Work on Phase 3 of the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) Hayward Hospital Gateway Trail has been underway early June.
The third and final phase of the trail will yield an additional two to two and a half miles of easy entry-level singletrack trail, bringing the final total distance to five and a half to six miles. This phase of the project will continue the same style and character of the previous trails and should be inviting and accessible to all levels of riders.
The current phase of the project begins off Olson Road, across from Trussworks. A gate provides access to the ski trails on west side of the road, while access to the new bike trail is just inside the gate to the right.
The new trail is truly a beginner trail, as it is built on almost entirely flat terrain. It does meander, however, and winds through tall pines and mixed forest with a gentle flow. This loop of about three-fourths mile has been completed.
The balance of the project consists of a two-way trail from the beginner loop that is similar in character to the trails built last year. Work is underway on this segment.
The final segment is another loop that will tie in to the loops further west near the stream and the bridge and runs along the shore of Indian Lake with more terrific, scenic views.
Steve Morales completed the layout and design of the Phase 3 trail, requiring more than 50 hours.
Early this spring, volunteers donated many hours to clear and brush the majority of the corridor. CAMBA also is grateful for the work of Adam Bodenschatz, who operated a Caterpillar track loader with a Fecon mulcher that pulverized much of the remaining material in the corridor. Long-time sponsor Ziegler CAT donated the use of the track loader and Fecon.
CAMBA again has engaged Travis Bellman to build out the final installment of the Gateway Trail.
“Everyone has been thrilled with Travis’s work thus far and we are looking forward to what he has in store for the final phase,” said CAMBA Executive Director Ron Bergin. He added thanks to Suzann and Mo Mouw of ROAM Adventure Base Camp in Seeley for sponsoring camping for Bellman and his crew.
“CAMBA is excitedly looking forward to the completion of the Gateway Trail,” Bergin said, noting the organization is grateful to Hayward Area Memorial Hospital, its partner in the project.
“Early reviews have been very positive,” Bergin said. “Check it out! We think you’ll love it.”