We were warned about the horrendous mosquito season taking place in the upper peninsula of Michigan, and we were a bit worried for our days in Munising, MI. We made it into town after some stunning beachside camping in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, which gave us a quick taste of the clouds of mosquitos that would follow us through the weekend. The Munising Bay Trail Network group welcomed us with open arms at our Club Care Presentation Thursday evening. The mosquitos cannot keep this community away from the trailbuilding. After seeing what happened just down the road in Hougton and Cooper Harbor, they are sick and tired of seeing bikes on cars just pass through their town. They want to bring those riders in!
Friday, local Land Managers joined us from the Forest Service, National Park Service, and the Dept. of Natural Resources along with some Youth Corp Volunteers. Everyone seemed engaged and excited to bring mountain biking and sustainable singletrack trail access to their community. We spent some time discussing local projects and how the managers can manage multi user trails to attract more cyclists to the area. We followed the presentation with a quick group ride just above the town of Munising, on a new constructed trail in partnership with the city that featured amazing views of Munising Bay and Lake Surperior.
Saturday Morning, Lani and I made our first Trail Building School presentation to a crowded room with familiar faces from local organizations and land management agencies. We enjoyed their enthusiasm and appreciated the open ears everyone provided for our morning long classroom session. The previous day we had flagged a section of proposed trail in the Valley Spur area just south of town. We made minimal changes to the nicely flagged area to aid in sustainablity in the sandy, steep terrain and volunteers were ready to get out and do some digging. Once in the field volunteers made quick work of our proposed area, using all their efforts to produce a fine looking piece of benchcut singletrack. At days end, we had built some nice turns, rolling grade dips, and even cleared out some problematic vegetation. Completing more than 800 feet of trail made for a successful day bringing the community one step closer to their proposed 12-mile trail network. Munising is excited to bring expanded outdoor, human powered recreation to their area and our Trail Care Crew visit hopefully injected some helpful knowledge and got the community excited to build trails.
Thanks for the Munising Bay Trail Network, The Munising Quality Inn, Local Land Managers, The Cooking Carberry, and everyone from the local community. We are excited to see your progress in the upcoming years!