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The pathway system in Jackson Hole is expansive, with over 42 miles of pathway in Teton County and an additional 14 within Grand Teton National Park. One of the great outreach initiatives of local non-profit Friends of Pathways is promoting access to this expansive network among multiple user groups. With the upcoming Access August event (see poster and information below) on Sunday, August 3rd, we decided to get out on the pathways and explore some of the incredible ways in which people are use them.

This led me to get out for a fun ride on the Grand Teton National Park pathway network with Nikki Thompson. Nikki is a Jackson native who was born with Spina bifada, a congenital disorder of the spine. As an active person, Nikki rides a hand cycle, which does not require the use of her legs. Nikki is pictured below demonstrating her hand cycle on the pathway near Moose Junction.
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Calling all mountain bikers! This Saturday the Teton Freedom Riders will be hosting a Pass Bash sponsored by Hoback Sports and the Stagecoach Bar & Grill. Free shuttles will be running from 11 AM to 5 PM and delivering riders (all mountain bikers encouraged, whether you want to shuttle DH or XC laps) to all of the trailheads on Teton Pass. Add in happy hour at the Stagecoach Bar & Grill and you have the recipe for an incredible Saturday of mountain biking and camaraderie.

Ride these trails (and more) all day long!

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1) Take a hike

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Jackson has some of the best hiking trails in the country. If you aren’t in the mood to buy a park pass, (after all this is a free guide) try hiking up to Goodwin Lake, or if you’re in the mood to go far, Jackson Peak. You will need a vehicle to get there, but the hike has stunning Teton views, and Goodwin is totally doable for the older kids.
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We are lucky enough to have an incredible mountain bike trail system in Jackson Hole and Teton Valley and there is a long list of organizations and people that have been at the root of it. Mountain Bike the Tetons (MBT) is one such organization, and they are currently in the home stretch of raising money through the 2014 Tin Cup Challenge. Monday July 28th at 5PM is the deadline for donations to be matched, and those who love our trails are encouraged to donate.

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Riding the Candyland trail on Teton Pass

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The Youth Conservation Program is more than a summer job; it’s an action-packed educational opportunity that accomplishes much needed work in one of America’s most popular landscapes while helping participants develop a personal conservation ethic. Each summer in Grand Teton National Park, a group of 16 to 19-year-olds works, earns, and learns during this highly successful ten week program. This past week the crew has been working on the John Moulton Barn.moultan5 Read more »

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While tons of activities are vying for your attention in Jackson Hole, there’s one we can all agree on: eating. So why not combine food – from an array of Jackson world-class chefs no less – with a light bike ride to assuage the guilt? Throw in some inspiring views, some friends, music and artists, and you’d have yourself a fine Sunday afternoon. Wait… what if you threw in a free concert at the trail’s end?
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Jackson Hole glows with abundant wildflowers all summer long. Their showy colors and patterns leave us filled with a joy that cultivated gardens can’t give. It’s like they hold a secret, and inside that secret is your own secret for why they are so lovely. My secret love for wildflowers is because they grow so hard and so fast for such a short, beautiful life.
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This Saturday, July 19th at 10:30am, TVS and JH Sports team up with our friends from Lolë for a free Lolë Meetup yoga session on the Village Commons, with local Lolë ambassador and yogi Niki Sue Mueller. Amanda Botur will play live music to accompany the session. Lolë will also provide mats for the session and giveaway goodie bags for as many participants as possible, and discounts on Lolë apparel will be available at both stores for the day.
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Editor’s Note: The Cache race set for 6/18/14 was cancelled due to wet conditions. The race will now go off on Wednesday, July 16th.

The mountain bike race season is upon us here in Jackson Hole and will kick off with the Cache Creek Mountain Bike Race Wednesday, July 16th. The Cache to Game Mountain Bike Race has been the longest running mountain bike race in Jackson Hole and has been sponsored by Hoback Sports for over 15 years. The course has been updated this year with members of the bike racing community teaming up with Teton County Parks & Recreation and working with the local forest service to reroute the race for more exciting and modern racing. A few years in the making, this new course will feature some of the best local trails in the Jackson including Hagen and Putt Putt. The race will both start and end in town, and will feature an after race party at Mike Yokel Park to which all are invited.

The race starts in town at Mike Yokel Park and heads to the trails from there, starting on the classic Hagen Trail, pictured below.
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