CAMDEN – As part of Camden’s annual Ragged Mountain Festival on Sunday, Oct. 14, Coastal Mountains Land Trust and the Camden Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate the opening of the Gateway to Ragged and Bald Mountains.
A joint project of the two organizations, the goal of the Gateway is to expand recreational opportunities at the Camden Snow Bowl by providing public access to the larger Ragged and Bald mountains area which the Land Trust is working to conserve.
With its large parking area and other public facilities, the Snow Bowl will serve as the hub for numerous new hiking and mountain biking trails that explore these mountains.
The official opening will take place at the Snow Bowl at 1 p.m. with the unveiling of a new kiosk designed to provide visitors with information about the numerous trail opportunities which start from the facility’s parking lot. Maps and descriptions of new hiking and mountain bike trails open for public use will be posted on the kiosk.
Those interested in a walk are invited to join Coastal Mountain Land Trust’s Conservation Lands Manager, Ian Stewart, on a hike of the newly constructed Hosmer Brook Loop trail, which crosses the Snow Bowl property before rising to explore the headwaters of Hosmer Brook and Hosmer Pond on the Land Trust’s Ragged Mountain Preserve. The trail is 1.75 miles and moderate to strenuous in difficulty.