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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...

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),...

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!...

SAMBA launches Rattling Creek expansion project

Howdy, We are thrilled to announce that SAMBA’s public volunteer work days will begin this weekend in Lykens as the Rattling Creek Trail system expansion project comes to life! The RC crew has been working to field check and flag the corridor for new trails and do some initial clearing as we prepare to welcome back our volunteers for 2020. The first 5 miles of new trails are ready and waiting to be established at this point. The main focus for the foreseeable future will be clearing the  new corridor so that we can safely work on sculpting the new trail tread later this Summer. All public volunteer work days will be posted to SAMBA’s social media as Events. Kindly consider joining us for a work day in the coming weeks and hear more about the ways that you can help us lay down EPIC new trails. Work day #1: https://www.facebook.com/events/1163690890660500/ Please note: The coming work days will migrate to different segments of the build and require different meet-up locations. Watch Facebook Event posts for the most current information. SAMBA’s Rattling Creek Expansion Work Days Powered by New Belgium Brewing Cheers!...

NOTICE: Governor Dick trails in jeopardy

Hello Mountain Bikers! We just want to pass along a friendly reminder regarding mountain biking at Governor Dick. Biking at Governor Dick is privilege that we cannot allow to be lost. Governor Dick has a lot of fun trails and features.  However, only some of the trails at Governor Dick are for bikes, and fewer yet for horses. Mountain bikers are jeopardizing our access to ride on Governor Dick because of misuse and riding trails that are designated as no bikes. SAMBA has recently launched an awesome map that will show you all of the trails for mountain bikes:  https://sambatrails.bike/  Please familiarize yourself with this map. We need to stop widening trails to hit new features, creating new trails, and riding foot-travel only trails like 12, 13A, 14, and the handicap accessible ramp by the Environmental Center.  In addition, all users need to stay off the trails when they are wet to let them dry, unfortunately, the amount of tire tracks proves that we need to better in this area. If the misuse of the park does not stop immediately, the board may choose to close the entire area to mountain bikes.  Currently, we have a Trails Task force working on ideas to prevent this from happening. If you would like more details or want to create trails contact Nate Boyer or Tim Finn. You can also submit questions here: http://sambabiker.com/samba/contact/ Thanks for your help and understanding!  SAMBA & Mt. Gretna Trail...

SAMBA begins construction of Coleman’s Park Bicycle Playground

We are super-stoked to announce that work is underway on the pump tracks at Coleman’s Park in Lebanon! We received our final soil delivery on Friday and today the crew finished marking the layout of the tracks and began work to start moving the soil deliveries into place and shaping out the lines. We will begin volunteer workdays as soon as Lebanon county moves into the green phase and we hope to see you then. Get ready to...