Hiking: hiking conditions are good. We started summer trail mowing in late June, and 99% of the trails have been mowed at least once. Grasses are short where mowed, often waist high (or higher) if not mowed.
Biking: the West Side trails offer the best biking, that area tends to be the driest (but BE SURE TO READ 'Important Updates' below). The East Side trails are surprisingly dry this summer, and more 'bike-able' than usual. On the East Side, after rainy weather avoid the trails far to the east, they usually are damp and soft.
Bugs: mosquitoes currently are a bit bothersome.
A 50-100 meter segment of West Side trail adjacent to a beaver dam is soggy between intersections H-I; you can walk your bike through this spot - but anticipate wet shoes.
Due to recent logging, on the East Side, avoid Rut Road between intersections 20-21-22. Click here for details
Due to active logging, on the West Side, avoid the loop between intersections D-E-D, and watch for logging traffic from A-B-C-D.
April 24, 2021: snow showers
Summertime mowing began in late June on the East Side trails. East Side mowing was completed on July 25th. The West Side was mowed in the last half of July. Click here for a map showing East Side mowing details.
Meeting called to order
by Dave Johnson, president
Officers: Craig Henson, Dave Johnson, Jan Paulsen.
Members: Tom Baker, Dave Borman, Carolyn Chatterton, Howard Chatterton, Doug DeLong, Jim Kurz, Lynn Marsh, Annie Olson, Pete Olson, Tom Paulsen, Doug Spielman, Deb Wall, Holly Wiesman, John Ziemer.
Non-members: Dave Lee (Flambeau Mining Company), Jana Murphy (Flambeau Mining Company).
Sisters Farm Trails
Blue Hills Warming House Committee
Carolyn Chatterton reported that everything is underway. The WCC is supposed to begin cutting trees and peeling logs on the 6th of August. The plans for the building are a 16’ x 24’ log construction with a cement floor. For heat the club plans to have a wall-mounted, gas furnace. It should be built and completed for use this ski season!
Blue Hills Trail Committee
There is a need for some new bridges, according to Carolyn Chatterton and Jan Paulsen. Jump River Electric has donated several stringers towards this project. The Rusk County Forestry department has donated 20 hours of dozing, mowed the trails, and cleared the trails. Completing these bridges before snow season should not be a problem.
High School Trails Committee
Snowshoe Race Committee
This will be the first year the RCTA will hold a snowshoe race. Last year the race was held by Rusk County; primarily organized by Holly Wiesman. The tentative date will be Saturday, January 30th. Holly Wiesman reported that it would be part of the Midwest Snowshoe Series consisting of 10 races. There was some discussion about the venue for the race this year. Many members would like to have the race at the Blue Hills Trail, especially considering the presence of a new warming house. Also, it would give the BHT exposure.
Log Jam Race Committee
Dave Dave Borman said that there were over 700 riders this year. Overall, the race was a great success without any major problems. Many said they heard good remarks from riders about the race organization and course. Area businesses were also very receptive to the event.
Blue Hills Ascent Committee
John Ziemer says he sent in the info to the USSA for registration. The race is planned to be held the first Sunday of January, which would be the 3rd. There are no plans to coordinate this race with the Cumberland race as has been done in the past. The Cumberland race will most like be on a different weekend.
Dave Johnson began the discussion with, "Do we want to have a banquet?" In the end, most seemed to agree that the banquet is a good idea. However, no one was willing to serve as committee chairperson. Instead, a date was set for a committee meeting and those interested would show up. The committee was to meet 8/20/98 to begin planning. There was some discussion about toning down the banquet into a smaller event. This would possibly include fewer instant winner prizes, etc. The committee is to make these decisions.
Election of of New President & Vice President
Due to Dave Johnson's upcoming move to Milwaukee, a new president was elected. Dave spoke about his enthusiasm for the club, and what a great experience it has been for him. During his term much has been accomplished: PowerBar D.I.R.T. grant, Sisters Farm Trails Grant, start of warming house project at the Blue Hills Trail, and funding and initiation of High School Trails lighting project. Jan Paulsen was unanimously elected to the presidential position, opening up her previous VP position. Carolyn Chatterton was then unanimously elected vice president.
A Reminder of Committee Members...