WEATHER TAKES A TURN
We caught a break and enjoyed a couple of glorious summerish days. But that is about to change with rain returning Thursday afternoon and possibly a couple inches of snow. Please be extra careful about when you ride over the next few days. Wet snow is one of the worst times to ride and can render a trail surface into mush. Hopefully next week things will dry out again.
Several hunting seasons have opened or are about to open. While there are generally no conflicts with trail use, we offer this information to make you aware that there may other forests users out there while you are riding.
SMALL GAME & DEER ARCHERY: Seasons open Sept. 14
DEER (FIREARM): November 23-December 1
TRAIL RIDING IS NOT ADVISED DURING FIREARM DEER SEASON.
CABLE CLUSTER TRAILS:
OPEN: Ojibwe, Telemark Traverse, Sleigh, Esker, Danky Dank.
CLOSED: Wild River Trail;
OJIBWE Logging: A new logging operation has gone active near the Ojibwe Trail. Areas affected include primarily west to east leg of the trail on the north end of the trail. Access from the North End Trailhead and ride south on the west side of the loop and you will avoid all logging. Riding east and then toward Telemark you will encounter logging activity, so it is best to avoid this area.
SEELEY CLUSTER TRAILS
CLOSED: A logging project is going to begin south of Gravel Pit Road that will necessitate closing a 1/4 mi section on Makwa for a week or so. Riders can get around it on the Birkie and Phipps.
OPEN: Flow Mama, Seeley Pass, Makwa, Winding Pine.
HAYWARD CLUSTER TRAILS
OPEN: Makwa, Hatchery Creek, Hospital Gateway Trail
CLOSED: The bridge near Gravel Pit is not passable. Re-route around lake on freshly built trail!
NAMAKAGON CLUSTER TRAIL
OPEN: Namakagon Trail, Patsy Lake Trail, Treasures Trace, Trail Lake, Rock Lake, and Hildebrand Lake Loop.
The Glacier Trail from N10 to N11 has recently been bulldozed (again) to serve as a haul road for logging in that area. The trail/road is soft and very muddy. It is only about 1/4 mile long and if you choose to slog through it, the balance of the trail from N11 east is unaffected. There may be active logging near N10.
MT. ASHWABAY TRAILS
OPEN: All trails are open.
DRUMMOND CLUSTER TRAILS
OPEN:Drummond Ski Trails
NOTE: CAMBA no longer maintains the gravel road routes north and west of Drummond. Riding is permissible, but routes are not marked.
DELTA CLUSTER TRAILS
OPEN: West Fork Trail
NOTE: CAMBA no longer maintains the Tall Pines and Wilderness Lakes Trails. Riding is permissible, but the routes are not marked or maintained.
Do you enjoy having an incredible year-round mountain biking destination? If so, think about joining the CAMBA community today by becoming a member. Your membership helps build, groom and maintain trails year round.
Thank you to our our staff and volunteers who groomed 70 miles of trails this winter and put in over 600 hours grooming all winter. Thank you to our sponsors and members for your continued support, we couldn’t do it without you. Lastly, THANK YOU for riding CAMBA trails.
General Considerations (not applicable to winter riding)
In general, the CAMBA trails are well-drained and are rideable within 12 hours or less of an average rainfall. If you encounter a trail that is consistently wet and you leave any more than a dimple of a tread impression from your tire, you should not be on the trail.
Please exercise good judgement when deciding to ride during wet periods. The damage inflicted on the trails can be extensive and cause a considerable amount of work for our volunteers and trail crew.
Trails are particularly vulnerable during the spring break-up period when the frost is leaving the ground and even more so in the fall, during the freeze/thaw cycle that occurs as we transition from fall to winter.