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4.4 miles

Von Gontard (aka Melody Ranch) Pathway - Plowed trail


Fee: $0.00


To access the Von Gontard Pathway, drive south from Jackson on Hwy 89 for approximately 4 miles to South Park Loop. Turn right, then take another right after 100 yards into the parking area. The trailhead is located on the east side of the parking area.


The Von Gontard Pathway is a plowed trail with no grooming, suitable for various activities such as fat biking, dog walking, and running. The trail covers rolling terrain for a total distance of 4 miles (2 miles one way) on the paved bike trail from Melody Ranch to the Game Creek road turnoff. The pathway offers scenic views overlooking South Park, Munger Mountain, Snake River Range, and the southern Tetons, including Mt Glory and Rendezvous Peak on the return journey. The trail features just enough ups and downs to keep the experience interesting. Wildlife, including elk, coyote, and trumpeter swans, can often be observed across South Park.

Parking: Parking is available at the trailhead.

Skiing Experience: The Von Gontard Pathway is not groomed but is suitable for fat biking, making it a fun winter trail. It is also accessible for dog walkers and runners.

Winter Grooming: The Von Gontard Pathway is a plowed trail with no grooming. It remains accessible during much of the winter season.

Dog Owners: The trail is suitable for dog walking, and owners are encouraged to keep their dogs under control and follow leash requirements.

Fat Bikers: The trail is particularly enjoyable for fat biking during the winter season.

Elevation gain: 51m