Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Trail Restoration Between Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point Near Completion

Below is a short video from the Grand Teton National Park Foundation that announces the near completion of the trail restoration project between Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point in Grand Teton National Park. According to the Foundation website, crews have built over 1,300 square feet of stone masonry dry-stacked walls, 628 lineal feet of single tier wall, and 224 steps along this stretch of trail that was originally built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

According to GTNPF spokesperson, Maddy Jacobson, there's still a little bit more work that has to be completed on this section of trail, however, pending winter and spring snowfall amounts, the trail should be open to hikers by late June 2016.

During the 2016 season, backcountry construction efforts will focus on restoration of the trail on the south side of Cascade Creek that leads to Hidden Falls, the Hidden Falls viewing area, as well as improvements to the west boat dock area. At this point the park is still finalizing plans with regards to closures, as well as possible ideas for alternative viewpoints. Hikers will continue to have access to the popular hike into Cascade Canyon from the west boat dock next year.

The on-going rehabilitation and construction work is part of the Jenny Lake Renewal project. The project is funded through a public-private partnership initiative with the Grand Teton National Park Foundation.


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