Thursday, August 2, 2007

CAMBA's Newest Singletrack Trail

New CAMBA Trail - Photo Set

On Saturday, July 21, Tim Putnam, Dave Frederick, Mike Hummel, and I rode the new Hatchery Creek Trail near Hayward, WI. The new trail is part of the CAMBA (Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association) Hayward Cluster and is the newest singletrack in the CAMBA system. It’s my favorite trail in the Cable/Hayward area, not nearly as technical as Rock Lake Trail.

The trail is 100% singletrack, intermediate in difficulty, and is 8 miles long. It is basically parallel to and crosses the Birkie trail several times. It’s a looped course, with trailheads at the Fish Hatchery near Rosie’s Field and at Mosquito Brook Road. There are tight corners, a few rocks, and constant climbing and descent, requiring attention all the time.

CAMBA plans to extent the trail to Gravel Pit Road this summer, with a return trail next summer; the goal is to have the trail extended to the Ojibwe Trail, so that there will be singletrack all the way from Hayward to Cable.

We all had a great time. Tim and Mike led the way, and periodically waited for Dave and me to catch up. Dave and I each took a few spills, but no major injuries - only a few scratches. I was the only one that bled. Each of us could have done more, but time constraints made us stop for a beer at Tim’s van, then to the Moccasin Bar (Home of Cal Johnson's world record muskie -- 67 lbs 8 oz ) for a Bloody Mary. That was followed by the afternoon on Frederick’s pontoon on Lake Nancy. All in all, not a bad way to spend a beautiful summer day in northern Wisconsin!

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