Old Pass Road

Crews work to repave a section of Old Pass Road in 2015.

Teton Pass mountain bikers, watch out for heavy equipment.

On Friday, the Bridger-Teton National Forest is starting the second phase of a repaving project on Old Pass Road. That initial work is not expected to get in the way of recreationists.

From Monday to Wednesday, heavy equipment and trucks will be on the lower section of the road between Crater Lake and the Trail Creek trailhead doing work that will affect people recreating in the area.

Bikers will have to walk around work areas and fresh asphalt as they come off the Fuzzy Bunny and Jimmy’s Mom trails. The forest is asking walkers and hikers to find alternate trails until the work is completed, which is expected to be sometime Wednesday.

The pathway is 108 years old. It was once the route over Teton Pass before Highway 22 was constructed and is now a paved path that sees an estimated 175 people walking or biking it in the summer.

The work last fall repaved the upper section of the road, from the top of the pass to Crater Lake, and this summer’s work should finish the job. Volunteers will be on-site to direct people away from workers and equipment.

The project is a public-private partnership between Team Jackson Hole, Teton County, Friends of Pathways and the national forest, supported by donations from individuals and entities in the community. For information visit FS.USDA.gov/btnf.

Contact Managing Editor Rebecca Huntington at 732-7078 or rebecca@jhnewsandguide.com.

Managing Editor Rebecca Huntington has worked for newspapers across the West. She hosts a rescue podcast, The Fine Line. Her family minivan doubles as her not-so-high-tech recording studio.

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