Josie's Ridge

Brent Coombs and Jill Prouty make their way down Josie’s Ridge.

A popular summertime ridgeline hike on the edge of West Jackson will be closed for several hours today, Thursday, June 13, to make space for a rock-slinging helicopter.

The Bridger-Teton National Forest announced Monday that its Josie’s Ridge trail will be off-limits from 9 a.m. to noon due to the presence of the helicopter. The rocks being aerially hauled will be used to stabilize and improve the design of the well-trodden trail.

“The trail repair project will involve installing rock steps in key locations throughout the trail to prevent erosion and improve the footing,” Bridger-Teton officials said in a statement. “The steep, ‘staircase’ character of this popular trail will remain.”

Josie’s Ridge will be reopened once helicopter operation ceases. Other trails on the west and north faces of Snow King Mountain will stay open, though hikers and bikers seeking quiet may wish to avoid the area entirely.

Contact Mike Koshmrl at 732-7067 or

Mike has reported on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem's wildlife, wildlands and the agencies that manage them for 7 years. A native Minnesotan, he arrived in the West to study environmental journalism at the University of Colorado.

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