Winter Trail Grooming
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,