Interested in helping to create a new cross-country ski trail system that will connect to the Camden Snow Bowl? Enjoy mountain biking on Ragged Mountain? Want to help make a new hiking trail available for the community to enjoy? Consider joining Coastal Mountains Land Trust’s team of volunteers this fall as they begin work on the next phase of the Gateway to the Mountains trail system. Designed to provide expanded opportunities to access Ragged and Bald mountains from a central trailhead located at the town of Camden’s snow bowl facility, this project is a collaboration between Coastal Mountains Land Trust, the Ragged Mountain Recreation Area, and the Midcoast Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association.

The land trust is seeking volunteers interested in helping with hands-on trail construction work that will include cutting of a new trail, wooden stream crossings, and installation of drainage dips and other erosion control trail structures. Although volunteers will be needed throughout much of the fall, organizers are currently recruiting individuals who will be able to donate time on weekdays between Sept. 13 and Oct. 8. Volunteers will be invited to sign up for a specific shift during the week and will have the opportunity to work with a six-person crew from the Maine Conservation Corps that will be onsite during that time period.

Once completed, this new three-mile loop section of the Gateway trail system will provide a beautiful tour through the land trust’s Ragged Mountain holdings for hikers and mountain bikes in summer and Nordic skiers and snowshoers in winter. Given that the trail is designed to suit a broad range of uses, organizers believe that this project could become one their most important trail projects to date.

To get involved, contact Ian Stewart at 236-7091 or ians@coastalmountains.org. Volunteer information is also available at www.coastalmountains.org/get_involved/volunteer.html.