2021 PBFR Annual Fall Trail Ride / New Member Drive
Saturday and Sunday, October 16th-17th
Our Trail Boss for this event is Duane Counter, with Cole Jack and Paul Schommer assisting. Please contact Duane if you’d like to help out before, or during the event.
Come and enjoy a fall color riding weekend before the forest closes for the season. And while you’re there, learn more about the Paul Bunyan Forest Riders to see if you’d like to become a member.
For those of you new to this event, it’s not a large group trail ride. It’s a get-together of riders who can create their own informal groups with as many people as they like. Sometimes people come to our event thinking they have to ride in a large group with everyone else. That’s not the case. There will be numerous informal groups riding. If you come by yourself, feel free to ask if you can join in a group. It’s the perfect way to meet other riders! The groups tend to form with riders of somewhat similar skill levels. That way you won’t feel like you need to keep up with super-fast riders if you don’t want to. This trail ride is designed for beginners to experts, and everyone in between.
We’ll be basing our rides out of the Stompin’ Grounds campground, 3.6 miles north of Akeley, MN on highway 64. Look for the blue Stompin’ Grounds signs. There will be “special use” trails open only for this trail ride. These pristine “special use” trails are not on our standard trail maps. We will have “special use”revised maps available at the Stompin Ground Lodge, and club members will be available to answer any questions you have. We can also point you out to a group of riders than may be of a similar skill level as you.
There is no charge for the trail ride (free will donations are accepted).
The only requirements to join in the fun are:
* Have a DNR Registration Decal on your bike.
* Have a USFS approved spark arrestor.
* Pass a sound check of 96 db maximum if you are tested.
* If you are sick or unwell, or have been in contact with others who are sick or unwell within the past 10 days, please do not attend the event.
Stompin Grounds lodge will be open for lunch and dinner all weekend. They have great food!
On Saturday around noontime, we’ll have our ever-popular FREE trail-side taco bar for those who just can’t stop riding to eat lunch.
On Saturday evening we are having a FREE pot-luck dinner in the Stompin Grounds lodge. The Stompin Grounds will be providing incredible hamburgers, and the riders are requested to bring a dish to share. It’ll be a feast of Paul Bunyan proportions!
On Sunday morning, Klim is sponsoring a FREE pancake breakfast in the Stompin Grounds lodge, because hey… EVERYONE knows pancakes are Paul Bunyan’s favorite! Check out the new Klim gear while you’re there.
Camping: You will have to pay a camping fee if you choose to stay at Stompin’ Grounds. The fee will vary depending on how you are camping. Call Steve, Connie, or Derek at (218) 652-2964 or Toll Free at (800) 725-1579 to reserve a campsite. Another option is to camp for free at the Martineau Trailhead located 6.5 miles north of Akeley, MN on highway 64. It is free and primitive, first come first served. Or, you can just show up and ride for the day.