Gold medalist helps land trust and Snow Bowl open first leg of round-the-mountain trail

Posted June 07, 2011, at 11 a.m.
Last modified June 07, 2011, at 11:27 a.m.
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CAMDEN, Maine — Coastal Mountains Land Trust and the Ragged Mountain Recreation Area share a vision: a 10-mile, four-season trail circumnavigating Ragged Mountain in the Camden Hills. This vision will be unveiled at a celebratory opening of the first section of this trail at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at the Snow Bowl.

The vision of the Round the Mountain Trail arises from a natural and ongoing partnership between the Land Trust and the Snow Bowl, resulting in this trail and others originating at the Snow Bowl facility. As part of its Bald and Ragged Mountains Campaign, the Land Trust has permanently conserved 737 acres on Ragged Mountain. One of the primary goals of this effort is to sustain outdoor recreation opportunities that contribute to the area’s quality of life. Conserved land on Ragged Mountain provides expanded opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing — a key element in the current redevelopment plans for the Camden Snow Bowl.

Festivities will kick off with featured speaker Olympic gold medalist Anna Goodale and culminate with a hike on the new trail. Other speakers include Dan Bookham, director of the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce who has also offered to challenge Goodale to an arm-wrestling competition, as well as representatives of the host and supporting organizations.

Information will be on display in the Snow Bowl lodge by the host and supporting organizations, including Coastal Mountains Land Trust, the Snow Bowl, Georges River Land Trust, the Mid-Coast Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association, the Camden Hills Regional High School Mountain Bike Team, and the Ragged Mountain Recreation Area Redevelopment Committee. Light refreshments will be available, and a virtual tour of the Round the Mountain Trail will be shown for those unable to participate in the hike.

Thanks to funding from the Maine Recreational Trails Program and the Land for Maine’s Future, the Land Trust and the Snow Bowl were able to enlist the services of the Maine Conservation Corps last fall to help build key sections of the new trail. More trail-building work is planned for this year, as well.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust has permanently conserved almost 9,000 acres of land in the past 25 years to benefit the natural and human communities of western Penobscot Bay and offers 24 preserves for the public to experience and enjoy the natural beauty of this special part of Maine. For more information, call 236-7091 or visit http://www.coastalmountains.org.

The Camden Snow Bowl is a community-owned, year-round recreation area, offering alpine skiing, snowboarding, tubing, a toboggan chute, hiking, mountain biking, tennis courts, ball fields, and a summer youth rec program, pancake breakfasts, and fall foliage chairlift rides. For more information call 236- 3438 or visit  http://www.camdensnowbowl.com.

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