Grand Teton closes Jenny Lake trails during construction

Starting Monday, October 27, a temporary  area closure will be in effect for several trails within the Jenny Lake area of Grand Teton National Park. Park officials say the temporary public closures are necessary to ensure public safety during construction activities involving helicopter-assisted transport of heavy material to trail locations on the west side of Jenny Lake. The public closure will last from October 27 through October 30, and possibly longer, according to a statement released by the park’s public affairs office.

For safety during the staging of several loads of construction materials, trails leading from the Jenny Lake boat launch area to Hidden Falls, Inspiration Point, and the Moose Ponds trailhead will be closed to all public access. Signs will be posted throughout this closure area, and park staff will be positioned to provide suggestions for alternate routes/detours for anyone visiting this area of the park.

Areas not affected by this temporary public closure include: the Teton Park Road; Jenny Lake scenic loop road; access to Cascade Canyon via the Horse Trail; access to Jenny Lake via the String Lake parking lot and trailhead; and access to the Lupine Meadows parking lot and trailheads.

This slight and temporary inconvenience will be short-term in nature. Park managers appreciate the public’s cooperation in observing all posted closure notices in the Jenny Lake area.

This transport of rocks and other construction materials via helicopter is part of the Jenny Lake Renewal project. Work on the backcountry trail system from the west shore of Jenny Lake to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point will continue during the summer of 2015. Detour routes will be well marked for visitors wishing to reach Hidden Falls or Cascade Canyon during the 2015 hiking season.

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