really sweet looking rerouted/repaired trail.

We want to thank everyone who helped this project come to fruition, including the financial support from the National Forest Foundation, the USFS Laramie Ranger District, BikeNet, Laramie Racing and many individual donors. We are still seeking matching funds donations for the NFF grant, so your donation will effectively double and allow us to do even more work on the trails at Pole Mountain. Please consider making a donation now: https://www.wyopath.org/…/path…/pole-mountain-trail-project/

We also want to thank volunteers that helped with the layout and planning, the American Conservation Experience crew and Adam Buck and Pathfinder Trail Building for making some fun and sustainable trails.

There will be an opportunity to help out with a volunteer trail day to rehab the old trail sections on Wyoming Public Lands Day, September 28th. We will post signup information in the next couple of weeks.


Big News!  The Pole Mountain Trail Project just won another national award from the Coalition for Recreational Trails!  You can read about it here.


2019 planned reroutes on Aspen Trail

Click image to view the 2019 planned Pole Mountain trail reroute detail.

As we move into the trail building season, the 2019 Pole Mountain Trail Project is set to move forward with additional reroute work planned for the Aspen Trail. Wyoming Pathways, in partnership with the Laramie Ranger District, has been awarded a $25,000 National Forest Foundation grant that calls for a 50/50 match. The grant and match will pay for a professional trail builder to work this summer on the Aspen Trail improvements at Pole Mountain. If you would like to support that effort, please consider making a donation to our Pole Mountain Trail Project 2019 fund by using our online donation form.

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By making a donation to the grant matching fund, you will be helping Wyoming Pathways and project partners to invest a total of $80,000 of improvements to to the Pole Mountain trail system this year. Combined work since 2016, Wyoming Pathways will have completed over $300,000 in trail improvements at Pole Mountain. We can’t do this without the help of our partners and the community and without the financial support from donors like you. Thanks for supporting Pole Mountain Trails!

To view information about the 2016 Trail Charrette, 2017 Trail Maintenance, and 2018 Headquarters/Middle Aspen Project, please check out our archive pages:

2016 Pole Mountain Trail Charrette

Pole Mountain Trail Project 2017 Archive

Pole Mountain Trail Project 2018 Archive

 

Attendees exchanging ideas at the Pole Mountain Trail Charrette.

Wyoming Pathways Chairman, Bruce Burrows, reviews damaged trails at Pole Mountian.

Trail day with Laramie community members and the Wyoming Conservation Corps wraps up.

Representatives from the Governor’s Office visit the trail work site.


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