Here are some bike loops in Carrabassett Valley suggested by the folks that ride our trails. The ride time is based on average for a rider of the ride ability. Trail numbers are in parentheses. Ask around at the Carrabassett Bike Shop for more details on these rides or for other options –we are friendly bunch here in the Valley and want you to enjoy your day riding.
Round the Pond
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
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). 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.
Speed Up, Flow Down
Overview: Once you’re feeling your skill grow a bit this fun loop will give you a cardio boost on the way up and introduce you to some intermediate technical riding on the way down.
Loop: Pop in your earbuds, turn on the tunes and proceed east on the dirt road portion of the Moose Bog Loop (103) -truth be told CRNEMBA recommends against earbuds while riding. Stay on the dirt road (Moose Bog will veer right off the road) and climb up past the warming hut on your left. Continue the cardio portion of this ride past the lower entrance to T.O.A.D. (126) on your left and Fifty (116) to the upper entrance to T.O.A.D. Catch your breath and enjoy the ride down T.O.A.D. back to the dirt road. Scoot down to the warming hut and proceed right onto Jaba the Hut (110). Then take the dirt road back to the Outdoor Center for a Popsicle and to plan your next loop.
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.