The Dirt on Contour: 2015 Outdoor Guide
Jackson and its surrounding wilderness is a celebrated destination among mountain fans worldwide. Featuring towering granite peaks, abundant roaring rivers, glassy lakes, miles of rolling single track and a dense wildlife population there’s a perfect adventure for everyone. When not enjoying Contour’s diverse line-up of music and art or Jackson’s shopping and dining offerings we highly recommend exploring our valley. Here’s some insider recommendations to safely make the most of your festival weekend.
Explore: Hike. Trail Run. Climb. Scramble. Backpack. View Wildlife.
The trail-head approach in Jackson is simple with the Gross-Ventre Range and Grand Teton National Park minutes away from the heart of town square. A variety of local hikes range from quick and easy, to extensive and difficult. Popular wildlife viewing areas are abundant and located just out of town. For more information stop by the Bridger Teton National Forest Visitor Information Center located just North of Town Square at 532 N. Cache St.
A quick view of town and the the festival –There’s many buttes and hills offering an elevated look of town within an hour’s effort. The Josie’s Ridge trailhead starts a mile from the festival ground and offers a steep two mile climb to uninterrupted town and Teton views at the top.
30 Minute Bouldering Session – Climbers rejoice! Snow King has an outdoor bouldering wall right next to the festival grounds. Bring your shoes, chalk and the rest is up to you.
Make it a Morning – Located just north of town in the Gross Ventre wilderness, Jackson Peak is a seven mile hike that boasts a stunning view of Grand Teton National Park. Make sure to get up early, bring plenty of water, bear spray and layers for this one.
Come Early, Stay Late – Grand Teton National Park located just north of town hosts some of the steepest and most beautiful hiking in the world. Hikes in the park range from quick to multi day that require technical climbing gear.
Learn about the Wildlife – If you’re interested in wildlife make sure to stop by the National Wildlife Museum and see for yourself what all the Teton hype is about.
Get an Adrenaline Rush – Take to the sky for an aerial adventure at the new Teton Adventure Park. Located right at Snow King the park features a series of tree-to-tree aerial challenges like wobbly bridges, climbing walls, zip lines, suspended bridges and even an aerial surfboard that progress in difficulty as users navigate the pines.
The Dirt On Contour Dirt:
Mountain Bike. Demos. Group Rides. Trail Information.
Contour is proud to present Contour Dirt, your festival mountain bike headquarters for bike demos, group rides and trail information. The Tetons and surrounding mountain ranges arguably host some of the best mountain biking in the world. From buffed out cross-country trails, technical rock gardens, to kickers and drops, Jackson has everything a rider could imagine pedaling two wheels at. Contour wants to help riders of all abilities make the most of their time in the Tetons so we’ve teamed up with Mountain Bike the Tetons, Rocky Mountain Bicycles, Hoff’s Bikesmith and The Hub Bicycles to bring you group rides, trail information and demos at the festival. Located at the corner of Snow King Ave and King St.
A Quick Lap – Located just North of the festival Cache Creek hosts an abundance of single track loops and networks. For shorter less challenging loops stick to Hagen or Putt-putt. For longer loops check out Hagen to Ferrins or Cache to Game Creek.
Make it a morning – Just 15 minutes West of town lies Teton Pass, home to an extensive trail system. Trails range from rocky ridge line, to alpine, to buffed out downhill requiring big airs. It’s best to bring two cars and set a shuttle on Teton Pass. The Philips Ridge trail is a standout for all mountain riding, but plan for a few hour ride and get good directions from one of the local bike shops.
Come early, Stay Late – Many other trail systems populate the Tetons and surrounding ranges. If you have a few days check out Horseshoe Canyon in Idaho or Shadow Canyon.
Get on the Water:
Raft. Tube. Kayak. Fish. Stand-Up-Paddle Board.
There’s many rivers, streams and lakes surrounding town. From class five rapids, glassy alpine lakes, to shady holes bustling with fish, the valley has it all. Various rental shops and guide outfitters are located around town to fulfill your needs. Permits and licenses are required for fishing and operating all non-rented watercraft. Temporary permits are available for purchase at local outfitters and the Bridger-Teton National Forest Visitor Information Center.
A quick dip – Head west out of town and take a quick in the Snake River. There’s also great access to fishing holes here. Head north out of town and stand up paddle board, canoe or swim in one of Grand Teton National Park’s beautiful alpine lakes.
Make it a morning – Various whitewater rafting, scenic float and fishing guide outfitters located around Jackson are primed and ready to guide you on a unique river experience. Check out this list for more information.
Come Early, Stay Late – Various whitewater and fishing outfitters offer multi-day river trips for those looking for a bigger adventure. A lifetime of high alpine lakes, creeks and rivers populate the Teton region yielding endless kaking, rafting, stand up paddle boarding opportunities.
Please Keep in Mind…
Respect the Wilderness- Stay on the trail. Yield to all fire and trail restrictions.
Respect Other- Bikes and humans yield to horses. Bikes yield to humans. Uphill travelers have the right-of-way.
Respect Wildlife- Don’t feed the wildlife. Store food in appropriate food storage containers. Always bring bear spray. Never hike alone. Admire wildlife from a distance.
Know before you go – Have a route plan. Bring proper gear and nutrition. Make sure you can get up and down routes safely. Avoid river hazards. Watch the weather. Ask questions.
We are not guides- We are happy to share this information but Contour cannot be responsible for any activities you choose to take part in. Choose wisely and make good decisions!
Have fun and enjoy your adventure!
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