Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Page Hill Trail Day and Test Ride - August 3rd!

CNH-NEMBA has been working on a new flow trail at Page Hill. We started hand-building in the fall of 2013, but soon realized that that job would be too tough for hand work alone. This year we rented a Kubota KX-018 mini-excavator for 4 weeks (July 7th through August 3rd)

The project is nearing completion, but we are looking for your help to put the finishing touches on and to help us ride it in. Please join us This Sunday. We will be out there from 8 AM to 4 PM, but feel free to come by any time, even just for a test ride. We have tools out at the work site so just bring your bike, work gloves and water. Since we are focused on completing the project this will be a no-frills trail day. Don't expect the usual staffed registration table with coffee and donuts. We will already be out in the woods digging!

The map below shows the new flow trail. The solid blue line is for the completed section and dotted line for the section remaining to be built. The quickest (but not the most fun) way to get out to the new trail is shown with red arrows. This will bring you to the middle of the completed section of trail. From there you can ride or push up to the top.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Directions to new Flow Trail at Page Hill

This map below shows the new flow trail. Solid blue line for completed section (as of this morning) and dotted line for the section remaining to be built. The quickest, but not the most fun, way to get out to the new trail is shown with red arrows. This will bring you to the bottom of the completed section of trail. From there you can ride or push up to the top. We have two more weeks to use the excavator. We need a hand-work and test-ride crew behind the machine keeps us moving forward. We'll be out there most days for the next two weeks at various times of day. We expect to be out all day for the next two Sundays. We have a good collection of hand tools out there. Get in touch if you'd like to come help out!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Flow Trail Progress at Page Hill

We are two weeks into our 4 week rental of a Kubota kx-018 and things are progressing great with the flow trail at Page Hill.

The trail is about half done and we are getting more efficient with the machine work as we go.  Confidence levels are high that we will complete the trail within the next two weeks.  The beginning of the trail is ready for test pilots, all of the really technical features have B lines and any jumps are rollable with less speed.

We also have some hand built finishing work to do and crews will be out doing work this week and this weekend so if you are interested in lending a hand in getting this trail to completion contact Jesse at (jesse[at]mcgowans[dot]info)

Here are some great pics taken during one of the recent build / test ride sessions:





Monday, July 14, 2014

Elm Brook Map Re-Posted!

Elm Brook is back up and running with active trail work and we've got a trail map back up on the Trail Maps page.  Get out and check it out!  There is a new bridge on Canal Street:





In other news, its possible to link Franklin Falls, Highland XC and Spaulding Woods in a somewhat reasonable manner.  If you do just about all the single track at each location you end up with about 20mi of trails with about 18-19mi of connecting on pavement/dirt road/jeep road.  50/50 trail to pavement is a pretty good ratio if you ask me!

We are spoiled in Central NH.  My next goal is linking Franklin and Page Hill in an interesting manner...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Trail Day @ Page Hill Sunday 6/15

Registration will be at the main parking lot on Murray Hill Rd from 8:30 to 9:00 AM.

Trail work will be from 9 am to 2 pm.

NEMBA will provide water, snacks, and tools.  We have several minor improvements planned for Bear Claw trail, including berm'ing a few corners and adding some fun features.