Trail Talk: Behind the scenes with Grand Teton National Park’s Youth Conservation Program – Week 3

Beautiful views as the crew works their way down Granite Canyon from the tram.

YCP’s third week was a great success. The crew had Wednesday off to celebrate the holiday but, despite the short week, they still accomplished a lot!

YCP began relocating the trail on the “slippery slope” at the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve, solving a long-standing problem of a short, steep, muddy section by installing a well-graded trail.

The crew also cleaned drainage features on the Valley Trail and in Granite Canyon, which YCP accessed via a ride on Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s famous aerial tram. Constant maintenance of the more than 2,000 drains along the trails in the Tetons is arguably the most important aspect of trail work as it prevents erosion and keeps the trails in safe and enjoyable condition.

YCP crew members building a new trail from scratch in the “slippery slope” area of the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve.

The tram ride and high country splendor were a reward for the YCP crew the day before the weekend. However, it was not an easily earned reward as the group had to make time hiking out of the canyon, covering 8 miles in less than 3 hours.

This motivated group of teens continues to impress the YCP leaders with their great attitudes and willingness to work hard. We look forward to seeing what the crew accomplishes next week!

“We’re in trail shape now,” – YCP crew member.

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