Trail Talk: A look into Grand Teton’s Youth Conservation Program – Week Four

This week, the YCP crew continued fine tuning their skills at Two Ocean Lake. All of the saddle notches for the larger bridge have been scribed, a tedious technique involving a fragile tool, lots of leveling, and a ton of patience. The crew also hauled mass amounts of crush and fill for the check steps and performed general brushing maintenance in the area.

Working on bridge

A YCP crew member works on a new bridge at Two Ocean Lake. Photo by Elizabeth Koutrelakos.

The team spent Wednesday digging drains in the rain by Hermitage Point, and were rewarded with clouds parting to spectacular mountain views.

Hermitage Point

Incredible views on the Hermitage Point trail. Photo by Elizabeth Koutrelakos.

On Thursday, the crew brushed and dug drains along Jenny Lake and Inspiration Point. They also received an educational lesson from the Grand Teton Trail Crew on the ins and outs of building rock steps. All in all, this was a fun week of manual labor, variety, and learning!


Taking a break from digging drains along the Inspiration Point trail. Thanks to Mountain Khakis, Marmot, Lee’s Tees, TechMesh, and Skinny Skis for providing the crew with some awesome uniforms. Photo by Elizabeth Koutrelakos.

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