Bridges span the Bear Paw property. (ED PARSONS PHOTO)By Marty Basch
One of the valley's most not-so-secret mountain biking trail network is getting some TLC.
Wooden bridges, reroutes and flowing single track are all taking shape in the wondrous woods of a winding network on the edge of the New Hampshire-Maine border.
The Tin Mountain Conservation Bear Paw lands in Center Conway are coming out of hibernation thanks to an amiable partnership of helping hands.
Jotham Oliver, Chris Krug and Mike Elliott are stewards of the land.
Oliver, a Molly Ockett middle school teacher with the experiential learning based Maine Environmental Science Academy, and Eastside Bike Guide Krug took part in an Eco-Forum lunch program at Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany last week about building sustainable trails. Oliver did the talking and shed some light on the trail work being done in the Bear Paw lands on acreage he calls East Bear Paw Grounds.
Done with volunteer labor, even the MESA kids get in on the project bicycling to the forest from school and getting hands-on knowledge in environmental education, team work and leadership.
The trails have existed for nearly 15 years and riders have called them and their brethren a number of names over the years — Blackcat Brook area, Davis Hill area and State Line trails.