White Mountains NEMBA
Trail work season! Besides our weekly Tuesday Night Trailwork, 2016 schedule of dig days is as follows:
- Sunday, May 1st – we had a dozen folks show up and hand-finish over 2000′ of machine-built singletrack. A great start to the season!
- Sunday, June 5th – 11 people worked on Red Tail & Kettle Ridge trails, brushcutting the upper clearcut, pruning and cleaning drainages (just before the rain hit). Nice work, folks!
- Sunday, June 26th – 10 people showed up to put the finishing touches on a reroute to the Sidehill Trail and brush in the old trail. Kudos to the Eastside Bike Guides crew for laying out and constructing most of this trail improvement.
- Saturday & Sunday, July 30 & 31 – 16th annual trailbuilding weekend was another huge success. 35 people attended the trail building and did some fine work in the Marshall Conservation Area. The barbecue had loads of delicious food & beverages thanks to J-Town Deli, Sea Dog Brewing and the Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing co. Thanks to all for making this year another success!
- Sunday, August 28th
- Sunday, September 25th
Upper Saco Valley Land Trust (USVLT) Easement Exploration Series
NEMBA will be partnering with USVLT to showcase a few of the trail networks on their easements. Schedule is as follows:
Friday, July 8th – Albany Town Forest. Meet at the ATF parking lot on the Kanc (Rt 112) about one mile west of the WMNF ranger station. 5:30 pm start, novice terrain. Pace will suit all that show up.
Friday, August 5th – Green Hills Preserve. Meet at the Hemlock Lane trailhead behind Walmart off the North-South Road. 5:30 pm start, intermediate terrain but lots of climbing, some of which is steep.
Friday, September 2nd – Black Cap Mountain. Meet at Cranmore for an advanced ride on Red Tail Trail and Kettle Ridge. 5:00 pm start, advanced terrain with lots of steep climbing and rocky & rough descending.
Flatbread Fundraiser! Our 3rd annual fundraiser at Flatbread is scheduled for Thursday, September 1st. Please put this on your calendar and let us know if you have items or services to donate.
On the east side of North Conway, consider using the Hemlock Lane trailhead (near Walmart) whenever possible, or Cranmore if it’s not busy. Cranmore has some fun singletrack when heading south and riding through the Ghoullog is one of a kind. Pudding Pond trailhead on Thompson Road is convenient to Sticks & Stones but is a small lot with a lot of use; probably best to consider this 3rd choice. The water tank parking area at the bottom of Red Tail/Kettle Ridge is a small lot; please respect the neighbors by minimizing your noise and impact.
For the west side of town, the state park management prefers bikers to park near Cathedral Ledge, and NOT outside the gate at Echo Lake. It seems that cars parked outside the gate confuses non-bikers, who think the parking lot is full or closed. There’s some fun twisty singletrack to ride from Cathedral, it is marked with bike trail signs. Other options are the town’s new Marshall Conservation Area on West Side Road (Lager’s Lane tends to be much drier than Red’s Trail), or on High Street off Passaconaway Road.
Please keep your dog on leash until in the woods, wait until you’re away from the parking area to relieve yourself, and keep the noise down. Smoking or drinking in parking lots is not a good idea either. Stay out of the road so traffic is not disrupted and pick up trash if you see it. In general, please be a good neighbor so the local folks don’t resent our presence.
The Tuesday night crew is working each week to improve the local trails so please join us or provide input where work needs to be done.
Our mission is to advocate for mountain biking opportunities and create & maintain trails in the eastern White Mountains of New Hampshire. Our accomplishments so far are significant and speak for themselves. We rely on a group effort to get things done and to make our activities and events successful.
The chapter has a schedule of activities including weekly trail work and rides to suit all levels. Check the links on the right for descriptions of planned rides, meeting notes, a group calendar and other events. To be notified of activity on one of the postings, be sure to subscribe to the post.
While you are out enjoying the local trails, keep in mind that a dedicated group of people spend much of their spare time caring for them. Your input and involvement is critical to our continued success; we can’t fulfill your needs unless we know what you want. Please join NEMBA today and identify WMNEMBA as your local chapter. Your assistance will make a difference.
If you have any other suggestions to improve our trails, our communication, or our membership please let us know!