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NEMBA COVID-19 Guidance for Rides & Trail Care Events

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

COVID-19 Guidance for NEMBA Rides & Trail Care Sessions

 

With warm weather and the easing of Covid-19 restrictions we know that there will be an iincrease in group rides and trail work days. Please consider the guidance below, as well as the state by state guidelines, when organizing and hosting a group ride, trail care event, or other event. We all want to ride bikes, let’s just do it safely!

 

Key Takeaways:

  • All participants must sign the NEMBA Annual Waiver.

  • Email with information of any upcoming events.

  • Follow state & local guidelines (see links below as these can change frequently)

  • We strongly encourage you to maintain a list of attendees with contact info so we have a record of participation and can do outreach to non-members.  This will also help in the event contact tracing is ever necessary. 

  • Most riders prefer a smaller, more personal group ride experience. Try to keep trail groups small, 10 or less is ideal. Split larger groups if possible. 

  • Masks are not required for fully vaccinated individuals and others who are recreating outdoors but are still an excellent preventative measure when in close contact or when near unvaccinated or at-risk people. 

  • Respect the wishes of any volunteer or participant who requests more enhanced protocols. Every individual has their own risk tolerance.

  • Very importantly, all state and local guidelines still apply.

 

Current State Requirements: (Subject to change.) - updated June 15, 2021

Click on the State name for links to individual state COVID-19 websites

Connecticut: No outdoor mask requirements. No outdoor limit on group size.

Massachusetts: No mask requirements for fully vaccinated. No limit on outdoor group size. All State covid restrictions end on 6/15.

Maine: No outdoor mask requirements. No limits on group size.

New Hampshire: No outdoor mask requirements. No limits on group size. Covid restrictins end 6/12.

Rhode Island: No outdoor mask requirement. No limits on group size

Vermont: No outdoor mask requirements. No limits on group size. All Covid restrictions ended 6/15.

CDC Covid-19 Guidelines

CT DEEP, Maine Bureau of Parks, Mass DCR Guidance, NH State Parks, RI DEM Guidance, VT State Parks 

   Note: Some cities and towns may have different rules.

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NEMBA Recommendations for smaller events, rides, and trail care sessions

  • To schedule a group ride or trail care event send an email to

  • All participants must also sign the NEMBA Annual Waiver

  • Volunteers and participants should remain home if not feeling well, if they have received a positive COVID test, or if they have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID.

  • We strongly encourage chapters to maintain a list of attendees with contact info so we have a record of participation and can do outreach to non-members. This will also help in the event contact tracing is ever necessary. This can be as simple as a sign-in list, if capacity is not a concern, or a pre-registration site such as EventBrite. 

Many chapters just keep a record of attendees. Either by pre-signing up people or taking names and email addresses at the event. This is a best-practice, regardless of COVID.

NEMBA offers EventBrite registration, with a covid-19 questionnaire for any individual or chapter that wishes to use it. This can help with capacity requirements due to limited ride guides. Eventbrite is just one option, other options are welcomed.

When riding with the same people every week, this can be waived.

  • Respect parking regulations. Parking has become a problem at some riding areas due to the influx of new trail users. If a parking area is full, find another legal place to park.

  • Try to keep groups small, 10 or less is ideal. Participants have more enjoyable times in smaller groups. Split larger groups if possible. Large groups can also cause trail conflicts and should be avoided. Have sufficient ride leaders to meet demand or create ride limits that reflect your ride leader capacity.

  • Masks are not required for fully vaccinated individuals and others who are recreating outdoors but are still an excellent preventative measure when in close contact or when near unvaccinated or at-risk people. 

  • Exaggerate your courtesy to other trail users. When encountering other trail users, slow down or stop and move off the trail to provide room for people to pass unless they waive you by. Always say hello and be friendly.

  • On trail care days bring hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, etc. Some places require providing sanitizing materials at events 

  • You are strongly encouraged to review the state and local guidelines for your area if post ride food is being offered. Bring hand sanitizer, minimize the sharing of food, and ensure social distancing is maintained.

  • Respect the wishes of any volunteer or participant who requests more enhanced protocols. Every individual has their own risk tolerance. 

  • It is up to local chapters to decide what is best for their area and the comfort level of their ride leaders.

  • Follow local, state and federal guidelines. Use the links above for up-to-date information as these change frequently. 

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Bethel Village Trails

21 Broad St
Bethel  Maine  04217
United States

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Description

The Bethel Area Trail system consists of about 6 miles of trails with more to come. Managed by both Bethel Village Trails and Mahoosuc Pathways the trails are fun and used by local residents, Gould Academy students and visitors from all over the region.

In the winter there are groomed Fat Bike Trails, Trail Passes are required and help to defray the costs of grooming.

Bethel Village Trails is a project of Mahoosuc Pathways, a non-profit trails organization. Bethel Village Trails manages the Nordic, snowshoe, and fat bike trail center in the winter, and the mountain bike trails in the summer. The trails all leave from the Bethel Inn Resort. http://mahoosucpathways.org/Bethel-Village

Nearby Sunday River has downhill Skiing.

Gould Academy has a fine network of trails that are used for nordic skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer but they do not allow Fat Bikes.

While you're here be sure to check out Mahoosuc Pathway's Bacon Hill, located only six miles away in Albany Township.

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Carrabassett Region NEMBA Awarded $50K Grant from LL Bean

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Carrabassett Region Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association will use the grant to leverage over $237,000 for trail construction



The Carrabassett Region chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (CRNEMBA) announces the receipt of a $50,000 grant from LL Bean’s Charitable Giving for Conservation and Outdoor Recreation. According to CRNEMBA president, Peter Smith, the funds will be matched by the Town of Carrabassett Valley to provide funding for the continued development of a world class mountain bike trail network in the Carrabassett Region. The LL Bean Grant will be combined with other funding sources to generate a total of $237,000 for trail construction.
 
“All of us who are passionate about mountain biking and enjoy the recreational activities available in western mountains of Maine are very excited about the continuing support from so many people to make this happen,” says Peter Smith. “Our vision includes a world class mountain bike trail network for riders of all ability levels who wish to explore the vast wilderness and beauty of this very special region.”
 
Since 2011, CRNEMBA has collaborated with the Town of Carrabassett Valley, Maine Huts & Trails, and other partners to create a world-class mountain bike trail system that puts the Carrabassett area on the national stage as mountain biking destination. As of the end of 2014 there are approximately 77 miles of mountain bike specific trail serving all levels of riders in the Carrabassett Region. This includes almost 23 miles of brand new machine and hand built singletrack, purpose built for mountain biking. Over 4700 hours of volunteer labor and over $323,000 have thus far been invested into the trail system.
 
The Carrabassett Mountain Bike Trail Network currently includes two separate and connected trail “pods”. These pods are located at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center (Pod One) with 35 miles of mountain bike specific trails and Campbell Field Trail Head (Pod Two) with 42 miles of mountain bike specific trails. These pods are linked by introductory level mountain bike trail known as the Route 27 Connector Trail.
 
The LL Bean Grant will be combined with additional funds provided by CRNEMBA and the Town of Carrabassett Valley to provide $130,000 for investment in mountain bike trail development in Pod Two, or the Campbell Field Trail Head during 2015-2016.
 
These funds will be utilized to create several new mountain bike specific trails, including a new, multi-use trail to the Maine Huts & Trails Stratton Brook Hut for use by both mountain bike riders and Nordic skiers. Plans call for adding up to 12 miles of trail in the Campbell Field Trail Head project. 
 
Mac McKeever, spokesperson for LL Bean, said “LL Bean is very pleased to support the project to develop a mountain bike destination in the Carrabassett Valley area.”
 
The Town of Carrabassett Valley has also received a $35,000 grant for mountain bike trail construction at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center from the State of Maine through the Recreational Trails Program Grant. Coupled with matching funds from the Town and other sources, there will be approximately $107,000 available for investment in mountain bike trail construction at the Outdoor Center for 2015-2016, which is expected to add 5.5 miles to the mountain bike trail network.
 

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Jugtown Forest, Casco

80 Edes Falls Rd
Casco  Maine  04015
United States

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Description

Hancock Lumber owns just over 5000 acres of land in the towns of Casco, Naples and Otisfield.  The land is laced with trails. These trails are open to all kinds of trail based recreation including mountain biking, hiking, AVTs, dog walkers and other nature lovers.

The trails are all interconnected ranging from .1 to 1.3 miles in length. It's confusing, but with a little exploration, you will begin to link your favorite trails together and create some very nice rides. The trails are marked. So travel with the map to orient yourself.

Most of the trails are in great condition though in wetter seasons you will encounter some mud. In all you'll find just over 18 miles of enjoyable, convoluted, interesting trails.



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Highwater Trail Loop, Bethel

State Rd 113
Bethel  Maine  04217
United States

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Description

Starting from the Hasting Plantation parking area on Wild River Road The Highwater Trail "Loop" offers two completely different riding experiences.

On the South side of the river you follow a graded dirt road, Wild River Road until you get to a bridge across the river at Moriah Brook. 

Crosing Wild River there you return on a difficult singletrack trail, the Highwater Trail, with more than a few hike-a-bike sections. This should be attempted by strong experienced riders.

Do both and you'll be riding for about 15 miles. Although if the Highwater Trail is too difficult you can shortcut the hard stuff by crossing the river. (That's best done in the summer when the COLD water is lower.)

After you cross into New Hampshire you'll be in the White Mountain National Forest and indeed Wild River Road leads to Wild River Campground where one could camp if they desired.

This ride, on either side, of the river is very scenic. You'll probably see no one save for a few vehicles on Wild River Road or the occasional fisherman.  I suggest bringing extra food and plenty of water if you try to do both "sides" of the loop. Read more about Highwater Trail Loop, Bethel

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Narrow Gauge Pathway, Carrabassett Valley

3209 Carrabassett Dr
Carrabassett Valley  Maine  04947
United States

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Moderate

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Description

The Narrow Gauge Pathway is a non-motorized point to point trail. At 6 miles in length there's a gradual uphill if you start at the Town offices near the Library. The trail links with other trails that give one a more challenging down hill ride back to the start.

The Pathway is a great first introduction to Carrabassett Valley. It's very scenic and great for families with young children.


A non-motorized use trail. Choose to start at one of the approved parking trailheads, Campbell Field, the Anti Gravity Center, or the Carrabassett Valley Town Park. The trail is approximately (6 miles) with a gradual increase in grade from the southernmost trailhead, the Carrabassett Town Office. Both Campbell Field & the Anti-Gravity Center trailheads provide a relaxing down hill ride, with a more challenging return ride. Picnic areas are located along the trail for your convenience. Please be respectful of all public and private lands in Carrabassett Valley by cleaning up after your pets, carry in/carry out. Bikers please yield to Pedestrians. Click here to download Narrow Gauge Pathway map:

But don't think of this trail as only a straight line on an abandoned railroad bed. It's much more than that. Yes it's flat, or gently sloping, BUT leading off it are a growing number of easy to difficult purpose built mountain bike singletracks. Among these are the Grassy Loops, Camel Humps, Sargent's and Caboose and more as yet unnamed trails are under construction right now.  Read more about Narrow Gauge Pathway, Carrabassett Valley

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Maine Huts & Trails, Carrabassett Valley

1001-1005 Houston Brook Rd
Carrabassett Valley  Maine  04947
United States

(207) 265-2400

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Description

Maine Huts & Trails is an ambitious project. A 180 mile network of trails and huts that will eventually start in Bethel and end in Rockwood. The plan includes 12 wilderness huts to be located about 14 miles apart. 

Currently you can start exploring over 50 miles of the system starting in Carrabasset Valley. Many of the huts are surrounded by good trail systems so extended daily riding explorations are always an option.

For more information go to their website.

Hut-to-Hut Loop
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Start/End: Huston Brook Trailhead (by the airport)
Ride Time: 4-6 hours
Overview: This loop ride will take you to two of the Maine Huts & Trails backcountry huts. These facilities, which are a unique aspect of biking in the Carrabassett Valley region, serve snacks and beverages through much of the season and offer a place to rest and refill water containers. Do one or both individual loops in this figure-eight ride.
Loop: Proceed across the bridge from the trailhead and turn left on Houston Brook Road. In a very short distance, head right on the CRNEMBA Trail (302). Cross the Carriage Road to Poplar Stream Trail (304) proceed up, up, and up to the Poplar Steam Falls Hut. Don’t fret if you have to walk the steepest sections –you are not the first to do so. Rest up at the hut and then proceed down the hut access road to the Sticky Trail (305). Don’t worry; it was not named for sticky mud. Enjoy the rolling single track and fantastic views to the Carriage Road. Turn left back down into the Valley and right back onto the CRNEMBA Trail (302). You can stop at your car for supplies and then head up the Narrow Gage (200) or the Caboose (209) to the Bypass Trail (307) to Cromits Overlook (309). After a long steady climb, turn right on Newton’s Revenge for a short and steadier climb to Stratton Brook Hut. Enjoy the views and get refreshed because the ride down Oak Knoll (310) will be a treat you’ll not soon forget. Exit Oak Knoll to the right on the bottom section of Newton’s and reconnect with the Narrow Gage. Enjoy the bliss with an easy ride down the Narrow Gage or sample the many short single track trails that loop off the Narrow Gage. Right at the bridge and back to your car. Head to The Rack or one of the other area restaurants for a much deserved beer and meal. Read more about Maine Huts & Trails, Carrabassett Valley

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Carrabassett Valley Overview

5092 Access Rd
Carrabassett  Maine  04947
United States
Outdoor Center is across Rte 27.

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The Mountain Bike Trail Network in the Carrabassett Region is located primarily within the Town of Carrabassett Valley, Maine adjacent the Sugarloaf Mountain Resort, a well-known mecca for winter sports enthusiasts.  Driving time from Portland, Maine is 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Carrabassett Region NEMBA, in collaboration with the Town of Carrabassett Valley and Maine Huts & Trails, has created a two pod mountain bike trail system in the Carrabassett Valley area. The Carrabassett Region offers over 77 miles of mountain bike specific trail, approximately 22 miles of which are new or completely rebuilt trails. The riding options are a treat for all rider abilities:

Summer and winter trails conditions are located here.

          • The Narrow Gauge Pathway (Beginner) provides over 6 miles of riding on a smooth crushed gravel surface that hugs the rugged Carrabassett River following an old railroad bed. many small singletracks like Crockertown, Camel Humps and Caboose loop off the railbed. Riding this complex in the eastern direction makes them all downhills.

          • The Route 27 Connector and Snail Trail (Beginner) provide a gradual incline single track also with crushed gravel surface that connects the Campbell Field Trailhead to the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center; 

          • The Oak Knoll Trail (Intermediate) is a 3 mile single track with amazing flow and spectacular mountain views that connects the Maine Hut & Trail Stratton Brook Hut with the Campbell Field Trail Head;

          • TOAD and Buckshot (Intermediate) offer over 2 miles of flowy single track that is as much fun to climb as it is to ride downhill;


Pod One: Sugarloaf Outdoor Center (35 miles of trail)
The primary hub of the mountain bike trail network is located at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center off Route 27, approximately 1 mile south of the Sugarloaf Mountain Resort Access Road. Here you will find parking, trail maps, Carrabassett Valley Bike, and a bike wash station. Carrabassett Valley Bike offers bike rentals, bike repair, and knowledgeable advice on area riding.

Pod Two: Campbell Field Trail Head (42 miles of trail)
The Campbell Field Trail Head also offers parking, a trail head kiosk with maps and signage. Access to the Campbell Field Trail Head is also located off Route 27 via a gravel road entrance approximately 500 feet south of the access road to the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center.

Below are suggested riding loops. Please consult the trail map before you depart and bring it with you.

Round the Pond
Level: Beginner
Start/End: Sugarloaf Outdoor Center
Ride Time: 20-30 minutes

Overview: This introductory ride is perfect for the brand new rider who is getting the feel of a mountain bike. It circumnavigates the pond at the Outdoor Center, has very little climbing, offers a smooth tread and some great views.

Loop: From the Outdoor Center start West (to the right looking at the pond) on Moose Bog Loop (103). Stay on the tread around the pond to the carriage road and head left back to the Outdoor Center.

Grassy Loop Excursion
Level: Beginner
Start/End: Sugarloaf Outdoor Center
Ride Time: 60-90 minutes

Overview: This loop will give a dose of twisty, turny trails through the woods, some views of the Carrabassett River and some open single track with great flow. This is a great option once you’ve mastered the basics.

Loop: Across the parking lot from the Outdoor Center find the Snail Trail Loop (101). Start around in either direction but take the Route 27 Connector (102) across Route 27 (use caution crossing the road). You are now located at the Campbell Field Trail Head. Proceed over the bridge and left on the Narrow Gage (200). Old Gage Trail (204) cuts the corner and gets you into the woods. Proceed on the Narrow Gage and around the Grassy Loops (201). There is an inner and outer loop to explore. Return to the Outdoor Center via the Narrow Gage, Route 27 Connector and Snail Trail.


Jabba the Hut
Level: Intermediate
Start/End; Sugarloaf Outdoor Center
Ride Time: 60-90 minutes
 
Overview: This loop includes fun and moderately challenging single track riding that dances in and out of the dense woods and includes well defined crushed stone single track on existing Nordic ski trail corridors. Near the Nordic Center Warming Hut you will find some spectacular views of the Bigelow Mountain Range.
 
Loop: Leave the Outdoor Center heading west on the gravel road (also identified as ski trail no. 1) for about one mile. Look for a trail marker on your left identifying mountain bike trail no. 110 (Jabba the Hut). A this point, the trail is well-defined single track that takes you to the Warming Hut, which is a small log cabin building. Follow 110 across the gravel road following a defined tread of crushed stone within the ski trail. The defined tread of crushed stone will identify Jabba the Hut on this loop for all sections in the ski trail corridor. Single Track sections that enter the woods are clearly identified by both the tread and signage. You will encounter five additional sections of riding on this loop that have single track riding within the woods. Jabba the Hut will eventually intersect with the Moose Bog Loop (103) which joins Jabba the Hut from the left. Continue on Jabba the Hut on the defined tread with crushed gravel surface until you reach First Tracks (104). Follow First Tracks to where it rejoins Moose Bog Loop (103) and follow Moose Bog Loop back to the Outdoor Center.

 

Maine Huts & Trails
Maine Huts and Trails is an ambitious project. Eventually it will be a 180 mile network of trails and huts starting in Bethel and ending in Rockwood. The plan includes 12 wilderness huts to be located about 14 miles apart. 

You can begin exploring over 50 miles of the system starting in Carrabasset Valley. Many of the huts are surrounded by good trail systems so extended daily riding explorations are always an option.


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Riding in the Carrabassett Valley region is a visit to the wilderness, a chance to know it more intimately. Only here can you get on a dirt trail, cross a single paved road, and spend hours without seeing a car, while winding in and out of single track, double track and quiet logging roads with sweeping views.

The mountain views, the sounds of the rivers, the feel of vast timberland all around you slow down your mind even as your companions pick up the pace. The vast unspoiled mountain land is a big reason riders travel here.


Many loops start and finish at the Outdoors Center where not only new beginner and intermediate trails, but also steep and rock-laden singletrack is close at hand. The original singletrack that hugs the Carrabassett River is among the most popular. 

By Diedre Flemming & Peter Smith
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Bethel Area

  • Bethel Area NEMBA:

    The Bethel area has a large number of mountain bikers and outdoor enthusiasts, along with a local business climate committed to creating four season activities that will bring visitors to the area year round.  The initial interest in creating an NEMBA chapter is high, and everyone recognizes the benefits of joining NEMBA as a way to create structure and legitimacy for our trail building organization. 

    On April 13, 2011 we held a scoping meeting to determine the level of interest within the community.  On an email and word of mouth campaign of only a few days I was shocked to find 21 people attending the first meeting.  At that meeting a board of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer was voted on and plans for summer trail work was discuss.  Word of mouth has continued to spread and we now have over 40 people that have asked us to put them on the contact list.

    Leadership:

    A chapter board and succession plan has been developed.  As the organization grows we plan on also developing committees to help organizes events such as trail building, races and group rides. 

    Projects:

    Gould Academy:

    Gould Academy in Bethel has developed roughly five miles of singletrack on their Nordic ski trails.  An additional mile has been flagged and is ready to cut, along with plans to build a pump track and technical features.  Gould’s trails will be used as our showcase network, particularly as a way to show how Nordic and mountain bike trails can work together within a managed timber forest.  


    Mt. Abram Ski Resort:

    Permission has been granted to the group to cut cross-country mountain bike trails at Mt. Abram in Greenwood.  Trail ideas have been flagged and cutting began May 7th on the first loop.  Mt. Abram’s owner, Matt Hancock is very interested in creating a multi-use trail from Mt. Abram to Bethel.  This multi-use trail would then connect the Gould single track and the Mt. Abram single track. 

    Sunday River Ski Resort:

    Sunday River currently runs and maintains a lift access downhill mountain bike park.  Mountain management has shown interest in allowing another organization to develop more cross-country trails on the resort’s property, which extends far beyond the ski trails.  In particular toward the Frenchman’s Hole area to the northwest and the large area of Maine public reserve land surrounding Grafton Notch State Park.  The forester for this region’s reserve land has already begun to work with local Nordic skiers to develop a new forest management plan that includes more non-motorized trail construction.  Bethel NEMBA will lobby for singletrack trail construction also. 

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