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MAMBA *REAL* Party
posted 10.11.05

MAMBA 'wicki wicki wicki' MAM to the BA 'wicki wicki wicki',

Yo bikers! I'm here to say
That this weekend we're gunna have a par-tay
And this time...we won't be swinging no tools
We'll be eatin', drinkin', and actin' like fools

My peep J-Lo gots the utensils and grill
Bring your meat, drink, and snacks - so we can get ill
It happens on Saturday - starting 'round 5:30pm
If you dis' us, we're gunna give you the birdie

The place to be is S. Polk
(Jonathan's house, next to the old folk')
To get there...just use your noodle
Or look it up on Mapquest, MSN, or Google

And some lucky tool swinger will win the 'big prize'
A trip down the Salmon River will widen your eyes
So hop, skip, or bike over to this place
BYOB and food, so we can all stuff our face

Dogs....dogs are cool
Peace out-

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

MAMBA Group Ride --> Postponed One Day
posted 09.30.05

To the people most formerly known as "MAMBA",

Looking at the weather forecast, Saturday is supposed to be a very rainy day. In some ways this is good, because the dust is just out of control on some of the trails. But it also makes for a lot of erosion while biking.

I'm proposing that we move the MAMBA group ride to Sunday at 10am. It may still be rainy, but the forecast shows a lot lower chance of it. I'll be at Rosauers ready to leave by 10am. If it's pouring rain, we can decide not to go at that point. As long as we're not damaging trails with erosion, I'm okay riding in the rain (native of Eugene, OR).

Hope to see you there for some fun exploration!

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

MAMBA Group Ride and Party
posted 09.28.05

MAMBA-ikers,

This Saturday, October 1st, (weather cooperating) we're going to do a MAMBA group ride. It will start at Cabin Trail, then explore several new trails on the North side of the mountain. These are called Rolls Royce, Fruitcake, and Blonde Jeans. We will also be doing Rock and a Hard Place.

It will be a moderate ride because of the elevation gain, and should be ~3 hours to complete. If you can ride Headwaters to Paradise Point, you can probably do this ride. It will be somewhere around 11 miles.

Since this is a group ride, we will have several stopping points to make sure everyone is still with us. If there's a group that's notably faster, there's several trails they can loop around on while the slower riders are making their progress. As a group ride, consider it as much a social event as a workout and you'll be happy.

Plan is to leave Rosauers at 10am Saturday and carpool to Cabin Trail. Please let me know if you plan to attend so I have a rough idea how many people will be there.

Also, we're planning the end-of-year MAMBA celebration. Will probably be late October by the time it's all organized. We'll keep you posted!

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

Bridge Building Party News
posted 09.20.05

To the 'greater being' known as "MAMBA",

Last Saturday (September 17th) a tiny crew of helpers showed up to help Jonathan and his broken hand build some bridges. Super thanks to the few die-hards that showed up! They hauled in a bunch of decking material and completely reconstructed two bridges on Cave Trail. These are of similar design to the bridge that was built on Nemesis. They have a natural wood decking and there is some concern that they will be "slippery when wet." When the rains come, let us know what you think of the surface. We have several ideas to try if the surface is too slick. But it may also be just fine how it is.

I was hoping to lead a group ride this weekend, but I am still recovering from minor surgery. I would really like to show MAMBA riders a gob of "new trails." Actually, they're all very old, but have been recently 'okayed' for all of MAMBA to enjoy. The trail names are Fruitcake and Blonde Jeans. I will send out an email with information about when the group ride will take place. I hope this will be the following weekend (October 1st) if I'm back on the bike.

The ride will probably be as follows:

  • Start Four Corners-->
  • Sidewinder or Lickity Split-->
  • Rock and a Hard Place-->
  • Sand Boulevard -->
  • Some old logging road on east side of Rock
    Creek
    -->
  • Fruitcake-->
  • Blonde Jeans-->
  • Nemesis

Depending on who shows up and what the preference is, we may start at Cabin Trail, or throw in part of Cave Trail instead of Rock and a Hard Place. Stay tuned--

Also, Jim and his personal crew cleaned up Wonderdog last weekend. Despite my recent hospital visit from a wipe out on this trail (poor judgment), it is still my *favorite* loop on the mountain. The uphill is boring (lots of recent logging make it not all that pretty), but the downhill is to die for. There's some nice single track at the top, then some SUPER double track full of large water bars, followed by a gradual climb back to the start. Now that it's recently cleaned there's no excuse not to give it a ride. Check out the Web site for directions and enjoy this wonderful piece of trail!

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

Trail Build - Saturday September 17th
posted 09.10.05

Nemesis Trail Build

The seventh (7) trail build party for 2005 on Moscow Mountain is scheduled for this Saturday, September 17th. This will be a little different than previous trail parties as we'll be shifting gears back to Cave Trail where we will be building two new (sustainable) bridges. There will be a fair amount of hauling in lumber to build the bridges (similar in design to the new one build on Nemesis), but Jonathan found two good access points that should make life easier for us. Also, there's a few sections that need a polishing of the trail bed.

Please show Jonathan some support on this party. He's recently broken his scaphoid (wrist bone) and really isn't able to haul lumber, or operate a screw gun at all. Perhaps I set a fashion trend with my broken wrist earlier this summer? "Everyone's doing it...go ahead and have a bad wreck on North Contour and you can have one too."

Bring your work gloves and hiking boots to Rosauers on Saturday morning. We will be leaving Rosauers at 9am and carpooling to the North side of the mountain, so please show up before then. The day's plan and raffle will take place on the mountain. For the raffle, we'll have a pair of studded snow tires donated by Northwestern Mountain Sports - a $80 value!

If you're new to trail building, let one of the organizers know so they can teach you about the tools and process. MAMBA has plenty of tools so no need to bring your own. But do bring lunch, water, sturdy shoes, and work gloves.

If there's bad weather, we'll reschedule for Sunday the 18th.

See you there-

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

2005 Women's Mountain Bike Clinic Report
posted 09.01.05

Participants of the 2nd Annual PCEI Mountain Bike Clinic

PCEI's Second Annual Mountain Bike Clinic is a Success!

Dirt Divas,

On Saturday, August 27th, 22 amazing women took to the hills and conquered thier fears. Areas of focus were up hill climbs, switchback turns, descents and balance. After a catered lunch at the Four Corners Area on Moscow Mountain (and a bit of yoga, too), the women spent the rest of the day practicing what they learned.

On Saturday, August 7th, 15 women learned how to check their tire pressure, adjust their breaks,change a flat, break their chain, lube their bike, and make their own adjustments. Participants learned about mountain biking techniques such as weight distribution, balance, and focus.

To learn more about how you can get involved email Aly Bean.

Aly Bean
PCEI Volunteer Coordinator

 
 

Nemesis Trail Report for the August 28th Event
posted 08.30.05

MAMBAlunteers,

Trail BuildingOn August 28th we had a stellar turnout of about 20 highly motivated workers for our trail party. Working more like machines than humans, the crew busted out the remaining middle of Nemesis and connected the two halves together. There was no golden spike or handshake in the middle, but we did end the day by move a huge rock. Of course, this rock was nothing compared to the dozens of people-sized boulders that John Larkin and Tom Drake moved around all day to make the lookout area ridable. Kudos to ALL the volunteers this year!

So, the super news is that the trail is open! All of the bridges are done. However, it's currently got several sections of 6" deep moon dust. A good rain or two should fix that though. So, you're probably wondering....where do you go from the top of Nemesis? We plan to post a few ride options to the Web site under the "New Trails" section. Stay tuned.

Trail Directions:
Dog Inspection of the new bridgeDrive to Four Corners and take a right towards Rock Creek Road. Park in the open area at the intersection of Rock Creek and Ridge Road. Hike up Ridge Road. about 100' where the next intersection is. To your right, there should be a pile of large rocks. This is the trailhead. The trail itself is a little less than 2 miles in length.

There's a great rock lookout about 1/3 the way into the trail where you can see much of Moscow. The last 1/2 of trail winds around through some large cedar trees. There are many switchbacks, but they are less challenging and with larger spacing than the Eight Devils on Headwaters. The trail ends on the short road going to the climbing rocks. Follow this road ~150' to the north, through the turkey filters, and you'll find yourself on Ridge Road again.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

Trail Build - Sunday August 28th
posted 08.28.05

MAMBA Trail Blazers,

Trail BuildingEveryone cancel your breakfast in bed and head out to our MAMBA trail party. The sixth (6) and hopefully final trail build for 2005 is scheduled for Sunday, August 28th. We really want to finish Nemesis, but will need a stellar turnout to do so. If we can complete the trail this weekend, it will be part of the Moscow Mountain Madness race (Sept 11th). So bring your runner friends, and all the college students you can find.

We will be leaving Rosauers at 9am and carpooling to the middle of the Nemesis trail. We will probably work until ~2:00pm, but some may stay longer if we're close to finishing. Even if you can only work for an hour, please come! We appreciate any help you can offer.

If you're new to trail building, let one of the organizers know so they can teach you about the tools and process. MAMBA has plenty of tools so no need to bring your own. But do bring lunch, water, sturdy shoes, and work gloves.

The day's plan and raffle will take place on the mountain before breaking ground. We will be raffling off some great prizes from our favorite local businesses/supporters. Each time you show up for a trail build, you get another ticket in the hat for the Salmon River Experience (SRE) trip to be raffled off at the end-of-season party.

Call Jonathan Lomber or Dan Cordon to find out alternative plans in the case of bad weather.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

Ladies' Mountain Bike Rides
posted 08.27.05

MAMBA Trail Blazers,

Ladies Rides were a smash hit for 2004. Continuing for the summer of 2005 are the 'Ladies-Only Social Rides." If you are the kind of woman who is not afraid to hop on a trail, get a little dirty, sweat a lot, take some falls, and challenge yourself then these rides are for you!

Tuesdays 5:15pm with Jen Farley 
Meet at the east end of Rosauers near the flashing billboard at 5:15 pm. All levels welcome. Jen can be contacted for more information.

If you wish to be on Jen's ladies' mountain bike email list for periodic announcements and information, send your name and email to Jen Farley and request your email account be added to her list.

Thursdays 6:30 PM with Aly Bean 
Meet at the east end of Rosauers near the flashing billboard at 6:30 pm. All levels welcome. Aly Bean can be contacted for more information.

If you wish to be on Aly's ladies' mountain bike email list for periodic announcements and information, send your name and email to and request Aly Bean your email account be added to her list.

Be sure to be honest about your skill and strength level with the organizer when you show up. Jen and Aly are both great about picking trails that are fun for whoever shows up, but they need to know a little about your background.

Come on out and enjoy some beautiful trails and clear mountain air! If you live in town, feel free to bike to Rosauers and you can carpool up to the trails from there.

For more information, check/post on the Yahoo Discussion Group.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

Women's Mountain Bike Clinic
posted 08.23.05

Dirt Divas,

Join PCEI in their Second Annual Women's only Mountain Bike Clinic to learn biking basics from the local experts. This is a great opportunity to meet other women, ride with those at your level, and get to know the trails on Moscow Mountain.

2004 Participants at the base of Cabin TrailSesson One: 19 Participants!
Sunday, August 7th, 2005 ($35)
We focused on the questions and answers of bike basics. Each bike was fitted to its rider properly, helmets were sized, and we confirm bikes were in good riding condition (tire pressure, working breaks, how to change a flat, break your chain, lube your bike, and make your own adjustments) for all participants. We discussed various techniques such as weight distribution, balance, and focus. Participants learned about the mountain biking gear as well as general troubleshooting. A catered lunch was provided with discussion and demonstrations occured in the afternoon.Location: PCEI 1040 Rodeo Drive, Moscow, ID 83843. 9am-4pm

Sesson Two: 23 Participants!
Saturday, August 27th, 2005 ($35)

This is where the discussion time pays off. We'll utilize the knowledge learned off the trails, on the trails. Short courses will be set up for each challenge: up hill, down hill, switch backs, cornering and tricks.

After you have studied each area, we will regroup for a catered lunch on the mountain followed by a longer, fun, female, group ride. 9am-4pm

Sessons include a participant gift bag, snacks for the day, a catered lunch, raffle prizes and 6 hours of hands-on instruction! (PCEI members receive a $5 discount for each session.)

For more information and to register, go to: http://www.pcei.org/bike_clinic

Aly Bean
PCEI Volunteer Coordinator

 
 

Bridge Building and August 28th Trail Party
posted 08.22.05

MAMBA, PAMBA, LAMBA, CAMBA, and NIAMBA,

Bridge Building EventLast Saturday we gathered with Sara Lynd and her amazing group of AmeriCorps volunteers (along with John D., Jen F., and Kent W.) at the cedar tree in the creek on Nemesis. We had one goal on our mind.

  1. Throw lumber downhill really far
  2. Move a lot of dirt
  3. Create dimensional lumber with a chain saw
  4. Build a bridge out of the above lumber
  5. Move a lot more dirt
  6. Take pictures of our progress/results
  7. Implement erosion-control methods learned in classes
  8. Move more dirt

Okay, maybe it was eight goals...I can never remember. The end result is a fantastic bridge that should last longer than us all, a super cool berm, and some innovative measures to prevent sedimentation of the stream from uphill erosion.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

Bridge Building on Nemesis Trail Saturday, August 20, 2005
posted 08.15.05

MAMBA Jomba,

Sara Lynd from PCEI is organizing a bridge building party for the Nemesis trail that will be this Saturday. We'll be constructing a new style of bridge that we haven't done before, so it should be a lot of fun.

A bridge is needed on the new Nemesis Trail before it can be completed!

Bridge Building EventThis bridge building event is scheduled for August 20th, 2005. We will be leaving from Rosauers parking lot at 8:30am and carpooling to Nemesis. We will be transporting the bridge materials and equipment down to the trail, constructing the bridge, and completing the trail for the approach/exit to the bridge. Tools and materials provided by MAMBA.

Bring water, a lunch, work gloves, and closed-toe shoes. In the case of bad weather, we will reschedule for Sunday, August 21st. Please call Sara Lynd from PCEI for additional information.

We'll be constructing a new style of bridge that we haven't done before, so it should be a lot of fun.

Hope to see you there-

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

Nemesis Trail Report for the August 6th Event
posted 08.14.05

MAMBA girls, boys, trans-genders, & four-legged companions who read email,

On August 6th a little over a dozen of our peers gathered for a day of swinging tools in the sun. We constructed over 1/4 mile of beautiful, ridable singletrack. We also had a record number of first-time trail builders and new people to the area that are looking for others to ride with. We also had a great turnout of female participants too. Not only do you get a ton of work done, the "dirt divas" inspire the young men (and those that still think they're young) to work even harder than normal :o)

Jonathan stayed until dinner time and worked on a big project for one of the draw crossings - so when you see him next remember to thank him for the huge blister he now sports on his formerly soft hand.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

Volunteer with Pick-up Needed
posted 07.25.05

Thanks!

MAMBA would appreciate a volunteer who owns a pick-up truck to clean up some construction debris (mostly old windows and doors) that was illegally dumped at the old shooting site on Warnick Rd. If you haven't been able to attend a trail party this year because you are too busy, perhaps this is a task that will fit your schedule. Take the debris to the county landfill on Troy Highway 8.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

Thanks goes out to Kinkos
posted 07.24.05

Thanks!

Thanks to Kinko's for the grant to cover the cost of the new yellow signs on Moscow Mountain. In case you haven't seen them, the signs say, "No Motorized Vehicles" or "No Target Shooting".

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

Moose on Moscow Mt West of Four Corners
posted 07.23.05

Hello Mt Bikers and other Fuzzy Mammals,

Momma & Baby MoosePlease be aware that a mama moose and two baby moose have been hanging out in the meadow that you drop into when riding from North Contour Trail down to the west end of Cave Trail. The same family has also been spotted near Triple Crown. After my wife's close encounter yesterday, we have nicknamed the mother "Marge" (rhymes with CHARGE).

Marge has already charged mountain bikers a couple times. No one has been hurt, but it might help if you take the following steps when riding in known moose turf:

Make some noise, so you are less likely to startle her. I sound ridiculous, but I shout, "Hellooo" several times every minute. For a humor break, try using an British accent!

A loud crashing sound in the woods is usually a moose (or less commonly on Moscow Mountain, an elk or bear). Deer, on the other hand, will generally leap away with all four hoofs when startled, thus making a thrump, thrump, thrump sound as the hooves hit the ground.

Baby MooseIf you spot one of the young moosies, go back the way you came. Marge is certain to be lurking nearby. Don't try to go through the meadow, assuming Marge will hear you and get out of your way. My experience so far is that Marge is the mother of all things moosey is in no mood to let you get between her and her babies. I feel hyper-protective about anything that threatens the well-being of my children, so I can relate.

By the way, my wife and her friend Jamie stood face-to-face (or face-to-belly) with this moose yesterday, and they will confirm that the adreneleine rush was not that much fun.

Other hints:

  • If a moose false charges, walk slowly back the way you came, then go somewhere private and clean out your shorts.
  • If a moose charges and keeps coming, pray for a climbable tree nearby. Climb fast! <grin>. A full-grown moose weighs as much as a small pick-up truck and seems to run as fast as a horse.
  • Moose can sometimes be docile, but you should assume they are dangerous and unpredictable. An angry moose can kick the **** out of you and your "sturdy" aluminum bike, so respect their space by riding somewhere else whenever possible.

Please pass this message along to other trail users.

Yours in the Moose Drool,
Jim LaFortune

 
 

Upcoming Trail Build - Saturday August 6th
posted 07.13.05

MAMBA Mountain Riders,

The fifth (5) trail build for 2005 is scheduled for August 6th to work on Nemesis Trail. The sixth (6) and hopefully final trail build for 2005 is scheduled for Sunday, August 28th.

We will be leaving Rosauers at 9am and carpooling to Nemesis, so show up before then. The day's plan and raffle will take place on the mountain before breaking ground. If you're new to trail building, let one of the organizers know so they can teach you about the tools and process. MAMBA has plenty of tools so no need to bring your own. But do bring lunch, water, sturdy shoes, and work gloves.

If there's bad weather, we'll reschedule for Sunday the 7th. Those coming from Pullman can call Jonathan Lomber or Dan Cordon.

Remember, once Nemesis Trail is completed, mountain bikers and hikers will be able to access the east half of the mountain without riding Ridge Road. So please join the trail build crew and do your part to help make this a reality.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

Nemesis Trail Report for the July 9th Event
posted 07.11.05

Hear ye, hear ye,

Two moons and 7 hours ago, a band a fearless dirt movers assembled with their battle tools at the Rosaures parking lot. Despite the threat of miserable ambient conditions, they hitherfore assembled in one another's vehicles and caravanned to the battle site. - Nemesis Upper Trailhead.

I would like send a shout out to my peeps: Jonathan Lomber, Kelly Maer, Jenine Cordon, Kari Dickinson, John Larkin, and Tom Drake for their acts of dirt-moving on the hot shot crew last weekend. The 6 of them built about 300 yards of single track (in a very rooty section mind you!) and layed the footers for the bridge at the cedar tree. With a typical size crew (remember to put in on your calendar :o) we may be able to tie in with the partially completed lower section on the next trail day!

I'm sure the slave labor, er, I mean, fearless battalion of dirt movers would send a thanks to Jonathan and Tim for sharpening the tools the night before. I'm also sure that the Moscow supply of ibuprofen decreased significantly over the weekend too. <ha!>

Each trail build has produced better trail than the group before. And while the trail will require a lot of effort in the uphill direction, the trail bed is probably the finest piece of MAMBA work I've ever seen. Thanks to all those that have helped make this a reality.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

Upcoming Trail Build - Saturday August 6th
posted 07.09.05

The next trail build is scheduled for August 6th, 2005 to work on Nemesis Trail. Meet at Rosauers at 9AM to get your name in the raffle. Show up a few minutes early if this is your first time building a trail.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

2005 MAMBA Projects
posted 07.08.05

  • Completion of Nemesis Trail
  • Build Cave Trail Bridges
  • Create Cave Trail beginner bypass

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

Women's Mountain Bike Rides
posted 07.07.05

Mountain BikingLadies Rides were a smash hit for 2004. Continuing for the summer of 2005 are the 'Ladies-Only Social Rides."

Tuesday Ride: 5:15pm at Rosauers, and all levels are welcome.
Thursday Ride: 6:00pm at Rosauers, and all levels are welcome.

For more information, check/post on the Yahoo Discussion Group

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

Trail Build - Saturday July 9th
posted 07.05.05

MAM-BA Black Sheep, have you any trail?
Yes, but not for the weak and frail.

Day four (4) of the Nemesis work party happens this Saturday (July 9th). Nemesis Trail is the new MAMBA trail for 2005. It will act as a bypass for Ridge Road between Four Corners and the climbing rocks (where the road has been covered with large gravel).

For those that haven't built trail before (or, would like a refresher) there is a mandatory pre-meeting in the Rosauers parking lot at 8:45am. We will go over the steps and methods for building sustainable bike/hike trails and tool safety. For our more seasoned volunteers, you can show up at 9:00am for the raffle. We intend to leave Rosauers by ~9:15am.

Tools are provided, but you should bring lunch, water, sturdy shoes, work gloves, and a cell phone.

Up for raffle:
Follett's has donated a $40 gift certificate for anything in their store. That would get you some much needed upgrades/tune up for your poor, neglected bike!

And, every time you show up for a trail day, you get another entry in the hat for the SRE trip that will be raffled off at the end of the trail build season.

The next trail build is scheduled for August 6th, so slap that date on your calendar and tell all your friends "If you wand to see me that day, you'll have to be swinging your tool next to me in the fire line!"

We hope this message finds you in better condition that Jonathan and I are currently in :o( <--- Partially broken from bike accidents

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

Letter from Retired MAMBA President
posted 06.23.05

Hello,

This summer the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association (MAMBA) will be 13 years old. I'm writing because I'm going to be turning down the heat on my time commitment to MAMBA. After more than a decade of putting my heart and soul into our club, I need a real break.

Fortunately, two new MAMBA leaders have emerged in the past couple years. Since they began helping out, our "mambership" has grown fivefold, to over 275 folks on the MAMBA email list.

Your new MAMBA leaders are Jonathan Lomber and Dan Cordon. Here is their contact information:

Jonathan Lomber
fumehood@excite.com

Dan Cordon
dcordon@uidaho.edu

In the future, I dream of being a regular, dedicated volunteer who shows up to do trail work a few times a year. I will also continue to be the landowner liaison for MAMBA, until Jonathan and Dan can meet the landowners themselves.

OK, maybe I'll still do some trail layout and design someday too. What can I say...it's the only art I am any good at, and it's in my blood. If I had been born 200 years ago, I probably would have been the guy who explored ahead to find the route to some promised land.

Please consider emailing Jonathan and Dan to offer them kudos on their highly exalted, overpaid positions in the MAMBA hierarchy. Or contact them to offer your time and energy to keep MAMBA alive and thriving. For example, MAMBA needs someone to connect with the State of Idaho Parks and Rec Department to plan a new trail system at McCroskey State Park (the older trails are gradually being lost to logging).

We all desire excellent trails, and we can all share the responsibility of making it happen.

Thank you so much for your support, both financial and physical, over the years. Most significantly, thanks to my wife Kathie, who woke me up to the fact that it was time to pass the baton. She was instrumental in every inch of trail that MAMBA has ever worked on; if she hadn't taken on more than her share of the responsibility in our daily lives, MAMBA would be the fond memory of a few Moscow mtb geezers like me. Please thank her for putting up with my MAMBA excesses over the years. It wasn't always easy. The fact that we all have a nice place to ride is directly due to her efforts.

See you on the trails,

Jim LaFortune
Retired, Lame Duck, Incognito, etc ex-President of MAMBA

 
 

Nemesis Trail Report for the June 11th Event
posted 06.12.05

MAMBA dudes, dude-ettes, duders, and duds,

Saturday June 11th was another monumental day in MAMBA trail building history. A diverse crew of volunteers with none to tons of trail building experience converged on Nemesis to kick some butt and take names. Without question, the group constructed some of the most beautifully crafted, hand-created single track MAMBA has ever made. And they made a LOT of it! Nemesis is now complete about 100 yards past the large cedar tree in the creek.

Our current thinking is that we will need about two more trail build days to complete construction. Mark July 9th on your calendar for our next gathering! In the mean time, check out the progress thus far. The trail bed is soft, but some foot/bike traffic should help it bed in nicely. Also, if you could make it rain on the trail occasionally, that would help too.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

MAMBA Group Ride - Monday June 13th
posted 06.08.05

MAMBA Groupies,

Here's your chance to follow your favorite bike-star, (insert name here), around the mountain. We had a decent turn out for the MAMBA ride last Monday, and the main group got to run up Cabin/Jump trail, do the Lower and Upper Tusk, go up and down North Contour, ride Cave Trail, and drop down to Sand Boulevard. They then connected to Rock and a Hard Place (east to west), Sidewinder, and back down Jump/Cabin Trail.

Everyone had so much fun that they're going to do it again *this* Monday too. However, this time the plan is to head up the Cabin/Jump Trail, then across Ridge Road (wish Nemesis was done!) to the East Moscow Mountain Lookout. From there we'll run down Wonderdog at lightning pace, and hoof it all the way back up and across Ridge Road. If time permits we may even take a few minor detours on the way back.

The ride will probably be at a moderate pace...no faster than Asche the dog can run though. And there will probably be ~2000'+ of vertical climb. You can bet that Jonathan and I will be out of breath most of the time, so don't expect a lot of conversation from us :o)

***Change in Meeting Location***
To make things faster, for this ride we will be meeting at Mountain View Park for planned departure at 6:00pm. FYI: Mountain View Park is located on the way to Moscow Mountain Road (Four Corners access area). It is on the paved portion of Mountain View, at the 90° turn to the left.

Hope we can see you there. And, if you so desire, we'd love your company at the Trail Build Day this Saturday (June 11th). Rosauers parking lot at 9:00am.

Later--

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

Weekly Women's Rides
posted 06.07.05

MAMBA Mambers,

Below is a message from Lauren Bissey about the women's bike rides. Definitely something you should consider getting involved with. That is of course - if you can convince the group that you're a woman (for starters, Jonathan would have to shave his soul patch) :o)

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


HEY EVERYONE

Last night's ride went great. Next week, we are going to have two women's rides; one on Tuesday at 5:15pm and one on Thursday at 5:15pm.

The day of the ride in the following weeks will be determined by which night has a better turnout. So, feel free to come to one or both nights (and let your preference be known).

I will send out an email next Friday letting everyone know the permanent day and time for women's rides for the rest of the summer. Of course, if you can't make it on the day, there will surely be a crowd going out other days of the week.

We will meet in the parking lot of Rosaurs so if you live in town, feel free to bike there and we can carpool up to the trails.

Again, this is an all-riding level ride.

Lauren Bissey

P.S. To the guys included on this email list - can you pass this on to your lady friends? Also, ladies-please email this to your interested friends.

 
 

Trail Build - Saturday June 11th
posted 06.06.05

Hello Glorious MAMBA Volunteers,

Our third (3) Trail party is this Saturday, June 11. Please meet at Rosauers no later than 9 AM.

For this month's raffle, we'll be giving away a gift certificate to Sangria Grille. And if there's high attendance, we may just have to give away a second "lovely" raffle.

We will carpool to the upper end of Nemesis Trail on Moscow Mountain. No need to bring tools, as MAMBA has plenty. There is also no need to bring a lunch; LUNCH IS PROVIDED, courtesy of the LaFortunes. We will gather at a giant cedar tree along the trail for lunch at 1:45 PM, so please bring plenty of water and snacks to get you through the morning.

Folks are welcome to do more trail work after lunch, but we understand that a full belly might diminish motivation, so we aren't really expecting it.

If it is raining heavily this Saturday morning, we will postpone till the next day (Sunday the 12th), same meeting time and place. If you are not sure about the weather, please show up at Rosauers and we'll decide together.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

MAMBA Group Ride - Monday June 6th
posted 06.04.05

MAMBA-ikers,

After gathering your preferences for group rides, we've come to the following decisions:

Our first (in recent history) MAMBA group ride will be this coming Monday, June 6th (with alternative rain day on Thursday, June 9th). This will be an 'all levels' ride to help us assess peoples comfort level with different aspects of biking. As such, we expect that everyone will be respectful and supportive of the other group participants. A quick surveying of people on the ride will decide which trail options we choose.

  • If there are mostly inexperienced riders we will start a ride from Four Corners that will ride Ridge Road out to either the Radio Towers or Paradise Point. We will hit North Contour on the way back to Four Corners and a few people may even take a shuttle run down the Jump Trail and Cabin Trail.
  • If everyone is moderately comfortable with local trails, we will start at Cabin trail, then go do North Contour and Cave Trail, and back down Jump Trail and Cabin Trail.
  • If there is a mix of skill levels, and sufficient number of participants, we will split the group and do both of the above options.

The caravan will be departing Rosauers parking lot at 6:00pm. Please be there a few minutes early so we can get your input on which of the above options will work best.

Also, just a friendly reminder - Our next trail building party is June 11th. We will meet at Rosauers parking lot at 9:00am. And as always, there will be raffle prizes from our wonderful sponsors! Our goal is to start at the top (to take in the beauty of the last trail work day) and make it to the giant cedar in the creek by lunch time.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

Help Control Dust on the Mountain
posted 06.03.05

MAMBA Members and Friends,

Once again the North Latah County Highway Department is planning to apply magnesium chloride to Foothill Road. As they agreed last year, they will do the labor, but they are asking the local residents of Tolo Road and Foothill Road to pay for the MgCl. If you utilized the Foothill Road parking area last year, you will know that the MgCl really helped control the dust and create a safer and more enjoyable environment for us all.

Since recreational users also benefit from this dust control measure, we would like to ask you to consider chipping in again, if you can afford it. We mountain bikers and hikers have increased traffic in that area, so it would be a nice gesture to show residents we're willing to work with them to minimize our impact.

If you can help, please send a check payable to the "North Latah County Highway District". Write "Foothill Road Dust Control" in the memo line.

Thanks!

Lauren Fins

 
 

Nemesis Trail Report for the May 21st Event
posted 05.22.05

MAMBA-ites,

In this issue of The MAMBA Enquirer:

  • Trail Party Stats
  • Trail Party Progress
  • Trail Party Reminder
  • BIG Raffle
  • Shout out to my Peeps

Saturday, May 21st was another great day in trail building history. Just over 20 volunteers showed up at Rosauers. This cut everyone's chances at winning the raffle, so we did two items. Sean Prentiss won a $35 gift certificate to Hyperspud Sports, and Nick Fuller will be having his bike professionally tuned by the guru's at Northwestern Mountain Sports – also a $35 value.

We carpooled to the Four Corners area and hiked to the top of the Nemesis trail head (on the way to Granite Point) and started our way down. John "Scratch Master" Larkin lead a small group with McLeods to pull the last 200 years of duff off the trail, and the rest of the group followed shortly behind with pulaskies and McLeods. We also had a lot of help from a group of youth who lopped brush like it was going out of style. Throughout the course of the work party, we had another 6 people show up, bringing our volunteer total to almost 30 people!

We're just about finished with the upper 1/3 of trail, and we stopped just before the big cedar in the creek. However, there was a "MAMBA Miracle" that day. As we were hiking out, there was VERY clear evidence of someone(s) working on the lower section of the trail. We're not sure who they were, but they moved a LOT of dirt (er, soil I mean) in some key areas. This will pay huge dividends in reducing the amount of time it takes for us to complete the trail.

The next trail day is June 11th, rain or shine. But it will shine, so what is there to worry about? :o) Same MAMBA Time, Same MAMBA Place.

Every year we raffle off a super sweet SRE trip (donated to MAMBA!!). This year we will raffle this off at a party we have at the end of the season. For each trail day a person is present at, they will have a tag with their name put in the drawing. The more trail days, the more chances to win. And yes, the party attendees will get a name in the hat too :o) Winner need not be present (or sober) to win.

Special thanks to all the local businesses that donate to our cause. Raffle items and tool discounts are *always* appreciated! And a Super Thanks to all that showed up to build trail. Obviously...the trails wouldn't be there without the effort you continue to put in year after year! I'd give you a pat on the back, but my arms are still too sore :o)

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

MAMBA MOnthly Trail Rides - TBA
posted 05.13.05

MAMBA Trail Riders,

This summer MAMBA will attempt to host one trail ride per month. It will likely be on a weekend morning. We will discuss details at the May Trail Build on the 21st to get member input on day/time preference. The goal of these rides is to expose members to the other trails on Moscow Mountain besides Headwaters, North Contour, and Cave Trail. Some great trails that most members haven't ridden at all are: Wonder Dog, Over Easy, and Cabin/Jump Trail. You don't have to participate in the Trail Build Days to come, though we sure appreciate the help if you can make them!

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

Trail Build - Saturday May 21st
posted 05.12.05

MAMBA Trail Riders,

Day two (2) of the Nemesis work party will happen on May 21st. Nemesis Trail is the new MAMBA trail for 2005. It will act as a bypass for Ridge Road between Four Corners and the climbing rocks (where the road has been covered with large gravel). Last month MAMBA volunteers were able to finish the saw work, so this month we will focus mostly on ground work.

Who: Can you fog up a cold mirror? Then you're invited! No experience necessary, no pay, huge fun!

When: Saturday, May 21, 2005

Where: Meet at Rosauers on North Main Street in Moscow, no later than 9 AM. We will raffle off a $35 gift certificate to Hyperspud Sports. We will carpool to the trailhead, which is about 1/4 mile east of Four Corners. Nemesis Trail will climb on the downhill side of Ridge Road, starting near the top of Rock Creek Road.

What to bring: MAMBA has plenty of tools, and we will be using mostly ground tools this time. Also bring lunch, water, sturdy shoes, work gloves and a cell phone and digital camera to document the fun, if you own one.

Why: Once MAMBA completes Nemesis Trail, mountain bikers and hikers will be able to access the east half of the mountain without having to endure the heinous chunky gravel on that section of Ridge Road.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

Jim LaFortune takes early retirement
posted 05.11.05

MAMBAAAAZS,

After 13 years of service, MAMBA Prez Jim LaFortune has cashed in on MAMBA's unpaid retirement plan. We will miss him, but the benefits package (family time, and riding time) have definitely been earned! Mountain biking around the Inland Northwest wouldn't be the same w/o all of Jim's enthusiastic efforts. If you see Jim or Kathie LaFortune, be sure to thank them for all they've given to us.

Jonathan Lomber and Dan Cordon will be taking over Jim's responsibilities. They can be reached:

Jonathan Lomber
fumehood@excite.com

Dan Cordon
dcordon@uidaho.edu

We look forward to continuing in the footsteps that Jim has started, even if it takes two of us to try and fill them!

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

Nemesis Trail Report for the April 16th Event
posted 04.17.05

Saturday was a great day to be a mountain biker!

Despite the *early* alarm clocks for a Saturday, and the hint that it could be cold and rainy, we had just over 20 people show up for our first trail build day of the year! Forgive me for giving the ending away at the beginning, but the end result is that we now have a hikable trail. For those not yet blessed with the experience of building new trail, the first day(s) are mostly chainsaw work. It may not seem like much, but the crew worked very hard and cleared a LOT of brush and logs.

Many followed up with lopper and Mcleod work. John Larkin got a great start cutting the uphill edge of trail with his trusty pulaski, and Mark Solomon worked magic through the brush/schrubs with his 'Wondertool.' Thanks x 1000 to all the volunteers.

Now that it's mostly cleared, we would love if people hiked the trail some. You can give us better feedback/suggestions, and it helps make it clear where the trail bed will be put in.

Nemesis Trail Directions:

Drive to Four Corners and take a right towards Rock Creek Road. Park in the open area at the intersection of Rock Creek and Ridge Road. Hike up Ridge Road about 100' where the next intersection is. To your right there should be a pile of large rocks. This is the trailhead.

Once on the trail, it should be pretty clear where it goes. It doesn't intersect any other trails, and orange flagging is still through the center of the trail. There's a great rock lookout about 1/3 the way in to the trail where you can see much of Moscow. The center 1/4 of trail didn't get sawed, but will shortly - long before our next trail day. The last 1/2 of trail winds around through some large cedar trees. There are many switchbacks, but they're less challenging and with larger spacing than the 8 devils on Headwaters. The trail ends on the short road going to the climbing rocks. Follow this road ~150' to the north, through the turkey filters and you'll find yourself on Ridge Road again. You can walk down the road to your car, or turn around and walk the trail the other direction.

See you May 14 for our next big trail party. We will be giving away at least two volunteer prizes; a set of gnarly Innova studded mtb tires, value $80, and a $35 gift certificate, both donated by Terry and Bruce at NW Mt Sports. The amazing part is that these guys ALSO come out and do trail work! Be sure to thank them next time you visit their shop.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

Trail Build - Saturday April 16th
posted 03.28.05

Hello Trail-oholics,

Come celebrate the start of the 2005 riding season by helping to build a sweet new singletrack called Nemesis on the first (1) trail build party of the season. Here's the scoop:

Who: Anyone with a pulse. No experience necessary, no pay, huge fun!

When: Saturday, April 16, 2005

Where: Meet at Rosauers on North Main Street in Moscow, no later than 9 AM. We will carpool to the trailhead, which is about 1/4 mile east of Four Corners. Nemesis will climb on the downhill side of Ridge Road, starting near the top of Rock Creek Road.

What to bring: MAMBA has plenty of tools, though we could use more chainsaws for this outing. Also bring lunch, water, sturdy shoes, work gloves and a cell phone and digital camera to document the fun, if you own one.

Why: Once MAMBA completes Nemesis, mountain bikers and hikers will be able to access the east half of the mountain without having to endure the heinous chunky gravel on that section of Ridge Road.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

Cave Trail Progress
posted 03.26.05

MAMBA-I-dees,

MAMBA's major project for the summer of 2004 was a spanky new singletrack called Cave Trail. We completed the route before the snow fell, and even got to ride it a few times this winter, during the frequent dry spells.

Check out the MAMBA Trails link to get an update on this superb new single track.

Thanks go out to the private land owners, Al Dyer and Bennett Lumber, who gave us permission to construct Cave Trail.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 
 

Erosion Control
posted 03.25.05

Hello,

The UI Mountain Bike team was working with MAMBA and Bennett Lumber to control erosion by building a terrain parkin a gully near the top of Headwaters Trail, but they never completed the project. The team was building water bars (i.e., jumps!) and berms. Contact Jim LaFortune if you are interested in this style of riding and would like to help develop the terrain park.

Jim LaFortune

 
 

Free Beer!
posted 10.09.04

Hello Trail-oholics,

Free beer! Free beer !Free beer! Free beer! Free beer! Free beer! Free beer!
(Seriously)

Come celebrate the completion of Cave Trail at MAMBA's end-of-season party. Here's the scoop:

Who: anyone who has done trail work or contributed to MAMBA this season.

When: Saturday, Oct 9. Party starts at 5:30 and goes until ????

Where: Jonathan Lomber's house

What to bring: MAMBA will provide a keg of good barley pop (that's beer), other non-alcoholic liquids, and munchies. Bring your own grillables. Also bring a dessert, if you like sweets.

What else to bring: a musical instrument if you want to jam. Maybe the mojo for a jam will happen, maybe not. Please call Jim if you can help out by bringing a gas grill. Not for music, silly, for cooking.

Why: why not?

Point of Clarification: There is a regularly-scheduled trail work day on Saturday, Oct 9 (RAINED OUT AND RESCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, OCT 10, MEETING AT 10 AM AT ROSAUERS) but you don't have to work on the trail that day to go to the party.

To join us for the trail work, meet at Rosauers in Moscow at 9 AM on Saturday, October 9. We'll carpool to the work site. Bring lunch, water, work gloves, loppers if you own a pair, and a digital camera or cell phone if you have one.

See you October 9,

Jim LaFortune

 
 

MAMBA Group Ride
posted 10.02.04

Hello,

To all Moscow Area Mountain Bikers--

Every now and then it's important to reap the rewards of our labors. By this, we are talking about the thousands of hours local volunteers have spent building mountain bike trails over the last 10 years.

Jim LaFortune

 
 

Cave Trail Progress
posted 09.30.04

Hello,

The final Cave Trail party is Saturday, October 9th (POSTPONED BY RAIN; MEET AT 10 AM SUNDAY OCT 10). There will also be an end-of-season bash at Jonathan's house starting at 5:30 after the trail work. Everyone who contributed time or money for MAMBA's efforts this season is welcome to party on, even if you cannot help out on October 9th. Spouses and kids welcome, BYO grillable animal flesh or veggies; MAMBA will provide FREE BEER, munchies, terrific company and, did I mention, FREE BEER?

Here's the poop regarding the October 9th trail work: Meet at 9:00 AM at the Rosauers grocery store parking lot on North Main Street in Moscow. We will carpool to the mountain. One lucky volunteer will claim a valuable door prize, so be there by 9 AM to win.

The group will probably work until about 3:00 PM, so bring a lunch and plenty of water, as well as loppers, a cell phone and digital camera, if you own one. A variety of free Clif Bars will be available to all volunteers. Join the fun and meet other bikers who can show you the singletrack routes you crave. No experience necessary!

Jim LaFortune

 
 

Women's Group Rides
posted 08.23.04

Hello,

A core group of local women are riding together every Tuesday. All levels welcome. Contact Aly Bean or Lauren Bissey for more information.

Jim LaFortune

 
 

Cave Trail Grant Success!
posted 08.23.04

Idaho Recreational Trails ProgramHello,

Congratulations to Jonathan Lomber for writing a successful grant to the Idaho Recreational Trails Program. Money from the grant was used to rent a small trailbuilding machine. In the summer of 2005, we hope to purchase material for bridges and upgrade MAMBA's tool stash.

Closer to home, the Moscow Food Co-op awarded MAMBA $768 last year to continue our work of providing human-powered recreation opportunities for our community. Please shop at the Co-op and other local businesses that generously support our efforts.

Jim LaFortune

 
 

Moscow Mountain Cleanup
posted 08.08.04

State of Idaho Parks and RecreationHello,

In conjuction with MAMBA, local Eagle Scout candidate John Mosman conducted a community cleanup of Moscow Mountain in July, 2004. John also re-routed a boggy section of Cabin Trail above Warnick cabin.

Jim LaFortune

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 06.06.04

Hello,

Elephant Tusk (a.k.a. Lower Tusk) is a fun, short connector that heads west from Four Corners. There is a NEW TRAILHEAD near Four Corners for Elephant Tusk. In a couple weeks, this will become the trailhead for Cave Trail and Rock And A Hard Place.

From the main crossroads at Four Corners, head west on the Ridge Rd (toward North Contour). The big flat area at Four Corners narrows to a one lane dirt road. About 30 yards after it narrows, look for a long pink ribbon on the right, approximately 5 yards off the road.

This entrance has been left intentionally hidden, so please don't break off branches or cut out the two filter logs. You will have to carry your bike about ten yards. After that, I only lopped branches and raked duff, so the trail will take a while to get established. The new trail entrance drops onto Elephant Tusk in a nice swoopy berm. Please leave the brush and logs that block the old entrance to this route.

Also, please do NOT use the destroyed road (the one connecting Four Corners to the meadow at the west end of Rock And A Hard Place), as the landowner doesn't want a trail established there. Instead, wait a couple weeks and Elephant Tusk will lead to Cave Trail, which will get take you to the meadow.

Jim LaFortune

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 05.16.04

Hello,

Cave Trail: MAMBA strategically gained permission to build Cave Trail the summer of 2004 to replace Sand Trail in the Four Corner's area.. Thus, MAMBA's big 2004 project is Cave Trail's construction. Stay tuned for details. Meanwhile, send a check today so we have the cash resources to rent a trail building machine, instead of doing all the grunt work using hand tools. Our next trail building party on Cave Trail is Saturday, May 22. Meet at Rosauers in Moscow at 9 AM. T-shirts and gift certificates awarded to participants!

Headwaters: One of the reasons MAMBA built Headwaters Trail was to bypass the nasty new gravel on Ridge Rd above Pond 9. The gravel stretches for about a mile, starting half a mile uphill from Pond 9 where the road splits. The road beyond the gravel, however is very smooth and rolling....an excellent place for beginners.

Southside: In the Autumn of 2002, a new a logging/fire access road impacted Southside Trail just east of Headwaters Trail. You can find the continuation of Southside Trail by following these directions: If you've started your ride by climbing Headwaters Trail, when you come to the newly bull-dozed road, turn right and pedal about 40 yards. Where the road turns sharply left, follow the bike tire tracks down to the right. Pedal about 1/4 mile, then you have to climb onto another new piece of the same road. Bear right on the road and go straight to the end. The end of the road is the property line, so the rest of Southside Trail should be safe for now.

Rock and a Hard Place: Ride up Moscow Mtn Rd to Four Corners. The road between Four Corners and the meadow marking the start of Rock And A Hard Place has been intentially destroyed by the landowner, in order to keep motor vehicles out of the meadow. You will be able to access this trail once again after we build Cave Trail, hopefully by mid-July. Or you can get there via the old Sand Trail connection, if you know your way.

Warnick Rd: Latah County has laid down gravel on Warnick Rd. At least it's the small rock and not the cantaoupe-sized boulders.

Moscow Mtn Rd: There has been recent logging activity near the base of Moscow Mtn Rd , just up the road from the flats where mountain bikers usually park. The current activity seems to have moved off the main Moscow Mt Rd to a side road, so there is less impact on recreation now than there was in April.

Jim LaFortune

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 11.29.03

Hello,

Moscow Mountain landowners have spoken: Moscow Mountain is essentially all PRIVATE LAND. In case it's not clear from the many signs and closed gates, MOTORIZED VEHICLES ARE NOT ALLOWED anywhere on Moscow Mountain except the main county roads. This closure includes snowmobiles. The open county roads include Moscow Mountain Rd and Rock Creek Rd, but only when they are dry.

The International Mountain Bike Association, IMBA, has given Idaho a rating of "A-" for mountain biking quality of life for 2003. Idaho slipped a little (from an A) this year, partly due to trail access issues near Boise and the wilderness debate that would keep mountain bikes out of the Boulder/White Clouds. The reasons we still earn an 'A-' include access to abundant singletrack, thanks in part to MAMBA's hard work in the past decade.

Moscow Mtn Rd has been lightly gravelled all the way to Four Corners. Next season the county plans to gravel down the north side (via Rock Creek Rd). Bummer. Hopefully the gravel will pack down in the next year or so.

Jim LaFortune

 
 

IMBA Visit! Summer 2003
posted 08.01.03

Hello,

The International Mountain Bike Association, Subaru USA, and Clif Bar are proud to have sponsored a visit to Moscow by IMBA's world famous Trail Care Crew in the summer of 2003.

Forty-two folks from as far away as Florida attended the Trail Care Crew's slide show at Paradise Creek Bikes in Moscow.

Jim LaFortune

 
 

2003 Summer Summary

Hello,

Mosocw Mtn Rd: Moscow Mt Rd is in the processed of being gravelled all the way to Four Corners and down the north side (via Rock Creek Rd). Bummer. Hopefully the gravel will pack down in the next year or so. In the meantime, if you hate the rock, try riding Wonder Dog Trail/Cedars Grove trail at the east end of the mountain. Access Wonder Dog via Tamarack Rd.

Headwaters: If you'd like to discover the location of the new Headwaters Trail, show up at Paradise Creek Bicycles on Main Street in Moscow at 6:30 PM on August 21st and meet people who can show you the route. The IMBA slide show "IMBA Around The World" will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Refreshments will be served.

Tools are often stashed in secret places near Headwaters Trail. If you cannot attend one of our trail construction outings, consider working on the trail on your own time.

Southside Trail:Last Autumn new a logging/fire access road impacted Southside Trail just east of Headwaters Trail. Although work is done for now in this area, in general, please remember when you encounter logging activity that loggers are usually subcontractors; they don't make the decisions, so even if you wish the land was yours so you could leave the trees, it isn't. Treat all forest users, ESPECIALLY LOGGERS, respectfully. If we act responsibly now, perhaps we'll be allowed to continue using their land in the future. Be aware too, that in terms of our passion for singletrack, non-bikers have a hard time understanding why roads are so different from trails. The bottom line is that we've been using private property free for years, and it is, after all, PRIVATE property.

Other minor logging has rearranged the small stream crossing farther east along Southside Trail. This portion of the trail is owned by mountain biker and MAMBA member Jack Carpenter. Jack is using a small tractor with wheels to thin the forest. Southside Trail is still easy to follow through the impact area.

Warnick Rd: The road blockage at the "Y" where Warnick Rd splits from Moscow Mtn Rd has been moved aside by the county. The bad news is that Latah County will eventually lay down gravel on Warnick Rd. A local Boy Scout will rebuild the bridge across the creek below Warnick cabin this summer as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Erosion Control: The UI Mountain Bike team is working with MAMBA and Bennett Lumber to control erosion by building a terrain park in a gully near the top of Headwaters Trail. The team is building water bars (i.e., jumps!) and berms. Contact T-Jay Clevenger for more information.

Jim LaFortune

 
 

Thanks to Bennett Lumber Products
posted 06.15.03

Hello,

If you are unable to attend any of MAMBA's many scheduled events, you can still help out by sending a check to MAMBA and writing a letter to Brett Bennett, thanking him for allowing the public to recreate responsibly on his land. Bennett Lumber Products owns almost half the timberland on Moscow Mountain.

Bennett Lumber ProductsBrett Bennett
c/o Bennet Lumber Products
PO Box 49
Princeton, ID 83857

Jim LaFortune

 
 

2002 Summer Summary

Hello,

North-South Divide: Near the North-South Divide is a singletrack called East Dennis Trail. It is typically ridden as a loop with Sampson Trail. East Dennis Trail is closed for the remainder of the season due to logging. Don't waste your time grinding up that steep road (#377). Instead, I'd suggest the following: turn right on Rd 377 (Palouse Divide Rd), cross the highway, continue on 377 to the top of Three Tree Butte Trail 26. Ride Tr 26 back to campground, a wonderful descent.

Cedars Grove:The short road that drops from Ridge Rd to the grove of ancient cedars (near the east end of Moscow Mtn) has been intentionally erased by the land manager (The Nature Conservancy) in order to reduce damage from motor vehicles. The alternative route to the trees is a trail that is open to human-powered recreation (ie; hiking and mountain biking). The Cedar Grove trailhead is about 1/4 mile east along Ridge Rd from the top of the old road that led to the cedars. Look for a private driveway on the right (south) that climbs steeply (there is a X-C skiers sign up high on a tree on the left). The trail begins at the wide parking area ACROSS Ridge Rd from this driveway. Sometimes there is a sign at the trailhead, but it is often vandalized. The trail north (downhill) from Cedars and parallel to Long Creek is called Whiplash.

To find the new Cedars Grove trail from Tamarack, bike up Tamarack Rd (ignore the giant new logging road that cuts diagonally across Tamarack grade about 2 miles up). At the top, 2.7 miles from the old ski area, go straight on Ridge Rd (the fork to the left goes to East Moscow Mtn Lookout and the Wonder Dog loop). Descend gently for about 1/2 mile, whereupon the road flattens. Go about 250 yards. The trailhead is on the right (north) at the apex of a wide parking space, directly across from the driveway mentioned above. You know you're at the correct place if the driveway (which leads to a private residence) climbs steeply.

Southside Trail: As of Sept 1, the new logging has begun just east of Headwaters Trail. Although conditions may change as road work progresses, you can currently find the continuation of Southside Trail by following these directions: If you've started your ride by climbing Headwaters Trail, when you come to the newly bull-dozed road, turn right and pedal about 40 yards. Where the road turns sharply left, look for the trail on the right. Go about 1/4 mile and you have to thread your way up from the trail onto another new piece of the same road. Bear right on the road and go straight to the end. The end of the road is the property line, so hopefully Southside trail will continue from there despite the logging.

Jim LaFortune

 
 

2000 Summer Summary

Hello,

Update: Logging trucks will probably be using Ridge Rd above Pond 9 periodically. Most of the logging has been between Paradise Point and West Twin, where the radio towers are.

Oval Office: MAMBA asks that you NOT RIDE Oval Office. There is a key section of preexisting double track between Four Corners and the west portions of Oval Office that we assumed would be okay to cross. It turns out, the landowner is not pleased with this loss of privacy. Please DO NOT RIDE Oval Office. Please honor this closure indefinitely, unless you read on this website someday that permission has been granted or the trail has been re-routed. Ride Rock And A Hard Place instead.Thanks for your patience.

Rock and a Hard Place: Don't attempt this new singletrack unless you're comfortable on steep sidehills. Ride up Moscow Mtn Rd to Four Corners. Go straight over the top and down the north side toward the old Sand Trail. There's a meadow that looks like it may have been homesteaded at one time. Notice two overgrown skid roads to the right (heading east, more or less). Take the second, lower right. (The entry is a little brushy on purpose, to discourage motor-heads from finding it.) Follow this overgrown skid road about 2/3 mile to its end. The singletrack begins up a steep embankment to the right. I wouldn't recommend taking beginner riders on it, as it is a fairly steep side hill in spots. Caution! At the bottom of a short downhill, be prepared to negotiate between a Rock And A Hard Place; no skidding, please! The singletrack emerges onto a grassy logging road. Continue eastward about 1/2 mile. (Note: if you continue east even farther on this grassy logging road you come to Sand Trail, then to the blue gate on Rock Creek Rd). To follow the easiest loop back to Four Corners, turn right and climb steeply for 1/2 mile or so on the dirt doubletrack called Donkey Hoh Tea. Bear right on Rock Creek Rd, which takes you back to Ridge Rd just east of Four Corners. The entire loop is probably 3 to 3.5 miles long. Enjoy!

Cabin/Jump Trail: Cabin/Jump Trail has three new humongous turkey filters (giant trenches to keep out 4-wheelers) at the top, but bikes are still allowed. MAMBA spent a day in May, 2000 cutting two cords of firewood for the Warnick's cabin and it is our understanding that responsible mountain bikers are allowed to use the trail past the cabin. The jumps are gone from Jump Trail and it has been bulldozed. The top 1/4 mile access to Over Easy off Sand Trail disappears into a road bed.

Sand Trail: Most of Sand Trail is gone (bulldozed for a logging project) and a road wide enough to drive a loaded log truck on has replaced it. This road is reasonably rideable now that the rain has come. The only part of Sand Trail that avoided the chopping block was the western-most section, North Contour, from the meadow to Ridge Rd.

Switchblade: Switchblade makes it possible to ride from Southside Trail up toward Paradise Point. The treadway is nicely packed down and the switchbacks are rideable in both the uphill and downhill directions. You can help by riding up or down Switchblade instead of the old trail, nicknamed Liposuction, as this will reduce erosion.

Over Easy: Over Easy is a self-contained loop of about 5.5 miles on overgrown skid roads. The first half of the loop is in pretty good shape. The second half (after the stream crossing) is getting overgrown and will need a lopper haircut next summer. From Four Corners, go north toward the old Sand Trail. (P.S. This area is newly logged and is now a dirt road. It is fairly rideable since the September and October, 2000 rain packed down last summer's dust.) Turn right and ride about 0.3 mile to an open, white sandy area. Bear left in a sweeping, descending turn to begin Over Easy. (P.S. Note that the first half mile of Over Easy is now a logging road.) Approximately 0.5 mile later, you will come to a Y-junction. Bear right and enjoy the next 1.6 miles of swooping, gradual downhill, most of which is remarkably smooth. The most important junction is at approximately mile 2.1, about 50 yards after the overgrown skid road changes character to a newly-bulldozed road. Turn hard left onto a desending road. Descend briefly, cross a small stream, climb steeply for about 100 yards, then bear left as you pop out on top. Climb less steeply, with some rolling sections, for the about 2 miles. (P.S. Somewhere in this section the singletrack is now a road.) The only turn to worry about comes when you bear right and exit on the same trail you rode in on at the beginning of Over Easy.

Jim LaFortune

 
 

1999 Summer Summary

Hello,

Switchblade: On July 10, 1999, we established a singletrack that makes Southside Trail rideable in the eastward direction almost all the way to Paradise Point. The route is called Switchblade. It will take a while for the treadway to get packed down. The switchbacks also need work, which cannot be done until we get a soaking rain to dampen the soil. In the meantime, the route is definitely rideable in the downhill direction and needs riders to help pack it out. From the top of Paradise Point, descend Deep Vee. After the 3 root dropoffs, Deep Vee eases a bit. Look for a water bar and slightly overgrown trail on left. Follow this trail 0.3 mile, then bear left onto a singletrack marked by a double orange ribbon/flagging. Carefully follow the orange flags as they switchback, trying not to shortcut any of the 180 degree turns. Remember, the goal is too help establish the new treadway in the correct place. After 0.9 mile, drop onto a more established singletrack. Bear hard right, which takes you back to Southside Trail. Continue your ride westward (toward Pond 9).

All routes in and out of Sawmill Valley/Marshall Rd have been heavily impacted by new road building. For those locals who know about the Sawmill Valley loops, I strongly recommend avoiding the area, as the road building activity includes blasting.

Jim LaFortune

 
 

1998 Summer Summary

Hello,

UPDATE: Both Pick Up Sticks and Spin Cycle are now permanently closed due to 1998 logging activity.

On June 27, MAMBA joined forces with the US Forest Service and 24 teenagers from the U of Idaho Upward Bound Program to restore trails near Giant White Pine Campground. As of late July, 1998, there is an active logging operation off of East Ridge Rd. On August 29, we finished clearing--a portion of which was logged later in the Fall '98.

Triple Crown's West Crown is the only one of these 3 short loops that was not impacted by summer '97 logging activity. I suggest riding West Crown from the end closest to Paradise Point. Once on West Crown, either return to Ridge Rd or follow the short singletrack that connects West to East Crown. If you choose the trail, however, as you emerge from the singletrack you will find new logging roads. Keep your nose pointed uphill and you'll return to Ridge Rd eventually.

Southside trailhead has been rearranged, courtesy of recent logging. A short section of the singletrack 0.2 mile downhill from the trail head was chewed up by logging, but is easily negotiable. The remainder of the loop is in fine shape, thanks to the MAMBA's efforts on June 6, 1998 to rebuilt the water bars. The climb off Southside trail back to Ridge Rd (called Moose Marbles) needs lots of erosion control work with shovels.

Wonder Dog is 6.5 miles with some steep, short climbs. From East Ridge Rd, turn left onto East Moscow Mtn Rd and pedal 0.3 mile to the former site of a fire lookout. About 50 yards before East Moscow Mtn viewpoint, go up a rode that splits off to the right. Just as it levels out, look for a trail headed into the woods to the right. Follow this winding, desceding singletrack for about 0.5 mile, where it ends on a doubletrack. If you want to bail, turn right on this doubletrack and pedal back up to Ridge Rd. (UPDATE: This is now known as Wonderpup.) . . . . . . To continue on Wonder Dog, turn left on the doubletrack and enjoy a 1.6 mile yahoo downhill with lots of jumps and only one very short climb of about 40 yards. The key corner of the entire ride is coming up fast, so keep one eye on your odometer. After about 1.6 miles of fun descent, look for a grassy road that cuts back sharply to the left. It'll be difficult to spot because you'll be on a downhill and it's partially obscured by grass. Turn left onto this road. Don't goof and go straight or you will end up on private property! The trail becomes more clear after a 20 yards or so. Follow this overgrown skid trail for 1.4 miles. Just after a short granny gear/slightly washed-out climb, the trail levels out a bit and you'll find yourself descending. Here comes another key corner. Look for a singletrack that hops up into the woods on your left. If you miss this turn, the old skid trail will quickly become very overgrown and descend more steeply. After making the correct left, climb and contour for 0.3 mile until you emerge at the top of the old Tamarack Ski Area. Bear hard left and endure the slightly overgrown, somewhat rocky, hairball-steep 0.4 mile descent back to the concrete water tank. Remember to breathe if you take the plunge into the cold pool, as your family jewels will undoubtedly be holding THEIR breath.

Thanks to all the dedicated folks who show up and pay their dues in sweat.

Jim LaFortune

 
 

1997 Summer Summary

Hello,

Spin Cycle: In the summer of 1997, MAMBA, with permission of Bennett Logging, constructed a new singletrack at the west end of Moscow Mtn. The trail, named Spin Cycle, runs roughly parallel to the north side of Ridge Rd from about mile 2 to mile 4, where the Ridge Rd begins its climb toward Paradise Point. Spin Cycle links several short dead-end trails, offering a fun alternative to that portion of Ridge Rd.

Jim LaFortune