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Blackstrap Hill Preserve

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (5) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

One of the best downhill spots in the Greater Portland Area.


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Map Key

4.1

Miles

6.6

KM

100%

Singletrack

357' 109 m

High

67' 20 m

Low

541' 165 m

Up

541' 165 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

The park does have hunters in season.

Overview

One of my favorite rides to get up to the summit of Blackstrap Hill. Most of the uphill is taken care of right away and ends with downhill and singletrack that follows the river. The ride is mostly heading up to the summit and then tearing back down.

There is a nice little waterfall on the way and a pretty decent jump towards the beginning. Once at the summit, there are a few options to head back down with trail maps at most of the intersections to direct you.

The Black Trail is the most challenging downhill with plenty of jumps, drops, and rock gardens to traverse. The Red/Green Trail is a more mellow downhill with fewer obstacles but still challenging.

The trails tend to stay pretty wet so rocks can be slippery and various mud holes can be present.

Need to Know

There is a creek crossing at mile ~2.

Description

This ride starts in the parking lot off Hurricane Road in Falmouth. Blackstrap Trail heads up to the left side of a grassy area that turns left into the woods on a snowmobile trail. Take a left onto the Yellow Trail. This trail spits out into a sandpit but if you stay to the left you can avoid the sand and continue up. Then take a left on the Blue Trail.

Now starts the more downhill section. It has some challenging, steep uphills and a small river crossing that you can walk or ride across. On the long, flat downhill section towards the end, if you stay to the left there is a nice dip down then up that will launch you if you have speed.

Once back up to another snowmobile trail, turn right then left onto the Yellow Trail. This winds back and forth up to a little waterfall before continuing up the Yellow Trail to the summit. There is a map at the summit where multiple trails split off and head down the hill. The Black Trail is the most direct and challenging way down marked here, but the others are fun, too.

At the bottom of the hill, connect up with the Blue Trail to head back to the trailhead/parking lot. Blue is a flatter singletrack that follows the river with a few bridge crossings but a nice finish after the intense downhill.

Contacts

Local Club: GP NEMBA

Land Manager: Falmouth Land Trust

Shared By:

Eric Schnare

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Little waterfall
Aug 4, 2015 near Cumberl…, ME
Summit!!!
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Trail map in parking lot
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