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.
We hope you can join us for the mountain bike social event of the season.
There's a lot going on right now on and around the CAMBA trails - and the weather hasn't been much of a help. Please note the trail closures, reroutes and detours posted below. We appreciate your cooperation in observing these changes.
TRAIL CLOSURES, REROUTES & DETOURS-Updated: 7/22/15
Short & Fat: CLOSED from Randysek Rd. to Telemark. Active logging at the site of the new Birkie start area. No bike traffic through this area please. Also avoid McNaught/Gun Club Rd. for the same reason. There is large equipment at work and a lot of activity. Please stay out of this area.
A long bypass is to ride into Cable and out Cty M to Telemark. A more direct detour is being set up.
Sleigh Trail: A reroute is in effect to return the trail to the North End Trail Head
Ojibwe: Logging has resumed on the southeast quarter of Ojibwe. The trail is closed from C26 to C26 and a detour is in effect. Follow posted detour signs.
A reroute is also in effect on the Telemark end of the trail to bypass the Birkie Start Area.
Patsy Lake -- Due to logging activity, use the singletrack only on the outbound route from the Namakagon Trailhead and avoid the snowmobile and two-track bypasses.
DANKY DANK - Most of the finish work has been completed to the National Forest boundary. There still 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.
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.
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.
As CAMBA has grown over the years, so have our financial needs. The CAMBA trail system continues to improve as does our recognition on the national mountain biking scene. Much of our success is directly attributed to our ability to hire a trail crew, buy equipment, and support our staff and operations. We salute and honor the unwavering support of individuals, businesses and organizations with the wise and prudent application of all donations.
With the 2014 season behind us, CAMBA extends a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has voiced confidence in our efforts by making a financial contribution. Thank you for your support – we look forward to working with you next season to continue to make the Chequamegon area one of the premier mountain biking destinations in the country.
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.
2014 was a great year for CAMBA – and we owe a great debt of thanks to the many volunteers who helped during this past season.
We were successful completing an extremely ambitious slate of trail construction and trail maintenance projects and also received tremendous regional and national recognition for our trail system. Volunteers contributed more than 2,800 hours of service this year and played a big role in our success.
The riding and work season started late following an epic winter. Our spring work day focused on clearing the trails of windfalls and debris to get them open. Numerous storms in 2014 dropped a lot more trees across the trails. Even before the big September storm that closed the Hatchery Creek trails, volunteers had worked more than 200 hours clearing trees to keep us riding.
New trails and reroutes at Martel’s Pothole, Hatchery Creek, the Ojibwe Trail, the Camp 38 Trailhead spur and the Danky Dank were the big trail building projects for the year and in most cases, the actual trail layout for those trails had not been done in advance.