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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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HMBA Trails Signed

Bike Hinton

After two years of inventory and planning, map signage at the Hinton Bike Park and on the Happy Creek System trails have been refreshed!  This important project had many phases, including:

 
  • GPSing existing and new locations (usually major intersections),
  • fine tuning our trails database,
  • acquiring more recent background imagery (2014),
  • putting the maps together (digitally) - over 100hrs volunteer time!
  • working with local printer (a1 Signs) to get signs created,
  • gluing directional signage onto plywood (Thank you RBC!),
  • putting up the signs where they need to go and trying not to forget the "You Are Here" dots! - over 30 hours of volunteer time.

All our awesome signs!

In total, over 200 volunteers hours and community support via donations made to HMBA have made this project possible. 

RBC Vollunteers

Six staff members from Hinton's RBC Branch came out on June 8th to volunteer their time.  They helped with staining and gluing at the Hinton Bike Park.

The final phase: getting the signs out there

A special thanks to all the volunteers who have helped getting the signs out on the trails!

Julie Duval

Gabrielle Duval

Bill Heir

Bill Heir

Maureen Harper

Tim Trahan

Jeff Morris

Thank you Bike Boy!

The handy bike trailer has seen a lot of mileage in June!  A special thank you to Bike Boy who had donated the trailer to HMBA over 5 years ago.   

The sign caddy!

Going up!

An up!

Great travels under summer sunshine

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Happy Creek Project Completed!

Hinton Mountain Bike Assocation (HMBA)

A year ago in September, the Hinton Mountain Bike Association was awarded $30,000 from Hinton's 2014 Participatory Budget.  The grant was used to revitalize Hinton's amazing signature trail, Happy Creek, which needed some major work done on two large sections of boardwalks.  This project not only benefited mountain bikers, but runners, walkers, hikers, and visitors alike! 

Hoots Inc. was contracted for this project.  Crews were onsite by mid-August and by early September, the work was done!  The construction was done with sustainability in mind with the goal of durability and longer lifespan.

For those familiar with Happy Creek Trail - this new upgrade will be well received! 

Thank you to all trail users in the weeks during construction.  Your patience and understanding were appreciated!

Before...

Rebuilding, 1st phase

Rebuilding, 2nd phase

After!  Boardwalk 1 

After!  Boardwalk 2

Boardwalk repair area indicated in green.  (2011 map)


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NOTICE: Happy Creek Boardwalk Repair Underway

Hinton Mountain Bike Assocation (HMBA)

Notice to All Trail Users in the Happy Creek Trail System

Please be advised that a section on the East side of the Happy Creek Trail is undergoing trail construction until approximately September 4th, 2015.   Progress reports will be posted on our website (www.bikehinton.com) and on facebook.  During this time, we ask that all trail users enjoy alternate routes on our trail systems and avoid passing through the construction zone, as that may cause more harm (i.e. trail widening and/or work interruptions).  Thank you for your understanding and patience!!

Trail Under Construction

Jay Hoots and crew are working on the Happy Creek Trail boardwalk repair - a 2014 Hinton Participatory Budget project.  See green markings on the map below for area affected by this work.  The trail section is found on Happy Creek Trail - East side, just past the Fast Trax intersection when going South.  There are two long sections of boardwalk that have deteriorated beyond repair over the years and will be replaced with a new structure.  The crew will be accessing the site via motorized quad/bike - but have taken precautions to minimize their impact.  A lot of lumber and materials need to go in and out of the site.

Boardwalk repair area indicated in green.  (2011 map)

Background

Last September, the Hinton Mountain Bike Association had submitted a proposal for Hinton's Participatory Budget.  Hinton's amazing signature trail, Happy Creek, needed some major work done on all the bridges and wood features. This is not just a project that will benefit the mountain bikers, but it will benefit runners, walkers, hikers, and visitors who enjoy using this great trail!  In October, Hinton residents decided to award $30,000 towards the Happy Creek project!  

 

This caution sign was posted at both ends of the boardwalks to advise all recreational users during the summer of 2015.

 
Photo credit: Sarah Burns taken in Fall 2014.

Photo credit: Sarah Burns taken in Fall 2014.

Feedback

If you have any questions, comments or even great feedback about this project, please contact us via email at info@bikehinton.com


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Bike Park Prep and More

Hinton Mountain Bike Assocation (HMBA)

This week, work is being done by Jay Hoots & crew at the Hinton Bike Park and on Happy Creek Trail East (boardwalk sections).  As work progresses throughout the week, you may see piles of dirt or flagging tape in some areas.  These sites will be temporarily closed until maintenance is complete - so we thank you for your continued patience throughout this important work!

If venturing out on or near Happy Creek Trail, you may hear a moto bike nearby.  Please rest assured that this moto bike is setup to leave as minimal a disturbance as possible and is used to help transport material in and out of the area.  As you can imagine, the two boardwalks add up to a lot of lumber!  This particular project is funded by the Hinton Participatory Budget in the amount of $30,000 which HMBA was awarded in Fall of 2014.   Thank you Hinton!!!

 

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Alberta Junior Forest Rangers Helped With Repairs on Happy Creek Trail

Hinton Mountain Bike Assocation (HMBA)

On a Saturday, May 30th, HMBA once again welcomed the Alberta Junior Forest Rangers!  Together, we replaced a section of boardwalk on Happy Creek East. Check out the before and after photos. Thanks to Christopher Reid and the Town of Hinton for transporting lumber and supplies to the site!

BEFORE...

AFTER...

JFR leaders worked with the Hinton Mountain Bike Association to learn about trail building.  To find out more about the Alberta Junior Forest Rangers, visit their website!

 

A hard working crew for a job well done!!!  Thank you JFRs!!

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Happy Creek Trail Report - May 19, 2015

Hinton Mountain Bike Assocation (HMBA)

Trail Report

Several sections of boardwalk on the East side of Happy Creek are in poor condition. The longer boardwalk sections have been signed with Caution. The smaller section closer to the Town of Hinton Beaver Boardwalk is not signed. Work has taken place to improve drainage however the structures are soft and boards are missing or loose. Work will take place this week to replace the shorter section near town.   See full Happy Creek reporting on Trailforks.

Ongoing and upcoming maintenance

Lots of great trail work happening out there, trail fairies abound. Corduroy and bridge decking on slow cooker, countless trees (bighorn, slow cooker, bubbas, gassifier etc.) and debris removal on just get there/the J. Thanks for the hard work HMBA members!  FYI please note the status of Happy Creek East. Maintenance day to be announced for this week.

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Hinton Decided!

HMBA VP

Great News!

Earlier this month, Hinton residents decided to award $30,000 towards the Happy Creek project submitted by the Hinton Mountain Bike Association.  

In September, HMBA had submitted a proposal for Hinton's Participatory Budget.  Hinton's amazing signature trail, Happy Creek, is going to need some major work done on all the bridges and wood features. This is not just a project that will benefit the mountain bikers, but it will benefit runners, walkers, hikers, and visitors who enjoy using this great trail!

Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process where community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget ($100,000). It is taxpayers working with local government to make budget decisions that affect their lives. It is a different way to manage public money that engages people and government.

Hinton's Participatory Budget Results

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There's Gold in Them Hills!

HMBA VP

If you haven't been out riding or hiking these past few days - make sure you include it in your long weekend activities!  Even a simple jaunt around our extensive town trails in this fine Autumn weather is sure to be enjoyed by all!

(click on photos to enlarge)

 

Halloween Trail

Cleo's

 

Happy Creek Trail

"Wellsite" between The J and Halloween Connector

 

The J

EZ Lookout

 

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HMBA submits proposal for Hinton's Participatory Budget

HMBA VP

HMBA has submitted a proposal for the 'Participatory Budget'. Hinton's amazing signature trail, Happy Creek, is going to need some major work done on all the bridges and wood features. We will keep you all in the loop with reminders to come down and vote when the time comes! This is not just a project that will benefit the mountain bikers, but it will benefit runners, walkers, hikers, and visitors who enjoy using this great trail!

What is Participatory Budgeting?

Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process where community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It is taxpayers working with local government to make budget decisions that affect their lives. It is a different way to manage public money that engages people and government.  Click HERE for more information on this process!

Voting

Citizens of Hinton and Yellowhead County (west of Obed) over the age of 14 may vote on one of two days (a Wednesday and Saturday) by paper ballot. 
Only ONE vote per person!

Latest Trail News: 

On Monday, September 29th, a group of trail users describe the state of the boardwalks found on Happy Creek: 

 
Howdy, had a man down while hiking on the Happy Creek Trail tonight. Several boards rotted through, one tipped up under foot weight. Didn’t have any tools with us and wasn’t sure how to leave this. Put rotted boards to the side, hoping the gap would be obvious to riders
— Sarah Burns - via HMBA's facebook group page

Photo by HMBA Member, Sarah Burns

 

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