Date: November 22, 2012
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: Rockland Preserve
Trail Conditions: Excellent
Observations/Information: My brother and I rode Rockland Preserve Thanksgiving morning. The trails were in great shape, dry and clear of brush. We went up the new trail just off the parking lot to the left, blazed red if I remember it right. It twists and winds its way up the hill and has optional "honch lines" in a couple of places. It's brand new trail and still soft, but it's rideable both up and down and singlespeed freindly. We then rode up the orange trail and out to Coan Pond on the older stuff (mostly double track). On the way back we hooked up with a group led by a local guy who took us back on the red trail. This trail is extensively benched into a steep hillside with switchback turns, one of them bermed, and lots of launch points that give you opportunity to catch a little air. The trail ends at a bridge which is not yet finished but rideable.
We encountered a lot of people on the trails biking, hiking, running, and walking their dogs, including a guy from Maine, active in the Portland NEMBA chapter, who learned about the trails on Facebook. For such young trails they get a lot of use. Jason and his crew have created an asset to the community.
Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes
Trail Ambassador E-mail: glennvernesatgeemaildotcom
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Blue, orange, red, unmarked.
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 1.5
Approximate Distance (Miles): 7 miles