Josie’s closing Thursday morning for repair

JACKSON, WY — The Josie’s Ridge trail in the Bridger-Teton National Forest will be temporarily closed from 9 a.m. until noon on Thursday, June 13 to facilitate a major repair of the trail.

During this period, a helicopter will be air-lifting rocks to various drop points along the trail. To ensure public safety, the area must be temporarily closed. Personnel will be stationed at key locations to inform people about the closure and suggest alternatives. Other trails on the west face of Snow King Mountain will be open as will trails in the Cache Creek and Game Creek drainages.

Hikers and bikers seeking quiet may wish to avoid the area entirely. Once the rocks are secured at the drop points, the Josie’s Ridge trail will re-open. The trail repair project will involve installing rock steps in key locations throughout the trail to prevent erosion and improve the footing. The steep, “staircase” character of this popular trail will remain. No change in use is proposed, so the upper portion (above the sink or swim trail) will remain a shared-use trail while the lower portion will continue to be managed for hiking use only.

Josie’s will still be a steep, “staircase-style” trail. BTNF just has to do some trail renovations to keep it safe. (Photo: U.S. Forest Service)

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