Welcome to the premier system of mountain bike trails in the Midwest, located in and around the beautiful Chequamegon National Forest region of Northwest Wisconsin.
The Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association off-road bike trail system consists of over 300 miles of marked and mapped routes through a near-wilderness area of striking beauty and peaceful solitude. The CAMBA system is quickly becoming the Singletrack Mecca of the Midwest, with more singletrack trail being constructed every year. CAMBA's ultimate vision is a linked system of singletrack trails connecting Hayward, Seeley, Cable and Namakagon.
It’s that time of year when non-profits typically reach out to their supporters and respective communities with a year-end fund raising appeal. And so it is for CAMBA.
Mother Nature abruptly slammed the door on the 2014 mountain biking season only 10 days into November. And while we could have anticipated another several weeks of riding, the regular season has officially come to a close. It’s time to look to other activities including fat biking on local roads and a couple of groomed trails, and of course, to reflect.
The 2014 season was notable in many ways. Past newsletters have chronicled in detail our trail accomplishments and we are quite satisfied to say that we came close to completing just about everything we set out to do. It was an ambitious and challenging trail construction season that was complicated from the start by losing our excavator operator just before we were to begin work. A lot of resourceful networking managed to salvage that situation in grand fashion and we were off and running.
The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) based in Boulder, Colorado, has announced its 2014 class of Model Trails designees. Among IMBA’s Model Trails program is a category of Ride Centers. The Ride Center designation represents IMBA’s Model Trail recognition for large-scale mountain bike facilities that offer something for every rider and are destination-worthy areas that include everything from backcountry adventures to shuttle-served gravity trails and range from expert-only to family-friendly.
It’s been a busy summer across the CAMBA system as we’ve ticked off project after project on our 2014 trail maintenance and construction “To Do” List. The building season is winding down, though in reality we’ve gone into extra innings as we’ve typically concluded after the second week of August. This year due to setbacks with our equipment operator situation early in the summer we’ve extended the season a couple of weeks. We expect to conclude in another week to 10 days, depending on crew availability and may still have to rely on volunteers to fully wrap things up, so stay tuned for announcements about special work nights and weekend workdays.
As a rule the CAMBA trails are rideable within 12 hours or less of almost any major rain event and sooner after lesser storms. As always, please use good judgement when deciding to ride during wet weather. If you leave much more than the dimple of a tire tread, you should wait for the trails to dry out. Trails will only need to be closed due to extreme events.
TRAIL CLOSURES AND SPECIAL NOTICES
PATSY LAKE TRAIL - A timber sale along the Patsy Lake Trail has gone active. The area affected includes the segment of trail between N19 and N20. This piece of trail is CLOSED. Please use the single track to bypass this area. The singletrack is in the harvest boundaries, so use caution while riding here.
HATCHERY CREEK TRAIL - CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - A timber salvage needs to be conducted in this area. The county forestry department will apprise us of when the trail can be reopened.
DANKY DANK - while open for riding, is under construction and not a completed trail. As such, there is no exit from the far end of the trail. You must ride out & back. It is a varied ride with many interesting terrain features, but it takes you to a very remote area. There is minimal signage at this time.