Thursday, March 22, 2012

Birkie Trails Closed to Bikes Too

Trail Steward for some of the Hayward area trails, Steve Morales, had this experience just the other day. It underscores the need to get the word out there that no matter how nice the weather, the trails are still closed. And that includes the Birkie Trail, Birkie Classic, OO loops,etc.

Steve Morales: "I was at the Hatchery Creek trailhead yesterday and my visit just happened to coincide with the arrival of three Hayward high school students who pulled into the parking lot to go mountain biking. They were really surprised that the single-track trails would be closed since it was such a nice day. Their comment when I informed them was "But we can ride on the Birkie trail, right?"

Please help spread the word and suggest alternate places to ride: gravel town roads and pavement are about all there is at this point.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Trails Opening Dates Clarification

With temperatures in the 70s folks are getting itchy to ride their fat tire bikes. Patience is advised, however, as the trails are not yet ready nor legally open.

Policies vary from area to area within the region and regardless of how warm and dry it might seem, we must comply with the opening dates set forth by the land managers with which we work.

If conditions continue as they have, we may be able to appeal for earlier openings, as we have in the past. But until notified otherwise, please observe the following trail closure/opening dates as set forth by the respective agencies. If you have any questions, please contact CAMBA.

Thanks for your understanding and cooperation. These closures have been established to protect the trails - and that is something we should all support.

Trail Opening Dates in the Chequamegon Area

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
Namakagon, Drummond and Delta Clusters
Opening Date: May 1

Bayfield County Forest
Cable Cluster
Opening date of May 1 is observed.

Sawyer County Forest
Hayward and Seeley Clusters
Opening date: May 15

Please note that signed town roads, gravel or paved, in the CAMBA system are good alternatives if they are sufficiently dry.

Friday, March 16, 2012

CAMBA Ramps up Facebook Presence and Social Media Strategies

CAMBA is ramping up its Facebook presence. Check out our fan page at

Part of the reason, of course, for having a Facebook page is to generate greater awareness of the outstanding mountain bike trails in the Chequamegon area. You can help us by visiting the page and "Liking" CAMBA. Please take a moment to check it out and click Like.

As the season progresses, please feel free to post comments and relevant information on our wall.

CAMBA also has a Twitter feed. If you'd like to follow CAMBA's Twitter posts, check us out at

And, we have a YouTube channel. We're always looking for good videos, so if you have a POV camera, send something our way.

Finally, over the next few weeks keep an eye out for our totally redesigned and revamped website with streamlined navigation, greater content, and integrated social media. Stay tuned...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

CAMBA to Offer Chainsaw Training Class

CAMBA, in conjunction with the US Forest Service, will be offer a chainsaw training and safety class on Saturday, March 24. The class will serve to certify new and re-certify A and B Level sawyers.

Time: 8:30am to 3:00pm. A Level re-certification will only go to noon/1:00pm.

Location: Namakagon Town Hall – intersection of Cty Hwy M and D in Namakagon (10 miles east of Cable).

Chainsaw certification is required for all volunteers using a chainsaw while working on the CAMBA trails on the National Forest (Namakagon, Delta & Drummond Clusters).

The class is highly recommended for all volunteers working on other CAMBA trails.

Participants should bring a lunch, and wear work pants, boots, long sleeve shirt and gloves. Safety equipment will be provided, but if you own them, you may bring your own chaps, helmet, safety glasses and hearing protection as well as personal chainsaw.

This class will be held with another trail group and space will be limited to CAMBA volunteers only

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

CAMBA Festival of the Trails to Move to Memorial Day Weekend

The fourth annual CAMBA Festival of the Trails will take place this year on Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27, 2012. This is a departure from the event’s traditional date, which had been one week later. The change in the date is, in part, an attempt to attract more participants to the Festival. The Festival has seen steady growth since its inception in 2009 and last year attracted 135 riders to the three days of trail-based events. While the Festival’s level of growth has been satisfactory, CAMBA would like to see it expand to up to 200 riders.

Prior to deciding on the change of date, CAMBA discussed the Memorial Day weekend option with both the Cable Area Chamber of Commerce and Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau. Their feedback was supportive. The chamber and VCB thought it was a good idea and would give people an actual event in which to come participate that weekend. Despite being a three-day holiday weekend, it is still generally a quiet time in the area.

The 2012 Festival of the Trails will get underway at noon on Friday and continue through 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, with one additional event that evening. There will be no Festival activities or events on Memorial Day Monday.

CAMBA’s Festival Committee has been meeting for the past several months to develop new events and fine-tune the Festival offerings for this year. CAMBA has worked to add something new or tweak things a little every year to help keep the event fresh and interesting for new and returning participants.

New aspects of the 2012 Festival of the Trails include:

• Guided rides – Several guided rides will be offered in addition to the usual self-guided rides as part of the Festival’s “Tour de Trails,” where riders tour the various CAMBA singletrack trails in the Cable, Hayward, Namakagon and Seeley area. They punch a tally card along the way to gain points toward a huge prize drawing, the Swag Fest, at the conclusion of the event.

• New Friday evening social and Night Ride venues: The Festival’s first social event, a Meet & Greet, will take place this year on the shores of Lake Namakagon at Garmisch Resort. The Friday evening Night Ride will follow the Meet & Greet and depart from the nearby Namakagon Town Hall Trailhead.

• Taste de Trails New Format: In the past the Taste de Trails toured a five to eight mile route where along the way riders could sample specialty foods from several area restaurants. This year all food samples will be available at a single, central location along the designated route. It is planned to have music and a generally festive atmosphere for the riders as they emerge from the woods to a “Food Fest in the Forest.”

• Sunday afternoon Barbecue and Swag-Fest – All Sunday afternoon events will take place this year at the OO Trailhead in Seeley. In the past this event had been held at Hatchery Creek Park in Hayward.

• Camping: A limited number of campsites will be available near the OO Trailhead on Sawyer County Forest land. The County recently adopted a policy permitting camping on the county forest, which has made this possible.

• Pedal Driven – a mountain bike advocacy film will be shown on Sunday evening at 7:00pm at the Park Theater in Hayward.

The 2012 CAMBA Festival of the Trails promises to be another great event and CAMBA is excited to be able to kick off the summer vacation and mountain biking season with a large number of trail riding activities and events. The Festival is both a promotional event to help attract visitors to the Cable-Hayward area and a fund raising event to help support CAMBA’s ongoing singletrack development initiative, which has seen the creation of over 75 miles of singletrack mountain bike trails over the past eight years.

Of course an event of this magnitude would not be possible without the assistance of numerous area businesses and bicycle industry sponsors that have provided support for the event. CAMBA is extremely grateful to this year’s cast of Festival of the Trails sponsors that includes: Platinum Sponsors SRAM and Trek; Gold Sponsors Becker Law Office, Mt. Borah, Bontrager, Famous Dave’s Light & Motion and The Rivers Eatery; Silver Sponsors: Angry Minnow Brewing, Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, Freewheel Bike, Keen Footwear, Maplewood Cycling, New Moon Ski & Bike, OutThere, Riverbrook Bike & Ski, and Trek Bicycle Store; and Bronze Sponsors Cresthill Resort, Fits Socks, Garmisch USA, King Realty, KOA, Outdoor Ventures, Park Tool, Saris, Smith Optics, and TS Events. Taste de Trails sponsors include: Brickhouse CafĂ©, Delta Diner, Lakewoods Resort, Mooselips Java Joint, the Rivers Eatery and the Rookery Pub.

Additional information about festival registration will be announced soon and posted on the CAMBA website, .

Approximately 40 to 50 volunteers are needed to organize and present the fourth annual Festival of the Trails. Anyone interested in assisting should contact Ron Bergin at (715)798-3599 or