- Bond Brook Trails
- Double B
- Northern Exposure
- Quarry Trails
- Six Back
- Works Trail
- Bluff Trail
- Old Logging Road
- Rock Garden
- Ridge Trail
- Split Rock Trail
- Wannabe – Biker’s Halfpipe
- Columbine Trail
- Logging Connector
- Summit Trail
- Nordic Ski Trails
- Jim’s Trail
- Bill’s Trail
- Sprint Loop
- Leif’s Loop
- Dave’s Loop
- Old Logging Road, skiing
- The Groomer’s Way
- Beginner’s Loop
- Blue Course
- Red Course
- Gold Course
Bond Brook Trails
Mountain Bike Trail at Bond Brook
Description and Location
Bond Brook Recreation Area is a 270 acre urban wilderness area owned by and within the City of Augusta. Roughly six miles of single track trails for mountain biking, walking and snowshoeing along with five miles of Nordic ski trails have been developed to date. The single tracks can be ridden in either direction but remember to yield to walkers or uphill travelers. The Nordic ski trails are groomed in the winter and are one way for safety. Also please do not walk, snowshoe or bike on the groomed ski track. Please refer to the master map below for signpost locations. Not all signposts have been placed, however.
Trail Etiquette for Cross-Country Skiers
- All groomed ski trails are one way trails for safety – please ski in the indicated direction.
- Don’t ski on closed trails or foot trails.
- Do not obstruct ski trails or intersections.
- When stopped, step to the side, out of tracks.
- Yield the trail to skiers that overtake you from behind.
- If you fall, move off the track as quickly as possible.
- Know the trail difficulty symbols and ski within your abilities.
- Skate skiers should stay off classic tracks.
- Jim’s Trail, Bill’s Trail and the Sprint Loop are one-way trails unless marked – please ski in the direction of travel.
- Please: no walking, pets or snowshoes on Jim’s Trail or Bill’s Trail.
- These trails are not patrolled and grooming operations may occur at any time.
Trail Etiquette for Snowshoers
- Please no walking or snowshoeing on the groomed ski trails.
- Give skiers the right of way when on mixed-use trails.
- Pets are allowed on snowshoe trails but must be on a leash.
(T6 – N9, 0.33 mi)
Named for Brian Beneski and Brian Alexander who were the pioneers of its creation, this trail leads down the eastern face of the hill in a series of switchbacks with two banked turns built on an old dirt berm. A variation rides the dirt berm between the two banked turns! The total descent on this trail is 100 feet. The trail can exit at the Groomer’s Way but most will continue straight to the Works Trail.
(J2 – J3 via Jim’s Trail, 0.8 mi)
This first of the western side trails first leaves the stadium area on Jim’s Trail and turns onto single track at J2. A level trail for the most part, there are some technical challenges to improve skills. The single track rejoins Jim’s Trail at J3 and one can return to the stadium at the powerline or continue on the Nordic network through the chicane turns to meet either the Ridge Trail at M3 or Split Rock Trail at M4. A connector to Tall Pines Way has been started to access this trail directly.
(T5 – T6, 0.43 mi) This series of trails leads north from the cemetery toward the major single tracks on the eastern face of the hill in BBRA. One starts out on a gravel road servicing the airport towers and go left onto the single track just after one begins to climb. The trail rides first above the rock face and then drops 80 feet to ride below it. After a serpentine track to test your turning skills, you will descend to cross the groomer’s way and the climb to the trailhead at the water towers. From here the Summit Trail or the Double “B” begins. Two additional trails await the expert rider. The first leaves directly out of the cemetery parking lot and climbs to the part of the old quarry on public land (please obey the private property signs). A variety of ledges and other obstacles can challenge the rider before leaving the quarry to rejoin the main trail. The second known as the Double Diamond drops straight down the rock face and then winds through the rocks and rubble of the quarry before finishing at a small powerline. One can climb the powerline or proceed through the scrub forest and exit west of the Parks and Recreation garage. Straight ahead across the paved water tower access road is Groomer’s Way to the Works Trail.
(T1 – T5, 0.55 mi)
This southernmost trail leads east out of the stadium and climbs the 200 ft open slope to the cemetery parking lot. Look for the two bamboo poles marking the entrance to the woods east of the stadium. After a small stream crossing, the trail skirts the ski trail to begin the serpentine climb up to the water towers and parking lot. Six switchbacks later you have reached the plateau above the stadium and on to the parking lot or Quarry Trails. Riding downhill, one will enjoy the banked turns on the switchbacks.
(N9 – C3, 0.64 mi)
Named for the adjacent John Charest Augusta Public Works complex, this trail leads down the powerline and through a series of gullies before entering the woods and heading out a series of spurs that drop directly to Bond Brook below. Several of the spurs have nearly vertical walls adding a dimension of visual intimidation to the riding. After riding four of the spurs the trail finishes on the Old Logging Road, an extension of the Groomer’s Way and part of the Nordic ski trail network.
Old Logging Road
(C3 – A2, 0.43 mi)
Easy riding comes on the Old Logging Road. This double track trail follows the contour along the north end of the trail network, staying above Bond Brook. In winter, portions of the trail are used for two of the ski trails coming down from the higher trails. The trail is an extension of the Groomer’s Way and can be reached from Augusta Public Works on this trail. Split Rock Trail is the usual access or exit on the western end.
(B1 – M4, 0.4 mi)
The Ridge Trail climbs up the Sprint Loop ski trail behind the stadium and becomes single track at the M1 post on the powerline. It leads down this ridge crossing Jim’s Trail, another ski trail, and descends into the valley. After crossing the stream, one can exit to Jim’s Trail and climb up to the junction with Split Rock Trail at M4 or one can traverse to the ridgeline and meet Split Rock Trail as well. The last part is usually ridden in the downhill direction and enters the Land of Make Believe, for which this trail segment is named. One can exit to the ski trail and head up the Chicane turns or cross the bridge to the Ridge Trail itself.
Split Rock Trail
(A3 – M4 – M8, 0.5 mi)
This trail gets its name from the large glacial erratic that one rides by and is a major connector between the summit and the western trails. At its northern terminus, the trail leaves the Old Logging Road to ride a new section on the bluff before crossing several ski trails. It then climbs 200 ft to the summit area on the powerline. The M4 post is a reference point for exiting out to the west towards the stadium area. Alternatively, in riding from the top one has a long flowing descent from the summit to either the western or northern exit. Many consider this to be one of the best trail segments in the East.
Wannabe – Biker’s Halfpipe
(M8 – B2, 0.4 mi)
This trail does not “wannabe” anything but a fast rolling downhill culminating in 180o turns on the walls of the halfpipe. The trail leaves the summit trailhead at Bikers Paradise and descends first in the powerline and then in the woods to arrive at the head of a natural U-shaped bowl. The ride then descends this bowl in a series of six turns on either wall of the bowl and then exits out to the sand bridge. Alternatively one can exit out to the Vortex turns of the ski trail and down another valley riding the Nordic Halfpipe before exiting to either the sand bridge or the stadium area.
Conceived as an uphill climb to the more established trails, Insulator leaves Bills Trail just after the sand bridge, the trail runs adjacent to the powerline in a series of switchbacks to finish at the granite bench at Bikers Paradise. Junctions with Split Rock and the Rock Garden Trails are possible at the stone wall.
(M9 – M8, 0.25 mi)
This first of the BBRA mountain bike trails leaves the Water Tower Trail to climb to and then ride around the southern summit in BBRA. It shares this summit with the high point of the Nordic ski network providing for an easier ride on the summit then finishes at the Columbine Trail near the summit trailhead.
Nordic Ski Trails
The Nordic ski trails are the only designated ski network in the City. Designed to the standards of the International Ski Federation, they are 4 to 6 meters in width to allow both classic and skate skiing when conditions allow. Grooming is done when conditions permit by volunteers using both a snowmobile and Pisten Bully. Because of the need to maintain a level ski surface, snowshoeing, biking and walking are not permitted on the groomed surface. Furthermore the trails are one way for safety as speeds in excess of 25 mph can easily be achieved in the downhill descents.
Jim’s Trail (Stadium – J1 thru J10, 2.5 km, 1.6 m) – Named for Jim McCarron by his family and friends for the fun and happiness he brought into people’s lives, it is the first half of the 5K blue and red ski courses. After leaving the stadium it climbs a short hill and the loop through the softwood forest before returning to the powerline above the stadium. The trail weaves through the tall pines and hemlocks as it descends to the brook through the Chicane. It then begins first a longer climb and descent before recrossing the brook. Two short but steeper climbs bring one back to the stadium. The Plateau Loop, the Ridge Trail and Split Rock Trail all cross Jim’s Trail and the Logging Road can be accessed to ride the Works Trail as well. The Sprint Loop also uses the same start and several sections of this trail as well. The trail is marked with blue blazes.
It doubles back on itself and offers peeks of other trails in a way that is magical.
Access is from the bowl.
(Stadium – B1 thru B10, 2.5 km, 1.6 mi) – This trail completes the second half of the 5K Blue Course. It descends quickly and then begins a nearly 50m climb to the top of the northern summit in BBRA. After a short break it climbs a second time to reach the southern summit and then descends into the “vortex” that culminates in the Nordic halfpipe – a wall to wall to wall descent down a narrow valley. The Sprint Loop enters from the right and they both climb the steeper FIS hill. After a quick descent, the trail enters the eastern end of the stadium and has one final short descent and climb to the finish zone. The Split Rock and Summit Trails all cross Bill’s Trail on the higher slopes and the Six Back Trail crosses near the stadium. The blazes on Bill’s Trail are burnt orange.
(T1 – J1 – K1 – J4 – J9 – B1 – B2 – B9 – B10 – T1, 1.5K, 0.95 mi) –
This trail starts with Jim’s Trail but climbs directly up the powerline to meet Jim’s again. After a quick descent from one part of Jim’s Trail to another, it finally leaves altogether to descend to a small brook. The first and shorter of the steeper climbs follows. The climb is finished when you can overlook the stadium but the view is quick as you descend to meet Bill’s Trail on its descent out of the stadium. You leave Bill’s Trail as it starts the big climb and scoot over to the bottom of the halfpipe. Both trails now climb the FIS hill, the second and longer of the two required climbs for the sprint course. Another descent returns you to the stadium and into the finish loop.
(K2 – A1 thru A4, 1.2 km, .08 mi)
this loop trail extends Jim’s trail by 1.2 km. It leaves Jim’s Trail at 1.5K (K2) and descends to the logging road, soon leaving to begin a long climb up north side of the hill and then winds around a plateau before descending back to Jim’s Trail. It connects with Dave’s Loop at C1 to form a third 2.5 K ski loop as well. This short loop has the distinction of having the toughest long climb off the logging road as well as the most enjoyable descent back to Jim’s Trail. Purple blazes are not complete for Leif’s Loop.
(K4 – C1 thru C5, 1.3 km, 0.8 mi)
This trail extends Bill’s Trail to a 3.75 km loop leaving Bill’s Trail at the powerline (K4) and follows the bluff of the northern summit and then descends via three hairpin turns to reach the logging road. This section is also called the North Ridge Descent. After a fairly flat traverse – the only flat ski trail there is at BBRA – you begins a long climb back to the Bill’s Trail rejoining it just past the powerline. With the final portion of the climb on Bill’s Trail, this climb, known as Dave’s climb, is the longest in BBRA. It also has the distinction of steadily increasing its slope as one climbs it. The Works, Double B and the Quarry Trails all cross or are nearby on this trail.
Old Logging Road, skiing
(A1 – M8 – A2 – C2 – M7 – C3 – M6 – T4, 1.1K, 0.75 mi)
The old logging road originally left Bond Brook and climbed up the north slope to travel to Augusta Public Works. The first part is unskiable at the present time and so the trail begins where Leifs Loop joins it and ends at the trailhead at APW. It is the flattest of the trails at BBRA and can be skied in both directions except when racing activities use portions of the trail. It is a multiuse trail as well as snowshoers can use the groomed trail. It is described in the single track section as well.
The Groomer’s Way
(1.2K, 0.8 mi)
This trail leaves Augusta Public Works and climbs up the waterline and along the water tower fence to the trailhead area at the cemetery. It then descends the airport access road to the stadium. An extension goes right just below the water tower to meet Bill’s Trail. By taking the halfpipe cutoff (B6) to the water district road (T6), the halfpipe can be avoided by this easier way back to the stadium. This trail also can be skied in both directions.
This first portion of Jim’s Trail is the easiest section for beginners. It follows Jim’s Trail until the power line where it turns right and returns to the stadium. This trail measures 1.1 km (0.7 mi) in length.
This course starts out on Jims Trail along with the blue course until 1.5K where it takes Leifs Loop to the logging road and up the long climb. It then switches to Daves Loop where it descends the North Ridge to the logging road and proceeds to climb back up Daves climb. A small section of Bills Trail is skied in reverse to pick up the start of Daves Loop at the powerline. The course then returns to Leifs Loop to rejoin Jims Trail and finish into the stadium. This course also meets international standards and is marked with red [5 KM] arrows.
This course utilizes all four of the Nordic ski trails. Beginning on Jims Trail, one skis to and completes Leifs Loop before rejoining and finishing Jims Trail to the stadium. Switching to Bills Trail, one skis to the powerline near the summit and turns onto Daves Loop. After skiing Daves Loop to completion, one completes the climb to the top and then descends through the halfpipe. One final climb on FIS hill and then a descent to the stadium completes the Gold course.