Wednesday, June 23, 2010

CAMBA’s Monthly Trail Building…Have some fun digging dirt!

Come help complete the Sugarbush connection to Makwa this weekend!

WHEN: Saturday, June 26 starting at 9am

WHERE: We will be meeting a couple of miles east of Mosquito Brook Rd on Phipps and walking (driving if you have 4-wheel drive) to intersection where Makwa and Sugarbush cross.

DIRECTIONS:Take Phipps Firelane east from Mosquito Brook Rd to a logging road between H4 and H5 on the Hayward cluster map. H4 is the intersection of Whitetail Trail and Phipps Firelane. H5 is the intersection of Loop Descente and Phipps Firelane. Suggest driving Mosquito Brook Rd to Phipps Firelane, then going east on the Firelane, unless you are coming from the east, in which case you would use Gravel Pit Rd off highway 77. Logging road will be marked with a CAMBA sign and some flagging tape. Logging road leads to the work site on the south side of Phipps Firelane. If you have 4wd, you can drive the forest road almost to the site. If not, it's a short walk from the Firelane.

QUESTIONS: Contact Darren Winchester

Thursday, June 17, 2010


$2,000 Challenge Remaining to be Raised

Please help CAMBA its singletrack trail building initiative by making a donation to the “Save the Trails” fund facilitated by the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival. When you do, Trek Bicycles will match your donation.

The Save the Trails fund is a program that allows mountain bikers to make donations to be directed to support CAMBA’s trail development efforts. Trek has generously agreed to match up to $10,000 of these donations. To date this year $8,000 has been received. That leaves $2,000 to be raised in order to qualify for the full matching donation from Trek.

Make a Donation Online

You can help CAMBA reach this goal by making a generous donation to the Save the Trails fund. To do so please send a check payable to Save the Trails and mail it to Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, P.O. Box 267, Cable, WI 54821.

As you may know, CAMBA has been building an extensive network of singletrack trails in northern Sawyer and southern Bayfield Counties. In just the last four years close to 50 miles of new trails have been constructed. This is an ambitious and expensive proposition, however, costing $3,500 to $4,500 per mile!

Your assistance is greatly needed and greatly appreciated. Thank you for helping us make the Chequamegon Area one of the best places to ride a fat tire bike in the country.

Feel free to forward this appeal to all of your mountain biking friends, business associates and others who you feel might support this effort.


Friday, June 4, 2010

Festival of the Trails Update - Friday, June 4

The second annual Festival of the Trails is upon us. We have about 100 pre-registered and expect to reach 150 to 175 total participants.

Online registration is now closed. You may register on-site today, Friday, at Hatchery Creek Park beginning at noon. Late registration/pick-up will be Saturday morning at Mosquito Brook Trailhead beginning at 9:00.

The weather forecast calls for rain today tapering off into the afternoon.

The remainder of the weekend calls for 30% chances of showers - NO BIG DEAL!

We do not expect any major changes in the Festival agenda at this time. All of CAMBA's singletrack trails are designed to IMBA standards and drain very well. We do not expect the rain to have any impact on the trails, especially considering how dry conditions have been and how quickly recent rainfall has drained. We will monitor the situation should we receive a substantial amount of rain.

Have fun at the Festival of the Trails.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

CAMBA Festival of the Trails Set to “T” Off - National Trails Day and Appearance by Gary Fisher to Highlight Weekend

The second annual Festival of the Trails will kick of on Friday, June 4 and run through Sunday, June 6. Presented by the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA), the event will showcase the outstanding singletrack mountain bike trails in the Cable-Hayward Area of rural northwest Wisconsin.

“The event is intended to give riders a chance to explore the mile and miles of singletrack trails we have developed in the area over the past 10 years,” explains CAMBA executive director Ron Bergin. “We now have over 65 miles of pure singletrack trails and have plans to bring that up to over 100 miles over the next five years,” Bergin adds.

The Festival of the Trails is an ideal way to get to know the CAMBA singletrack trails, as well as some of the 200-plus additional miles of marked and mapped off-road bike trails that comprise the entire CAMBA trail system.

Fun is the word of the day, however, with a multitude of trail-based events that encourage riders to ride as many different trails as possible over the course of the three-day weekend. And the letter “T” features prominently in all of the Festival’s events:

Tour de Trails – a series of self-guided tours on seven different singletrack trails. Riders punch their Tally de Trails card midway through to record each ride. For each punch they get a ticket for random drawings at the conclusion of the event.

Taste de Trails – a rolling food fest over a 12 mile route where riders get to sample specialty foods from five area restaurants: Brick House CafĂ©, Mooselips Java Joint, Lakewoods Resort, Rivers Eatery and the Rookery Pub.

Teach de Trails – a series of educational events covering riding skills, trailside bike repair, building sustainable trails and an introduction to geocaching.

Test de Trails – an obstacle course where riders navigate tight turns, logs ramps, and other challenges without having to stop or put a foot down.

Twi-Night de Trails – a kick-off night ride held on Friday night.

Riders also receive a Tally de Trails punch for all additional events in which they participate, increasing their odds in the grand finale swag drawing. With 10 punches, they receive a five-ticket bonus.

Social events are a big part of the festival as well, with a Meet & Greet held on Friday, a mountain bike video fest on Saturday night and a grill-out party on Sunday afternoon. The Fest concludes with the huge swag drawing with over $10,000 in merchandise prizes to be given away.

A sure to be highlight of the 2010 Festival is an appearance by mountain biking legend Gary Fisher. Fisher has been credited with helping create the sport of mountain biking in the early ‘80s in Marin County, California. He has gone on to develop a line of mountain bikes and recently road bikes, which are produced in conjunction with Wisconsin-based Trek Bicycles.

This year’s Festival of the Trails also coincides with National Trails Day held this year on Saturday, June 5. National Trails Day annually celebrates the importance of trails across the country. Sponsored by the American Hiking Society, the day sees a wide variety of trail-based events, from trail openings and dedications to trail work to festivals and special events.

On-site registration for the CAMBA Festival of the Trails begins on Friday at noon at Hatchery Creek Park in Hayward. Many of the Festival’s events and activities are based at the park with other events held at other CAMBA trailheads. Mail-in registration is closed, but online registration at will remain open until Thursday, June 3.

For more information about the second annual Festival of the Trails, contact CAMBA at (715)798-3599 or or visit