CAMDEN — Coastal Mountains Land Trust and the Midcoast Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association will open officially at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, the first segment of the Round the Mountain Trail available for mountain bike use on Ragged Mountain. Riders are invited to celebrate the completion of the new trail by joining leaders from the land trust and the association for a group ride.
The new trail brings the total length of trail available on the Ragged Mountain Preserve for mountain bike use to 3 miles. Accessed by the main parking lot at the Camden Snow Bowl, the trail was
constructed over the course of the past year through the collective efforts of volunteers from the land trust, mountain bike club and a crew hired from the Maine Conservation Corps. Financial support for the project was provided by the Maine Community Foundation, the Land for Maine’s Future Program and the Maine Recreational Trails Program.
For the land trust, the completion of the trail marks the first time it has planned and developed a mountain bike trail on its property. The project has been made possible through a close collaboration with the association with whom the land trust maintains an agreement for maintenance and management of the trail. Mountain bike riders are asked to keep in mind that the trail is also open for hikers and should therefore yield to foot traffic. Given that the trail also has been made possible through the generosity of several private landowners, across whose land the trail crosses, users are asked to stay on trail at all times and respect the privacy and property of the landowners.