UVMBA

 

UVMBA maintains and expands access to multi-use, non-motorized trails in the Upper Valley of NH and VT, including the towns of Lebanon, Hanover, Hartford, Norwich, Plainfield and others. We are a volunteer, community-driven organization dedicated to being responsible trail stewards.

 

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1 week ago
Upper Valley Mountain Bike Association (UVMBA)

Landmark (Boston Lot) trails are still open! Generally trails only close to bikes after big snowstorms, thaws, or in the springtime. Some helpful reminders:
Try to only ride when trails are frozen
The two winter only trails (LITB and White Light) are closed until we get a solid snowpack
It's still hunting season so wear bright colors

Currently regular bikes without studs are fine (or even prefered), but that could quickly change with any precipitation.

See you on the trails!
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Landmark (Boston Lot) trails are still open! Generally trails only close to bikes after big snowstorms, thaws, or in the springtime. Some helpful reminders:
Try to only ride when trails are frozen
The two winter only trails (LITB and White Light) are closed until we get a solid snowpack
Its still hunting season so wear bright colors
Currently regular bikes without studs are fine (or even prefered), but that could quickly change with any precipitation.
See you on the trails!
3 weeks ago
Upper Valley Mountain Bike Association (UVMBA)

Savouring the last bits of fall with more benching, improving run off, and adding berms on milk run before winter hits.

Got a project in mind on an existing trail for next season? Reach out to us directly. While approval for new trails can be an extensive process, approval for doing some rock armoring, benching, and anything else that improves sustainability and durability (and hopefully also the fun factor!) of an existing trail can be fairly quick.
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Thanks! Can’t wait to check it out!

Thank you!

We closed (raked over and covered with logs and branches) a few rogue and unapproved trails/connectors last night. We plan to be out again soon to close other rogue trails.

We do not love doing this. Especially when these trails may add a valuable connection to the network, but none of these trails were approved and thus they need to be shut down. Continuing to let these trails spur up endangers UVMBA’s agreement with Dartmouth to manage this property.

We greatly appreciate your cooperation in keeping these trails closed. By reducing our burden of needing to repeatedly address these trails we will have more time to focus on productive trail projects.

Questions? Concerns? Comments? Feel free to send us a direct message or comment below. We understand that this network has historically been a complicated web of official and unofficial trails, and we will never get this a 100% right, but we’re trying.
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We closed (raked over and covered with logs and branches) a few rogue and unapproved trails/connectors last night. We plan to be out again soon to close other rogue trails. 
We do not love doing this. Especially when these trails may add a valuable connection to the network, but none of these trails were approved and thus they need to be shut down. Continuing to let these trails spur up endangers UVMBA’s agreement with Dartmouth to manage this property.
We greatly appreciate your cooperation in keeping these trails closed. By reducing our burden of needing to repeatedly address these trails we will have more time to focus on productive trail projects.
Questions? Concerns? Comments? Feel free to send us a direct message or comment below. We understand that this network has historically been a complicated web of official and unofficial trails, and we will never get this a 100% right, but we’re trying.Image attachment

The Landmark Trail network (Boston Lot) is owned by Dartmouth and managed by the Upper Valley Mountain Bike Association (UVMBA) under a licensed user agreement. Rogue trail work such as altering trails, building new trails and creating “cut overs” endangers the UVMBA’s agreement with Dartmouth.

Please do not make modifications (such as chipping away rocks as shown in the pictures) to the trails! If you have ideas for modifications to existing trails, please visit UVMBA.org to submit your ideas.
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honest question. Were the rocks placed there or naturally there? If placed there why placed there and not on middle of trail or just removed? Why place rocks on the side of the trail.

So frustrating! I ride Boston lot because I love a challenge. If I wanted a wide clear path, I'd ride the rail trail. Obstacles are the name of the game, peeps! Don't modify trails at all, especially in an effort to make them easier - it defeats the purpose!

Might say having "WTF" written on your rock close by is likely as much of an issue as the chipped away rock. 🤷‍♂️

While the weather is still nice, we're going to sneak in another mini work day:
Sunday, October 23: 9 AM - noon at the DHMC entrance

We'll supply some coffee and donuts to warm everyone up on a chilly fall morning before getting to work!

UVMBA will supply the tools, but bring your own water, bug spray, gloves, etc. No RSVP required. All ages and abilities welcome.

And most importantly, we promise there will no hauling of lumber!
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While the weather is still nice, were going to sneak in another mini work day:
Sunday, October 23: 9 AM - noon at the DHMC entrance
Well supply some coffee and donuts to warm everyone up on a chilly fall morning before getting to work!
UVMBA will supply the tools, but bring your own water, bug spray, gloves, etc. No RSVP required. All ages and abilities welcome.
And most importantly, we promise there will no hauling of lumber!Image attachment

Hi folks,

That time of year again--time to think about riding in the beautiful fall weather. Come sweep the course for the Vermont 50 Mountain Bike Race and pull signs on Sunday, September 25. This event is a fundraiser for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports.
Slot 1 will sweep from the start to Greenall's on the 50 K course (13.5 miles)
Slot 2: Full
Slot 3 will sweep from Skunk Hollow to M'ville (14.3 miles)
Slot 4 will sweep from M'ville to Fallons on the 50 Mile course (9.9 miles)
Slot 5 will sweep from Fallons to Johnsons (10.3 mile)

If you are interested, click on the link below:
runsignup.com/Race/Volunteer/VT/Brownsville/Vermont50#volunteerTask-275117
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Hi folks,
That time of year again--time to think about riding in the beautiful fall weather. Come sweep the course for the Vermont 50 Mountain Bike Race and pull signs on Sunday, September 25. This event is a fundraiser for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports.
Slot 1 will sweep from the start to Greenalls on the 50 K course (13.5 miles)
Slot 2: Full
Slot 3 will sweep from Skunk Hollow to Mville (14.3 miles)
Slot 4 will sweep from Mville to Fallons on the 50 Mile course (9.9 miles)
Slot 5 will sweep from Fallons to Johnsons (10.3 mile)
If you are interested, click on the link below:
https://runsignup.com/Race/Volunteer/VT/Brownsville/Vermont50#volunteerTask-275117

We’ve received reports of riders accessing Hartford Town Forest through private property on Remick Rd, and the landowners are not pleased. Please be courteous to our neighbors and access the trails ONLY from the Reservoir Rd trailhead. ... See MoreSee Less

Trail work reminder for tomorrow.
5:30 PM at the Nature Walk Entrance.

We're going to tackle some of the exceptionally rooty sections on lower rabbit hole. We all know how much better this trail flows with even an inch of snow on it in the winter, so we hope to recreate at least some of that flow in the summer by remove dead roots, rock armoring, and adding dirt to smooth things out a bit.

UVMBA will supply the tools, but bring your own water, bug spray, gloves, etc. No RSVP required. All ages and abilities welcome!
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Trail work reminder for tomorrow. 
5:30 PM at the Nature Walk Entrance. 
Were going to tackle some of the exceptionally rooty sections on lower rabbit hole. We all know how much better this trail flows with even an inch of snow on it in the winter, so we hope to recreate at least some of that flow in the summer by remove dead roots, rock armoring, and adding dirt to smooth things out a bit.
UVMBA will supply the tools, but bring your own water, bug spray, gloves, etc. No RSVP required. All ages and abilities welcome!

New trail day in Boston Lot!*

Warrior Princess drops down from Hardwoods Connect to Bruce Lee. It's full of steep rollers, fun little drops, and some really amazing rock work. We're not going to call it downhill only because I'm sure someone can climb it, but we'll just strongly recommend going down it (start from Hardwoods Connect). Go check it out!

*okay, okay it's not brand new, but we just got around to posting about it.
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New trail day in Boston Lot!*
Warrior Princess drops down from Hardwoods Connect to Bruce Lee. Its full of steep rollers, fun little drops, and some really amazing rock work. Were not going to call it downhill only because Im sure someone can climb it, but well just strongly recommend going down it (start from Hardwoods Connect). Go check it out!
*okay, okay its not brand new, but we just got around to posting about it.Image attachment

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Well built and fun trail. Worth the climb back out!

Wow!

Absolutely!

Ryan Frost time to go try it!

Calling Artists! As some may have seen, the backside of the Nature Walk changing room has been "adorned" with some unsanctioned artwork. We are looking for a volunteer to repurpose the existing artwork into something a little more appealing. Please shoot us a DM for details if you're interested! ... See MoreSee Less

UVMBA had a superb weekend down at Ascutney Flow State getting in lots of great riding and socializing with other VMBA chapters.

UVMBA members James and Jeremy held down the fort at the table and provided the entertainment with homemade random tandem bikes and races!
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UVMBA had a superb weekend down at Ascutney Flow State getting in lots of great riding and socializing with other VMBA chapters. 
UVMBA members James and Jeremy held down the fort at the table and provided the entertainment with homemade random tandem bikes and races!Image attachmentImage attachment

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Thank you so much for bringing shenanigans fun!!! Quality entertainment. 🙌

We had a great, albeit a bit toasty, trail work night last week where we added a couple of small berms on Minor Threat (photos above). We have a couple more opportunities to get involved with trail work in August.
• Tuesday, August 2nd: 5:30 PM
• Tuesday, August 16th: 5:30 PM

Like last time, we’ll go out and do a quick project or two that will help trails flow better and hopefully be more fun for everyone.

UVMBA will supply the tools, but bring your own water, bug spray, gloves, etc. No RSVP required. All ages and abilities welcome!

We plan to go out rain or shine but will cancel if there is thunder and lightning.
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We had a great, albeit a bit toasty, trail work night last week where we added a couple of small berms on Minor Threat (photos above). We have a couple more opportunities to get involved with trail work in August.
• Tuesday, August 2nd: 5:30 PM
• Tuesday, August 16th: 5:30 PM
Like last time, we’ll go out and do a quick project or two that will help trails flow better and hopefully be more fun for everyone. 
UVMBA will supply the tools, but bring your own water, bug spray, gloves, etc. No RSVP required. All ages and abilities welcome!
We plan to go out rain or shine but will cancel if there is thunder and lightning.

We’re starting a weeknight trail work series where we’ll tackle small, but rewarding, ~2-hour projects in Boston Lot. Our first night is this Wednesday.

Wednesday, July 20th. 6-8PM at Nature Walk Entrance.

Our plan is to continue the work we started on Minor Threat at the spring workday. This trail sees a lot of use, so we want to make it more sustainable and fun for all users. The work will consist of mostly moving dirt and small bits of rock armoring. We also plan to add berms to a handful of corners to help the trail flow better.

UVMBA will supply the tools, but bring your own water, bug spray, gloves, etc. No RSVP required. All ages and abilities welcome!

Can’t make this week, but hope to get involved in the future? We’re planning to make weeknight trail work a regular thing and will be posting about additional events in the coming weeks.
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We’re starting a weeknight trail work series where we’ll tackle small, but rewarding, ~2-hour projects in Boston Lot. Our first night is this Wednesday.
Wednesday, July 20th. 6-8PM at Nature Walk Entrance.
Our plan is to continue the work we started on Minor Threat at the spring workday. This trail sees a lot of use, so we want to make it more sustainable and fun for all users. The work will consist of mostly moving dirt and small bits of rock armoring. We also plan to add berms to a handful of corners to help the trail flow better.
UVMBA will supply the tools, but bring your own water, bug spray, gloves, etc. No RSVP required. All ages and abilities welcome!
Can’t make this week, but hope to get involved in the future? We’re planning to make weeknight trail work a regular thing and will be posting about additional events in the coming weeks.

Nature alert! There are baby birds in the changing room and 2 turtles laying eggs around the Nature Walk Trailhead. Please be cautious so as not to disturb or harm these friends when using the trailhead. And remember to always observe and admire the wildlife from a distance ... See MoreSee Less

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only noticed these guys because I was actually changing; I assume their parents left because I scared them- they look hungry!

I’ll tell Kobe, The Great Turtle Hunter Dog!

and a mini-turtle too!

Hartford Town Forest trail workday Saturday, June 4th from 8:30 to noon! Work will include building a new bridge, drainage
work, improving treadway, installing signage and
blazing. Bring water, tick and eye protection, hand
tools (shovels, loppers, small saws, etc.) Cookout to
follow.
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Hartford Town Forest trail workday Saturday, June 4th from 8:30 to noon! Work will include building a new bridge, drainage
work, improving treadway, installing signage and
blazing. Bring water, tick and eye protection, hand
tools (shovels, loppers, small saws, etc.) Cookout to
follow.

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thanks in advance everyone- can't make it myself!

It’s mountain biking season, and that means it’s also membership season! We can’t do it without you!

vmba.org/join/

#doitforthestickers
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It’s mountain biking season, and that means it’s also membership season! We can’t do it without you! 
https://vmba.org/join/
#doitforthestickers

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Thanks for the reminder... Started to do this last week then got sidetracked!

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