Western ME

Western ME

Jugtown Forest

80 Edes Falls Rd
Casco  Maine  04015
United States

Easy

25%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

15%

Description

Hancock Lumber owns just over 5000 acres of land in the towns of Casco, Naples and Otisfield.  The land is laced with trails. These trails are open to all kinds of trail based recreation including mountain biking, hiking, AVTs, dog walkers and other nature lovers.

The trails are all interconnected ranging from .1 to 1.3 miles in length. It's confusing, but with a little exploration, you will begin to link your favorite trails together and create some very nice rides. The trails are marked. So travel with the map to orient yourself.

Most of the trails are in great condition though in wetter seasons you will encounter some mud. In all you'll find just over 18 miles of enjoyable, convoluted, interesting trails.




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Highwater Trail Loop

State Rd 113
Bethel  Maine  04217
United States

Easy

40%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

20%

Description

Starting from the Hasting Plantation parking area on Wild River Road The Highwater Trail "Loop" offers two completely different riding experiences.

On the South side of the river you follow a graded dirt road, Wild River Road until you get to a bridge across the river at Moriah Brook. 

Crosing Wild River there you return on a difficult singletrack trail, the Highwater Trail, with more than a few hike-a-bike sections. This should be attempted by strong experienced riders.

Do both and you'll be riding for about 15 miles. Although if the Highwater Trail is too difficult you can shortcut the hard stuff by crossing the river. (That's best done in the summer when the COLD water is lower.)

After you cross into New Hampshire you'll be in the White Mountain National Forest and indeed Wild River Road leads to Wild River Campground where one could camp if they desired.

This ride, on either side, of the river is very scenic. You'll probably see no one save for a few vehicles on Wild River Road or the occasional fisherman.  I suggest bringing extra food and plenty of water if you try to do both "sides" of the loop.

Western ME

Narrow Gauge Pathway

3209 Carrabassett Dr
Carrabassett Valley  Maine  04947
United States

Easy

80%

Moderate

20%

Description

The Narrow Gauge Pathway is a non-motorized point to point trail. At 6 miles in length there's a gradual uphill if you start at the Town offices near the Library. The trail links with other trails that give one a more challenging down hill ride back to the start.

The Pathway is a great first introduction to Carrabassett Valley. It's very scenic and great for families with young children.


A non-motorized use trail. Choose to start at one of the approved parking trailheads, Campbell Field, the Anti Gravity Center, or the Carrabassett Valley Town Park. The trail is approximately (6 miles) with a gradual increase in grade from the southernmost trailhead, the Carrabassett Town Office. Both Campbell Field & the Anti-Gravity Center trailheads provide a relaxing down hill ride, with a more challenging return ride. Picnic areas are located along the trail for your convenience. Please be respectful of all public and private lands in Carrabassett Valley by cleaning up after your pets, carry in/carry out. Bikers please yield to Pedestrians. Click here to download Narrow Gauge Pathway map:

But don't think of this trail as only a straight line on an abandoned railroad bed. It's much more than that. Yes it's flat, or gently sloping, BUT leading off it are a growing number of easy to difficult purpose built mountain bike singletracks. Among these are the Grassy Loops, Camel Humps, Sargent's and Caboose and more as yet unnamed trails are under construction right now. 

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Maine Huts & Trails

1001-1005 Houston Brook Rd
Carrabassett Valley  Maine  04947
United States

(207) 265-2400

Easy

50%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

10%

Description

Maine Huts & Trails is an ambitious project. A 180 mile network of trails and huts that will eventually start in Bethel and end in Rockwood. The plan includes 12 wilderness huts to be located about 14 miles apart. 

Currently you can start exploring over 50 miles of the system starting in Carrabasset Valley. Many of the huts are surrounded by good trail systems so extended daily riding explorations are always an option.

For more information go to their website.

Hut-to-Hut Loop
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Start/End: Huston Brook Trailhead (by the airport)
Ride Time: 4-6 hours
Overview: This loop ride will take you to two of the Maine Huts & Trails backcountry huts. These facilities, which are a unique aspect of biking in the Carrabassett Valley region, serve snacks and beverages through much of the season and offer a place to rest and refill water containers. Do one or both individual loops in this figure-eight ride.
Loop: Proceed across the bridge from the trailhead and turn left on Houston Brook Road. In a very short distance, head right on the CRNEMBA Trail (302). Cross the Carriage Road to Poplar Stream Trail (304) proceed up, up, and up to the Poplar Steam Falls Hut. Don’t fret if you have to walk the steepest sections –you are not the first to do so. Rest up at the hut and then proceed down the hut access road to the Sticky Trail (305). Don’t worry; it was not named for sticky mud. Enjoy the rolling single track and fantastic views to the Carriage Road. Turn left back down into the Valley and right back onto the CRNEMBA Trail (302). You can stop at your car for supplies and then head up the Narrow Gage (200) or the Caboose (209) to the Bypass Trail (307) to Cromits Overlook (309). After a long steady climb, turn right on Newton’s Revenge for a short and steadier climb to Stratton Brook Hut. Enjoy the views and get refreshed because the ride down Oak Knoll (310) will be a treat you’ll not soon forget. Exit Oak Knoll to the right on the bottom section of Newton’s and reconnect with the Narrow Gage. Enjoy the bliss with an easy ride down the Narrow Gage or sample the many short single track trails that loop off the Narrow Gage. Right at the bridge and back to your car. Head to The Rack or one of the other area restaurants for a much deserved beer and meal.

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PR NEMBA March Movie Nite

Date

3/24/14 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Penobscot Region NEMBA and Red Bull are proud to present:

“Where the Trail Ends”
Monday, March 24th

Doors open at 5:15pm: We’ll be holding our annual raffle and playing a short educational film on trail planning, design, and building.

This is a FREE event but DONATIONS to PRNEMBA are greatly appreciated.

Where The Trail Ends brings you to the most remote locations on the planet in a mountain bike expedition unlike any other ever undertaken.

The film follows the world’s top freeride mountain bikers – including the likes of Darren Berrecloth, Cameron Zink, Kurtis Sorge, James Doerfling and Andreu Lacondeguy – as they search for unridden terrain around the globe in the hope of shaping the future of big mountain freeriding.

This films documents man’s challenge of Mother Nature and himself showcased through a cast of colorful characters. This is the most progressive and ambitious mountain biking ever attempted resulting in an entertainment adventure unlike anything experienced before.

Movie website: http://www.wherethetrailends.com/ Read more about PR NEMBA March Movie Nite

Location

Penobscot Theatre: 131 Main St, Bangor, ME 04401

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Penobscot Region

Western ME

Carrabassett Valley Overview

5092 Access Rd
Carrabassett  Maine  04947
United States
Outdoor Center is across Rte 27.

Easy

30%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

20%

Description


The Mountain Bike Trail Network in the Carrabassett Region is located primarily within the Town of Carrabassett Valley, Maine adjacent the Sugarloaf Mountain Resort, a well-known mecca for winter sports enthusiasts.  Driving time from Portland, Maine is 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Carrabassett Region NEMBA, in collaboration with the Town of Carrabassett Valley and Maine Huts & Trails, has created a two pod mountain bike trail system in the Carrabassett Valley area. The Carrabassett Region offers over 77 miles of mountain bike specific trail, approximately 22 miles of which are new or completely rebuilt trails. The riding options are a treat for all rider abilities:

          • The Narrow Gauge Pathway (Beginner) provides over 6 miles of riding on a smooth crushed gravel surface that hugs the rugged Carrabassett River following an old railroad bed. many small singletracks like Crockertown, Camel Humps and Caboose loop off the railbed. Riding this complex in the eastern direction makes them all downhills.

          • The Route 27 Connector and Snail Trail (Beginner) provide a gradual incline single track also with crushed gravel surface that connects the Campbell Field Trailhead to the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center; 

          • The Oak Knoll Trail (Intermediate) is a 3 mile single track with amazing flow and spectacular mountain views that connects the Maine Hut & Trail Stratton Brook Hut with the Campbell Field Trail Head;

          • TOAD and Buckshot (Intermediate) offer over 2 miles of flowy single track that is as much fun to climb as it is to ride downhill;


Pod One: Sugarloaf Outdoor Center (35 miles of trail)
The primary hub of the mountain bike trail network is located at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center off Route 27, approximately 1 mile south of the Sugarloaf Mountain Resort Access Road. Here you will find parking, trail maps, Carrabassett Valley Bike, and a bike wash station. Carrabassett Valley Bike offers bike rentals, bike repair, and knowledgeable advice on area riding.

Pod Two: Campbell Field Trail Head (42 miles of trail)
The Campbell Field Trail Head also offers parking, a trail head kiosk with maps and signage. Access to the Campbell Field Trail Head is also located off Route 27 via a gravel road entrance approximately 500 feet south of the access road to the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center.

Below are suggested riding loops. Please consult the trail map before you depart and bring it with you.

Round the Pond
Level: Beginner
Start/End: Sugarloaf Outdoor Center
Ride Time: 20-30 minutes

Overview: This introductory ride is perfect for the brand new rider who is getting the feel of a mountain bike. It circumnavigates the pond at the Outdoor Center, has very little climbing, offers a smooth tread and some great views.

Loop: From the Outdoor Center start West (to the right looking at the pond) on Moose Bog Loop (103). Stay on the tread around the pond to the carriage road and head left back to the Outdoor Center.

Grassy Loop Excursion
Level: Beginner
Start/End: Sugarloaf Outdoor Center
Ride Time: 60-90 minutes

Overview: This loop will give a dose of twisty, turny trails through the woods, some views of the Carrabassett River and some open single track with great flow. This is a great option once you’ve mastered the basics.

Loop: Across the parking lot from the Outdoor Center find the Snail Trail Loop (101). Start around in either direction but take the Route 27 Connector (102) across Route 27 (use caution crossing the road). You are now located at the Campbell Field Trail Head. Proceed over the bridge and left on the Narrow Gage (200). Old Gage Trail (204) cuts the corner and gets you into the woods. Proceed on the Narrow Gage and around the Grassy Loops (201). There is an inner and outer loop to explore. Return to the Outdoor Center via the Narrow Gage, Route 27 Connector and Snail Trail.


Jabba the Hut
Level: Intermediate
Start/End; Sugarloaf Outdoor Center
Ride Time: 60-90 minutes
 
Overview: This loop includes fun and moderately challenging single track riding that dances in and out of the dense woods and includes well defined crushed stone single track on existing Nordic ski trail corridors. Near the Nordic Center Warming Hut you will find some spectacular views of the Bigelow Mountain Range.
 
Loop: Leave the Outdoor Center heading west on the gravel road (also identified as ski trail no. 1) for about one mile. Look for a trail marker on your left identifying mountain bike trail no. 110 (Jabba the Hut). A this point, the trail is well-defined single track that takes you to the Warming Hut, which is a small log cabin building. Follow 110 across the gravel road following a defined tread of crushed stone within the ski trail. The defined tread of crushed stone will identify Jabba the Hut on this loop for all sections in the ski trail corridor. Single Track sections that enter the woods are clearly identified by both the tread and signage. You will encounter five additional sections of riding on this loop that have single track riding within the woods. Jabba the Hut will eventually intersect with the Moose Bog Loop (103) which joins Jabba the Hut from the left. Continue on Jabba the Hut on the defined tread with crushed gravel surface until you reach First Tracks (104). Follow First Tracks to where it rejoins Moose Bog Loop (103) and follow Moose Bog Loop back to the Outdoor Center.

 

Maine Huts & Trails
Maine Huts and Trails is an ambitious project. Eventually it will be a 180 mile network of trails and huts starting in Bethel and ending in Rockwood. The plan includes 12 wilderness huts to be located about 14 miles apart. 

You can begin exploring over 50 miles of the system starting in Carrabasset Valley. Many of the huts are surrounded by good trail systems so extended daily riding explorations are always an option.


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Riding in the Carrabassett Valley region is a visit to the wilderness, a chance to know it more intimately. Only here can you get on a dirt trail, cross a single paved road, and spend hours without seeing a car, while winding in and out of single track, double track and quiet logging roads with sweeping views.

The mountain views, the sounds of the rivers, the feel of vast timberland all around you slow down your mind even as your companions pick up the pace. The vast unspoiled mountain land is a big reason riders travel here.


Many loops start and finish at the Outdoors Center where not only new beginner and intermediate trails, but also steep and rock-laden singletrack is close at hand. The original singletrack that hugs the Carrabassett River is among the most popular. 

By Diedre Flemming & Peter Smith
 

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Bethel Area

Bethel Area NEMBA:

The Bethel area has a large number of mountain bikers and outdoor enthusiasts, along with a local business climate committed to creating four season activities that will bring visitors to the area year round.  The initial interest in creating an NEMBA chapter is high, and everyone recognizes the benefits of joining NEMBA as a way to create structure and legitimacy for our trail building organization. 

On April 13, 2011 we held a scoping meeting to determine the level of interest within the community.  On an email and word of mouth campaign of only a few days I was shocked to find 21 people attending the first meeting.  At that meeting a board of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer was voted on and plans for summer trail work was discuss.  Word of mouth has continued to spread and we now have over 40 people that have asked us to put them on the contact list.

Leadership:

A chapter board and succession plan has been developed.  As the organization grows we plan on also developing committees to help organizes events such as trail building, races and group rides. 

Projects:

Gould Academy:

Gould Academy in Bethel has developed roughly five miles of singletrack on their Nordic ski trails.  An additional mile has been flagged and is ready to cut, along with plans to build a pump track and technical features.  Gould’s trails will be used as our showcase network, particularly as a way to show how Nordic and mountain bike trails can work together within a managed timber forest.  


Mt. Abram Ski Resort:

Permission has been granted to the group to cut cross-country mountain bike trails at Mt. Abram in Greenwood.  Trail ideas have been flagged and cutting began May 7th on the first loop.  Mt. Abram’s owner, Matt Hancock is very interested in creating a multi-use trail from Mt. Abram to Bethel.  This multi-use trail would then connect the Gould single track and the Mt. Abram single track. 

Sunday River Ski Resort:

Sunday River currently runs and maintains a lift access downhill mountain bike park.  Mountain management has shown interest in allowing another organization to develop more cross-country trails on the resort’s property, which extends far beyond the ski trails.  In particular toward the Frenchman’s Hole area to the northwest and the large area of Maine public reserve land surrounding Grafton Notch State Park.  The forester for this region’s reserve land has already begun to work with local Nordic skiers to develop a new forest management plan that includes more non-motorized trail construction.  Bethel NEMBA will lobby for singletrack trail construction also. 

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