5 Ways to Get Outside and Support the Local Pathways this Holiday Weekend

(Jackson, Wyo.) - This weekend, get outside to celebrate the 4th of July on the pathways and trails of Jackson Hole. As of today, Friends of Pathways is just $3,473 away from meeting their $40,000 goal for the $40,000 match. Here are five ways that you can support Friends of Pathways this weekend: *1. Paths and Trails are free, so get outside! * Free Paths: Friends of Pathways is the non-profit organization and community advocate that brought the Jackson Hole Valley it’s (near) complete pathways system, partnering with government agencies for construction support and ongoing education and encouragement programs. More than 49 miles of pathways have been completed in Teton County with an additional 14 miles in Grand Teton National Park. Free Trails: Friends of Pathways has a formal partnership with the USFS to collaborate on design, construction and stewardship of local trails for all users – hike, bike, horse, and ski. The Skyline Trail slated to be completed Fall 2016 is a great example of current a Friends of Pathways-lead project. *2. Sky's the Limit* Ten years in the making, this July 4th weekend marks the continued build of The Skyline Trail. In conjunction with the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Friends of Pathways will continue their dedicated build of 6.3 miles of new trail from the top of Snow King to connect to the Game Divide. The multi-use trail will provide unmatched access to running, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails with 360-degree valley views of the Tetons and Cache Peak. On Saturday, July 2, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Friends of Pathways is hosting a Skyline Trail Dig Day. Those interested will meet at the base of Snow King to ride the lift to the top OR bike/hike up to Ferrins Saddle. Friends of Pathways will provide coffee, lunch and tools. More information is at *3. Bring the Kids* Friends of Pathways employs a youth trail crew to work side-by-side with Bridger-Teton Trail Crew staff to improve much of Jackson Hole’s vast trail system. While out enjoying the beautifully maintained and highly accessible Jackson Hole trails, keep your eyes peeled for nine (15-18 year old) YTC members now through August 11th. For 9 weeks these kids work Monday- Thursday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm and are most likely found on Josie’s Ridge trail. Also, you can bring the kids to tomorrow's Skyline Dig Day so they can learn to volunteer and love the trails. *4. Fun 4th of July 10K* As far as Jackson Hole Fourth of July’s are considered, the annual 10K in Wilson, sponsored by Skinny Skis and Jackson Whole Grocer, is about as reliable as red, white and blue itself. Register to run the lovely flats of Fish Creek Road from the Old Wilson Schoolhouse bright and early this July 4th. All proceeds from the $30 registration go to Friends of Pathways. *5. $5 Buys a Foot of Trail* If there’s one takeaway for how to best support Friends of Pathways and all of their endeavors on behalf of the betterment of life in Jackson Hole, bear in mind that a simple contribution of $5 buys a foot of The Skyline Trail. If you can’t contribute sweat equity on July 2 Skyline Dig Day, consider making a small donation in thanks for all that FOP brings to this corner of land of the free. *Feature Photo: Skyline Trail. h/t Chris Owen / Friends of Pathways /