Explore the most popular cross country skiing trails in Maine with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This is a great, easy trail. One of our favorite places to hike.

12 days ago

We did this one in the fall as well, and it really is more easy than moderate. Snowshoes weren’t really necessary, because it is a snowmobile trail, and nicely packed. A couple of snowmobiles went by as we hiked, we simply stepped to the side and let them pass. I personally did not feel this took away from the hike in anyway. It is nearly mid March so the snow was on the softer side. I would recommend crampons, or any sort of traction device for the push up near the summit, it is not steep really, but still for safety, a good idea.

Really cool trail close to home. Old foundations, waterfall, beaver pond. And a large balancing rock. Trail marked (white ) after pond.

Great views for such a short hike.

Love the Northern Loop & Boundary trails. Varied forests & beautiful trails.

Kasey Marsters


19 days ago

I have done this walk many times over the years. The trail passes over family land. Love the river.

Took Lodge-to-Lodge trail south to the Gorman Chairback Lodge (from Little Lyford Lodge) as part of a lodge to lodge X/C ski weekend. A very nice trail and the conditions were perfect as it warmed up a bit. Stayed in one of the cabins down on the pond and had a great time at the Lodge. This place is wicked awesome!

cross country skiing
26 days ago

Did the AMC guided Lodge-to-Lodge nordic ski adventure this weekend. This first leg was from the AMC winter parking area via the Hedgehog Gate Trail to the Little Lyford Lodge. The snow was a bit stiff and icy on this day but the trail was awesome. There was hiking and snowshoeing opportunities on and around the frozen Lyford ponds near the lodge. Very awesome!

This is a wonderful urban trail system with well-marked trails of green, yellow, red and white markers. Portland Trails has done a great job marking and maintaining the trail (including pointing out what plants are invasive). There are several marked posts containing a number but I have yet to find what these numbers represent. Hopefully, someone will post what they represent. Dogs can run free once they get beyond 300 yards from the parking area.

26 days ago

Not challenging at all. Very disappointing. Pics made it look like you went to a top of a quarry. You don't. It's a loop around an old landfill and a tiny bit of woods to walk in. Basically an extension of the dog park.

Awesome place with a beautiful lake shore and not too crowded.

cross country skiing
28 days ago

A terrific trail over to the Little Lyford Lodge (we X/C skied). You have the initial downhill from the AMC winter parking area which can be hairy if it's icy but then the Hedgehog trail brings you into a wonderfully sublime forest. It's up and down and up and down around and just perfect. Give it a try, you'll love it.

1 month ago

The South Face Loop is VERY challenging in snow shoes for a newbie!
I will return!

Super fun and scenic!

fun trails, cool landmarks. slightly hard to find

Well marked and easy to traverse, but every dog was off-leash, which made it hard to walk with my 3 year old. He kept getting knocked over by excited puppies. The trail was to supposed to be a leashed area, so we weren’t expecting that.

nature trips
1 month ago

Beautiful place completely ruined by inconsiderate dog owners. You can’t look around at the beautiful surroundings because of all the dog poop everywhere, unless you don’t mind stepping in it. Gorgeous place to walk turned into a dog park.

Great trail! Awesome view of the lake and Mt.Washington

1 month ago

Good trail, will keep it in mind for summer runs. Hard to follow at points - very clearly marked sometimes, but be careful not to venture too far north particularly on snowmobile trails and get off track

1 month ago

Perfect conditions for snowshoeing. Many trails are still untouched. Get out there!

so we'll marked and easy to follow. beautiful trees and side trails.

I live near here and hike Sawyer Mountain twice a year. Very serene with interesting rock formations. A great forest hike that is steep in some places. Get the map from the trust and look for the cascading waterfall. It's beautiful and rarely visited, though it does require some scrambling.

Two inches of fresh powder. Perfect day.

1 month ago

Pretty walk. Lots of evidence of Sasquatch, if you have met Todd, you will understand. It's not a loop, I repeat: this is not a loop!

This is a great little walk in any season. Easy to follow as the trail is well marked with yellow arrows.

One of my absolute favorite things in Bangor, Maine. This is the road-less-traveled in the City Forest, where only the bravest seem to venture. Clocking in at 3.8 miles round trip, this trail is great for bikers, runners and cross-country skiiers alike. Unlike the Main Loop Trail which is a gravel path, this one isn't the best for strollers (not impossible, but it's not as flat).

great hike overall. Nice hike in snow as well.

This is a nice trail that includes some good views of Clarks Pond even though it is bordered by a mall and highways. A little noisy but a good workout. In winter I saw signs of hikers, fat tire bikes, and cross-country skiers.

cross country skiing
2 months ago

Perfect day for cross country skiing especially on the Game Warden trail. This trail is remote enough to keep the snowmobiles away giving you peace and quiet.

Perfect trail right in Portland

Sad to say we lost the trail log container at the summit to the recent wind storm. It now lays on the ground near its original location. The booklet is now exposed to the rain. If someone would like to bring some tools and a new notebook to place the container on a new tree then that would be great.

Load More