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8.4 miles

Flagstaff Road

Togwotee Pass

Fee: $0.00 - donations appreciated

Access:

Drive north from Jackson on Hwy 89N to Moran Junction. Continue east on Hwy 26/ 287 East for 16 miles up Togwotee Pass. Drive past Togwotee Mountain Lodge (on left (north)) for 1 mile. Park on the right (south) side of the highway. Allow approx 1 hour drive time.

Description:

Flagstaff Road is a Bridger Teton US Forest Service snow-covered dirt road set high on the west side of Togwotee Pass. Thanks to its high elevation at 8,800 feet, Flagstaff road receives early snowfall and colder temps, and offers early season cross country skiing and fat biking.

Flagstaff Road is the upper section of the CD Trail (Continental Divide), and is skied as an out-and-back. The road does continue further west and eventually passes Lily Lake and returns to Hwy 287 next to the USFS Blackrock Ranger station at a lower elevation.

The trail is groomed for snowmobile use from mid -late December to March snow dependent, leaving a packed track surface. Best skied on classic cross country or BC Nordic skis, or ridden on a fat bike. We suggest to avoid it on weekends and holidays due to popular snowmobile use. Only in special early season ski training does this trail get groomed with Nordic tracks, so do not plan on this.

From the parking lot, head down a slight downhill to the east to a bridge which crosses the creek. The trail then curves south, then west, and climbs progressively into mixed forest and open groves. The trail continues west through undulating terrain. A few miles out, a distance view of the Grand Teton emerges. Continue out as far as you have time for, then return via the same route.

Flagstaff Road is a fun early season trail, good for getting in shape and getting back on skis and fat bikes while waiting for more valley trails to open. N.B. There are no services at the trail head.

Remember to Recreate Responsibly -Plan and prepare; Leave No Trace, Respect wildlife;
Consider donating to Friends of Bridger Teton to support our local national forests recreation- BTFriends.org

Elevation gain: 87m