Mountain biking (including winter mountain biking) is permitted on all MH&T trails except Hemlock. Most MH&T trails are fairly flat with no significant elevation changes, this makes the riding suitable for bikers of all skill levels. Mountain bikes with knobby tires are essential on MH&T trails. Hybrid bikes are not suitable on MH&T trails. We also suggest taking a moment to read our blog entry on the subject of Mountain Biking the Maine Huts & Trails System it includes important information including trail closures and inaccessible routes.
Best Riding Conditions
Generally, and unless posted otherwise, trails are open for riding from mid-June to late-October.
It is possible to bike hut-to-hut between all huts, however, we do not recommend biking from Grand Falls to West Forks.
Hybrid bikes can be used on nearby beginner routes including the Narrow Gauge Trail, Carriage Road, Long Falls Dam Road and hut service roads (call for information, not marked on map)
Recommended nearby mountain biking can be found at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center (beginner to advanced) and Stratton Brook Trail (intermediate), Narrow Gauge Trail (beginner), Carriage Road (beginner) It is possible to bike to these locations. Vehicle drive time to Outdoor Center: 15 minutes from Poplar trailhead; 30 minutes from Flagstaff trailhead.
Rentals are available at the Carrabassett Valley Bike Shop (207) 671-3560.
Maine Huts & Trails Biking Rules
In addition to commonly understood rules of the road, we also wish to emphasize the following points when using the Maine Huts & Trails system:
- Please adhere to posted signage along the system indicating areas open/appropriate for biking and those that are closed to bikes.
- Control your bike and ride responsibly.
- Always yield. Hikers have the right of way. When approaching from the rear, slow down and announce your presence. Pass slowly and safely.
- Please dismount and walk (or carry) your bike through wet areas.
- When riding on gravel roads use caution and watch for oncoming vehicles.