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The Mountain Bike Capital of the Midwest

CAMBA Mountain Bike Trail System - Singletrack Capital of the Midwest

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 vision of a linked system of singletrack trails connecting Hayward, Seeley, Cable and Namakagon was achieved in 2016. Additional enhancements and improvements to our world-class trail system continue to be implemented to provide the best possible mountain biking experience.

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Get Ready to Boogie

CAMBA TO HOLD GALA FUND RAISING EVENT
Boogie in the Barn – August 20

 

The Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association will hold its second annual Gala fund-raising event - Boogie in the Barn - on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 5:00 to 10:00 pm. The Sylvandale Barn, a classic country barn on Round Lake School Road in Hayward will provide the setting for this year's event in what promises to be a great evening of fun and entertainment.
 
“This classic country barn offers another unique setting for our event; we are very grateful to Matt and Kim Dale for offering this great venue for our Gala,” noted CAMBA executive director Ron Bergin.  The barn is located at 10886 Round Lake School Road, east of Hayward off Highway 77.
 
Everyone is welcome and CAMBA invites all members of the community to celebrate and support the area’s world-class trails and help CAMBA further its legacy of trail advocacy and community investment. It will be an evening of food, dancing, live and silent auctions and without a doubt, the mountain biking social event of the season.
 
Dinner will be provided by Divine Swine Catering - with an on-site pig roast, plus roast turkey and vegetarian options. Hayward's own Angry Minnow beer will be served, with wine and soft drinks available.
 
Randy Sabien and Friends will liven up the crowd with acoustic folk, rock and jazz including singer-songwriter originals and stylized covers, so you are encouraged to bring your dancing shoes!
 
An impressive array of items has been assembled for the live and silent auctions taking place during the evening. And not only bicycling-related products (though there will definitely be some), but other exciting items including vacation stays, private parties, artwork, stylized furniture, and special experience-based items. The complete list of items will be posted on the CAMBA website.
 
Tickets are $40 per person and will go on sale July 29 online at www.cambatrails.org (click Events, then Boogie in the Barn). Only 200 tickets will be available.  Last year’s event sold out quickly, so don’t delay. All proceeds benefit the maintenance and development of the CAMBA trails. A special thank you to Trek Bicycle and Farmers Insurance for their generous sponsorship in helping make this event possible.
 
As an added bonus, the Seeley Lions Pre-Fat race will be held the same day and the Chequamegon Fat Tire Tri off road triathlon on Sunday, August 21. Come for the Gala and take in one the races! Or come for the races and stay for the Gala – it will be a great day either way.
 
For further information visit the CAMBA website, www.cambatrails.org or contact CAMBA at (715)798-3599 or camba@cheqnet.net.

Storm Impact Update


The trails in general have weathered the storm quite well. There have been no catastrophic impacts. Numerous trees were down across the system. Volunteers have cleared almost all of them and will continue to finish up into the weekend.  Please report any downed trees that you find to camba@cheqnet.net.

While there were no major washouts, there was some soil movement, so there are some minor erosion gullies.  The most significant impact system wide was movement of the fine particles in the surface soil.  This has transformed the trail surface in some areas from smooth to somewhat coarse. This should mellow over time. Flatter sections of trail may have some puddles or other surface water.

Trails in the Hayward, Seeley, and Cable Clusters are fully open.  Mt. Ashwabay was not hit by the storm to the same magnitude and little impact has been reported. The Hatchery Creek Bike Park remains closed.

Forest Service Closure
The U. S. Forest Service has issued an area wide closure of all facilities and trails. This includes the Namakagon Cluster trails. According to the district ranger, it is his desire that this be a fluid closure and that trails not remain closed simply for the sake of closure. Based on CAMBA's assessment and input, he is hoping to lift the closure on the bike trails quickly, perhaps even on Friday.

Gravel and paved roads by in large were more significantly impacted than the trails. Forest Roads in the Namkagon area range from closed, passable with high clearance vehicles to completely open.  Of importance to riders are FR 203, FR 206 and FR 205, which are used to access the Wilson Lake Trailhead. 206 and 203 are open, 205 is rated high clearance.  FR 207 (Rock Lake Rd.) is still being assessed.

Town roads in the Cable and Seeley have had similar impacts. Probably best to not venture out in anything but a truck, SUV, or Subaru Outback-type vehicle. Be on the look out for gullies and washouts on the edges of the road, as well as for crews working. Caution should be exercised on Spider Lake Firelane, Randysek Rd., Telemark Rd., Boedecker Rd. and almost any gravel road.  Check town, county and Forest Service websites for the full and accurate status on local roads.

We appreciate everyone's cooperation and understanding. Things will be back to normal shortly.

CAMBA’s Longass Ride to Debut July 23

An epic tour of the CAMBA trails

The Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) is excited to announce the debut of what is hoped will become a signature CAMBA event – the Longass Ride on July 23, 2016.  “Thanks to our extensive network of interconnected singletrack trails, the Chequamegon Area has become known as the place to go for long uninterrupted rides,” states CAMBA executive director Ron Bergin.  “And while many people are aware of our trails, it is our goal to help spread the word by inviting riders from around the Midwest to the area to experience our trails, have a great time, and go home and tell all of their friends.”

There are several well-known mountain bike races in the area, but the Longass Ride will not be a competitive event. It will be a supported, non-competitive tour that will allow riders to bike from point to point and spend as much time on the trail as they wish.  With distances of 17, 35, and 45 miles, there will be a route for just about anyone.  It should be noted that all routes are on singletrack trail of at least an intermediate level of difficulty and none of the routes should be taken lightly.  Participants should have a mountain bike in good working order and have spent some time on the bike before undertaking the tour.

The tours will start at Hatchery Creek Park in Hayward and finish at the North End Trailhead in Cable or the OO Trailhead in Seeley. Those riding to Cable will have the option of an additional 10-mile loop. Riders will park at their respective finish site and they and their bikes will be shuttled to their starting point. Lunch will be served for all riders at the OO Trailhead and there will be on-course support with mountain bike patrol and a SAG vehicle.

Following the day’s riding, participants will regroup at the Hatchery Creek Park in Hayward for a chance to relive the day and swap stories while enjoying a great meal by Divine Swine and a couple of Angry Minnow beers.

Click here to register. The tour is limited to 100 riders and registration will close on July 1.

Registration and other information can be found at www.cambatrails.org or by contacting CAMBA at camba@cheqnet.net or 715/798-3599.



Trail Clearing Progressing

CAMBA volunteers have been hitting it hard the past few days and have made great progress clearing the trails and opening things up after last Wednesday's storm.

The following trails affected by the storm have been completely cleared and are open for riding:

Ojibwe

Namakagon

Patsy Lake

Treasures' Trace

Trails still requiring attention:

Danky Dank

Esker

Trail Lake Trail

Extensive Downed Trees Across the System

(July 24, 2016)  It's been a wild and woolly couple of weeks in CAMBA Land. No sooner did we get everything cleaned up from the big storm on July 11 and were were hit with an equally or even greater storm that took down dozen/hundreds of trees across the area. We are still getting reports informing us of the true scope of the damage.
 
Here's what we know:
 

Trails Cleared and Open:

 
Generally speaking all trails south of the county line are cleared and open: Seeley & Hayward Clusters.
 
Ojibwe - west side - from North End Trailhead south to C35 and junction with FlowMama
 
Namakagon: Hildebrand Lake Loop
 
Trails With Many Downed Trees:
 
Ojibwe - east side - from North End Trailhead east and south to Timber Trail Rd.
 
Esker
Danky Dank
Treasures' Trace
Rock Lake
Namakagon
Patsy Lake?
 
If you ride, be prepared to hike-a-bike, and perhaps quite frequently.
 
Out volunteers and trail crew will be picking away at all of this, but there's a lot to do. We will keep you posted.
 TRAIL CONDITIONS

 

National Forest Closure Order Lifted on Namakagon Trails

The National Forest has lifted to the closure for the Namakagon Cluster CAMBA bike trails. It is OK to ride Rock Lake, Namakagon, Glacier and Pasty Lake Trails.
 
FR 205 south of the Wilson Lake Trailhead is closed due to a failing culvert.
 
The general closure for other parts of the National Forest, but please consult the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest website for the latest information as there are still many roads, developed recreation areas and other places closed or impassable.
 
All CAMBA trails in the Hayward, Seeley, Cable and Namakagon Clusters are now open.
 
Hatchery Creek Bike Park will be closed when ever there is significant rain until it dries out.
 
The bike park was constructed with a high percentage of clay-based soil.  This is unlike most of our other trails. As such, it remains wet and soft longer that our sandy loam based soils.  It is potentially vulnerable to damage, so please help us preserve this new facility by not riding when wet. 
 
This will be a typical situation going forward: if it rains much at all, the park will be closed until it is dry.  We will learn better over time just how long that will take.
 
Thanks.

 

GENERAL

Please exercise good judgment when deciding to ride during periods of wet weather. Many of the trails will soak up the precipitation right away and it shouldn’t be an issue, but local conditions may vary. We appreciate your cooperation, understanding, and concern for the trails.
 
Ride safe, have fun & enjoy the great trails and forests we are so lucky to have.

 

 

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