The trails in Harbor Springs known most commonly as the “Meadows” is an extensive system that was primarily ‘rogue-built’ over the past 20 years or so by a myriad group of individuals on a mix of state and privately-owned land...almost all without landowner permission. With the closure of the “Meadows” Parking lot (on private property) a couple of years ago, TOMMBA realized how fragile this trail system is and began working to preserve and protect this amazing trail system. TOMMBA is currently working with Boyne Highlands Resort, Harbor Springs Public Schools, the Little Traverse Conservancy, and the Michigan DNR to legitimize these trails and protect them for the future. This trail system is a unique combination, crossing back-and-forth over public and private lands, and is interconnected with Boyne’s cross-country mountain bike trail system.
While many details are still being discussed, Boyne has granted us permission to use some of their cross-country trails as long as their liability waiver is signed. We are very hopeful of this partnership and ask that you please SIGN THE WAIVER now. It only takes a minute and will show that TOMMBA will minimize liability concerns as we continue to promote a formal trail network in this area.
Greetings TOMMBA Members!
We are just finishing up a website redesign and wanted to share a couple of our new features!
First, we have created a ‘News’ tab that will have our recent updates in chronological order. If you are wondering if the trails have been cleared after a storm or we are with fundraising for a new trail system, check this tab out!
Next up, our favorite new feature is the ‘Where to Ride’ tab! Knowing that providing this information is our most important duty - we’ve created a separate tab for this! By linking this page with Trailforks, it will be updated as we continue adding new trials. Please note - many of these trails are not formalized TOMMBA trail systems. Please be aware of who owns the land and refrain from riding or parking on private property. Here's your Where to Ride preview:
We hope you like what you see. Be sure to Join TOMMBA Today!!
- Individual TOMMBA Trail details in the link: https://mailchi.mp/407c3f723510/trails-are-open-7569717
Flowtrack Mountain Bike Trails made a special delivery earlier this week!
These steel frames will be clad with cedar decking and installed on the new mileage at the Boyne Forest Trails, which Flowtrack will be building this summer.
Construction is slated to start in June, so it won't be long until new professionally-built singletrack will be added to the existing network at Boyne Forest!
We have had some amazing, early-spring weather lately and quite a few questions regarding when the trails will be safe to ride. You may be seeing sights like the picture below and think it will be OK tomorrow. The big problem is, you come back tomorrow, some or 'most' of the snow & ice are gone, you head out for a ride, and your mountain bike might as well be a pizza cutter, slicing into the soft, muddy trails. While the leaves and surface dirt may be dry, there's still frost in the ground keeping subsurface moisture from infiltrating. This makes the trail tread very fragile, especially to bike tires.
We (and all your fellow Mt Bikers) ask you to be patient for the next couple of weeks. We know you're anxious to get out on our sweet, single-track trails, we are too. But patience is key here. Our volunteers are out there checking conditions and we'll work REALLY hard to get the word out ASAP when you're good to go. In the meantime, take a hike out on your favorite loop and clean up any sticks or small branches that fell over the winter. Your (or someone's) derailleur will thank you. If you come across anything large and in need of removal, shoot us an email with your best location/description and one of our dedicated volunteers will get to it.
Thanks for your understanding...and patience.
Besides, we're still in Northern Michigan...snow is in the forecast later this week.
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