Mount Apatite, Auburn
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I have a real appetite 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 quarries, ledges and large glacial erratics.
Many of the trails are all natural surface ranging from old woods roads to sinuous singletracks. In all you'll find just under 10 miles of trails. They are very well maintained by the City of Auburn. 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 or so in case you want to stop and take a break.
In 2018 Central Maine NEMBA won NEMBA's very competitive Signature Trail Grant. The monies were used to construct Mt Apatite's Signature Trail.
In 2020 Central Maine NEMBA built Carrie On, as a tribute to long time supporter and all around inspiration Carrie Boudreau who passed away in April of 2020.
A short stint on double track allows you to connect these two trails for a very fun ride in either direction. Carrie On crosses the Small Road entrance to the park and is an easy jumping on point.
One highlight of Mt. Apatite is the abandoned 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.