White Mountains NEMBA
Snow and ice biking is in full swing. In general, Echo Lake, Whitaker Woods and Pudding Pond are heavily used and get packed out soonest. Dianna’s Baths is also very popular; please yield to walkers at all these sites.
Trailhead etiquette – this is probably obvious to many and is applicable not only to mountain bikers but anyone at local trailheads. We had a long conversation with an abutter to the Pudding Pond trailhead on Thompson Road in North Conway. He was very upset with people leaving trash, urinating outside their cars, letting their dogs run free on his property and general disrespectful behavior. His concern is understandable. Who would want people making lots of noise at all hours and pissing in plain view of their house? This is a heavily used trailhead and the parking is limited.
Please 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. When parking at Pudding Pond, 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 and drinking in the parking lot 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.
As a reminder we now have a Instagram account @wmnemba and a Twitter account @wmnemba1. We will always look for pictures to post so send them to wmnemba@gmail and we’ll get a number of them post up. As in the past www.wmnemba.org is our main media tool and will host our calendar, events, TNT work sites etc.
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.
Trail Stewards – We are always looking for volunteer stewards to be responsible for basic maintenance (primarily drainage work, pruning and small blowdown removal). Please consider adopting your favorite trail or one close to home. You will not be tasked with doing everything – if a trail warrants a full trail day or a Tuesday night tweak we can schedule it in.
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!