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Back Country Excursions

Average Rating:    (3.45 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

I personally belive that these is the best mountain biking east of the rockies. The whole thing is that This guy Cliff takes riders out on the 83 miles of single trake, fire roads, and freriding that he lives in. For a small fee he will take a group out for about 2 hours and show them the main trails. Then he gives you a map and the day is yours. He even has camp sites and bunks in his house so you can stay there for a few days and never ride the same thing twice. He doesnt own the land and trails but he maintains them and he cut all the single trake and freeride bridges around. He even had his rock and log garden which is unbelivable freeriding and trials. There is miles of technical down hill and some killer uphills. This place is like a mountain bikeing resort but with only about 10 people and very rustic. The only problem is that the trails are very confusing and unless you take the tour it is easy to gget lost. But dont worry getting lost with a bike on these trails isnt a bad thing. You really need to check this place out. There is something for everyone. Its rustic and unless your doing the tour you will never see anyone riding. All I have to say is your life wont be complete with out going to this place
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Latitude
43.72564585312444
Longitude
-70.93056678771972
Trail Directions
This is on the boarder of NH and ME and i cant remember teh directions so just go to the web site for them
Trail Length
i think 83
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
White Mountains
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Review Date
August 2, 2015

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Rob ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
My son & I enjoyed our weekend at Back Country Excursions. The lodge is rustic, the food was great & the trails are fun! They do a nice balance of fun cross country mountain biking, nothing "extreme" and challenging rides. Their program seamed geared for novice to intermediate riders. Cliff was great at giving basic instruction to newer riders and encouraging them without pushing them. Tyler was awesome with getting my 15 year old son to the next skill level & beyond. I could not pry the grin off his face & Tyler got Paul to successfully try obstacles that a week ago he would have never thought about. We brought our own bikes the the other group was set up mostly with hard tail 29ers and enjoyed the bikes. It was a great taste on Maine riding & lifestyle.



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Review Date
September 1, 2013

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: John ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Lets start with the good:
The trails are generally good
The bikes we rented were nice (full suspension) and in pretty good condition
The yurt was cool and about 95% waterproof
The wood fired hot tub was awesome
Cliff is in really good shape for his age (early sixties)

And now the bad:
Cliff wasn't very professional or courteous; not something you'd expect from someone wanting their customers to tip or return.
When we were washing the dishes he went to do something else leaving us to wash them all ourselves
He's generally pretty grumpy, except when he's on the trail, that puts him in a good mood.
The property the trails are on isn't his, but he treats it like it is; the entrances to some of the trails aren't bushwacked "So other people (non paying riders) don't ruin the trail." This results in many scratches and cuts from thorns.
Don't come here if you're very experienced or fast.
The trails aren't super flowy, frequent climbing interrupts descents.
Expensive/Overpriced



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Review Date
July 17, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Kathy ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I am a novice to Mountain Biking. Last year I decided to invest in a better mountain bike. I rode it a handful of times this year. Experimenting on single tracks around my hometown. I thought I was figuring it out and doing OK, Until I went to Back Country Excursions. I got a Living Social deal for an instructional weekend. Including 2 days of mountain bike instruction and guided rides. 2 nights accommodations and meals.

Cliff was by far the best instructor. The way he broke down and explained the most effective way to climb, descent and shift gears for the best ride was amazing. I quickly realized that I had a ton to learn. What Cliff taught me in 2 days would have taken me years to figure out on my own through trial and error.

There are so many trails, from beginner to advanced. You could go out for hours each day and not see or ride all of them. This is a perfect vacation for someone who is new to the sport. The experience riders who were there at the same time I was tell me it was perfect for them as well. It would be wonderful for a couple, or group of friends with varying skill levels. Cliff will show the beginners the ropes and the experts of your group can enjoy more challenging rides as you learn.

We chose to stay in the lodge. It was the perfect rustic Maine experience. Cliff and his staff were welcoming. The meals were delicious. And I would like to return again soon to explore more trails and sharpen my skills.

This is a must for anyone who wants to increase their skills, challenge themselves on top notch trails, or enjoy great single track riding on trails that are hidden from the crowds.

You won't be disappointed. Happy Riding!



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Review Date
June 24, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Noah ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great single track trails, best described as cross country riding w/ some technical sections. Plenty of variety for a few days of riding and for anyone looking for a more technical/extreme experience Cliff (the owner) has built some awesome stunts and features (rails, see saws, ladders, tabletops, etc.)

For novice riders, Cliff and his guide provide very good instruction/teaching and will split up groups by skill level so good place to bring inexperienced riders.

Cliff's rental bikes are in great shape, his 29" hard tails are the perfect bike for the rolling terrain, the trails are well maintained, and not super rocky thus IMO are well suited for hard tail vs. full suspension.

Def recommend for anyone looking for an active weekend away from NYC or Boston.



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Review Date
June 23, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Charlie ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
There are a variety of trails for all skill levels of riders, from beginner to advanced, whether you like tricks and stunts, steep slopes, or just cruising winding trails. The trails are well maintained and aren't rocky. More trails are constantly being added. The owner is a great instructor and can talk you through how to maneuver through challenging parts to help increase your skill level. They make great home cooked meals to fuel up for the rides. Met some great people on the trip, good laughs, and made new friends. This place also is environmentally cautions to nature and the elements. I would highly recommend checking them out. I’m already planning my next trip.

Recommended Route:
All of them!



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