Level: Intermediate
Length: 3 mi (4.8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +141/149 ft
Total: 6 riders
 

Mountain Biking Stroudwater

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#29 of 92 mountain bike trails in Maine
#3789 in the world

This is a Dr. Jekyl Mr Hyde sort of trail. The first 1/2 is open, wide, smooth and very fast, but with just enough curves to be very interesting. Then it gets very windy with lots of ups/downs and roots and is quite technical. This section can be muddy.

Recommend parking at the business just down the hill. Exit parking lot to left, small climb up to trailhead.

- Obstacles:
* Bridges with step-ups/downs
* Bridges without rails
* Downhill/uphill roots
* Some small steps

This trail has some long, flat straights broken up by bridges. Some bridges have an immediate drop with a small flow onto flat singletrack. A couple bridges with step-ups.This is called the "Tow Road" and runs next to a couple 100-year-old trees grown over the canal and the Fore River Stream.

Then you move into an uphill climb over roots into a downhill. There is a tricky switchback at the bottom with a small drop-in over root directly onto a bridge (with rail) that also cuts back slightly. Cross the bridge into another uphill, then downhill over a long bridge (no rail). Small rooty climb to train tracks.

Cross the tracks to a steep uphill (lots of people walk this), then a downhill to the the base of Jewell Falls, alternating between clean path to root path. Just before the falls is a nice, curvy, fairly tight downhill.

Jewell Falls has a bike track up to the left. Cross the low bridge and there is a quick root uphill section that opens to a smooth steep uphill climb. You can walk the climb or bike carry up the steps for a fast steps workout.

If you continue past the falls, you come out at Nason's Corner and a variety store. Many people turn around at the falls and reverse the track.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
https://goo.gl/maps/5RETxpffwn9vQ43J7 From downtown Portland drive west on congress St toward the airport. Shortly after crossing the fore-river (tidal area) you go up the hill and pass Westbrook street on your right (traffic light here). Take your next right onto River's Edge Drive. Take another immediate right into the small parking area. This is the trail head.
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  • BHShaman
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    Recommend parking at the business just down the hill. Exit parking lot to left, small climb up to trailhead.

    - Obstacles:
    * Bridges with step-ups/downs
    * Bridges without rails
    * Downhill/uphill roots
    * Some small steps

    This trail has some long, flat straights broken up by bridges. Some bridges have an immediate drop with a small flow onto flat singletrack. A couple bridges with step-ups.This is called the "Tow Road" and runs next to a couple 100-year-old trees grown over the canal and the Fore River Stream.

    Then you move into an uphill climb over roots into a downhill. There is a tricky switchback at the bottom with a small drop-in over root directly onto a bridge (with rail) that also cuts back slightly. Cross the bridge into another uphill, then downhill over a long bridge (no rail). Small rooty climb to train tracks.

    Cross the tracks to a steep uphill (lots of people walk this), then a downhill to the the base of Jewell Falls, alternating between clean path to root path. Just before the falls is a nice, curvy, fairly tight downhill.

    Jewell Falls has a bike track up to the left. Cross the low bridge and there is a quick root uphill section that opens to a smooth steep uphill climb. You can walk the climb or bike carry up the steps for a fast steps workout.

    If you continue past the falls, you come out at Nason's Corner and a variety store. Many people turn around at the falls and reverse the track.

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