Message from the Board

Bike, Explore & Earn an Award!

With the early arrival of spring this year, you’ve probably already spent some time in the saddle. But if not, now’s certainly the time to dust off that bike, lube the chain, pump up the tires and hit the trails.

Will this be the year you earn an Explorer Award? Not sure what that is? The Friends of Badger Trail offer two awards, the Badger Explorer and the Trail Explorer, to those who bike the Badger and its connecting trails, find answers to fun scavenger hunt questions along the way, take a few photos and write a short summary of their experience. Explorer names are listed on our web site along with their stories and photos. (Some of the photos on this home page show past explorers.)

In addition, they are awarded a certificate, a patch and bike related prizes at our Annual Membership and Awards Meeting in November.

So add a little more fun to your trail riding this year and take the challenge to become an Explorer.

Click HERE to register and receive this year’s scavenger hunt questions. And check out past Explorer stories and photos. Yours could be among them next year!

Janet Wood
Friends of the Badger Trail
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What's New on the Trail?

Monroe Trail Clean Up

Over 50 students picked up trash along the Badger Trail during their Monroe High School Community Service Day's annual spring cleanup day. The entire student body volunteers to help non-profit groups in Monroe do a whole host of jobs and tasks. They spent about three hours working on the trail.

May Board Meeting

The May Board meeting was held in Monroe on May 10th. A full agenda included lots of discussion regarding construction along the Badger Trail and new projects being proposed.

The agenda included signing of an updated operating agreement between the Friends of Badger Trail and the Department of Natural Resources, here being signed by Bill Hauda, President of the Friends of Badger Trail.

Bernie Robertson, the Friends' Treasurer for over 12 years, rotated off the Board at the May meeting and hands over the 'keys to the vault' to President Hauda.

Stewart Tunnel UPDATE

The Stewart Tunnel remains closed to the public for safety reasons as plans for the ceiling repairs are finalized.

The DNR engineering staff have evaluated the ceiling failure and developed a plan to net the ceiling with a fence like material which is bolted to the ceiling. This will prevent rock from any additional failure in this area to be supported and not risk injury to the public recreating on the trail. This type of stabilization is used widely in the mining industry. The engineer has solicited bids for the repair which are due Friday May 5, 2017.

The materials needed for the repair require approximately 3 weeks to arrive and the contractor will likely complete the repair in about a week. DNR engineers will monitor the project and should be able to allow public access upon completion. The estimated date of re-opening the tunnel will be June 2, 2017.

This is only an estimate, actual opening date will occur only after the tunnel is deemed safe by the engineer.

The Department is working on this as a priority project.

Go here to see a map of the closure.

Patty and Dave, who live right along the Badger Trail, stopped at the rest stop in 'Old Fitchburg' for a rest and to enjoy the GREAT weather on the 22nd of February. 63 degrees . . . an all time high for February in the greater Madison area! They ride the trail three or four times a week, including during the winter weather whenever the trail is plowed and not too icy.

Click here for a copy of the agenda.