The Low Pass Trail connects the existing South Jack Creek Trail (#317) with the Spanish Creek Trail (#316) will be open to the public. The 2.5 mile long trail passes through the Jack Creek Preserve. The JCPF has already constructed the trail with the assistance of a grant from Northwestern Energy. This interpretive nature trail has future plans to include signs that will identify area flora and fauna as well as educate public about conservation issues.
“The Low Pass Trail will provide a nice connection between the Jack Creek and Spanish Peak trails, valuable training opportunities for field crews, and great scenic and educational opportunities for recreationists,” commented Madison District Ranger Dale Olson.
Jon Fossel, Co-Founder of the Jack Creek Preserve Foundation said, “The mission of the JCPF is conservation and education. The Low Pass Trail will give its users an opportunity to learn about and enjoy nature while hiking and riding through some truly beautiful wildlife habitat.”
The USFS will maintain the trail annually as needed and publicize its existence on maps and other venues. The JCPF will maintain the informational kiosks at each end of the trail and the informational signposts along the trail.
The JCPF and the USFS have agreed to certain regulations and restrictions governing use of this new trail which includes:
Use of the trail will be limited to foot and horseback traffic only.
Hunting, overnight Camping and fires will not be allowed.
The trail may be closed at certain times of the year i.e. during hunting season.
Possession of weapons of any kind (except bear spray) is prohibited.