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Two separate foot bridges that provide access to popular areas in Grand Teton National Park will be under construction during the next several weeks. Hikers and other park visitors will need to use alternate routes to reach the Exum Mountain Guides offices near Jenny Lake, as well as the Paintbrush Canyon trail from the String Lake parking area.
Trail maintenance workers will completely dismantle and rebuild the foot bridge that crosses Cottonwood Creek at the south end of the Jenny Lake parking area. This bridge provides access to the Exum Mountain Guides facilities. While the bridge is unusable, Exum clients and visitors can reach the offices by using the Lupine Meadows Road, just before the South Jenny Lake junction, or by crossing the foot bridge near the Jenny Lake boat dock, a quarter mile upstream.
Trail maintenance workers will also completely remove and rebuild the foot bridge at the north end of String Lake near the Leigh Lake outlet. This bridge provides access to the westshore campsites along Leigh Lake and the most direct approach to Paintbrush Canyon. Day hikers and backcountry campers must use the trail around the south end of String Lake to reach the mouth of Paintbrush Canyon. In addition, hikers will not be able to make the 3.3 mile loop around String Lake due to the bridge work.
These temporary detours will be in effect from Tuesday, September 18 for the remainder of the hiking season. The bridge replacements should be completed and open for public use again by June 1, 2013.