Central ME

Central ME

Range Ponds State Park

State Park Road
Poland  Maine  04274
United States

(207) 998-4104

Easy

45%

Moderate

45%

Difficult

10%

Description

At 750 acres Range Ponds State Park offers a sandy beach and over two miles of family friendly walking trails. In the eastern end of the park Central Maine NEMBA and local mountain bikers are working with the State to build a really fun network of mountain bike trails. 8 miles of trails have now been completed with more on the way. You'll note that there are two maps above. The Strava map show the frequency with which the trails are ridden as well as a trail leading out to an alternative starting area on Empire Road.

Range Ponds State Park is open from may 15th to October 1st but visitors are invited to park outside the gate in the off season to ski, hike or ride. just don't block the road.

Check out this Portland Press Herald artice on Range Ponds and here's a link to the State's Range Ponds Page. Read more about Range Ponds State Park

Local Shops

Rainbow Bicycle

Busytown Bikes

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Central Maine NEMBA Skills Clinic

Date

10/3/15 9:00am to 12:00pm

Central Maine NEMBA will be hosting a Skills Clinic for beginner - intermediate riders on Saturday October 3rd from 9:00 AM to Noon.

Topics to be covered include, climbing, descending technical trails, momentum and confidence. Dealing with different trail conditions, bike set up and riding apparel will also be discussed.

This is a free clinic, although donations to CE ME NEMBA will be accepted.  There will be a ride after the clinic.

Instructors Frank Jalbert and Chip Keane are looking forward to hosting this event and to showing off some of Mt Apatite's best trails.

Chapter

Central Maine

Trail

Event Leader

Chris Riley
chrisriley73@gmail.com

Carrabassett Region NEMBA Awarded $50K Grant from LL Bean

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Carrabassett Region Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association will use the grant to leverage over $237,000 for trail construction



The Carrabassett Region chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (CRNEMBA) announces the receipt of a $50,000 grant from LL Bean’s Charitable Giving for Conservation and Outdoor Recreation. According to CRNEMBA president, Peter Smith, the funds will be matched by the Town of Carrabassett Valley to provide funding for the continued development of a world class mountain bike trail network in the Carrabassett Region. The LL Bean Grant will be combined with other funding sources to generate a total of $237,000 for trail construction.
 
“All of us who are passionate about mountain biking and enjoy the recreational activities available in western mountains of Maine are very excited about the continuing support from so many people to make this happen,” says Peter Smith. “Our vision includes a world class mountain bike trail network for riders of all ability levels who wish to explore the vast wilderness and beauty of this very special region.”
 
Since 2011, CRNEMBA has collaborated with the Town of Carrabassett Valley, Maine Huts & Trails, and other partners to create a world-class mountain bike trail system that puts the Carrabassett area on the national stage as mountain biking destination. As of the end of 2014 there are approximately 77 miles of mountain bike specific trail serving all levels of riders in the Carrabassett Region. This includes almost 23 miles of brand new machine and hand built singletrack, purpose built for mountain biking. Over 4700 hours of volunteer labor and over $323,000 have thus far been invested into the trail system.
 
The Carrabassett Mountain Bike Trail Network currently includes two separate and connected trail “pods”. These pods are located at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center (Pod One) with 35 miles of mountain bike specific trails and Campbell Field Trail Head (Pod Two) with 42 miles of mountain bike specific trails. These pods are linked by introductory level mountain bike trail known as the Route 27 Connector Trail.
 
The LL Bean Grant will be combined with additional funds provided by CRNEMBA and the Town of Carrabassett Valley to provide $130,000 for investment in mountain bike trail development in Pod Two, or the Campbell Field Trail Head during 2015-2016.
 
These funds will be utilized to create several new mountain bike specific trails, including a new, multi-use trail to the Maine Huts & Trails Stratton Brook Hut for use by both mountain bike riders and Nordic skiers. Plans call for adding up to 12 miles of trail in the Campbell Field Trail Head project. 
 
Mac McKeever, spokesperson for LL Bean, said “LL Bean is very pleased to support the project to develop a mountain bike destination in the Carrabassett Valley area.”
 
The Town of Carrabassett Valley has also received a $35,000 grant for mountain bike trail construction at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center from the State of Maine through the Recreational Trails Program Grant. Coupled with matching funds from the Town and other sources, there will be approximately $107,000 available for investment in mountain bike trail construction at the Outdoor Center for 2015-2016, which is expected to add 5.5 miles to the mountain bike trail network.
 

Presumpscot River Trail Work Day

Date

7/22/15 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Come help Falmouth Land Trust and Portland Trails as we 'blast out' some much-needed trail work on the much-loved Presumpscot River Trail. Our work spot is upstream from Allen Ave to the falls (across from Walton Park).  We will be repairing a bridge, improving the trail surface, and creating better water access.   This is a quick 2-hour project - stop by for 20 minutes after work, or stay for the full 2 hours - we'll provide the snacks and water and all the tools.  All are welcome - Join Us!
 
Contact Trails Manager Jaime Parker at jaime@trails.org, or 329.6180 to sign up or for more details!
 
See you there!
 

Location

Falmouth, ME

Chapter

Greater Portland

Trail

Event Leader

Jaime Parker
Jamie@trails.org
329-6180

Midcoast Maine Youth Explorer Program

Event Date

Repeats every week every Monday until Tue Aug 18 2015 .
6/15/15 (All day)
Come and Experience Nature’s Social Network! 

The Midcoast NEMBA Youth Explorer Mountain Bike Program will be starting on Mondays from 6:00pm-7:30pm and will run from June 15th to August 17th.
Starting point is tennis court area at the Camden Snow Bowl. All ages are welcome. This is a great introduction the lifelong sport of Mountain Biking. 

To register, go online to www.nemba.org.       Then select Join Now,     then choose a Membership Plan.

Finally, select Midcoast Maine.   You have to be a member to participate.

Location

Camden Snow Bowl

Chapter

State

Maine

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Morgan Laidlaw

Central ME

University of Maine Trails, Orono

22 Hilltop Rd
Orono  Maine  04469
United States

207-581-1082

Easy

35%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

15%

Description

The trails at the University of Maine Orono are a well enjoyed resource for class weary students looking for a mental break as well as area mountain bikers, hikers, snowshoers and x-country skiiers.

In all the 2000 acres of open space abut the campus. The 1650 acre Dwight B. Demeritt Forest making up the majority of that. It's estimated that 35,000 to 50,000 people enjoy these trails every year.

Why? Well, the trails consist of singletracks, doubletracks, old logging drag paths and a few dirt roads. A variety of trails suitable for all levels of riders. More than 15 miles of trails in all.

While there are many places to access the trails, (check the map), I've chosen the New Balance Student Recreation Center as a starting point as it's centrally located. Read more about University of Maine Trails, Orono

Local Shops

Rose Bike

Ski Rack Sports

Slipping Gears

Pat's Bike Shop

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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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