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Kennebec Highlands

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No. of Reviews: 2

The trail is primarily old logging roads that double as snowmobile trail in winter. Start at the Round Top trailhead on Watson Pond Rd (just before Blueberry Hill). Follow the Wildflower Estates rd past several house on the left. Do not ride up the Round Top trail as it is for hikers. Make the first fight on to the Goat Path and follow for about 1 mile where it intersects and crosses the Round top hiking trail. Also at this point the South Vienna Mt trail comes down on the left. Continue on the Goat path and it becomes the Kennebec Highlands Trail. As you ride , keep making lefts at all the intersections (a few private roads and the Sanders Hill hiking Loops). The Kennebec Highlands trail swings left (to the SSW) around the front of Vienna Mt. Look for a slighltly overgrown trail (The Singletrack) on the left. The Singletrack climbs moderately up through somewhat technical terrain. When it levels, look for a house ahead and to the left. the Singletrack swings around to the right and skirts a field on its right side. At the bottom of the field the Singletrack intersects with a better maintained dirt road. Turn Left and follow to another dirt road intersection. Turn left again and follow this road as it heads NNE then swings down, around and back to the south, descending a long, cobbly hill. Just before this road dead-ends at a pile of logs, look for a single track snowmobile trail that cuts off to the right. Make this right turn and follow the trail as it goes through some boggy areas past a small swampy pond on the left. The trail then climbs moderately past a trail coming in from the right (this trail climbs up to the blueberry barrens on the summit of Vienna Mt.). Continue climbing, then take the first trail on the left which is the South Vienna Mt. trail. (Going straight here will take the rider to the SSW and eventually McGaffey Mountain where there is a trail to the right, down into the village of Vienna). Follow the S. Vienna Mt trail down a very long, steep and rocky descent that eventually brings you back to the intersection of the Round Top hiking trail and the Goat Path. follow this to the right, back to the Wildflower Estates rd and left back to the parking area. I didn''t have a computer with me but I would guess-timate the loop to be about 8 miles? It is helpful to pick up a trail map for the Kennebec Highlands at Day''s Store in the Village of Belgrade Lakes. There are many options for other loops and its tough to get lost as all downhills eventually end up on a main road or body of water. If you are vacationing in the Belgrade Lakes area, this is a great place to ride!
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Latitude
44.528852417040355
Longitude
-69.93061780929565
Trail Directions
This great loop (and other options) can be found in the Belgrade Lakes region of Maine. From Augusta, follow 27 N past rt. 135 intersection. Look for the Castle Island rd about 5 miles past rt. 135 intersection. Make a left on to Castle Island rd and follow to first stop sign (West Rd). continue on Castle Island rd, cross over 2 bridges at Long Pond narrows and continue to "T" intersection with Watson Pond rd. Turn right on to Watson Pond rd and after the second hill, look for Wildflower Estates rd on the left. Park in the lot adjacent to the road.
Trail Length
8? Miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Belgrade Lakes
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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
June 11, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: zrocklimer ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The prior description is pretty accurate however I have found out that the access through the wildflower estates road is currently closed to the public (I listened to a resident yammer on for a 1/2 hour about why its closed and whats happening with it before I could get away) I was able to find another access point that is off of route 27 called the Roxy Rand Road, this is a public dead end road with a parking area on the right at the end of the road (I even checked with the guy across the street who owns the land to make sure i could park there) I would recommend getting a map of the Kennebec highlands before heading out there, all of the trails are either 4 wheeler/snowmobile trails or old logging roads, with lots of climbing and descending. Not a terrible place to ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bond brook Trails in Augusta are great, not a huge amount of trails right now but more are currently being built AND it is ALL single track.



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Review Date
September 10, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: loafer94 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
i am going to ride the single track today. i did however ride the sanders hill loop....and it is definatly not a bike trail. i did complete the loop but it was more technical than any trail i'd done before. (and by technical i mean stupid to ride on. root to rock and so on.



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loafer94 (09/12/2008)
After riding the "actual" trail, i found it to be very fun for an afternoon mash through the woods. this trail includes some minor climbing with some technical downhill at high speeds due to loose gravel and larger stones. another added bonus of this ride is the assortment of berries along the way as a quick snack. lol. oooo blueberries.
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