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12. Spanker Trail

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Ascends the second half of the mountain, very difficult rocks and roots with switchbacks.


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Map Key

0.7

Miles

1.2

KM

Singletrack

927' 283 m

High

505' 154 m

Low

422' 129 m

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Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

20%

Max Grade (12°)

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Description

Through the 2012 maps, Spanker was part of Pitch Pole, which was very close to a full loop running from halfway up the mountain to the top of the lift and then halfway back down. To avoid confusion, Spanker is now the name of the section on the right (north) side that most riders do in the up direction. It was built by bikers to reach the top of the chairlift. It is both aerobically and technically challenging with rocks, roots and some steep but short pitches.

It begins a bit less than halfway up the hill where Keelhaul turns across the mountain. The location can be easy to lose your bearings on, as several old trails still exist. Most rides of Spanker involve coming up via Jibe and Keelhaul, so if you simply keep switchbacking up the mountain, you'll eventually move from Keehaul to Spanker. If you see the sign indicating the bottom of Dreadnought, you'll know you are now on the Spanker trail.

This is part of the "Race Course" climb, which starts with the first half of Jibe, continues on most of Keelhaul, and finishes with Spanker in its entirety.

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Ed Parrot

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Photos

Platform Jump near the top of Dreadnought Trail. Photo by Tanya Anders.
Aug 27, 2013 near Camden, ME
A placid entrance gives no hint of the berms and jumps that wait just around the corner.
Aug 27, 2013 near Camden, ME
Bridged Gully at the end of Keelhaul Trail at Camden Snow Bowl, where it meets Pitch Pole.
Sep 4, 2013 near Camden, ME
Tempest Trail on Camden Snow Bowl - do I take the jump or go around?
Sep 4, 2013 near Camden, ME

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