October 5, 2017
The trails were fun....once I found them. Lots of flat out stretches... some fun technical ST int the woods. Overall - what stuck out more than anything is that nothing is marked!
I was stunned that no one mentioned NONE of the trails are marked. There is no trail map anywhere in the woods - nothing to show where you are, what connects to what or how long anything is. After driving out from Portland I was committed to exploring - but was a little unnerved not knowing if I was 1/2 thru the ride - or just about done.
The trails are maintained - and every once and awhile you will see orange flags in the ground that suddenly change to pink....what is the significance of the color change? Am I on a new trail? or did they just run out of orange? I had no idea.
Obviously the trail is maintained and is in good to great shape - why hasn't anyone bothered to map it out???? Arrgh!
** Best way to find this trail and save yourself headaches is to park in the lot by the USM police station. If you head to the police station entrance, you will see a break in the wooden guardrail on your L- that is an access point to the trails. It's steep and gravel, then merges with a WIDE dirt road that takes you past the pond on your L...then you merge on to some single track climbing and from there you will see 'wide dirt roads' and trails that shoot off to your L and R...where they each lead is anyone's guess.
Allow yourself time to explore, find your way back and pack plenty of water and snacks in case it takes you longer to get back to your car then you were planning.