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MAMBA News
posted 12.22.14

Hi All,

The Palouse runners donated $1500 this year. FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!

Some of you remember Jim Tarter. He was an active MAMBA member always helping to build trails, and active trail bike rider, trail hiker, and winter skier on the mountain. He died from a brain aneurism in 2011 just as he was about to leave to go ride. A fund was set up in his name by Dr. Debbie Buchanan, but did not reach the required level. So the start of that fund, $1814.40, was donated to MAMBA last month as recommended by Dr. Debbie Buchanan. We will name a Mountain Bike Loop after him: Tarter's Loop. The loop will be composed of Private Lands, LaFortunes Flight, Nemesis, Rock and a Hard Place, Sidewinder, Lower Tusk, and Gemini. Jim Tarter helped build most of those trails and loved them all.

What MAMBA did with 2014 funds from fees and donations:

  • signs and business cards to let people know the rules of the mountain and trail build dates
  • twenty new hoes
  • fuel for saws and trail trimmers
  • various other tools/supplies like hammers, nails, ribbon and axes for bridge construction and laying out trails
  • moving tool storage maintenance
  • a roller to pack trails for hikers, skiers, and fat tiered bikes
  • a Rokon two wheel drive motor carrier/bike for trail maintenance and winter packing. (NOTE: The roller does not work well on mud. I am confident it will work well on snow.)

What MAMBA built in 2014:

  • a new corner on Headwaters for erosion concerns
  • a reroute around Deep Vee (Deep Vee is now closed) for erosion concerns
  • a new route heading east off of Paradise Point for erosion control
  • ~1.5 miles of the new Queen Mary's Revenge (QMR) trail system

Once the QMR trail system is completed:

  • North Contour will be about 1/3 mile longer
  • there will be a trail from the dead cabin in the meadow on the west end of Cave Trail to the bottom of QMR
  • there will be a trail from the bottom of QMR to the system of logging roads at the bottom of QMR so one can ride that clear cut complex back up to nearly the west start of Triple Crown
  • there will be a trail up from the bottom of QMR to the west end of North Contour

This complex will provide a system of loops on the mountain with some of those loops being nearly 10 miles long. Ten miles on the mountain is something to contend with.

What MAMBA maintained in 2014:

  • about 60-70 miles of single track and connecting old logging roads

Have a great holiday and new year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 12.06.14

Hi All,

Fat Tire BikeSherrie and I got some fat tire bikes and have been up on the mountain several times. They work really well on wet trails and up to three inches of snow. We have not had enough snow to see how they do in more than three inches or how the packer will work. They are lots of fun. We will keep you posted.

Note: The mountain is closed off to motorized vehicles. If a mountain bike starts to track the mud too much, then we should stop, put when it is frozen, go for it. The roads are usually pretty good for a bike when the trails are too wet.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

Packing Trails for Fat Tire Bikes
posted 11.11.14

Update:

MAMBA has made progress on getting setup to pack the trails for Fat Tire bikes during winter months. Packing trail is not a costless endeavor—it requires:

  • a packer
  • something to pull the packer
  • fuel
  • folks willing to take care of the equipment and ride it on the trails

The snow packer—roller for making a path for bikes—has been ordered. It will be here in two to three weeks. The roller is designed for small snowmobiles and is only about 20" wide.

Next, we have to explore how the packing will get done. I have a sled that will probably get used by myself and others, but I go to work early during the week. It would be great if we had more than one sled. The folks at Rolling Hills have said they may be able to do some of the packing, as have the folks at Paradise Creek. We just have to experiment. If enough people want it done and are willing to share in the cost of time and money—it will get done.

There are about 70 miles of singletrack that MAMBA has built in one way or another and maintains. Thus, MAMBA should be up for the challenge of providing winter riding over a few miles of road. If you are interested in making this happen financially and in sharing in the work, please contact Scott Metlen with details of how you would be willing to help.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 10.27.14

Hi All,

The WSU architect club made some more progress and decided they are not finished for the year. At least they and I will be leaving from my house at 8:30 Sunday 11/02 to go work some more on the trail. Anyone that likes can join us.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 10.23.14

Hi All,

Trail Build Day, this Sunday, October 26, 2014. Meet at 8:30am at my house—410 North Blaine St. Moscow. Bring water, snacks, sturdy clothes/shoes, and work gloves. We will be working with the WSU architect club to extend Queen Mary's Revenge. Tools will be supplied. No experience necessary! Please join us.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

Packing Trails for Fat Tire Bikes
posted 10.21.14

Hi All,

People are wondering about packing trails for Fat Tire bikes. The first thing we had to do was get permission to pack the trails and we do have some permission so far. However, packing trail is not a costless endeavor. Necessary to make this idea work are: a packer, something to pull the packer, fuel, and folks willing to take care of the equipment and ride it on the trails. If you are interested in making this happen financially and in sharing in the work, please contact Scott Metlen with details of how you would be willing to help.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

Moose Encounters on the Mountain
posted 10.21.14

Hi All,

Mother Moose and BabyRECENT MOOSE SIGHTINGS:

  • Oct 21: Scotty Cornelius was riding up Ridge Rd yesterday afternoon about 3:30pm a 1/4 mi north of Paradise Point and encountered a cow moose and yearling. She didn't move, so he started talking to her calmly and she seemed fearful of him and ran further up the road and stopped. This was repeated about 3 times until she trotted off the road. Coming back about 5:30pm, he was talking loudly as he rode west, but still startled her and again she acted fearful and ran off the road.
  • Oct 14: the moose on Private Lands has started charging riders. Be aware and stay safe!
  • Sept 29: Kyle Funke and Colin Priebe ran into several moose in the evening—a bull, cow, and yearling—on Nemesis at the bottom of the cedar section. The cow and yearling/calf got off the trail quick enough, but they were pinned in between them and the bull. The bull charged and split off 20-30 feet from them—then circled around and charged again. By then they were riding as fast as they could in the other direction.
  • Sept 25: Joe Hicks startled the momma moose on Private Lands as he was descended fast trying to beat the sun. He spooked her pretty good with his lights. They had an awkward stand off on the switchbacks near the top of Private Lands. Joe would holler and she would run down the trail. He would catch up and holler again—this repeated a couple times. She never charged, but was clearly spooked. When Joe got back to the Warwick Rd parking lot, he could hear a male calling above him around Gemini.
  • Sept 24: Folks have been running into the mother moose that Sherrie and I danced with last year. She hangs out along all of Private Lands. We saw her near the top, middle, and bottom half of Private Lands last year. This year, she again has a calf and has no fear of humans. If you see her, go back the other way or just wait until she wonders off. If you press her, she will charge. So far, the charges have been bluffs. Currently most of the springs are dry on the mountain so she has been hanging out along the creek that parallels Private Lands for a time. She and her calf are particularly active at dusk.


WHAT TO DO IF YOU ENCOUNTER A MOOSE:

Try making noise when you are riding in the areas mentioned above to help reduce the chances of surprising a moose. When moose are in the breeding season, the bulls become very territorial. If a moose is not going away from you, back away. A charge is most likely going to be a false charge if you are facing them and looking as big as possible. Holding your bike up and shaking it at them and yelling seems to work to help make a charge into a false charge. The yelling comes pretty naturally when a moose is charging!

Be safe,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 10.20.14

Hi All,

Deep Vee is no more. Switchblade has been extended to the top of Paradise Point. One more erosion area addressed! Thanks to Matt Pollard and Jerry Long for organizing and completing the new go around. Be careful—there is a log at the head of Deep Vee. We will do more next spring to control the erosion in the retired Deep Vee trail.

QMR Trail BuildSeventeen folks, UIdaho and WSU ski team/ex ski team members showed up to work on Queen Mary's Revenge (QMR) to extend the trail another 1/4 mile or so. The trail is now about 2.25 miles long with four bridges and goes by some pretty amazing terrain. Go ride it and see!

It looks like the WSU architect club will be going up Sunday, Oct 26th to work on Queen Mary's Revenge (QMR). Any of you are welcome to come and help out. Meet at 8:30am at my house—410 North Blaine St. Moscow.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 10.13.14

Hi All,

QMR TrailFour students from a WSU fraternity and architect club on this past Saturday and 23 students from the UIDAHO engineering honors group on Sunday made nice progress on Queen Mary's Revenge (QMR).

All you have another chance to help develop more trail on QMR next Sunday. The UIDAHO and WSU ski team will be meeting at noon Sunday, 10/19/14, at Mountain View Park (the park just as you leave town on Mountain View Road) to head up the mountain and work on QMR.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 10.06.14

Hi All,

It is Hunting Season. There are lots of folks wandering around with firearms on the mountain. If you see them, please let them know where the trails are and that lots of people are on the mountain in those areas. Also let them know that there is no target practicing allowed on the mountain and that they need to know who's land they are on—as not all owners are OK with hunters being on their property. I personally do not know who allows hunting or not. I do know that some of the land owners hunt on their property.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 10.05.14

Hi All,

Yesterday (the last scheduled trail build for 2014), the WSU architect club turned out in force with 15 members joining the 3 from MAMBA to work on Queen Mary's Revenge (QMR). QMR Trail BuildWe have eked out another mile of single track this summer while putting in several short sections of bypass to go around problem areas (erosion) at several different parts of the mountain. We have also kept the trails open and trimmed to a degree. If you helped this summer to accomplish that, thank you! If you did not help this summer, please help at least two days next summer. MAMBA announces the trail build days in April—thus it should be easy to set aside several of them so that you can help build/maintain the trails you play on (if 300 people worked 2 days each summer, about 5 miles of trail could be built per year).

Some trail users are not club members, so when you meet others on the mountain, please ask them to join and/or participate in MAMBA and trail building/maintenance. Remember that all of these trails were made and are maintained by volunteer work and are only possible due to the good will of the private land owners they are on.

We have three more trail builds this year:

  • Saturday 10/11/14 meet at Rosauers parking lot at 8:45am
  • Sunday 10/12/14 meet at UI Engr/Phys building east parking lot at 9:00am
  • Sunday 10/19/14, meet at Mtn View Park parking lot at noon

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 09.28.14

Hi All,

Queen Mary's Revenge BridgeRemember that next Saturday is a scheduled trail build day. Please come and help extend an amazing trail—Queen Mary's Revenge (QMR). We have it cut out to about 2 miles long and are not to the bottom of the property yet.

The architect club from WSU (pcitured here) decided it would be great practice in design and sustainability to build bridges on QMR. Yesterday six of them showed up and built 1.5 bridges. They will finish the second bridge, two more bridges, and two rather prominent retaining walls Queen Mary's Revenge Bridgeon two switch backs before the snow flies.

Next Saturday (10/4) we will meet as usual at Rosauers parking lot at 8:45am and will build trails for three to four hours. Bring lots of water, sturdy shoes and work clothes, snacks, and gloves.

 

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 09.13.14

Hi All,

Fifteen students and two year-around MAMBA folks showed up to help extend Queen Mary's Revenge (QMR). We did make some good headway. If you ride the new part, the dirt is dry so is not packing well, thus there is an opportunity to have your front tire stop rather fast and let you keep going.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 08.24.14

Hi All,

Three vans of college students worked on Queen Mary's Revenge (QMR) yesterday connecting the various parts that were already completed. Except for the three curves at the property corner, we are at the north west corner of the property. Just two more corners to go!

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 08.21.14

Hi All,

I have to attend a memorial for a good friend at 11:00am this Saturday. Trevor is going to manage the trail build, but he will not be able to leave until 1:00pm and he has to pick up a bunch of students at the Student Recreation Center (SRC) on the U-Idaho campus. Thus, the MAMBA trail build time and meeting location for this Saturday, August 23, 2014, has changed. Meet at 1:00pm at the Student Rec Center, U-Idaho on 1000 Paradise Creek Street.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 08.14.14

Hi All,

There is one tree down on the top of Gemini. And one tree down on the west side of Up and Over. I should be able to get these this week sometime. Any other trees down?

The next trail build is 8/23/2014. I think I may have said 8/28 to some people. I guess new glasses might be a good thing if 3's and 8's are starting to look the same. Meet at the Rosauers parking lot and we will go from there. Bring work clothes, shoes, gloves, water, and a snack. We will supply the tools needed.

One other thing. I know that most do, but please drive responsibly and politely. The middle of the road and/or skidding around corners is not either.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 07.23.14

Hi All,

I just visited last night with the property owners adjacent to where Queen Mary's Revenge (QMR) is going in. They have graciously agreed to let us extend from the trail part of Triple Crown down the ridge to the start of QMR and we will be able to come up their property to the west end of North Contour. We will also be able to go across and up to get from Triple Crown to North Contour so we will not have to ride the road and the steep rollers just past their cabin. Now QMR will be a loop or you can skip that loop and go directly to North Contour. If everything (the relationship between MAMBA and them) is still going well once we finish that, they have an adjacent 40 acres that we could put another 2 to 3 mile loop on.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 07.20.14

Hi All,

Seven people showed up yesterday for building more of our wonderful trails. We made some headway, we are nearly to the second corner of the property and some of the preceding trail was smoothed out.

I grew up in the Methow Valley that is currently burning up in eastern Washington—it is not a pretty sight. Please be very mindful of fire on Moscow Mountain and the surrounding area.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 07.18.14

Hi All,

1) The mountain vegetation is starting to dry out. Please let people know that if they are smoking, driving off road, making camp fires and in general making sparks that there is a real danger of wildfire and they should immediately stop. Make sure the exhaust of your car is intact and carry a shovel and fire extinguisher with you when you are driving through the woods of the Northwest. Please be observant and if you see a fire, call it into 911, then use your shovel (if you are near your car) to start containing the fire. There are many places on the mountain where there is good cell reception so carry your cell phone with you.

2) There is a trail build tomorrow (7/19). Meet at Rosauers at 8:45am with work gloves, lots of water, snacks, sturdy work clothes, and a desire to expand the network of trails that all of you enjoy. We will be working on building Queen Mary's Revenge.

3) On September 7, folks will be running the Moscow Mountain Madness race. The course will be the same as last year. They are looking for people to aid the stations spread across the mountain. Please contact Doug Heckman if you would like to help. His email is doug.heckman@economicmodeling.com They need help on the 50k aid stations—one to two people per station. Hours are typically 8-11am. They will have everything you need for the station. You would hand out food, drink, and cheers, and also be in contact with the aid station coordinator to ensure all the runners made it through safely. There are time cutoffs for each station.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 07.13.14

Hi All,

Several items of news and interest:

1) This Saturday, July 19, 2014, is our next trail build day. We will continue to expand our new trail, Queen Mary's Revenge. As usual, we will meet at the Rosauers parking lot at 8:45am and car pool to the work site. Bring several quarts of water. I bring three and drink it all. Also bring work gloves, snacks to keep your engine running, and sturdy work clothes. Last work day, we had 13 people attend—lets beat that record!

2) Sherrie and I continued to explore the trails at Dworshack. We rode the Cold Springs trail that starts on the Orofino side of the suspension bridge that crosses the reservoir on the road from Orofino to Elk River. It is a five miles out and back. This trail has several spots that are steep enough and long enough that a normal human being will push their bike up, but they are fewer and shorter than the Big Eddy trail. It was a fun ride through large trees with great views of the lake. This trail is about a 1 hour and 40 minute drive. It did not seem to make much difference in time if we went through Orofino or Elk River. The Elk River drive is a bit longer, but the road is not as curvy. There are 14 miles of gravel going the Elk River route. This trail has enough watering spots for dogs so that next time we go, we plan to take our dog Tess.

3) We now have permission to reroute the trail at the Deep Vee and the portion of South Side just after Jack's Trail. We will get to that soon.

4) There is a piece of property on the north side of Moscow Mountain that would provide some lucky owner direct access to the mountain.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 07.08.14

Hi All,

The Wagenbrenner's took out the tree on North Contour and someone did a really nice job of giving it a hair cut. Thank you, someone!

Sherrie and I rode the south five miles of the Big Eddy trail at Dworshak on Saturday. The first 1.5 miles of the trail have some walking/pushing sections, but the trail is fun and could be made into a completely rideable trail without too much work. The one hour drive did not seem excessive for a 10 mile ride and the lake is nice to look at this time of year. The woods are like our woods, except the logging was done lots of years ago so the trees are big.

Sunday, we rode out to Queen Mary's Revenge—lots of fun aspects to the new trail!

Alex C. Mojcher saw mother and cub black bears while riding Headwaters Loop clockwise this evening somewhere near tree marker 8. He was lucky to see them. The bears use our trails all the time and you can see their footprints when the trails get dusty. You can also see where they tear up old logs and stumps looking for grubs along the side of the trails. Folks seldom get to see them though, as they are shy creatures.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

Trail Build June 28, Dworshak
posted 06.30.14

Hi All,

Trail Build June 28:
We had 13 husky folks show up for the trail build and we put in about 1000 feet of trail on Queen Mary's Revenge. Try out what we have built—it is fun! Tools have been left at the trailhead so for those of you who work on Saturday so that you can go out at a time that works for you to put in new trail or smooth out what we just put in.

Riding the Big Eddy at Dworshak:
The army core has put in a trail that goes from the State Park to the Big Eddie Marina. The trail is a little over 9.5 miles and mostly goes along the lake. Sherrie and I were going to ride from the park to Big Eddy and back yesterday—we made it out five miles and decided we would call it a day. We will go in from the Big Eddy side next weekend to see what the rest of the trail looks like. We only went the 10 miles because the trail is pretty demanding in spots and we did not know what else we would find from the 4.5 mile marker down to Big Eddy so we erred on the side of caution and turned around. However, most of the trail we saw is a nice bike trail that is really fun and very pretty.

Some of the trail is narrow. About 500 feet before and about 1500 feet after the Freeman Creek bridge, it is narrow with some downhill exposure. The bridges could use ramps so a biker can just ride across (now a biker would have to jump the bike up onto the ends like going over a curb, no problem except for the long drop off the trail if the trick does not work). Two switchbacks are too tight and there are three sections going up to the top of the ridge that most bikers will not be able to ride up due to the grade. Heading down off the ridge towards Big Eddy, there are also two sections that are too steep to ride up. Three of the steep areas are steep because they follow old logging roads, one is steep due to cliffs, and the other is a steep trail before cresting the top. We found it interesting that the trail is only walked out to a clear packed tread about the 2.5 to 3 mile distance—from there the trail is not used very much.

From what I saw, about three days with a ten person crew could put in some trail and switchbacks to circumvent the steep parts and fix the two tight switchbacks that are currently there. Another couple of days would be needed to make some of the worst narrow areas a little wider. At that point, I think most bikers would feel confident and have fun on the trail without having to ever get off their bike. Currently it is an expert-only trail unless people are willing to push their bikes some. To ride the whole thing now without putting your foot down or pushing a little bit would take a rider in the best of conditioning who is able to stand their bike and from that standing stance, hop their bike up on wet slippery ledges, hop around steep tight switchbacks, and be able to hop up stairs.

There are about five to six trees down across the trail—one a big white fir (30" tree).

I recommend riding the trail—it is fun and very pretty—but be prepared to push your bike short distances. Drive to the Dworshak State Park (it does cost something to park if you do not own a state park pass) and head down the lake from the boat ramp.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

Dwarshak State Park
posted 06.27.14

Hi All,

I visited Dworshak yesterday. Our responsibility would be to flag and manage crews. The thought is that the prison and a youth organization would be able to do most of the labor. Grants should cover the minimal costs. There is about 12 miles of shore line that is currently only accessible by boat. The plan would be to put a trail along the shore line. This trail would have the ups and downs from creeks coming in, but would be mostly a flat beginners trail. The trail would then jump up a flight and come all the way back to the south end, jump up another flight and go about 3/4 of the way back north, wander around a bit and then come back to the south end to wander around Freeman creek. Some of these top flights would not be for beginners unless they pushed their bikes in places.

The trail would connect to the existing trail south to Big Eddy. Counting the Big Eddy trail, there would be about 40-50 miles of trail.

The core that owns all the land around the lake (175 miles of shore line) is supposedly interested in more trails. How would a complex of 250 miles with multiple camping spots sound for biking and skiing?

The park is about 50 miles and 65 minutes from Moscow, is really pretty, camping is only $20 for a camp site without hookups and $25 with hookups. When you get hot, you can just go swimming. The down side is that much of it would be too fast for dogs and there is a leash law.

Jeff Olmstead comment:
I think this project has the potential to create an amazing resource for non-motorized recreationists in this area. The ability to camp near the lake, at several different campgrounds is another positive.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 06.25.14

Hi All,

Trail Build Day, this Saturday, June 28, 2014. Meet in the parking lot for Rosauers at 8:45am. I will be in the old blue / gray / rust Ford pickup. Bring gloves, two qt of water, snacks, sturdy clothes, work gloves, and we will go extend Queen Mary's Revenge. Tools will be supplied. No experience necessary!

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

A desire for beginner trails on Moscow Mtn
posted 06.24.14

Hi All,

COMMENT:
It'd be cool if the Moscow Mtn terrain allowed for beginner and intermediate trails without brutal elevation or tricky switchbacks—basically
more trails like North Contour that were longer and didn't require as much work to ride.

RESPONSE:
The trails on Moscow Mtn have a tendency to have switchbacks and steep places because—in a situation like Moscow Mtn which is all privately-owned land—we need permission to build a trail on a long piece of property to create a North Contour type trail and this is not easy to get. The flights between the switchbacks on LaFortunes Flight are as long as North Contour, but we are forced to switch back when the boundaries of where we have permission to put a trail are reached. Queen Mary's Revenge, the current trail we are building, is on 40 acres owned by a single landowner. If we created this trail as one gentle sloped flight, we would build about a 0.5 mile long trail (crossing the 40 acre piece of land twice). Instead, to get more mileage out of the property (about 3 miles), we are following the contours of the land and turning when the property boundaries are reached. This method produces trails with switchbacks. Our black diamond trails are built on steep terrain and have property boundary limitations (for instance, Private Lands crosses four different owners).In addition, we attempt to build our trails where interesting features are located.

MAMBA trails that do not have a lot of switchbacks and are not as steep are: Over Easy, Blonde Jeans, Triple Crown, North Contour, Sand Trail, Spin Cycle, Rolls Royce, South Side, and Jack's Trail, the Ridge Road, and all the other blue classified trails.

Over Easy is a great beginner trail that is long enough to be worth the short trip to get there. It's only about 5 minutes (riding or driving) from Four Corners to the north end of Sand Blvd and then an easy ride down Sand Blvd to Over Easy. If you go this way, you can avoid the brutal climb back out to Four Corners. If you're accustomed to driving up to Four Corners then riding to the top of North Contour or Triple Crown, you can probably get to Over Easy more quickly than either of those. And if you want a really long beginner level ride, you could ride Blonde Jeans and then come back on Fruit Cake / Rolls Royce (or just the logging road). This will put you on Rock Creek just a few yards uphill of Sand Blvd. Then you can ride down to Over Easy for a monster ride on mellow trails. Alternatively, you can drive past Four Corners towards Potlatch and park at the start of Sand Blvd—the first blue gate on your left as you are headed down the road, mostly north. If you go counter clockwise on Over Easy, there is just one short steep part after you cross the creek that a beginner will probably have to get off their bike and walk.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 06.23.14

Hi All,

I just got off the phone with the Park Ranger from Dworshak State Park. They have about 850 acres and essentially no trails. They are looking for ways to increase usage of the park and are interested in mountain bike / hiking / running trails. We are going to get about 3 miles of trail from a 40 acre parcel with Queen Mary's Revenge, so the possibilities are far reaching. As with most government operated lands, there is no money for expansion and maintenance—thus they are looking for volunteers to build the trails. The park is about one hour from Moscow / Pullman so evening rides would not be how we would usually use those trails, but it would be a great fishing / biking / boating / riding / walking weekend destination. My question to all of you: Would we use trails located at Dworshak State Park if we put them in? Trails that are not used quickly go back to the natural state. We should be able to put in an interesting 20 to 30 mile complex of trails on 850 acres. Please let me know what you think. We would not start building until next summer at the earliest.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 05.31.14

Rock FeatureHi All,

Fifteen energetic people showed up for today's MAMBA trial build and worked to put through the new route going down off of Paradise Point to the east. Be sure to check it out when you have a chance. There are a couple of unique and interesting rock features.

To get on the trail from the top, head down the way you used to and then, at the brush across the old road/trail, veer left to follow the new path. There are also some new crawler tracks going in that direction. Follow those for about 50 feet—then the new trail veers more to the left.

Rock FeatureTo get on the trail coming from the east, get onto Wagon Trail and follow it for about 300 feet. From there, you will see the new trail veer to the left up an old skid trail.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 05.29.14

Hi All,

Plans have changed for our trail build this coming Saturday 5/31/14. We are still going to build trail, but we are going to go do a reroute to Paradise Point. I visited with the landowner yesterday and he has cut off the road/trail going down from the view east towards Four Corners. The plan is a good plan, as it will remove a road that motorized vehicles use to reach the top and that road is starting to erode. In addition, we will pick up more footage of single track that meanders through some neat rock formations. Bottom line, show up at Rosauers' parking lot at 8:45am with water, snacks/lunch, gloves and sturdy work clothes to join our MAMBA trail build party. Tools will be supplied. No experience necessary!

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 05.06.14

Hi All,

A total of six people worked on building the new trail, Queen Mary's Revenge, last Saturday. Good progress was made and a good time was had by all. All the MAMBA trails on Moscow Mtn. are opened up at this time. A few places still have a little snow, but not enough to matter. See all of you at the May 28 trail build!

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 05.01.14

Hi All,

The first MAMBA Trail Build of the season occurs this Saturday, May 3rd. Anyone who likes to bike, hike, or run on Moscow Mtn should think about joining us. Meet at the Rosauers' parking lot at 8:45am with work gloves, water, and snacks. We will car pool up from there. Tools will be supplied. No experience necessary!

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

Trail Condition Update
posted 04.19.14

Hi All,

Most of Moscow Mountain has been cleared of winter blow downs via MAMBA volunteers as of today:

  • Clear & minimum snow patches: Gemini, Private Lands, LaFortunes Flight, Jump Trail, Cabin Trail, Rock and a Hard Place, Lickity Split, Cave Trail, Up and Over
  • Clear of blow downs, but heavy snow: North Contour, Sidewinder, Upper Tusk, Lower Tusk, Nemesis
  • With blow downs & heavy snow: Triple Crown, Cedar Grove, Blond Jeans, Wonderpup, Over Easy

If there is a tree across the trail or a bridge out and you can't readily fix it yourself, please email info@bikemoscow.org so we can get to it!

Matt Pollard


Nemesis was ridable today, although snow patched through the last few switchbacks. Thank you, Matt Pollard, for spending your day clearing trail!!!

Anthony Matson


The gate on Moscow Mtn Rd is now open. Sherrie and I cleared Nemesis, LaFortunes Flight, and Private Lands today while Matt Pollard and crew cleared Gemini, Rock and a Hard Place, North Contour, Sidewinder, and the Tusks.

A biker stopped to talk to Sherrie and I on Private Lands and made the comment that it was amazing how clear the MAMBA trails were this year. He did not realize that we had just finished cutting out 8 trees on the trail he just rode. In fact, a total of 30 trees were cleared off the trails today by MAMBA volunteers. Every year, MAMBA cuts out 50-100 trees (more than 1 tree per mile), fixes numerous corners and slough offs, trims brush, etc. It is wonderful to have volunteers like Matt Pollard and crew get out there and help open things up every spring as well as help build and maintain trail.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 04.13.14

Hi All,

BUSINESS CARDS
MAMBA just had some business cards made up—see below for the information placed on the cards this year. (I can hardly believe all of that info fit on one regular size business card.) These cards will be located in the local bike shops and UI Outdoor Program office. We also have a plan to put these cards on cars parked in the designated Moscow Mtn Parking areas so that those playing on the mountain will know the mountain rules and MAMBA trail build dates. Leave the card on your dash to avoid getting a large collection of these placed on your car over the summer. Please let me know if you would like to help distribute these.

2014 TRAIL BUILDS
Saturdays @ 8:45am
    May 3, May 31, Jun 28, Jul 19,
    Aug 23, Sep 13, Oct 4—2014

Help Build Future Singletrack
No prior trail build experience necessary! Meet at Rosauers' parking lot. Bring snacks, sturdy shoes, plenty of water, and work gloves. Trail building tools provided.

Help Maintain MAMBA Trails
Contact Scott Metlen at info@bikemoscow.org to hold your own private trail builds.

Moscow Mountain is
ALL PRIVATE PROPERTY

Tread lightly and be respectful

Rules of the Mountain
• Do not block gates when parked
• No fires allowed—period!
• No motorized use off the roads
• No target shooting
• Pack it in, pack it out

Ride with Respect
• Reduce speed on blind corners
• Slow down for horses & hikers
• Bikes yield to ALL non-bike traffic
• Yield to horses by moving off the trail on the downhill side

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

Trail Condition Update
posted 04.13.14

Hi All,

This morning, Sherrie and I rode all (except for the snowy and icy portions) of Private Lands and Gemini down from where Private Lands T's into LaFortunes Flight and down to Warnick Rd parking lot. It is good that it was frozen as there was lots of hoar frost. Without the frost, much of the trail bed would have been pretty wet. The thing about hoar frost is that it brings the moisture to the surface so that when it does thaw, the soil dries out pretty fast. Thus, except for a few short snow banks, Gemini, LaFortunes Flight, and Private Lands will be rideable by next weekend. However, the skid road at the top of Nemesis and the top half of Nemesis will still have snow, as will much of the north side trails. There are a few trees down on the Twin Creek end of Private Lands, lower LaFourtunes Flight, and Gemini just up from the first bridge that is red. There are also several on upper LaFortunes Flight. I will try to sneak out some evening this week and get most of those. Has anyone cut out the little trees on South Side yet?

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 04.08.14

Hi All,

On Sunday afternoon, a group of MAMBA and Palouse Bicycle Racing volunteers did some trail work on Headwaters. We replaced the worst rutted switchback with a longer section of new, fun singletrack. Our goal wasn't to sanitize the trail, or make it easier, but to eliminate an erosion problem before its gets too bad. And, of course, we love more fun singletrack.

As part of this project, we loosened some of the hard-packed soil on the old switchback and covered it with logs and branches. This serves two purposes. First, by removing traffic from the old trail, we hopefully allows new vegetation to grow there, reducing the erosion potential. And second, by taking away the old option, we get people onto the new section of trail, to help ride/run it in and smooth it out.

Today, someone—perhaps with good intentions—removed the logs and branches from the old, rutted switchback, making it useable again. Obviously, this defeats the purpose of our reroute, continuing the erosion problem and potentially taking people off the new section.

We'll head up there as soon as we can to more completely decommission that section of trail. But in the meantime, we're asking for everyone's help. First, please use the new section of trail. The more wheels and feet we get on it, the more quickly it'll smooth out. And second, if you have a moment as you run or ride by, please throw some logs, branches, or sticks on the old section of trail. It'll be obvious what should be closed, and there's lots of downfall to choose from.

Thanks for your help, and enjoy the trails!

Jerry Long
MAMBA VOLUNTEER

P.S. This reroute was sanctioned by MAMBA to eliminate erosion after making sure it was not going to infringe on the wrong property. Please use the new section. It did not significantly change the trail—only eliminated a tight turn that was getting too deep a rut. Please do not do this type of trail changes on your own without first checking with Scott Metlen, the MAMBA President, so that we keep the trails where they belong and in good shape. Thank you.!

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

Trail Condition Update
posted 04.06.14

Hi All,

The snow on Moscow Mountain is leaving fast, but it still has a firm grip on the eastern trails (Four Corners) like Private Lands. The lower Private Lands and Gemini short loop can be ridden if you do not mind riding on really slick ice from the second bridge to the blue gate. If you turn right at the second bridge to head up the mountain, you will be soon rutting the trail really badly—not advised yet. Still lots of ice and snow on the roads. Thus, please keep the riding activity to the Headwaters, South Side, Jack's Route, Moose Marbles, Switchblade trails for another week or two or three. Deep Vee is still wet so please walk that portion if you are heading to Paradise Point.

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

Trail Condition Update
posted 04.05.14

Hi All,

Moscow Mtn Rd Lower Gate is closed for another two weeks or so. All the trails in the Four Corners area still have snow on them. It will be another week or so before the south side trails are free of snow and probably three more weeks for some of the north side trails. Headwaters, most of South Side, Jack's Route, Moose Marbles, and Switchblade are open up to Deep Vee.

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 03.30.14

A few words from the MAMBA President:

Trail maintenance
Please take the opportunity to help grow and maintain the trail system you play on for the 2014 season! If there is a rut or branch that you do not like—next time you bike, walk, or run take a garden spade and shrub clippers with you and fix the issue. If there is a larger issue, let us know via our facebook page or email info@bikemoscow.org. Examples of larger issues: a trail is washed out, a bridge is broken, a log is across the trail, the trail is completely grown in with brush.

Growing the MAMBA trail system
The MAMBA trail system is ALL on private land and we work closely with the landowners as to where we put trails and how those trails are built. Do not reroute the trails, take short cuts, cut switch backs, or create new trails. Doing any of those actions will close the mountain down to MAMBA. This summer, we will continue to expand our newest trail: Queen Mary's Revenge. The 2014 trail build dates are 5/03, 5/31, 6/28, 7/19, 8/23, 9/13, and 10/04. We will be putting business cards with those dates on cars that are parked at the trail heads. Leave that card on your dashboard if you do not want to end up with a large collection of cards. These cards will also have the mountain rules on them. If none of the trail build dates work for you, we will be leaving tools at the end of the Queen Mary's Revenge trail. You are more than welcome to build trail tread any time at this location—just follow the orange ribbons and cut out right of way.

Mountain wildlife
Moscow mountain is not a controlled and patrolled park. There are cougars, black bears, wolves, and moose on the mountain. The most dangerous being the moose, although take care not to get between a bear and her cubs. Moose do not see well at close range. If you see a moose that is not going away from you, go the other way. Even if they are heading away, do not get too close as they can change directions quickly. Give them time to move away or choose to go another route. If a moose charges you, try to get a tree between you and it and look/sound as big and dangerous as you can. Assume all charges are the real thing. If an animal attacks you, be AGRESSIVE. Let it know you are not easy prey. Pick up your bike to shield yourself (it also makes you appear bigger). Scream and yell. Do not be passive. When confronted, back away slowly looking as big and mean as possible. The time for running the other way comes after you are out of sight. Avoidance is the best solution, but if contact is unavoidable, fight as hard as possible. Noses and eyes are really tender spots and good places to make forcible contact. And please don't let your dogs run after the wildlife.

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

Trail Condition Update
posted 03.30.14

Hi All,

I explored Gemini and Private Lands today. By next weekend, the small loop from the bottom of the start of both trails up to the fist blue gate on Warnick's Rd will be OK with a short stretch of snow from the second bridge to the road. Today, it was too soft and still a fair amount of snow. Going up Private Lands and Gemini is a good three weeks away if we want to avoid deep rutting, which we do want to avoid. There are still large sections that have one to two feet of snow. There are two overhanging pines on Gemini just before it crosses the road the first time that I will cut out this week sometime.

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

Trail Condition Update
posted 03.29.14

Hi All,

Riding Headwaters either way it is good to go. South Side and Jack's Route (the single track on South Side) and Switchblade have snow where you would suspect. The first two draws up from Headwaters and the top of the ridge up to Paradise Point have areas where walking on snow is what you do, but coming down I rode nearly all of it. The North side of the Mtn still has areas with over two feet of snow.

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

Trail Condition Update
posted 03.27.14

Hi All,

While I was working last night (3/26/14), Sherrie rode all of Headwaters. There are only a few patches of ice left, a few patches on the seven switch backs and a bit in the draw on the east side. It is pretty dry and good the whole way. The last week has made a huge difference.

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

Trail Condition Update
posted 03.15.14

Hi All,

Sherrie and I went up to Headwaters this afternoon. Two trees down near the seven switchbacks. I should be able to get those out in the AM tomorrow. Going clockwise is the best way now, as the left side has less mud and snow. There are a few soft spots where there is some incline, but those will be dry soon until we get out two foot dump of late March snow. There are still numerous spots with packed ice, so either have studded tires, or be prepared to say hi to the earth as your tires slip out from under you.

UPDATE: I took all of the downed trees on Headwaters out on 03/16/2014 AM.

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

Trail Condition Update
posted 03.12.14

Hi All,

Asotin Creek Trail is in good shape and you can go at least nine miles up it without snow, ice or lots of mud. There are a few trees down, but they are not an issue. It is a neat ride and less than one hour away. Of course Echo is a great ride if you want to drive 3.5 hours. Sherrie and I tried Headwaters last night (3/11/14). If the trail had been frozen, it would have been fine, but it was pretty soft in some places. There is also lots of packed snow/ice on the trail pad. However, even being warm, the ice was hard enough you could ride on it with studs. Matt P. and crew have cut the down trees out. Of course, the Four Corners trails are still just snow.

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT