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Mountain Biking Suicide Hill
#94 of 119 mountain bike trails in Maine
From the bike path, there's a nice climb up to the start of the real rock. The grade is steep enough that in a granny-gear, you have to hang over your handlebars else your front wheel is going to head skyward. The granite is quite steep and has a substantial amount of pine needles on it I.E. Suicide Hill. Coming back down in this direction requires either great breaks and tires or a true will to die. Braking at the wrong point turns your bike into a bobsled atop the pine needles and the double fall-line of the rock is unforgiving. The trail continues up and levels out atop the hill, then continues straight down across the back road to the university farm where it becomes moderate downhill single-track ending with heavy root cover and mild mud. Full suspension and speed or a hard-tail with technical ability is recommended. If when reaching the top, you're too winded, a short survey will reveal a side-trail that ends near the entrance with a small beginner-style logpile near the bottom. Lots of fun, though it's very short, maybe 250-500 feet at best. If you're in the area and want something semi-steep to play with, this area is fun and worth checking out.
First added by BillyMac4511 on Aug 18, 2008. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
- Drinking water: unknown
- Lift service: unknown
- Night riding: unknown
- Pump track: unknown
- Restrooms: unknown
- Fat bike grooming: unknown
- E-bikes allowed: unknown
- Fee required: unknown
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From the YMCA/Haniford parking lot on Stillwater Ave in Old Town, head out behind the Middle School to the University Bike path. Follow the bike path toward the University, taking the left at the fork. About 1,000 feet past the fork (pretty close to half way to the farm road) the trail begins on the left, going up a moderate incline aside some raspberry bushes. When you reach the granite coming out of the dirt and you see the large granite steep to your left, you're there.
Alternatively, there is an entrance to this trail in front of the old bomb shelter behind the middle school. The trail 'exit' is next to a fallen white birch tree. It's hard to spot from this end as to climb from this side would be a rooty-mess.