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Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

The Trails

  • Trails for all levels
  • No Trail Fees
  • Over 80 miles of riding

Thanks to the efforts of the Carrabassett Region Chapter of the 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.

  • Parking and trail access is available at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center, the Stratton Brook trailhead parking lot, and Airport trailhead (located behind the SugarBowl).
  • During the summer, bike rentals are available from several area shops. 

Trail Work

Please Be Advised trail construction is actively underway on the eastern side of the mountain as the Sugarloaf Trail Crew works to build enduro mountain bike trails for the MAXXIS ESC Enduro Series Box Showdown in mid-September. For your safety, and the safety of our trail crew, riding is not permitted on the new trails at this time.

Currently, the only mountain bike trail open on Sugarloaf is the ‘Widowmaker Extension’, which starts near the top of the Whiffletree Lift. The bicycle access route to this trail is via Mountain Side road, then climbing the Crosshaul work road to the bottom of King Pine, continuing up Tohaul to Buckboard, where ‘Widowmaker Extension’ begins. After descending, riders can return to the Outdoor Center trail system via Condo Crosscut, Lower Stub's and Widowmaker trail. This loop is posted on Trailforks. Please note that there is no vehicle access permitted above Mountainside Road.

If we are able to complete any further tracks for riding before the event in September, these will be posted on Trailforks as well.

Upcoming Mountain Bike Events

Rentals & Local Bike Shops

Allspeed Cyclery
Allspeed Cyclery & Snow operates a full service bike shop out of the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center, featuring tuning, repairs, and a full fleet of rental mountain bikes from Santa Cruz. 

Carrabassett Valley Bike 
Now operating out of the Happy Tunes shop at Valley Crossing in Carrabassett Valley, Carrabassett Valley Bike offer tuning services, rentals, and local insight. Phone: (207) 235-6019  

Northern Lights Hearth & Sports
Open year-round: Located in Farmington, Northern Lights Hearth & Sports carries a wide variety of retail products, offering bike repairs and sales. Phone: (207) 778-6566

Suggested Rides

Resources & Partners

Carrabassett Region NEMBA: A non-profit organization dedicated to the creation and maintenance of a sustainable multi-use trail network in the western mountains of Maine.

Maine Huts & Trails: A non-profit organization managing a system of four backcountry eco-lodges and more than 80 miles of trails in Western Maine.

Trail Forks: Plan, explore and share your ride.