Up North: Exploring the CAMBA Gateway Trail

Updated: October 24, 2018 10:46 PM

With a chill of October in the air and trees donning their vibrant hues, I fastened my helmet in preparation to explore the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) trails. However, I wasn't alone. Around 30 cyclists on the Hayward Composite Mountain Mike Team helped lead the way.


“They're really fun to ride,” said freshman Helena Maki. “They're not too tricky, there's not a lot of technical stuff. It's pretty flowy, so it's fun to get some speed on,” she added.

Entering at the Hospital Tail Head our group pedaled along the Gateway Trail System that provides over three miles of mountain bike trails.

“The hospital has a motto that we are really trying to do more for the community health and wellness. To be a place that people come to when they're healthy and think of us when improving their overall health, not just a place when they are sick,” said Cherie Morgan the Marketing and Communications Director for Hayward Area Memorial Hospital and Water’s Edge

Sitting at phase II, it’s been a three-year project that started back in May of 2016.

“I was the guy hiking up through the woods tying up tape saying, ‘let's put it here,’” said Steve Morales the Trail Supervisor for CAMBA. “Deciding what would it be like to ride and how would it be to use the terrain,” he went on.

Organizers say their overall vision is expected to be completed by the end of August next year. The final system will have six miles of bike trails that can be accessed by three different trail heads and still provide a balance for seasoned mountain biking veterans and beginners.

“The design is set for such that if you ride it fast, it's fun, if you're really a good rider. If you're not a good rider and you've never ridden before, you're going to have a good time too,” said Morales.

He also added that having the canvas they did to build the trail helps provide an exceptional experience for all riders.

“We have a marsh, we have a creek, we have a lake. we have huge towering pines,” Morales said about the trails.

“Deer, geese, a bear once in a while, just about anything you could want outdoors it’s here, “ added Morgan about the area.

Come the first snowfall the trail can also be used for fat biking and cross-country skiing. The weekend the trail will host walkers and runners in the Hospital Trail Run. It will feature a 10k, 5k, and 1k for kids with all proceeds going back to maintaining the trails.

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