West Side Trail

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.00 out of 5
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Intermediate
5.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 800 ft
↓ 900 ft
176
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
Great singletrack trail stretching from Cousin's Island to highway following CMP power line corridor. Most of trail is on edge of wood line & not out in the open. Not super technical & not lots of elevation, but very fun riding...Fast & Flowy type of riding, lots of bridges with some twisty trail sections. Some sections of trails recently completed with help of NEMBA., Future plans for adding more trails on both ends of network...Follow progress on https://www.facebook.com/YarmouthTrails. Easy riding that is not boring.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (9)
 

Granny Gear

September 15, 2016
 
Review: I'm fairly new to the Portland area, so I started my riding (evening workout) at Bradbury Mtn. and I grew tired of the place really quickly (there isn't much flow). I still haven't made it to Blackstrap... But... This trail though! I'm in love with it. It's easy. There are some mildly tricky sections if you are a beginner rider, but you can easily hike around those parts. What gets me excited about riding here however, is the variety. I always park in the upper parking lot on Tyler Dr. right off of exit 15 on 295. From there I follow the blue trail in the woods. From the woods it winds in and out of fields and powerlines, and back to woods, and then takes you over the bridge to Cousin's Island... and then back through the woods to the Power Plant. Turn around there and go back through the woods. It's a good 10 mile out and back if you stay on the blue trail (pretty flat most of the time: the steepest grade is 15%). But I usually pick up the orange and yellow routes on the way back to add a bit more milage. They're all really good trails. Fun and well maintained. I ride here a lot during the week!

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Granny Gear

July 20, 2016
 
Review: I had a fantastic time on this fun trail today. My round trip was 12 miles and on about half of my way back I even took alternate trails! It is extremely well marked.
There are fast sections and some more technical ones. A great variety of scenery from woods, to fields, to ocean. There are also many options for hiking along the trail (no bikes allowed on those). And you can even go for a swim in the ocean on Cousin's Island! If you have the energy, you can bike to the neighboring Liitlejohn Island and hike the pretty preserve there (bring a lock). Easily can make a whole day adventure here! :)

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Granny Gear

July 20, 2016
 
Review: Had a fantastic ride today, 12 miles round trip. It is extremely well marked and fun! There are some fast parts and some more technical ones. There are also many opportunities along the trail for hiking (no bikes allowed). And you can swim in the ocean on Cousin's Island! Easily can make it into a day long adventure :)

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Granny Gear

July 3, 2015
 
Review: Really, really muddy when my 9yo daughter and I went today.

Rootier than Bradbury, and all around more difficult (especially with the mud) - especially for my daughter.

I can see this being a decent ride for an intermediate rider looking for some flow - when it's nice and dry.

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Granny Gear

June 14, 2015
WBM Granny Gear  
 
Review: Really lovely Maine ride. Nice length, intermediate to beginner and all single track and amazing ride along and ending at the ocean on Cousins Island. When the trail ends, take the road for a couple hundred yards for the view.

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Trailblazer

September 10, 2014
 
Review: As many have stated, there is not a ton of elevation and the "gnar" factor (for those of you who are looking for it) is next to none. BUT, the system is improving all the time! There are a few new side trails being cut and extensions to some of the more popular main trails being added all the time. A fun alternative to Bradbury if you are in the area.

The single track is fairly smooth, less rooty than the aforementioned Bradbury. Tons of small bridges and lots of trail armoring so it rides fairly dry. Props to the GPNemba chapter for all the hard work.

Similar Trail: Bradbury Mountain

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Gnarly


April 10, 2014
gbiegun Gnarly  
 
Review: It's not super long or it would get a higher rating. Almost entirely single track and has the most variety of any trail I know in Maine. A short but very steep & tricky climb. Switch backs, bridges, power lines, woods, and it goes on. Even give the option to end by the bridge & jump in the ocean! A few of the newer trails still need stumps cut lower.

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November 23, 2013
Guest   
 
Review: 8 miles total trails now. Winding and rolling. A few fun switch backs. Very well maintained so not too muddy. Best parking on Tyler drive off of rte 1 by exit 15 of 295. Some fun surprises to discover in the trees along the way.

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Gnarly

October 15, 2013
sssirois Gnarly  
 
Review: Fun, Fast trail with some recently completed sections stretching from ocean to highway in Yarmouth...Trail follows a power line corridor, but it is NOT "power line trail" riding. Lots of bridges with some twisty trail sections to keep you on your toes. Not super technical & not lots of elevation....Some of the more technical trail sections can be found on the western end of the trail. Easy riding for entry level & fun for experienced riders.

Similar Trail: Bradbury, Persumpscot River Trail

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Gnarly

July 13, 2014
jamis29er Gnarly  
 
Review: Some sections of this trail are fun and some are not so much. Wouldn't call this an "easy trail" as some sections are technically very challenging. The best riding is between the island and Princess Pt along the "meadow" power line corridor. Good trail but novice riders be careful, I took home some good bruises for souvenirs.

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