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Temporary closures throughout the south Jenny Lake area are lifted effective today, May 14, 2014. The brief closures were implemented for public safety while a helicopter transported heavy material to trail locations on the west side of Jenny Lake. Staging of this material for a major trail construction project was completed in just two days, allowing for the area to reopen for public access.
The transport of rocks and other material via helicopter is part of the Jenny Lake Renewal project: an initiative to provide for a safe, environmentally sensitive and enhanced visitor experience in the Jenny Lake area of Grand Teton National Park. Work on the trail system from the west shore of Jenny Lake to Hidden Falls will be underway all summer. The horse trail from the shore of Jenny Lake to the Cascade Canyon trail junction will also be closed. Detour routes will be well marked for visitors wishing to reach Hidden Falls, Inspiration Point or Cascade Canyon during the hiking season.
Grand Teton National Park Foundation, the park's primary fundraising partner, will help finance this important project through their Inspiring Journeys campaign. The Foundation's signature initiative to raise funds for the renewal of the highly visited Jenny Lake area will also help highlight the National Park Service's 2016 centennial milestone. For information about the Foundation or their Inspiring Journeys campaign, go to www.gtnpf.org or call Leslie Mattson at 307.732.0629.