CCC Perimeter Path
For Pete's Sake
.5 miles, beginner
A mellow, scenic trail with minimal elevation and some historic interest connects the miles of single-track riding in Moose Brook State Park with the Presidential Rail Trail and beyond. This connector makes it possible to link several different trail systems in town without riding on public roads.
From Moose Brook State Park picnic area ride the trail to the swimming pool. Cross a bridge over a stone-lined canal and stay left towards the pool outlet and beach. Keeping the beach on your right, follow a grassy lane to a gate and a crossing of Jimtown Road. Directly across you will see a sign for the Hinchey Trail. Ride into a mixed hardwood forest and wind your way to a long, beaver dam crossing with open pond-turned-meadow on your right. Enter a dark, yet open stand of softwood, skirt the edge of a local’s dirt-bike track (keep right) and begin a mellow ascent on an abandoned roadbed along a finely crafted rock wall, remnants of the Civilian Conservation Corps. When the trail splits stay left to finish Hinchey trail and access the Presidential Rail Trail. The right-hand option will take you to the Lost Campground Loop, a 1 mile side trip that is well worth the short, graded climb.
*From Moose Brook State Park: park in the center lane of the picnic area and follow signs to the swimming pool at the far end. A small day use fee may be paid at the park office or in the iron ranger located at the entrance to the picnic area.
*From Jimtown Road: park in the small pullout on the left <.25mi from Rt. 2, adjacent to the Presidential Rail Trail.
.5 miles, beginner
This loop trail, built in 2016 and jointly funded by the Tillotson Fund and the New England Environment Grassroots Fund, explores an otherwise unused area of MBSP. With a straightforward ascent to a small plateau – the former site of an abandoned Civilian Conservation Corps campground – and a swoopy, rideable descent, Lost Campground’s smooth trail bed and manageable features make this a perfect loop for beginners.
From the Hinchey junction, head uphill through oaks and fir on smooth single track built into a well-graded, abandoned road bed. On your right, you’ll notice an intersection where the end of the loop trail returns to the main stem. We recommend you ride the loop clockwise, so continue straight up! The climb tops out within .2 miles, skirting an upturned tree.
Descend .3 miles over playful, non-technical trail. Flowing through the trees, and impeded by few roots and rocks, the rideable down swings through sweeping turns, rolling lumps, and zippy curves before depositing you back on the main access trail.
*From Presidential Rail Trail: head up Hinchey trail 50 feet to a signed junction on an old road bed; go left.
*From MBSP: on Jimtown Rd, find the Hinchey trailhead; ride approximately .5 miles to a signed junction; proceed straight up the hill.
Old River Road
1.0 miles, beginner
A fast swoopy trail through open new growth woods, Pumphouse track rides well in both directions. The nearly level grade and dirt treadway make this an ideal beginner ride. Pumphouse also serves as a single track connector between the multi-modal and Pine Mountain trails and downtown Gorham via Bellevue Rd.
From the multi-modal trail, find single tracking heading east on the south side of the Moose River bridge. Enter into a mixed hardwood and softwood stand with the river on your left. You’ll find fast and flowy tread through the woods. After veering right at a paper birch, there’s the short downhill; be prepared for some slightly more technical turns, lumps and bumps at the bottom. The trail continues through open and shady new growth forest carpeted with ferns. A (usually) dry Moose River overflow channel will be on your left, until the main channel rejoins the river bed. Go past a small bog on your right, home to some large hophornbeam, as well as brown ash trees. Exit under the apple tree arch to the powerline cut, veer south through the grass to Bellevue Road and the pumphouse.
*From Rt 2 parking: carefully cross highway and head south on the multi-modal 1/10 mile. Directly south of the bridge across the Moose River, find Pumphouse single track heading east (Pine Mountain Loop heads west).
*From Bellevue Rd: at the red brick pumphouse, follow single track north-east on the powerline cut, in 1/10 mile veer west under an apple tree arch to the wooded trail.