Central ME

TrailFest @ the Carrabassett Valley 2015

Date

8/21/15 9:00am to 8/23/15 3:00pm

CR NEMBA is planning another NEMBA TrailFest with Maine Huts & Trails in Carrabassett Valley, Maine. It will be held August 21 - 23 2015.

The Digs and Grub

Volunteers are the guests of Maine Huts & Trails who will be providing the food and their fully staffed Stratton Brook “Hut” at no cost. This “Hut” is a million dollar, self-sufficient facility in the wilderness on a hill with sweeping views and includes, bunk houses, composting toilets, showers and a full service commercial kitchen. Participants will have free lodging on Friday and Saturday nights August 21 & 22. Included meals are dinner on Friday night, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Breakfast and lunch on Sunday. See below for Bonus extended stay discount pricing option!

If you are not familiar with Maine Huts & Trails visit their website http://www.mainehuts.org/, while there, check out the Stratton Brook Hut.

The Dirt

We will be continuing work on the Oak Knoll trail which when complete, will connect the town’s Narrow Gauge rail trail and the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center to Maine Huts & Trails Stratton Brook Hut. CR NEMBA, the Town of Carrabassett Valley and Maine Huts & Trails together are funding the construction of the remaining 2.5 +/- miles. This is the trail we broke ground on at last year’s event and we hope to complete it this building season. Maine Huts & Trails is committed to improving the mountain bike experience on their trail system. The Oak Knoll trail promises to be its crown jewel and a symbol of the partnership of the groups making it possible.

The Plan
• Friday, August 21st - Arrive in Carrabassett Valley and ride your bike to Stratton Brook Hut for dinner at 7:00 pm and camp fire fun. If you would like a gear shuttle, your bag must be at the Outdoor Center by 6:30
• Saturday, August 22nd   - breakfast at 7:30AM at Stratton Brook Hut;
trail work 8:30AM – 2:30PM (lunch served on the trail), back to the hut for a ride at 3:30PM; dinner at 7:00PM followed by Live Music and Beer.
• Sunday, August 23rd – breakfast 7:30AM; trail work 8:30AM – 1:00PM (lunch served on the trail), back to the hut for a ride

The Bonus

Maine Huts & Trails is offering a special rate to stay for one night (Sunday @ 25% discount) or two nights (Sun and Monday @ 50% discount) to NEMBA TrailFest participants who worked the Saturday and Sunday of the event.

The Call to Action

Please RSVP ASAP! We are expecting a tremendous turn out. There are a limited number of bunks at the hut and limited space to pitch a tent. Bunks will be first come first serve.

RSVP NEMBA TrailFest required. Please contact David at dhughes@carrabassett.NEMBA.org to RSVP or with any questions.

RSVP Extended stay required. Please call MH&T reservations team at 207-265-2400 and tell them you are part of the event.

Check out the photos from a prior event!

Thanks,

Dave Hughes (CR NEMBA Past President)
Charlie Woodworth (MH&T Executive director)
Josh Tauses (CR NEMBA Trail Boss)
Jason Cooke (MH&T Trail Manager)
CR NEMBA board and members
Maine Huts and Trails
Town of Carrabassett Valley

Location

Carrabassett Valley, ME

Chapter

Carrabassett Region

Trail

Event Leader

David Hughes
dhughes@carrabassett.nemba.org

Central ME

Allen-Whitney Memorial Forest

92 Scribner Rd
Manchester  Maine  04351
United States

(978) 952-6856

Trailhead parking is in the lot near the Bright Beginnings Nursery School

Easy

70%

Moderate

25%

Difficult

5%

Description

The Allen-Whitney Memorial Forest is a 735 acre property owned and managed by the New England Forestry Foundation. Like the majority of NEFF properties non-motorized trail recreation is welcomed. 

The trails here are well maintained and mostly flat making it a perfect place to introduce newer riders to the sport. There are about 8 miles of trails in Allen-Whitney though at the Southwest corner of the property there's a 2.5 mile side trail leading through the Gannett Woods and Wyman Memorial Forest.  This is an out-and-back that leads to route 27 initially running along the southern and western portions of Shed Pond.

Riding Allen-Whitney exposes you to forestry practices at their best. You'll see stands of many different varieties of trees in all stages of their growth cycles. Read more about Allen-Whitney Memorial Forest

Local Shops

Rainbow Bicycle

Busytown Bikes

Links to Relevant Resources

Central ME

Camden Hills State Park

280 Belfast Rd
Camden  Maine  04843
United States

(207) 236-3109

Easy

20%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

20%

Description

Camden Hills State Park offers a variety of trails of varying degrees of difficulty totalling aproximately nine miles in length. Many of the trails offer scenic views of Camden and Penobscot Bay. While some of the trails may seem too difficult to ride, with extensive hike-a-biking, many are fine for all levels of riders. 

The park is open from 9:00 am till Sunset and parking fees range from $1.50 - $4.50.

Links to Relevant Resources

Central ME

Hadlock Community Forest

88 Hadlock Rd
Falmouth  Maine  04105
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

10%

Description

Hadlock Community Forest is one of a number of town properties. It hosts numerous trails including one section of the Cross Falmouth Trail. Just under 300 acres, Hadlock's trails are fun though shared with hunters during hunting season. This is a working forest so expect to see signs of forestry. Trails lead into and out of this property. Including one to the Rines Forest in nearby Cumberland.

Local Shops

Ernie's Cycle Shop

Central ME

Androscoggin Riverlands State Park

1005 Center Bridge Rd
Turner  Maine  04282
United States

Easy

40%

Moderate

30%

Difficult

10%

Description

The Androscoggin Riverlands State Park offers mountain bikers more than 10 miles of trails. They range in difficulty from easy singlle and doubletracks to more advanced trails picking thier way along rocky ledges. It's a beautiful park, located along the Androscoggin river and is a favorite of area paddlers. Not every trail in the park is suitable or open to mountain bikes and a few are also used by ATVs.

Containing 2345 acres of woodlands, it will take you some time, perhaps a number visits to explore it all. There are numerous scenic overlooks, so bring some snacks and plan to stop and relax for a while.

You'll find yourself coming back to Riverlands over and over again.

There is a second trailhead parking lot at the southern end of the park at 2637 Conant Rd, Turner, ME 02402.

Read this Portland Press Herald article on the park.  Read more about Androscoggin Riverlands State Park

Local Shops

Rainbow Bicycle

Busytown Bikes

Central ME

Pine Ridge / Inland Woods

4 Norman St
Waterville  Maine  04901
United States

(207) 680-4744

Easy

30%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

10%

Description

The Pine Ridge and Inland Woods Trail System offers a moderate level experience. Located just to the East of Robert LaFleur Airport on Pine Ridge Recreation Area lands there are about 7 miles of interconnected trails on 144 acres of protected land.  

The trails are open to montain bikers, hikers, walkers cross country skiers and all other types of non-motorized trail users. There are also playing fields and tennis courts.

Located in the heart of Waterville it's a hidden gem and very popular with local riders. Read more about Pine Ridge / Inland Woods

Local Shops

Rainbow Bicycle

Busytown Bikes

Links to Relevant Resources

Central ME

Hallowell Reservoir

1 Reservoir Road
Hallowell  Maine  04347
United States

Easy

60%

Moderate

35%

Difficult

5%

Description

Hallowell Reservoir is a fun place to ride. Not a lot of trails, certainly not a "destination" to travel to from afar. But it's perfect for a short 'after work' jaunt. There is as yet not a good map of the trails though the Strava Heatmap will certainly get you going.  Central Maine NEMBA is working on a better map. Read more about Hallowell Reservoir

Local Shops

Rainbow Bicycle

Busytown Bikes

Links to Relevant Resources

Central ME

Bond Brook

25 Bond Brook Road
Augusta  Maine  04330
United States

Easy

25%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

25%

Description

Located on a hill behind the airport and within riding distance of the University of Maine, Augusta, the Bond Brook Recreation Area offers a convoluted network of trails. They are perfect for all levels of riders but newer riders will find themselves challenged by some of the technical features.

The mountain bike singletracks are some of the best MTB trails anywhere. The wider cross country ski trails offfer a break from the seemingly endless, busy singletracks. They are also better for newer riders, though some are hilly.

Depending on the season, you may find that most of the Tred Fest race course is marked out on the ground with red and white painted arrows.

Central Maine NEMBA has worked hard with Augusta Trails to make these trails both fun and challenging.  At only 270 acres you'll be surprised to discover over 12 miles of singletrack trails here.

For another look at the trails check out the map for the 2012 Bond Brook Tread Fest race course.

25 Bond Brook Road is the junction with Tall Pines Way, a dirt road that may not appear on your GPS.  Drive up Tall Pines Way to find the main parking lot and kiosk. Read more about Bond Brook

Local Shops

Rainbow Bicycle

Busytown Bikes

Links to Relevant Resources

Local Eats

Denny's

Central ME

Dedham Trails

1 Bangor Rd
Dedham  Maine  04429
United States

Easy

20%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

30%

Description

Expect to do a lot of climbing at the Dedham Trails. There is a gravel road leading to the top and numerous singletracks leading off of it.  Many of these are rocky or challenging. Sone have wooden ramps over damp areas. You will probably have to get off your bike occasionally, unless you are a very experienced ride. But, don't let this description turn you off. Dedham is a lot of fun and the views from the top are memorable.

Directions:

From the intersection of 1A and 46 in Holden
Head southeast on U.S. 1A E for 4.3 miles
Turn in will be on the left, there is a gate and small parking lot

***Note for those driving eastbound: During busy hours drive past the trailhead and turn around at the end of Lily Road (next road on the right) so you can turn right into the trailhead.  Taking a left while stopped in the middle of the road is almost always a tense moment as folks drive very fast coming down the road. Read more about Dedham Trails

Local Shops

Rose Bike

Ski Rack Sports

Slipping Gears

Pat's Bike Shop

Central ME

Marsh Island

169 Gillman Falls Ave
Old Town  Maine  04468
United States

Easy

40%

Moderate

25%

Difficult

15%

Description

 

The Old Town and Orono trail systems adjacent to the University of Maine are quite large to say the least. These trail systems are where mountain biking started for our area. You could say they are the heart of the Penobscot Region. The trails offer all types of riding that a beginner or advanced rider can both enjoy. In these network of trails you can ride a short three mile loop or a long 25 to 30 mile loop. You can also use these trails to access the other trail systems such as Newman Hill, the Veazie land trust, or even the Bangor City Forest.

I grew up riding on these trails over 20 years ago. I have watched them change from less than 15 miles of doubletrack ski trails into about 40 miles of real single track. The trail system can be confusing at times. We have been working for the last five years to make proper maps of these trail systems and have been making great progress. If you are planning on coming to this area to ride, join a group or local shop ride to get the best experience. One of our main goals over the next couple of years will be to make these great trails even better and easier to navigate.


–Jeremy Porter

Parking:  The link above will direct you to 169 Gilman Ave. The parking area for the North section of Marsh Island is across the street from La Bree's Bakery.

There are two other parking lots on Stillwater Avenue one is at the Old Town Eelementary School at 585 Stillwater Ave. The other is at 717 Stillwater, which is also the start of one of the University's paved bicycle paths. Read more about Marsh Island

Local Shops

Rose Bike

Slipping Gears

Ski Rack Sports

Pat's Bike Shop

Links to Relevant Resources

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