Click here for the new Summer Trail Guidelines and Descriptions published on 6/22/12. (It is also sized for 8.5" x 14" paper.)
There are several miles of single track mountain biking at the Ragged Mountain Recreation Area and adjacent Coastal Mountains Land Trust property on the south and west side of Ragged Mountain. Each summer Maine Sport Outfitters holds the Runoff Race, which is one of the major bike races in Maine. The Camden Hills Regional High School mountain bike team is the perennial state champion, in part because of the challenging training they do on our local terrain.
Trails are primarily maintained by the local Mid Coast Maine Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (McNEMBA).
This active group promotes all aspects of mountain biking such as working with landowners, sponsoring trail rides, supporting special events and races, as well as maintaining an extensive system of trails. You can learn more about them by visiting www.NEMBA.org.
There are now three marked trails that begin at the Ragged Mountain Recreation Area (Snow Bowl). The advanced level Pitch Pole loop, marked with red trail tags, is about 3.5 miles long and includes more than 600 feet of climbing to the top of the chairlift. The trail itself is considered moderately technical, but when you add the elevation gain it becomes a serious challenge, but the views of the bay from the top are worth the effort. Even for strong and skilled riders the loop takes about an hour. The trail begins on the T-bar line on the right side of the ski area (as you look uphill).
The intermediate Jibe trail starts in the same place as Pitch Pole (on the T-Bar line) but is only about 1.5 miles long, less technically difficult, and has about 300 feet of climbing. It is marked in yellow.
Finally the shortest trail, designed for beginners, is the Chute loop, which is marked in pink. It is less than half a mile long and begins over in the toboggan chute area to the left as you face uphill. Although it is the easiest trail it is still good fun and plenty challenging for beginner and more advanced riders too.
Rules and Considerations:
If there is a function at the lodge, please be courteous and ride well away from the activity on the lawn. These trails are multi-use so be careful if you encounter hikers. Please stay on the trails and do not leave any trash. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trails or ski slopes. Dogs are allowed. Town ordinances require that you pick up your dog waste. There is a Mutt Mitt dispenser at trails kiosk as well as on trees in the parking lot and near the trail head by the T-Bar. Many bikers enjoy a swim at the boat launch in Hosmer Pond after their ride. There is a port-o-pottie at the ballfield.
If you have any questions or concerns contact the Parks and Recreation office at 236-3438 or email@example.com.
Great Video of the 2008 Bike Season from John Anders and the gang at McNEMBA!