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MAMBA Trail BuilderMAMBA Trail Builds
Meet scheduled days, usually at 8:45am in Rosauers' parking lot N Main St, Moscow. Bring lunch, snacks, sturdy footwear, work gloves, water, and energy. Tools are supplied. No experience necessary.

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Moscow Mountain Conditions
posted 04.16.17

Hi All,

Headwaters, Southside, Jack's Route, Switchblade and Moose Marbles are clear of logs and snow with Paradise Point reachable. There is about a 100’ walk through the snow at the top of Moose Marbles. In addition, Gemini is clear of trees and only has two short sections of snow about 100’ each. Other than that, the other trails and Ridge Rd (Foothill Rd) still have lots of snow. Much of Ridge Rd from West Twin to Four Corners still has two foot of snow clear across the road. Triple Crown and other north side trails still have long stretches of three foot of snow. Give the other trails one to two more weeks.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

Moscow Mountain Conditions
posted 04.11.17

Hi All,

As of Saturday, Gemini and other central & north trails still have lots of snow. South Side, Jack's Route, Switchblade, and Moose Marbles have lots of trees down. These will be cut out in the next week or so.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

Moscow Mountain Conditions
posted 04.02.17

Hi All,

Moscow Mountain road trails still have lots of snow on them as do the north side trails. However, Headwaters, Southside, Jack’s Route, Moose Marbles, and Switchblade are open, the last two up to nearly the top of Paradise Point. All currently ridable trails are clear—any downed trees have been cut out.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

Winter Trail Grooming
posted 02.24.17

Hi All,

I packed the snow trail Friday night, 2/24/2017 and thus, it is currently in pretty good shape and should hold up fairly well this week. This trail will be hard to navigate on a regular mountain bike. The cold snow does not pack as well as less cold snow. Even with fat tire bikes, there are still places you will probably spin out a bit going up, but you should find coming down to be pretty sane. There are just a few spots that want to help gravity bring you down.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

Winter Trail Grooming
posted 01.31.17

Winter Riding

Hi All,

MAMBA sponsors and pays for part of the winter trail grooming for fat tire bikes, skiing, walking and snow showing on Moscow Mountain—with volunteers doing the driving and landowners allowing us access. The machine that pulls the rollers is privately owned. MAMBA pays a nominal fee per year for fuel and minor breakdowns. The overall costs are about $2-3000 per year, so we may need to raise the annual membership fee that MAMBA charges from $15 to $30. We'll see how it goes.

Since we all have real jobs, the driving is volunteer, and it takes about 5 hours to go from Headwaters to the bottom of Gemini, the grooming will not always be done when the track needs it, but when a trained driver is available.

One can go online and find great examples of packed singletrack winding through the woods. If you look carefully, however, you can see that these examples are not located on sidehills. Our singletrack trails all have sidehill portions and the snow fills in our trails to the same slope as the hill. Packers and pullers of packers have a tendency to slide down the hill in such conditions. Thus, you will not see our singletrack trails packed.

Our goal is to eventually have two tracks packed at a time. Please be nice and save one track for skiing and fat tire bikes and the other track for walking and snow shoeing. Of course, pack it out.

The plan now is Foothill and Moscow Mtn Rd from Headwaters to the bottom of Gemini with Warneck Rd packed up to Cabin Trail, the top part of Swoosh to Triple Crown, and a loop near Headwaters. We are still experimenting, so please have patience with us.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

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