ARE YOU READY FOR THE 2013 RIDING SEASON?
Trailsmen Motorcycle Club, Inc. was founded in 1972. Formal incorporation as a non-profit organization took place in 1973. The club has been involved in various stages of trail development within the Tillamook State Forest since it's inception. The club has sponsored many types of events over the years. These events ranged from competition races to just for fun poker runs and an annual "Kid's Field Day" for our younger riding enthusiasts. Events have always been the clubs primary source of fund raising for our trail maintenance program. What could not be raised was donated personally by members through the volunteer of time, money and equipment.
Today, the club holds a variety of fun event types during the "riding season" (May through October), as well as the popular annual Kid's Field Day program, in the month of August. Our poker runs feature two courses, "Hard" and "Easy". The "Hard" course is typically 40-50 miles and can provide quite a challenge at times. The "Easy" course runs about 25-30 miles and is suitable for all ages. Many families with younger children enjoy our easy courses.
Our club holds regular monthly trail maintenance "works parties" in partnership with the Oregon Department of Forestry to build and maintain trail systems and bridges for all types of riders to enjoy. Additionally, we participate in the Oregon Department of Transportations "Adopt a Hwy" Program. Up to three times each year, two miles of Highway is cleared of trash near the entrance of the Tillamook State Forest.
Yamaha Grant: will fund new "Elmer's Trail" project
Recently our club was awarded a $9,800 grant from Yamaha Corporation. Our Secretary/Treasurer Lahna Fox submitted the application on behalf of the club and Oregon Department of Forestry. Without the award from Yamaha, there would be no new "Elmer's Trail". The ODF "no new trails" mandate is in effect due to recreation funding restrictions. In the fall of 2010, after several meetings attended by Joe Barrell and Lahna Fox, upper ODF management gave conditional approval of the project only if the club was able to obtain funding from outside sources. It was a lengthy and time consuming project, but well worth the effort.
See trail pics from start to finish under trail maintenance.