Mountain Biking

About the Carrabassett Valley Trail Network

CURRENT TRAIL STATUS: PARTIALLY OPEN       CONDITIONS: SPRING-LIKE

Thanks to the efforts of the Carrabassett Region New England Mountain Bike Association (CRNEMBA) and the town of Carrabassett Valley, mountain bike trail development has taken off in recent years, with a network of world-class cross-country trails, originating at the base of the mountain and spanning more than 80 miles throughout the valley.

The network connects the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center, Sugarloaf Village, and links into the Maine Huts and Trails network of mountain bike trails, connecting riders to all four backcountry huts.

The heart of the new and improved trail network resides at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center, where riders can find trail maps, restrooms, and a mountain bike service at Carrabassett Bike Shop, a full-service bike shop manned by Sugarloafer Bob Ash. 

The Outdoor Center features trails for all ability levels, from gentle, low angle trails and gravel roads, to steep, challenging trails climbing halfway up Burnt Mountain. The Outdoor Center also features a pump track, and connects riders to the Narrow Gauge trail on the opposite side of the river. 

Riding Resources

Trail Access

Parking and trail access is available at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center, the Campbell Field trailhead, the Stratton Brook trailhead parking lot, and Airport trailhead (located behind the SugarBowl).

For a complete list of parking and trailheads, please visit the Maine Huts and Trails website

Rentals & Bike Shops

Carrabassett Valley Bike Shop 
Operated out of the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center by long-time Sugarloafer Bob Ash, Carrabasett Valley Bike offers rental equipment, bike repairs, and retail merchandise. 

Phone: (207) 671-3560

F.I.S. Sports
Run by longtime Sugarloafers Scott Waldron and Birch Royall, F.I.S Sports offers full-suspension bike rentals from Pivot and KHS at their shop in Kingfield. Waldron is a mechanic trained by the United Bike Institute (UBI) and has his Fox Suspension Certification as well as his DT Swiss Wheel Builder Certification.  

Phone: 207-265-5100
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Northern Lights Hearth & Sports
Located in Farmington, Northern Lights Hearth & Sports carries a wide variety of retail products, offering bike repairs and sales.

Phone: (207) 778-6566 

The Bangor Ski Rack
Phone: (207) 945-6474

Map

Click here to download the 2016 trail map. 

Suggested Rides

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Moose Bog Loop
Trail 103
20-30
Mins
2.3
Miles

Moose Bog Loop is the perfect introductory ride for a novice rider looking to experience mountain biking in Carrabassett Valley. Trail 103 circumnavigates the pond at the Outdoor Center, featuring mellow terrain and stunning views of Sugarloaf mountain and the Crockers.

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Jabba The Hut
Trail 110
20-30
Mins
2
Miles

Trail 110, Jabba the Hut, mixes intermediate single track with wider cross country trails, making it the perfect introduction to more advanced terrain for new riders. Jabba can be accessed from the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center network.

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Narrow Gauge Pathway
Trail 200
1-2
Hours
6
Miles

Following the route of the former railroad, the Narrow Gauge pathway offers a wide double-track for novice and intermediate riders looking to explore more of the Carrabassett trail network. The trail meanders along the Carrabassett River for approximately 6 miles with a gradual grade.

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Crockertown & Jerusalem Town
Trails 206, 212
20-30
Mins
1
Miles

Both Crocker Town (Trail 206) and Jerusalem Town (Trail 212) are accessed from the Narrow Gauge pathway and offer a fun introduction to single track terrain for novice/intermediate riders.

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Oak Knoll to Crommetts Overlook
Trails 307, 308, 310
1-2
Hours
7
Miles

Oak Knoll is one of the newest trails in the Carrabassett Valley network, providing access to one of the most dramatic panoramic views at Crommetts Overlook. This challenging single track is recommended for more advanced riders, and can be accessed from the Narrow Gauge Pathway.

Upcoming Events

7th annual Carrabassett Backcountry Cycle Challenge  •   July 15, 2017
2nd annual Sugarloaf Mountain Bike Festival   •   August 25 - 27, 2017

Additional Resources

Carrabassett Region NEMBA 

Carrabassett Region NEMBA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the creation and maintenance of a sustainable multi-use trail network in the western mountains of Maine, largely based in Franklin County. Organizers work closely with landowners, local governments, and other organizations to preserve access to sustainable trails; striving to promote wellness by increasing the use of regional trails, to link communities and to support local businesses.
http://carrabassett.nemba.org/

Maine Huts & Trails

Maine Huts & Trails is a non-profit organization whose mission is to contribute to the economic, social and natural environment of Maine's Western Mountain region by creating and operating a world-class recreation corridor for current and future generations. Organizers manage a system of four backcountry eco-lodges and more than 80 miles of trails in Western Maine that offer "off the grid," hut-to-hut adventures coupled with comfortable and friendly accommodations
https://mainehuts.org/

TrailForks

Plan, explore and share your ride on Trail Forks.
www.trailforks.com/region/carrabassett-valley