On Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 5 p.m., Coastal Mountains Land Trust and the Midcoast Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association will officially open the first segment of the Round the Mountain Trail available for mountain bike use on Ragged Mountain. Riders are invited to celebrate the completion of this new trail by joining leaders from the land trust and McNEMBA for a group ride.

The new trail brings the total length of trail available on the land trust’s Ragged Mountain Preserve for mountain bike use to three miles. Accessed via the main parking lot at the Camden Snow Bowl, the trail was constructed over the course of the past year through the collective efforts of volunteers from the land trust, mountain bike club, and a crew hired from the Maine Conservation Corps. Financial support for the project was provided by the Maine Community Foundation, the Land for Maine’s Future Program and the Maine Recreational Trails Program.

For the land trust, the completion of the trail marks the first time it has planned and developed a mountain bike trail on its property. The project has been made possible through a close collaboration with McNEMBA with whom the land trust maintains a trail license agreement for maintenance and management of the trail. Mountain bike riders are asked to keep in mind that the trail is also open for hikers and should therefore yield to foot traffic. Given that the trail has also been made possible through the generosity of several private landowners, across whose land the trail crosses, users are asked to stay on trail at all times and respect the privacy and property of the landowners.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust has been working since 1986 to permanently protect land to benefit the natural and human communities of the western Penobscot Bay region. The land trust has protected almost 9,000 acres to date.

McNEMBA is a chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable trail access for mountain bicyclists, and to maintaining the trails on which mountain bikers ride. NEMBA supports the conservation of open spaces and is committed to educating mountain bicyclists to ride sensitively and responsibly in order to protect the natural environment and the experience of other trail users.