Land trust, Snow Bowl open new hiking trails
Camden — Coastal Mountains Land Trust and the Camden Snow Bowl will co-host a trail opening on Ragged Mountain Saturday, Oct. 15, at 10:30 a.m. at the Camden Snow Bowl.
Landon Fake, Snow Bowl General Manager, and Jackie Stratton, CMLT’s Stewardship Project Manager, will lead the 3.4-mile inaugural hike, which will take approximately 1.5 hours. Hikers can meet at the Snow Bowl’s A-Frame, which will be open for a pancake breakfast, fall chairlift rides and a trail ribbon cutting.
Hikers will now have access to the summit of Ragged Mountain from the Camden Snow Bowl on two new trails. The Snow Bowl’s parking lot serves as a popular trailhead for many types of recreation, from which bikers, hikers, and trail runners can access more than 16 miles of trails on the Town of Camden land and Coastal Mountains Land Trust preserves.
The two new trails, the Red Diamond and the Hosmer Brook Trail, allow visitors to make a loop from the Snow Bowl to the summit and back, linking through the existing Georges Highland Path, managed by Georges River Land Trust. The Red Diamond trail begins just uphill and to the right of the lodge and weaves hikers and bikers through ski trails, winter glades, and rocky outcroppings, continuing through the forest to the summit three-tenths of a mile above the top of the triple chairlift. It then continues one-tenth of a mile to intersect the Georges Highland Path. Hikers are treated to views of the surrounding area throughout the entire hike.
The Hosmer Brook Trail shares the same start, just uphill and to the right of the lodge, and follows the tree line up the far-right Spinnaker ski trail. The trail heads into the woods, and slowly climbs 1,000 feet to connect with the Georges Highland Path, which runs along the ridge. Only hiking and snow shoeing are allowed on the Hosmer Brook trail and the GHP.
“The addition of these two trails will continue to establish the Snow Bowl as a four-season outdoor facility. The Snow Bowl will also serve as the main trailhead for Coastal Mountains Land Trust’s planned Round the Mountain trail, a 7-mile multi-use trail system circling Ragged Mountain. We look forward to working with the Land Trust on that important initiative," Fake said in a news release.
The Camden Snow Bowl is a community ski area owned and operated by the Town of Camden. It has just completed a major redevelopment of its ski terrain, lifts, and snowmaking system. Of the $6.5 million project cost, 75 percent has been in the form of private donations and 25 percent funded by a municipal bond. The goal of the redevelopment is to create a facility that serves as a magnet for four-season recreation in Maine’s Midcoast.