The Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association has announced that Phase Two of the CAMBA-Hayward Area Memorial Hospital Gateway Trail project is complete. This year’s work added another 2 miles to the trail, bringing the total distance to 3.5 miles. The new trail continues the meandering, flowing character of the initial segment of trail and explores several scenic areas.
The Gateway Trail is funded in part by Hayward Area Memorial Hospital.
“CAMBA has thoroughly enjoyed its partnership with HAMH,” says CAMBA Executive Director Ron Bergin. “It has truly been a win-win relationship.”
“The addition of the CAMBA Gateway trail has been extremely popular and used by many on a daily basis, fulfilling the need for an entry level trail close to town,” said Brad Zeller, the hospital’s Vice President of Administration. “The design of the trail, rolling hills, twists and turns prove fun for all ages. We appreciate the partnership with CAMBA and the opportunity to provide options for wellness activities for all to enjoy.”
Another local organization, Sawyer County Outdoor Projects and Education, also has provided significant funding for the project. In addition, the trail initiative has received funding from Enbridge Energy, the Wisconsin Sports Development Foundation and numerous local businesses and individuals.
Reception to the new trail has been positive. Chris Young of New Moon bike shop shared his observations about the new trail: “On any given day, you may see a 3-year-old out there on a balance bike, a pair of 70-somethings cruising along and just about anyone in between. The CAMBA-Hospital trail has begun the transformation of the Hayward/Cable CAMBA trails into a broad-spectrum trail resource accessible to all abilities — that anyone can enjoy.”
Much of the credit for the work on the Hospital Gateway Trail goes to long-time CAMBA volunteer and former board member Steve Morales, who has worked to lay out the trail and supervise construction. Morales elaborates on this year’s work: “Phase two of CAMBA’s project shows off the grandest scenery on the hospital property. It also adds a choice for taller hills than the phase one offered. This summer, we built four shorter loops, stacking them onto phase one. Riders can select any or all of them, adding about half a mile per loop. The Creek, The Marsh, The Pines and Four Cubs Loops are all named after their natural features. Wide, smooth and flowing, the new loops retain the entry-level character we are building here for the community.”
The third and final phase of the project will get underway in spring 2019, with a goal of another 2 to 2 1/2 miles of trail. The total cost for Phase Three is expected to be about $27,000.
“We hope local businesses, organizations or individuals can get behind this project and help CAMBA bring it to a successful completion” Bergin said.