Trail Talk: Behind the scenes with Grand Teton National Park’s Youth Conservation Program – Week 4

This week, the YCP completed the slippery slope relocation at the LSR! The crew finished approximately 400 feet of new bench-cut trail, and installed a causeway at a low spot nearby which conveniently took all of the dirt excavated fill from the trail construction. This new trail layout will be a substantial improvement to the old layout which had earned its notorious “slippery slope” moniker.

YCP crew member, Belle, worked one-on-one installing a causeway with current NPS trail crew member and YCP alumni, Erin. Mentorship is a critical element of the Youth Conservation Program.

In addition to honing their new skills at trail construction, YCP members this week learned about the work of the Jenny Lake Rangers at “Ranger Day”. The rangers teach the crew about climbing techniques, mechanical advantage, and transporting a patient in the backcountry. The rangers and Teton Interagency Helitack make this event remarkable year after year through their kindness and willingness to talk to and teach our crew. They also cook up a burger lunch!

Ranger Day is always a favorite among YCP members and Jenny Lake Climbing Rangers alike. Thank you to the Jenny Lakers Rangers and Teton Helitack!

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