Trail Post News

Donate to VMBaH when you shop at Fred Meyer

You can help Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers earn donations just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card!

Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give.
Here’s how the program works:

·         Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Valley Mountain Bikers & Hikers at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.

·         You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number 92433.

·         Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Valley Mountain Bikers & Hikers earn a donation!

·         You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.

·         If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.

·         For more information, please visit www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.

Holiday Party

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Please join us for VMBaH’s annual Christmas party on Friday, December 11 at 6:00PM.

We are throwing a party to say “Thank You” to those of you who have supported us throughout this past year, and also to introduce ourselves to those in the community who have just heard about us.

This year’s event will be hosted by Backcountry Bike & Ski in Palmer.  There will be food, live music and other festivities beginning at 6:00PM.

We are grateful to Backcountry Bike & Ski for supporting the VMBaH by offering a discounts from 10 – 50% off on select items in their store to anyone who signs up for a VMBaH membership.

 

Please join us for some holiday fun!

Government Peak Singletrack Update

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We are happy to announce that the final stage of the Government Peak Singletrack (Phase 1) is underway!  We began construction in 2014 and had the trails ready enough to allow for some winter riding, but we still needed to do more work to get it ready for summer action.

Throughout July, our contractor Ptarmagin Ptrails has been out there fine tuning the tread, dialing in the berms, and tweaking the drainage (see photos below).  Our volunteer hand crews have also been active, helping to hand finish the trail, lop roots, and make the trail beautiful.  We are very near completion and excited to open the trails to the public very soon!

We do have some more work to do before the trails will be ready, though.  So, please help us out by volunteering a few hours of your time.  We need volunteers help us do some final hand finishing work, such as described above.  Join us on Tuesday evenings at 6:00PM, or every other Saturday morning at 9:00 for our work events.  (Our next Saturday event will be July 25.)  The more people we get to help us now, the faster those trails will be ready to ride!  And, don’t forget: The Matanuska-Susitna Borough gives free parking permits to those who volunteer 8 hours or more working on borough projects.  That means that your time helping VMBaH at GPRA counts towards your free parking permit!

Volunteers, please meet us in the parking lot at Government Peak Recreation Area at 15 minutes before the advertised start time to sign in and pick up your tools.  VMBaH will supply all the tools you’ll need.

For last minute updates, and the most up-to-date information, please follow us on Facebook.

Thanks to our partners who have helped us to build these trails: Mat-Su Trails & Parks Foundation, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, REI, Alaska Trails, and the State of Alaska Recreational Trails Program.

Red Mountain Hike

VMBaH Hike Red MountainJoin Lorene Lynn this Saturday, July 18, at 9 am.  Lorene will be leading a hike up Red Mountain (just north of Lazy Mountain) for anyone who wants to come. At an easy/steady hiking pace, it’s a 7-hour round-trip hike.  If people are interested, she’ll post directions to the trail head (her house).  Check our Facebook page out for more information.

 

Moonlit Miles – June Edition

June Moonlit MilesJoin us for our monthly Moonlit Miles ride on June 5 @ 8:00PM.

We will meet in the parking lot of the Matanuska Lake State Rec Area and ride for about 2 hours.

This is an all-ages, all-skill levels ride, so come on out whether you’ve been riding all your life or are just getting into it!

Helmets are a must.  Well-behaved dogs are welcome.

If you’re driving there, remember to bring cash for the $5 parking fee.

Trail Report – May 1

Don't be stuck in a rut!Spring is in the air, and if you’re like us, you’re itching to get outside and get on those trails!  While we appreciate the excitement, we also urge you to pay attention to the condition of the trail before you ride.  Some of the trails out there are still pretty soupy and riding them in that condition would only cause lasting damage.  Please help us protect our trail resources by riding only when dry.

Update on Government Peak Recreation Area

Due to the recent rain in the area, the trails at Government Peak Recreation Area are currently closed to all traffic, including foot traffic.  The only open trail at this time is the Blueberry Knoll trail.  While there is some post-holing on the Knoll, the trail remains decent otherwise.

We are checking the conditions up there daily, so please check back, either here or the VMBaH Facebook page for more updates in the near future.

Matanuska River Park

Word on the street is that the Matanuska River Park is already drying out and is good to ride.  We’re so excited about this that we’re going to be doing our Moonlit Miles ride out there tonight!  We’d love it if you joined us.

Though the conditions seem fine at the moment, please remember to use your eyes before you ride any trail.  If the trail looks too wet, be respectful and come back later when the conditions are better.

Thank you, everyone, for helping us keep our trails beautiful!

Palmer Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Advisory Board

The City of Palmer is working to put together the Palmer Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Advisory Board.  The purpose of the board is to develop, support, and advise the City Council on all matters pertaining to city parks, recreation and cultural programs and projects.

The purpose of the board is to develop, support, and advise the City Council on all matters pertaining to city parks, recreation and cultural programs and projects.

 

The board shall provide input and recommendations on issues relating to placement of memorials and plaques on city property and on the annual budget for city parks, recreation and cultural programs and projects.

Interested applicants need to apply before the May 12th city council meeting.

More about the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Advisory Board here.

Download the Board application here.

Cleanup Day at Crevasse

Come help keep the Crevasse-Moraine trail system beautiful!  On May 2, from 10:00AM until 3:00PM there will be a cleanup crew tidying the place up for Spring fun.  Meet in the lower parking lot/pavilion area for registration, bag pickup, directions to the cleanup site, and cookout!

See you there!

Be a SprocKidz Coach!

We have had a record-setting year for SprocKidz registrations, and we’re getting really excited to start the mountain biking season with the kids of the Mat-Su!  Due to the high number of kids, we are looking for some extra volunteer coaches to help with teaching and supervision.

Do you love mountain biking?  Do you like sharing your passion for biking with others?  This could be a great opportunity for you to pass on your love of mountain biking and trails to the next generation.

It’s a pretty easy and fun gig, so if you can commit to Mondays and Wednesdays through June and July (from 6:00-7:30PM), please let us know by sending an email to sprockidz@gmail.com.

There will be a coaches training session on May 9 from 12:00 until 3:00PM at Matanuska River Park.

 

Moonlit Miles – May Edition

Thanks to the volunteers who joined us earlier this week to help clean up the trails out at Matanuska River Park.  Thanks to their work, we have some rad and ready trails to ride!  Just in time for May’s Moonlit Miles ride!

Check out the details below.

May Moonlit Miles poster