Hayward Area Memorial Hospital Trail Funding Initiative
CAMBA has been the leading cycling advocacy organization in northwest Wisconsin for the past 25 years. We have been successful in developing a solid infrastructure of off-road mountain bike trails of varying levels of difficulty across a very wide region. Our trail system has been deficient, however, in truly beginner, entry-level trails. It is our desire to rectify this short coming by creating a trail of this nature and have partnered with the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital (HAMH) to develop up to six miles of “gateway” level, natural surface trails on the hospital property on the edge of the City of Hayward. The hospital has taken a very proactive approach to promoting healthy outdoor recreation and activities, and this project is an excellent fit with their strategic plan. In addition to providing access to wooded lands surrounding the hospital property, HAMH will also provide a portion of the funding to execute the project.
A trail of this nature will help round out our regional trail offerings and contribute to our organization’s support of the cycling community and the regional recreation-based tourism economy.
A gateway trail is an entry-level trail designed and intended to attract younger and less experienced users. The trail as a whole, will be easier than traditional singletrack mountain bike trails in that it will be wider (approximately 36-48 inches) and have a smooth natural surface, gentle grades and turns, long sight lines, and no mandatory technical obstacles, e.g., roots, rocks, or challenge features.
It is expected that young riders and less experienced riders will utilize this trail system to develop skills and establish a comfort level that will allow them to progress to CAMBA’s intermediate and more advanced singletrack trails.
In addition to mountain biking, planned uses for the trail also include walking, trail running, and fat biking in the winter. Winter fat biking holds great potential for all of the same reasons as summer use, plus the wider nature of the trail will facilitate easier grooming and trail preparation during the winter. The new trail will also have the net effect of eliminating user conflicts with skiers and snowshoers who also use other trails on the property.
The HAMH property connects to the City of Hayward paved bike trail, which will provide direct access to downtown Hayward and a link to the Hayward middle and high schools.
Funds will be used to offset construction expenses, the majority of which will derive from the contracting of a professional trail builder with the appropriate experience for a project of this nature. Other expenses will include: hand laborers to perform finish work, fuel, tools, and miscellaneous materials. Volunteers will perform advance scouting, design and layout, and corridor clearing and also supplement the finish crew and perform routine maintenance on the trail once it has been completed.
The CAMBA trail system currently does not have a trail of this nature, and it is incumbent upon our organization to develop and offer more of this type of riding experience to area youth and the public at large. This trail will fill an important gap in the area’s recreational offerings.
It is also expected that this trail will be the home base for the recently developed Hayward High School and Middle School mountain bike team that participates in the NICA affiliated Wisconsin Youth Mountain Bike League. The gateway trail will also be a wonderful complement to our small recently completed bike park at Hatchery Creek Park.
In addition, because of its proximity to the two local bike shops and the Hayward schools, there will now be a convenient facility for the shops and other organizations to offer clinics and instruction, group riding experiences, bike demos, and team practices.
Phase 1: 1.5 miles. Summer of 2017
Phase 2: 2.5 miles. Summer of 2018
Phase 3: 2 miles. Summer of 2019
We would greatly appreciate your support on this worthwhile project.
Individuals wishing to make a donation may do so by clicking below.
Or, if your prefer, you may mail a check to: Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA), P.O. Box 141, Cable, WI 54821. Please note on your check: Hayward Hospital Trail.
Thank you for your support.