Central ME

Carrabassett Valley Trail Care & Ride

Date

5/23/15 9:00am

We will be working on some trail projects from 9:00 AM until around 2:00 PM.

Experienced and inexperienced help welcome!

Tasks will likely include lots of raking but may involve benching, trimming or moving stones too.

Many hands make light work and we always have fun so join us for part or all of the day and say “I helped make those trail possible”.

There is often a group ride after the work day.

Meet at 9:00 AM at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center.

Contact Ed Gervais (ehgervais3@casconpump.com) or Josh Tauses (shuatauses@gmail.com) if you need more information.

Check our Facebook page the week before the event for updates.

Chapter

Carrabassett Region

Trail

Event Leader

Ed Gervais
ehgervais3@casconpump.com

Kingfield POPS Ride @ Sugarloaf

Date

6/28/15 9:30am to 12:00pm

The Carrabassett Region New England Mountain Bike Association (CRNEMBA) invites all Kingfield POPS attendees to join us for an introductory guided mountain bike ride on Sunday morning; June 28 at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center located in Carrabassett Valley. The Outdoor Center is a short 13 mile drive north of Kingfield on Route 27. Riders of all abilities and ages are welcome; we especially want to encourage younger riders and families to join us on this ride.

CRNEMBA will provide guides who are familiar with the trail network; and will organize smaller groups as appropriate to interests and riding desires. There is no charge to ride the trails or for this guided ride. The rides are designed to introduce you to the sport of mountain biking, and will be run at a pace that is fun and safe for each group. There will be lots of re-grouping and stops to enjoy the wonderful vistas and quiet spots on the trail. You can also learn more about the mountain bike club, what we do, and plans for future trail development.

If you have not been on a mountain bike for a while; or you are new to mountain biking and have wondered if it is for you, come join us. We believe you will be in for a pleasant surprise! Riding these trails is FUN! Significant work has been completed over the past 4 years in designing and building a trail network for all levels of riders. Our trail network has been recognized by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine (2013) and Yankee Magazine as the best in New England (2014).

If you would like to rent a bike, there are a limited number of bikes available for rent from Carrabassett Valley Bike, located at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center. Contact Bob Ash at 207-671-3560 or rrash54@outlook.com for further information.

What you need to bring:
·         A bike- a mountain bike (larger tires) is preferable, but a hybrid bike will also work on many trails.
·         A bike helmet
·         Water
·         Snacks, if you would like!

Location: Meet at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center in Carrabassett Valley. Located on route 27 approx. 1 mile south of the Sugarloaf Resort access road. The street address is 5092 Access Rd, Carrabassett Valley, Maine. 

Time: Meet at 9:30 AM

Guided Rides: leave at 10:00AM and return by approx. 12 noon.

Location

Carrabassett Valley, Maine

Chapter

Carrabassett Region

Trail

Event Leader

Pete Smith
psmithconsult@roadrunner.com
207-441-4873

Midcoast Maine NEMBA TrailFest

Date

7/25/15 9:00am to 7/26/15 3:00pm

 
Midcoast NEMBA is planning a Trail Fest in Camden Maine on July 24th, 25th, and 26th.  Free volunteer tent camping with limited RV space will be available. 
 
Itinerary:
 
Friday, July 24th - Arrive at the Camden Snow Bowl, Ride your bike, 
Saturday, July 25th - 7:30 am Pancake breakfast at the ski lodge; trail work 8:30 am - 2:30 pm (lunch served on trail); 3:30 pm ride from the Snow Bowl. 7pm potluck styledinner at the ski lodge.
Sunday, July 26th - 8 am Pancake breakfast; trail work  9am - 1pm, back to the lodge for a ride.
 
Please bring along extra trail tools as we have a limited supply.

Location

Camden Snow Bowl

Chapter

Midcoast Maine

Trail

Event Leader

John Anders
john.anders72@gmail.com

Central ME

Camden Snow Bowl

20 Barnestown Rd
Camden  Maine  04843
United States
Drive up Barnestown Road to the main parking area.

Easy

20%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

20%

Description

Riding at the Camden Snow Bowl is a nearly unique experience. The Snow Bowl, (more formally known as the Ragged Mounain Recreation Area), is owned and managed by the town of Camden as a multi-sport, multi-season recreation area. It includes trails, playing fields, pinic areas and a large pond.

In non-snow months there is an extensive trail network to explore. This includes a long somewhat challenging loop trail into the Ragged Mountain Preserve. Think remote! Even though you're less than three miles from the center of town, you'd swear that you were a hundred miles away into Maine's northern backcountry.

While there are some fairly easy trails at the bottom of the mountain, not to mention a pump track, most the the Snow Bowl's trails involve climbing. However at various times of the year, including one weekend every month in the fall the ski lift is open.

The climbs are manageable and lead to an extensive network of semi-technical trails. But on lift days, everyone forgoes climbing and enjoys gravity assisted riding.  Read more about Camden Snow Bowl

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Central ME

Hothole Valley - Wildlands

1514 Acadia Hwy
Orland  Maine  04472
United States

Easy

35%

Moderate

45%

Difficult

20%

Description

At over 3400 acres Hothole Valley Wildlands contains more than 19 miles of trails.

Many of these trails are gravel roads making a perfect woodland experience for newer riders or families.

Mountain bikes are welcome on all multi use trails.  

For a trail by trail description of Hothole Valley check the Maine Trail Finder Page.

One visit to Hothole is never enough. There's too much to see and enjoy. You'll return time after time.
  Read more about Hothole Valley - Wildlands

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Rainbow Bicycle

Busytown Bikes

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Central ME

Quarry Road Recreation Area

99 Quarry Road
Waterville  Maine  04901
United States
Follow Quarry Rd under the highway to the end.

Easy

70%

Moderate

25%

Difficult

5%

Description

The Quarry Road Recreation Center currently host 6.5 miles of fairly easy trails. Used in the winter for cross country skiing, most are wide and smooth.

Mountain bikers, especially families and newer riders will find a home here.

The trails are scenic and though quite close to town, seem remote. Read more about Quarry Road Recreation Area

Local Shops

Rainbow Bicycle

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Central ME

Mount Apatite

98 Small Rd
Auburn  Maine  04210
United States

207-333-6601 X 2108

Easy

20%

Moderate

75%

Difficult

5%

Description

I have a real appatite for Mount Apatite's trails. It's an interesting place to ride. Especially for a city park.

At 325 acres it offers a little bit of everything, dense forest stands, semi-precious stone mining sites, abandoned quaries, ledges and large glacial erratics.

The trails are all natural surface ranging from old woods roads to sinuous singletracks. In all you'll find just under 8 miles of trails. They are very well maintained by the City. You'll notice many drainage features to keep water off the trails. There are long armored "turnpikes" to keep you high and dry in perpetually muddy areas. There are even benches every half mile of so in case you want to stop and take a break.

For a first ride I'd suggest following the blue blazed trails in a clockwise direction.  This will maximize the downhills, although the trail is fun both ways.  Then I'd suggest filling in the middle by doing all the red blazed trails.

The official map above does not show any of the many side trails that lead into and out of the park. This might be confusing except that the park's trails are clearly marked with blue and red paint splotches. After you've explored the marked trails you can venture off into the "neighborhood trails" to see where they go.

One highlight of Mt. Apatite is the abondoned mineral quarry. You'll almost always find people picking away at the rocks looking for gemstones. On my last visit a prospector showed me a handkerchief full of garnets that he'd found. The quarry also has a couple of good spots to go for a swim if you're so inclined.

An alternate starting area is behind the Army National Guard Armory at 930 Garfield RoadRead more about Mount Apatite

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Rainbow Bicycle

Ernie's Cycle Shop

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Cyclemania

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

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Rainbow Bicycle

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