Trail Work Recap 5/16/20

This weekend we hosted our first trail work day of the off-season. Around 8 o’clock Saturday morning, 13 smiling faces met at the clubhouse ready to rock. After catching up over coffee and muffins, they split into groups to tackle various sections of Corridor 8.

One group addressed a couple of rotted trees leaning over the trail.

The trees leaned away from the road (and the powerlines, phew!) and were taken down without issue. Although the trees were rotted at the root, lots of healthy wood remained. The usable sections of tree were cut to length, loaded onto a trailer and trucked out.

Next up, these folks headed further down Corridor 8 to clean up a large tree down on the side of the trail. Work came to a temporary halt for everyone but one lucky Kubota operator (thanks, Nikki!) who fought a stubborn stump that refused to come out.

After dealing with the stump, the crew could finally restart their saws and cut the tree into log lengths. The trail was too muddy from Friday night’s storm to move the logs that day, so group #1 called it quits.

Meanwhile, another crew tackled the new section of Corridor 8 (the logging area, parallel to Hooper Hill Road). If you rode this section last year, you’ll remember that it typically struggled to retain a decent snow cover.

In an effort to resolve that issue, these members spent their day lugging bags of grass seed and bales of hay. They spread that stuff over a half mile of trail!

This should help stabilize the surface of the trail, build a solid snow base and decrease mud. Cross your fingers. Beefing up this section of trail clears the path to great conditions in higher elevation and could seriously extend our snowmobile season.

Join Us Next Time

Join us for the next trail work day on Sunday, June 14, and every second Sunday of the month moving forward. We’d love to have you!

As always, feel free to send us a direct message on social media (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) or email us at bakerriverclub@gmail.com with any questions.

5 Simple Ways To Help Your Snowmobile Club

If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say “people just don’t volunteer anymore” I could have snowchecked a 2020 RMK with the 850 Patriot last spring. Unfortunately, this is more accurate than not. Too many clubs have the same small handful of “inner circle” volunteers putting in the hours, one work party after another. Of course, this is not sustainable; and if clubs cannot sustain operations, trail systems fall apart.

So, here is a list of simple (and fun!) ways to help your club thrive, none of which include cutting brush.

1. Renew, and Renew Early

This first step is the easiest by far! In New Hampshire, snowmobile memberships run from July 1 to June 30, and the dues you pay go directly to club overhead costs to maintain trails and provide the best riding experience possible. And, because so much money goes into trail work during the summer and fall months to prepare for winter, these funds are especially vital during this time. If you can, renew your membership right after it expires in July and set your club up for success.

2. Attend Club Meetings (Post-pandemic, of course)

I get it. In-person club meetings can be a little dull and potentially intimidating – especially if you don’t know many people in the group – but bear with me. It is so, incredibly difficult for a large group of people to function and make important decisions efficiently. If a club went the entire season without ever checking in as a group, chaos would ensue. This workflow is the only way to ensure a smooth, enjoyable (and profitable) season to keep the club and its trail system flourishing for years to come. So please, attend meetings. Get to know people. Hear the qualms that your fellow members have and work together to solve them.

3. Volunteer in Ways That Interest You

Contrary to what you may see posted online, trail work is not the only way to lend a hand. As a member, you should feel empowered to volunteer in any way that you can – I promise, your club will appreciate it. Do you have a background in marketing? Provide some social media tips, or maybe even offer to serve as webmaster. Have a knack for event planning? Throw out some ideas and offer to take the lead on a particular event this season. The sky’s the limit here. And, throwing it back to Step #2, attending meetings is a great way to stay “in the know” and to raise your hand when a volunteer opportunity comes up that interests you.

4. Make a Donation

We all know that monetary donations are incredibly valuable to our small, nonprofit snowmobile clubs – but a donation does not have to be money. In-kind donations can be used for anything from raffles, silent auctions, contest prizes and more. For a club like ours, which has a clubhouse out of which we serve food, donating consumables and other kitchen items is also extremely generous.

5. Engage with Social Content

Can’t make it to meetings? Can’t spare time to volunteer or the money to make a donation? There is still one sure-fire way to help your club. Engage with their social media content! Many snowmobile clubs are making a great effort to have a fun and informational online presence, but building organic reach is more difficult now than ever. Be sure to follow your club on all social channels, “like” posts and comment as often as possible.

P.S. Baker River is active on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Check us out!

The bottom line of this list is that it doesn’t matter HOW you help out, just that you do. Raise your hand. Get involved. Do what you can. We will not have the trails we do for long if we don’t step up!

Trails Closed 3/9/20

Out of respect for our landowners and due to lack of snow, Baker River trails are officially closed for the season.

Thank you for another great year, for having patience while we did our best with what the weather brought us, and for your unending support. We couldn’t do what we do without you!

Trail Update 3/6/20

There is still riding out of the clubhouse this weekend if you head East on Corridor 8, following Cheever Trail and head into the Hog Hill/Groton Area. Our trails out that way were groomed last night. Expect some dirt and water bars on your way out of the Clubhouse. There is one stretch about 150′ long. Once you get into higher elevation in Groton, there is still plenty of snow and good conditions.

At this time Corridor 8 West to the Green Camp is closed, but you can access Corridor 5 South and our higher elevation trails from neighboring trail systems (Hebron, Lyme Pinnacle, Mt. Cardigan). A member rode from Hebron last night and reported they had just groomed and that trails were phenomenal. On our end, Ten Mile Road, Rocky Loop, and Townline Pond were groomed early this morning and in good condition.

The Clubhouse is open Saturday and Sunday, 8 to 4 with the usual goodies. Be sure to stop in Sunday morning for our monthly Pancake Breakfast Buffet.

Trail Update 2/28/20

From the Clubhouse to the Green Camp is very thin, with spots down to dirt. We’re working on some solutions now to get a passable trail through there to gain access to trails in the higher elevation. WILL UPDATE ON THIS ASAP via Facebook and our website.

From the Green Camp south (on Corridor 5) conditions start fair and continuously improve. Once you hit Ten Mile Road, conditions are really excellent – the best they’ve been all year.

Ten Mile Road, Rocky Loop and Little Rocky were all groomed today and will be a safe bet for riding this weekend.

Heading the other direction, Cheever Trail and Hog Hill/Groton are in decent shape per riders today.

No other trails have been groomed or evaluated at this time. Please use caution and common sense if you get out exploring. We’ll continue to post updates as we have them.

As a reminder, the Leap Day Ladies Ride is still on tomorrow. Meet at the Clubhouse (197 N. Dorchester Road, Wentworth, NH) by 10am to ride along. Keep in mind that the first few miles up to good conditions will be rough. Please use discretion as to whether or not you feel comfortable!

As always, the Clubhouse and Grump’s Grill will be open Saturday and Sunday from 8 to 4. This weekend we’re celebrating #GirlPower. Supergirl steak & cheese sliders, Black Widow buffalo chicken sliders, Captain Marvel mac & cheese, Wonder Woman whoopie pies and Batgirl blondies.