I'm trying to spread the word about a mountain bike group ride I've been planning in collaboration with the Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust and the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend. The ride is scheduled for Sunday, September 28th. Riders will meet in Orland at the Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery (off route 1) around 10am.
The route we are taking is around 7 miles and is an out and back style of ride. It combines dirt roads, single track, and old double track leading to the summit of Great Pond Mountain. It's a fairly challenging climb with lots of slick rock riding. The climb provides spectacular views of Blue Hill, MDI, and the Penobscot Bay. The ride is fairly technical and physical and would be best suited for intermediate or advanced riders. I'm hoping for a good showing because this is the first organized and supported mountain bike ride in the Great Pond Wildlands Park! The ride serves as an opportunity to showcase the park and the potential it has for further mountain biker involvement.
Maps of the park can be found at greatpondtrust.org as well as a event description at the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend webpage. You can also reach me at my cell 944-0369. Happy trails,