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Bangor City Forest

Average Rating:    (3.71 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

Bangor City Forest has something for every level rider. From packed gravel almost road-like trails to highly technical single track are some of the best riding in the state. There is a short downhill section where I usually park. Some built up stuff too like skinnies and drops. Easy to spend a whole day in the forest. Some trails aren''t shown on the maps, but most of them are. A list of trails with a picture, difficulty, length, and a trail description can be found on the website at http://cityforest.bangorinfo.com/trails.htm
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Review Date
October 30, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: kdski78 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I've been riding out here since the mid 90's. Pretty intricate network of singletrack, most of which is very rocky/rooty. Yeah that can get old, but it makes the "tough" trails at other places seem easy and smooth, so there is a benefit. If you can't handle the rough stuff there are a lot of nice smooth paths to ride also (east/west loop), those see a lot of walkers/runners etc. Basically pretty even elevation, some short ups, some short downs, but there are a few good climbs.
Anyone who rides out here regularly knows most of the best trails are on the other side of the railroad bed. This is not a place you can come to 1 time for a few hours and expect to find all the best stuff, it takes time. For me signage is not an issue, but I can see how if you didn't know the area it could be frustrating. Once you've ridden a season or two it becomes easier to find your way around, and find some flow.
I'm not saying these are the best trails ever, but I think they are better than what some of the other reviewers are saying. Most everyone who rides out here will take the time to show someone around or ride with them, so if you see someone out on the trail or at the trailhead don't hesitate to ask.

Recommended Route:
Park at the top of Kitteridge road, where it turns to dirt. There are 2 trailheads here. One marked with a Kiosk on the left, one slightly further down the dirt road on the right that is unmarked. I take the one on the right, which is a pretty decent downhill that dumps you out on the dirt road halfway down. I ride back up the road to the kiosk at the top of the hill and go in there. At the intersection right is rough, left is smoother, but they both dump you in the same spot. Ride over the bridge and you can go left or right. I go right, then left at next intersection. Get to the railroad bed and ride right, find some trails on the left and start exploring.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Old Town/Orono/Umaine Trails, Newman Hill



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Review Date
September 13, 2012

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Nate ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The MTB trails crisscross through a main path through the city forest. There are a lot of people that run, walk, and bike on the main path so you can't go fast on the main path. There are a lot of single tracks that branch off of the main paths that range from confusing trails to flooded trails. I was only able to find 2 trails that were decent at the park. One was flooded and I had to carry my bike through the bog.

Recommended Route:
This place is good to take the kids on the main path but I wouldn't waste my time here again.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Drive to Presque Isle, ME to the Nordic Heritage Site, best MTB trails in Maine.



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Review Date
August 8, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Patsfan09 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Bike Used: 06 Specialized Stumpy Comp

I rode this trial last week while visiting Maine from Kansas City. I parked on Kitridge Road at the top of the hill where it turns to dirt and headed in. I was impressed with the double log skinnies and rocks on the first leg. That first section is fast and rough until you get to the bridge at the bottom. After the bridge is where it gets confusing. It could be because I only had one chance to ride the trial, but I had a hard time finding good flow with the rest of the trail. It was moderately technical but I just wasn't able to find my grove. I ended up on the outer log road several times and crossed the powerlines a couple times. I rode trails in Orono and Old Town (UMO <- I'm dating my self with that reference, and the Ledges) the day before and the Bangor City Forest was better as far as being more techinal but like I said it was a little confusing. Better flow and better trail marking would make it a better ride. Don't get me wrong, I am not compliaing. I still enjoyed my ride minus the mosquito bites.

Recommended Route:
Start at the Kitridge Road entrance and head down to the right.



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Review Date
May 5, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: ryflan ,  Racer

Summary:
These trails are great if you are contemplating suicide and need that little extra to put you over the edge and motivate you to actually go through with it...

No I'm kidding, but seriously they are pretty terrible. I mean I have been riding these trails for 4 years now and have not found anything I really enjoy riding. The only reason I keep going back there is because I love mountain biking and there is really nowhere else to go around here. I will admit the trail system is extensive and it's easy to ride a different route every time you go out but it still won't be any fun. There doesn't seem to be any rhythm or flow, there is nothing excitingly technical and it doesn't seem like anyone cares to take a minute out of there day to maintain them. I'll admit I don't either but I don't really think they are worth the time.

Bottom line is if you are just looking for a decent work out they aren't bad but if you want to go out and ride and have a good time I think you'll be disappointed.

I gave these trails a 3 just because there is more to ride here than other trail systems in the area. Compared to trails systems I've ridden in MA and NH these trails get a 1.

Recommended Route:
I95 South to Exeter NH where there is some real fun riding.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The trail system at UMO is just as bland as Bangor City Forest but recently I've been riding at night which seems to make them a little more bearable.



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Review Date
May 5, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: jmdjamis ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I've ridden these trails about 40 times in the past 4 years. I try to find new trails everytime I venture out, alone or with friends. What I've heard (from riders at the local bike shop) is that the best trails in the entire state are here at the Bangor forest. I've yet to find anything that justifies such a statement.


The bad:

Flow?
-Essentially no flow to the trails. There are a few sections that I make a point to hit everytime I go out where you can. Nothing spectacular. It seems as though there was absolutely no planning when these trails were made. It kindof goes like this; pedal...pause...pedal...pause...pedal...you get it. Low-speed trails.

Trail maintenance?
-Seriously doubt anyone takes time out of their day to touch these trails. I've never seen a tree cut and removed from the trail after a wind storm. There are the occassional sticks that are placed so that you may ride over the downer without hitting your bashring. Most of the time you can see where people have just made a new path around the downers. I suppose you could make the argument that this adds to the difficulty and requires more technical skills. If so, refer to the next couple sections.

Terrain and technicality?
You've got the well-maintained pedestrian trails and the bogwalk (no bikes, but worth checking out). Great for someone looking for an easy
ride. Then you've got the single-track. In general this is pretty level terrain in comparison to the rest of the state. There are some very short climbs and some very short downhills. The trails are filled with roots. And where there aren't roots, you're riding over rocks. The entire single-track trail system is a steady moderate technicality. I haven't come across a section yet that I couldn't ride on a hardtail. There are some fun drops and skinnies, but few and far between.

The good?
If you're looking to hone your skills of continuously riding over roots and rocks, this is a great place to dial in these skills. More extensive trail system than any other place in the greater Bangor area. Best trails around unless you want to drive more than an hour.

Conclusion?
If you're not from this area, don't make the drive to get here for these trails alone. If you are, go with someone who knows that trails if you want a worthwhile experience.

Recommended Route:
Go with someone that knows the trails. I don't believe that there is a trail map for the single track system. If there is, the Bangor Ski Rack would know.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Honestly, the trails around here are sub-par. The only other trail system I bother to ride is in Orono and that's because I attend college here.



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