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Hinton Mountain Bike Association.  Our goal is to develop, maintain and promote the best possible mountain biking opportunities around the Hinton area, while ensuring responsible and safe practices in environmental conservation, trail construction, trail maintenance and riding.

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Trail Guardian Appreciation

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An HMBA Trail Guardian Appreciation gift was recently presented to Kerri and Hal Jackson. Kerri, Hal and their two dogs, Jacquie and Darcy, have done a lot of work on our trails clearing downed trees. Their efforts are truly appreciated!! Thank you!

Kudos to their two active dogs who keep their owners just as active and motivated :) 

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Thank You to our 2019 Hinton Growler Sponsors

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The Hinton Mountain Bike Association would like to send a big THANK YOU to all our sponsors and supporters of the 2019 Hinton Growler:

AFD Petroleum Ltd: $750 to help cover the costs of event insurance, timing, and awards
Vicious Cycle Hinton (Jasper/Hinton): Provided on-site support, demos, and donated prizes
Morad Communications Ltd. (Hinton): donated the use of 10 two-way radios
Maximum Work Gear (Hinton): donated hand and toe warmers for our volunteers
Town of Hinton: Allowing the event to be part of the Hinton Winter Magic and the use of three event tents.
Folding Mountain Brewing (Hinton): provided coffee and hot chocolate
Hinton Wealth Planning of Assante Financial Management Ltd. (Hinton): $100 to cover cost of discounted subs from Subway, all the snacks, and various event supplies
Bike Boy (Hinton): prize donations
The Bench Bike Shop (Jasper): prize donations
Jasper Source For Sports: prize donations
Riderz (Edson): prize donations
Sports Experts - Hinton, AB: prize donations
Wooden You Love (Edson): prize donations
Helmig Fire & Safety Equipment Sign Shop (Hinton): donated stickers (from 2018)
HMBA: jerseys for prizes
Volunteers: for their time and cheering!
Mike Langford: for his excellent grooming and course prep!

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Trails Groomed for the Hinton Growler

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Mike has been grooming after the past two days of snow, Growler course is packed and setting up nicely for next weekend's race. Race route has changed this yearr to incorporate 95% of the Hinton Bike Park, it’s fast n fun, I guarantee no hike a bike for the race! Get out & ride it! Also groomed just get there, Cleos, & Happy west.
Regular mountain bikes and hikers please avoid the Hinton Growler groomed trails, this will help us preserve the race course for race day.
Thank You

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Announcing the Bighorn Ridge Trails Project

HMBA

We are very excited to announce the Bighorn Ridge Trails Project!!!

This project is a collaboration between HMBA and many partners: West Fraser (Hinton), Yellowhead County, Town of Hinton, and the Foothills Recreation Management Association - with Hoots Inc. as the builder! The project was realized last summer and work already started in the Fall of 2018 with a planned completion in the Fall of 2019.

HMBA and its Partners have secured over $300,000 for 1) a new trail to the Bighorn viewpoint and 2) upgrades and improvements to the original Bighorn Trail (descent) to make it sustainable (and fun!). Further plans are already being discussed, so this could be just the beginning.

The Bighorn Trail was originally built in the early 1900s by the Dominion of Canada Forestry Service as a pack trail to patrol the forested areas along the eastern slopes. Learn more about it's history here

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Canadian Natural Donates to HMBA

HMBA

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Thank you Canadian Natural for your generous contribution of $14,500 to support the Hinton Mountain Bike Association!

Canadian Natural is proud to support projects that positively impact the communities where they do business.

Mike Langford (HMBA Board Member) accepts a cheque from Darrin West (Canadian Natural).

Mike Langford (HMBA Board Member) accepts a cheque from Darrin West (Canadian Natural).



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Fix It Station Fixed!

HMBA

The Fix It Station at the Hinton Bike Park has been fixed! Thanks to everyone for being patient these past few months as we waited for parts to be ordered, shipped and installed (by HMBA volunteers, of course!).

The Fix It Station, originally donated by Hinton Wealth Planning of Assante Financial Management Ltd. and the cement pad, donated by West Ridge, was installed and continues to be maintainted by HMBA volunteers.

Please note that the bike pump has super strong magnets near the pump head. It is made to cling to the side of the Fix It Station rather than laying on the ground, which increases the likelihood of damage.

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Trans Mountain Expansion Project Underway

HMBA

Recent trail users will likely have noticed large signs on some sections of trails in the Hinton area. These have been installed by Trans Mountain to notify all trail users of upcoming pipeline clearing/construction. There are no set timelines, but work in these areas can be expected between now and late November 2018. For more information, please visit the Trans Mountain Expansion Project website at: https://www.transmountain.com/yellowhead

Trails and features in these areas will be disturbed or removed during clearing and construction. Trans Mountain has assured HMBA that identified bike trails will be salvaged and even improved upon after construction is completed.

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History of Hinton's Bike Trails

HMBA

Curious about Hinton's trail history? Using best available data and using 1990 as a starting point, these pictures show changes over time. Are there any missing trails? Did we get the dates wrong? Let us know!

Big Horn was build in the early 1990s! Would love to know when Happy Creek was initially built. Happy Creek Trail has had major re-routes 2 times in last 10 years. Over 100K has been invested in the last 10 years on Happy Creek trail alone!

Does anyone know when Jack's Trails system was built??

Trails were now being mapped and published.

Phase 1 of bike park completed. Beaver Boardwalk completed. The J and Slowcooker added.  GS, Cleo's and Phil's Thriller also added

More trails added to upper bike park

Bubba's Added

Gasifier added

Vigilante and Stinger (Bike Park) added.

Ranger added.

Rock Band added.

Pembina Sprockids Trail added to Hinton Bike Park.

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Trail Counts at the Hinton Bike Park

HMBA

We have some trail user counts for the Hinton Bike Park between May 15 and July 19 => 66 days! Both Flow Master and the Pembina Sprockids Trail (PST) average 18 counts/day, where Flow Master had a max count of 93 on May 27 and PST had a max count of 52 on May 20th.

We are happy to see that Flow Master had 0 counts for the 3 downpour days after the Canada Day Long Weekend! Thank you to all uses who use trails and park responsibly :)

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Trail Counts on Hinton Trails

HMBA

The HMBA has invested in 12 Trail Counters this past year. 5 are located within the Hinton Bike Park and the other 7 are located on our trail system. These units count trail users, whether biking, hiking or running. These units do not take photos - sorry to those who may have made goofy faces at them :)

We shouldn't be surprised that The J is the most used trail as it leads to one of our favorite spots: the EZ Lookout! Happy Creek and Ranger are high favorites as well.

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Bike Park Parking Lot Busy June 23/24

HMBA

Notice to all Hinton Bike Park (parking lot) users: Saturday June 23rd, HMBA is hosting a wind-up event for our Hinton Sprockids Program. For safety reasons, access to the parking lot will be closed between 9:30am and 2:30pm. Alternative parking options can be found along Eaton Drive. Please DO NOT park on the side of Robb Road as it is an active haul road and parking is not permitted.

On Sunday, June 24th, the Hinton Disc Golf Association is having their Grand Opening event at 1pm. The parking lot is open but will likely be very busy! Again, please consider alternative parking options, or bike/walk from home!

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