Updates/Changes to the Spring Trail Work Schedule

What a wild spring it has been! It started out with so much snow that we had to cancel our first two trail days (at Ellicottville and Sprague). There was still snow on the trails and roads on April 11!

And then, the weather turned into summer virtually overnight, with riding on dry, dusty trails by the end of April. Amazing.

This, plus some other events, have caused us to make some changes to our spring trail work schedule. The chhanges to date are:

  • The April 4 Sprague and April 11 E-ville days were cancelled
  • We also had to reschedule the Hunters Creek work day on May 10 due to illness. Fortunately, we were able to contact everyone planning on attending, and were still there at the trailhead in case someone didn't get the memo

And ... we have a couple of changes going through to the end of the spring period:

  • The cancelled Hunters Creek days is being rescheduled to May 30 (Saturday). Hope you can head out to Hunters and help resident trail guru Ben Claus add some love the lines
  • National Trails Day, originally scheduled for Sprague, is being moved to Ellicottville. The occasion will be the Grand Opening of the new Black Trail. This is the trail that parallels the now-closed White Trail from the comm tower on Mutton Hollow Rd. behind Holiday Valley. It's been a lot of work over the past year, but this trail is now ready to ride. It still needs some tweaks, and that is what we will be doing first, but then there will be the celebratory barbeque and ride afterward.

After NTD, it's time to ride and race for the rest of the summer! Hope to see you out on the trails this spring. Trail work is fund and rewarding, so join us!

Two Great Trail Work Days This May 9-10 Weekend

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WNYMBA is hosting not one, but two, trail work days this coming weekend.

On Saturday May 9th, Jim Allen is leading a work day at Golden Hill State Park, just south of Ellicottville. The plan is to use “Travis”, WNYMBA’s Honda-powered Muck Truck, to spread some crushed rock on a wet section of trail immediately adjacent to Fire Lane Rd. Golden Hill is not nearly as well-known as Ellicottville, its’ “Big Brother” riding area just ten minutes up the road, but this out-of-the-way gem offers some great riding. It’s an excellent place to bring new riders who want to do some real woods riding, but who may not want to deal with big hills just yet. We’ll meet at Ellicottville Bike & Bean at 30 Washington St. in Ellicottville at 10:00 AM on Saturday and then caravan to Golden Hill. We supply lunch - bring your bike for an after lunch ride and discover yet another WNY riding area.

On Sunday May 10th, Ben Clauss takes over the lead at Hunter’s Creek and has a couple of really cool projects planned to improve this much-loved riding area. Ben has a post with more details a little farther down this page. Bring your Mom – it’s Mother’s Day.

A “2 for 1 BONUS WEEKEND”, brought to you by WNYMBA!

Great start to the Fall trail work days

We had a great turnout for the first fall work day on Saturday.  Special thanks go out to Thom Wright.  We had received permission from DEC to let Thom use his ATV with his home-built "drag box" which breaks up the organic soil and really cuts down the work it takes to establish the trail tread.  Thom dragged most of the trail (and back), and we had a great crew to help pull the organic stuff off.  We worked north from the yellow-gated dirt road that bisects the white trail and replacement trail.  We made it quite a ways north, but still have lots to do.  Good thing we have 5 more days planned this fall!.

Summer Time Trail Work Days

We usually reserve the prime summer months for riding and do the trail work in spring and fall.  However, this has been a very wet year.  We are setting up some sumer work days for both Ellicottville and Sprague Brook.

The Ellicottville days are set.  Mack from Heart Rate Up is leading two trail-work days  to begin stone-placement and well-needed maint. to the Rain Trail, Big Merlin & other sections.  These will be Tuesday July 29th 6pm & Wed. Aug. 13th 6pm. Tools & equipment will be on-site. Meet in first parking area off E.McCarty Hill Rd.We'll be updating with more information on the calendar and the meet up.

We also plan on doing some work at Sprague, probably mid August, but the dates aren't set yet.

Hope to see you out on the trail to help make our trails sustainable even in wet summer like this one!

Updates on Allegany Trail Building Weekend

All the details are here:


I just got back from refreshing the flagging and things are looking great.  This will be an awesome trail.

Finishing this trail this weekend is certainly doable, but we will need a great effort, so please try to make it one or both days.  The weather is looking better on Sunday, so it is OK just to come that day if you are so inclined.  Or even come down Sat. night and enjoy the campfire and the cookout.

However, the forecast for Saturday is actually just saying a "few showers" for only a couple of hours, and sun the rest of the time on Saturday, so that sounds like perfect trail building weather to me.  What else are you going to be doing?

Remember to bring your bike!  I have shuttled the tools out to the work place already, but you will have to shuttle yourself about 2 miles along a relatively wide, flat, and dry 2-track (Ridge Run) to get to the work spot. Best way is to ride out there.

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