Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers

Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers want to ensure there are many miles of sustainable trails in the Matanuska Susitna Valley for hikers and mountain bikers. Every day trails are being lost to development, or damaged by the reckless use of off highway vehicles. It is disheartening to see trails that we used to hike and bike diminished to muddy, rutted scars across the landscape; or gone altogether due to the rapid development our community is experiencing.

We send out alerts and information when trail issues arise in our community. We coordinate lobbying efforts and provide contact lists of state and local legislators and agencies so that you know who to call or write.


TRAIL ASSESSMENTS


Our aim is to keep you informed about trails that may be endangered and what you can do to help. If you want to keep informed sign up for our email alerts and e-newsletter.

Please stay informed and speak up for trails.







Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers completed the “State of the Trails” report in 2011 that summarizes the findings of trail assessments done by VMBaH over 4 years. It provides a snapshot of the condition of trails located throughout the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. The report is used to advocate for funding to repair, upgrade and manage trails.


“The State of the Trails” report shows the condition of twenty-seven trails equaling 113 miles. VMBaH started the trail assessment project in 2006 by first creating a manual for the procedures which we used to train volunteers. Over a course of two summer seasons the volunteers assessed about 15 trails, far less than what was needed to get a clear picture of the state of the trails and some with questionable results. So, in 2010 VMBaH pursued and received a grant from the Mat-Su Health Foundationto advance the project. This grant made it possible to contract with two people to assess trails, compile the data and produce maps and reports. This helped to bring consistency and professionalism to the project. The “State of the Trails” report is the culmination of their work and the volunteers.

Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers   •   PO Box 2867, Palmer, Alaska 99645   •   trailhead@vmbah.org

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