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Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association

Working to Protect and encourage Mountain Bike trail access in Central Pennsylvania.

SAMBA announces plans to re-open Camp Mack trails

Howdy, We realize that Camp Mack has been a part of the mountain bike culture in Central Pa. for decades and we were all devastated by the sudden closure last year. After several months of negotiations with the Pa. Dutch Council, we are thrilled to announce that we have a fully executed agreement to allow the return mountain biking at Camp Mack later this Fall!  But before we can open Camp Mack to bikes, we need your help to trim and clear the trails and make improvements.  We will not be opening the trail system until clearing and improvements are complete. Look for work days starting on August 16, and come out and help us get bikes back at Camp Mack! Work days will be posted on our social media as Events. As you have probably heard, some of the trails have been damaged due to logging, and many are simply grown in and are not rideable.  Additionally, new rules are in place regarding hunting season and areas permanently closed to bikes.  We will be installing signage to direct riders to the trails and away from the main camp area, and to identify dates the trails will be closed. Year-round no bike area:  The main camp area previously closed during summer scout camp is now closed to bikes year round.  The boundaries for this area are General Strickler Rd. uphill from North Valley Trail, Pool Rd. uphill from Forge Hill Trail and all areas past the big gravel lot.  See map. Access to trails from 501:  Access is still permitted to the trail system from the 501/Camp side.  The trails may be accessed... read more

GOVERNOR DICK ACCESS UPDATE

  Governor Dick Trails Access Update  Please take a minute to fill out this survey: https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.surveymonkey.com%2Fr%2Fgdickusersurvey%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR2zYbBVdE_tYq_X0ta_b_O-gNrEm5XxKv-3wYTDY0PqsTR5lMuDOp01CKg&h=AT1hZjrWFqJ8Gq1epR-dPtIOdhsbzthWRXs2nxYcJdaTASERyUWf3mG6vaQe2GZv5jIv-PKGUN0Ftr9TWTlq9MIrwFa8r2zwdE4bKf1od-f6-puNA7ziTBuB5bbI5Q-ji7671Wt_D8fEXnpEEdou4LKI17XE5ZNulcRaCL5usE9vhYy3fiV7qBaf1pnt55V_1ez9JSAdGQjnINaHGHq6qAK26ht6L-MOkJyQ-fORsCvf_ZZUVQyUS6AlP3cpuekccqzr66ZtPBOWmuofNGvxD-evRRL8siXdZ4KvVIlf7vdcKmjVCtOh_oFYJMDMXDJcDGapxBjflfTRoiV7TrMpAcNdg5d2QMVyEXoF4OQXnTzKa7jPVY9lO8KF0VE4T9F0e9772mUpWMH2uFKhsenaNQYt-FkyTt7-KQgHjxtkoagVtjMtgqjsc6DeBI-TRRRg6byQj4KMbD4875MI2UtxUB_DfHB0Ll5Tpjjpycc1RyYGqKPgOR5e77pP5GXuobP3gz-ipQjM–2BKSeVadR0ntwYxg4CgI44JFBavTJS0dPP7TXqOI46u1UNChEZyClEx74AN2DaJPLAsGkYwSE2UbrSo4EnDqN-86ppU7C5kPfo-8N_Hwy6Zet-d1fQwu2s4lU_nN_eCtehoBtmiE9vbgof8vHSf2Wqv7lgiVcjQu8_jdmwCXIUkVnZE-n7Ep_Us6Fp1g7WjGEHvlUpU043zuGtK1cdHMgWvLqckkJxDSecWITjtUEEDVXv_veIq8c3lzJW1t868cpstzIwOIIF1dXAzaxypp2NBiw90QcG_AhkTpGaDJd9iwjB Last month we learned that our privilege to ride bicycles on the trails at Governor Dick is in jeopardy.  Please see below for a status update.  SAMBA created a post educating about the Governor Dick trails being in jeopardy to mountain bikers that received over 10,000 views  SAMBA trails map released – https://sambatrails.bike/#14.47/40.24649/-76.45177  QR Codes for the above map – are being made for the trail markers.  Six SAMBA Map QR signs for Trailheads/kiosks have been delivered to be installed  A new paper map draft was presented. This draft is currently being improved to include the Boulders trails and sites.  SAMBA has provided a red trail marker example that will state NO BIKES & HORSES. We are working to determine how many are needed. SAMBA will cover the cost and installation of these markers.  Six SAMBA yard signs were delivered “If you’re leaving tracks, please turn back”   A SAMBA Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) draft was presented to the committee outlining SAMBA’s and the Governor Dick Park’s responsibilities.  We have the potential opportunity to offer an Eagle Scout Project to improve the sustainability of the trails.  SAMBA has offered a complete trail analysis, recommended improvements, and implementation of improvements.  Sub committees have been formed to:  Create and implement a Survey:  Nikki Maurer (Executive Director, Community Health Council of Lebanon County) & Sally Schach (Environmental Center)  PR/Education campaign:  Sarah Shirk (representing the runners), Nikki Maurer   Trail Review:  Nate Boyer (SAMBA liaison), Don Newcomer (Horseshoe Trail Group), Sarah Shirk, Dave Eichler (Board Member & Park Ranger),... read more

IMBA launches DigIn fundraiser for Rattling Creek expansion

SAMBA is excited to announce our participation with IMBA’s DigIn program in partnership with Shimano. IMBA is collaborating with industry partners to raise matching funds to accelerate the pace of trail creation across the country and has built a fundraising digital platform to solicit additional donations from the public, allowing us more time to build trails rather than focusing on fundraising efforts. Kindly follow the link to IMBA’s DigIn page and make a donation to benefit our Rattling Creek expansion project. Shimano has pledged to match the first $1000 in donations! https://www.imba.com/digin-applications-details?diginid=2672145 Your donation can help us raise $1,000 to earn $1,000 match from @rideshimano and @imba_us for our Rattling Creek expansion project! #SAMBA # RATTLINGCREEK #LYKENS #MoreTrailsClosetoHome #DigInWithIMBA #ShimanoMTB #MakeYourMark Thanks!... read more

SAMBA launches free trails web app

SAMBA would like to announce the release of our new trails web app. You can access our free trails map at sambatrails.bike in your mobile and desktop web browser. This map features all of the trail systems where SAMBA has been involved and locations of our local sponsors. No need to download a native app, when you can access all of our trails from your phone’s web browser! Use the location button to find yourself out on the trail and tap the trail to view the elevation profile. When traveling to areas with no cell coverage, like Rattling Creek, open the web app before you go, zoom to your trail and make sure your GPS location is turned on. This will give you an online feel even when outside of cell range. Check back soon to view upcoming ride schedules that will be posted under the menu. What are you waiting for? Visit: https://sambatrails.bike/ Cheers!... read more

Paxtang Park is open!

  GPS Coordinates for Directions:  40°15’23.0″N 76°49’55.4″W During the Fall of 2017 the plan was revealed to begin work to restore historic Paxtang Park on City Park Dr. between Derry St. and Paxton St. after cyclists began visiting Harrisburg to explore the Parkway Trails. The initial work to restore the park began in 2018 as SAMBA volunteers cleared the park of trash and tamed decades of overgrown vegetation. City workers assisted with clearing dead trees that were repurposed in the park.  Pennsy Supply made a generous donation of stone, Boy Scouts built the kiosk and the rest of the fundraising and work to restore the park was carried out by SAMBA’s volunteers. We are looking forward to a time when it is appropriate to host an official Grand Opening event in the park. Why restore the park? 1) The park is an important part of local history and served as the hub for recreation in Harrisburg during the early 1900s. The trolley line from Market square ended at the site and there was a popular amusement park, swimming pool, picnic area, lake and theater. 2) The location of the park is the center of the Parkway Trail System and an ideal parking and meeting area for visiting cyclists using the Parkway Trails or Capital Area Greenbelt. The parking area can accommodate 16 vehicles, making the location ideal for group rides to meet (eventually) and great starting point for visitors exploring the trails. 3) This will be an important cycling infrastructure improvement for the area as users are directed to this lot and away from some of the smaller, overcrowded parking areas.... read more

Early Bird Registration for SAMBA Bash 2020 is Now OPEN!!!

SAMBA BASH 20 X 2 September 17 to 20, 2020 Online registration ends September 16 at 5:00pm.  Click here to register!! Early Bird registration ends June 15th.   The BASH at Camp Muckelratz is a rain or shine non-competitive mountain bike weekend in the Weiser State Forest on the Rattling Creek Trail system.  SAMBA holds the event to generate funding to pay for the upkeep and expansion of the Rattling Creek IMBA Epic.  For a map go to : http://sambabiker.com/samba/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/207_RattlingCreek_Map.pdf Directions to BASH You can Camp all three days, camp one night or just come up and enjoy the main event on Saturday September the 19th. Saturday the 19th  Guided IMBA Epic Rides on Saturday.  Aid stations out on the Epic on Saturday stocked with cold water and snacks to keep you going. Group rides will be available for all levels of riders from shorter rides to the full IMBA Epic. Breakfast:  Serve yourself Bagels and Coffee in the cabin Lunch:  On your own Dinner:  Forrest Feed BBQ : Pulled Pork,mac n cheese, potato salad, baked beans, and slaw! Evening Activities:  Bike Toss, and campfire Saturday evening ***Additional entertainment TBD***   PRICES GO UP JUNE 15 SO REGISTER EARLY!    For those wanting the full SAMBA Bash Experience! Gates open Thursday at 1 pm. Camping is available Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights! Camping is primitive with portable toilets, outdoor shower facilities and no hook-ups.  We have very limited electric connectivity if needed for medical devices. The main camping is in and around the main field at camp.  The roads in and out are not paved. Rides are on your own Thursday. Maps will be provided and limited SAG... read more

SAMBA announces plans to re-open Camp Mack trails

Howdy, We realize that Camp Mack has been a part of the mountain bike culture in Central Pa. for decades and we were all devastated by the sudden closure last year. After several months of negotiations with the Pa. Dutch Council, we are thrilled to announce that we have a fully executed agreement to allow the return mountain biking at Camp Mack later this Fall!  But before we can open Camp Mack to bikes, we need your help to trim and clear the trails and make improvements.  We will not be opening the trail system until clearing and improvements are complete. Look for work days starting on August 16, and come out and help us get bikes back at Camp Mack! Work days will be posted on our social media as Events. As you have probably heard, some of the trails have been damaged due to logging, and many are simply grown in and are not rideable.  Additionally, new rules are in place regarding hunting season and areas permanently closed to bikes.  We will be installing signage to direct riders to the trails and away from the main camp area, and to identify dates the trails will be closed. Year-round no bike area:  The main camp area previously closed during summer scout camp is now closed to bikes year round.  The boundaries for this area are General Strickler Rd. uphill from North Valley Trail, Pool Rd. uphill from Forge Hill Trail and all areas past the big gravel lot.  See map. Access to trails from 501:  Access is still permitted to the trail system from the 501/Camp side.  The trails may be accessed... read more

Rattling Creek Fundraiser-Your help needed!

SAMBA recently announced plans for a large expansion of the awesome IMBA EPIC Rattling Creek Trail System (RCTS) near Lykens, Pa. and we need your help! The vision for the expansion will more than double current trail mileage, establish trail connections for future trail development within the Greenland Tract of Weiser State Forest, provide trail access from Lykens and Williamstown and connectivity to the Lykens Valley Rail Trail. SAMBA is looking forward to resuming volunteer work days soon and we are currently seeking funds to purchase building materials for the construction of new bridges, a kiosk and signage. Your tax deductable donation is greatly appreciated and  Thank You in advance for your help to open new trails this year! To donate (All donations go to Rattling Creek expansion):http://sambabiker.com/samba/donate/ Questions: http://sambabiker.com/samba/contact/ More info: http://sambabiker.com/samba/samba-announces-rattling-creek-trail-system-expansion/ Cheers!... read more

COVID-19 UPDATE from IMBA/SAMBA

  To our friends and partners in mountain biking, Getting out on the trails is tremendously valuable. Trails bring us together, but to keep each other safe, we must keep our distance. How can our community navigate this challenge? First and foremost, refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for best practices, as well as guidelines from your state and local governments. Then, as appropriate, cautiously take advantage of trails and outdoor spaces unless you are feeling ill. We will all benefit from fresh air. Should mountain bikers host group rides or trail work days? Cancel, postpone or reschedule upcoming events including races, trail work, and group rides until there are new government directives. For now, let’s ride in very small groups, keep our distance, and enjoy our trails close to home to minimize the risks associated with car travel. How can trail users pass responsibly with social distance? Stay alert, slow down, and communicate with each other from a distance about how to proceed. With gyms and rec centers closing, there may be new users on the trails. It’s a great time for community education on responsible riding and for being patient, exemplary stewards. Thanks for reading. Stay safe! SAMBA... read more

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