A Membership, Season Pass or Daily Trail Pass is now required to use the trails.
Please note that all of our maps are being developed in an ever changing environment. We are in the process of widening various trails throughout the property to accommodate competitions that generate funds to help us continue to offer a beautiful lodge and well maintained trails for walking, running, hiking, roller skiing, biking, snowshoeing, and nordic skiing. Enjoy the fresh air, beautiful scenery, amazing trails, and nature sounds on easy to access trails right above Fort Kent, Maine!
NORDIC SKI MAP OF ALL THE TRAILS
NORDIC SKI MAP OF TRAILS CLOSEST TO THE LODGE
NORDIC SKI MAP OF THE VIOLETTE SETTLEMENT TRAILS
NORDIC SKI MAP OF THE GREEN BEAN TRAILS
SNOWSHOE TRAIL MAP
Trails for Nordic/Cross-Country Skiing are available for all abilities from the beginner to the best skiers in the world. All trails are professionally groomed, weather permitting. The trails range from 1 km to over 6.5km. The loops are inter-joined and it is possible to ski the entire circuit continuously.
New for Summer 2016 – A Walking Trail Map!
The trails are marked with yellow, red, white, blue, or orange plastic diamonds on trees along the trails. The trails are accessible from the Parking Lot at the FKOC. The yellow, red, blue, and white trails START at the trails next to the Wax Building to the left of the kiosk in the Parking Lot. The most difficult trail, the Orange Diamond Trail (known as the snowshoe trail The Ridgerunner) STARTS across the Parking Lot to the right of the entrance to the Lodge. They all end in the Parking Lot of FKOC.
We have mapped the trails using the smartphone app, “Ride with GPS”. The individual trails can be found there with these links:
Yellow Diamond Walking Trail (Easy Paved Loop)
Red Diamond Trail (A little more challenging with grass trails and views)
Blue Diamond Trail (Single track snowshoe trail with views)
White Diamond Trail (More challenging hilly terrain on wide trails)
Orange Diamond Trail (The Ridgerunner -most challenging terrain on a snowshoe trail)
INTERMEDIATE MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL
An Intermediate 5.4 k Mountain Bike trail is marked with a Red Square with a White Bicycle and yellow/polka dot ribbons. It utilizes a fun single track trail as well as skiing and paved trails. The 5.4 Km Trail begins at the wax building (go left). Folks should ride/walk in the direction of the arrows on the map and the Red Squares and Trail Ribbons are on the RIGHT side of the trail (if you find the ribbons are on the left side, you are going in the wrong direction!). Click on the map to see the larger image, print it and go for a ride OR use the map to guide you when walking the trails! The link for this trail at ridewithgps.com is here: Intermediate Biking Trail
The Waska Loop, named after one of our World Cup mascots, is the best place to start. It begins at the 10th Mountain Lodge from the stadium and is 1.3km in length. It can be lit for night skiing.
Mickey’s Way, Piste Acadienne & Violette Settlement Trail are among the easiest trails at the facility. Skiers can choose from various loop lengths ranging from 1km to over 5 km depending upon their ability. The 5.6 km Violette Settlement Trail follows the gradual western side of the hill then sweeps out through a lowland evergreen forest, past beaver ponds, and near open meadows. It is the most scenic and peaceful trail at the facility. Local skiing enthusiasts have long enjoyed these peaceful trails.
The Can-Am Trail originates from the biathlon stadium and has been used for all major competitions including the 2011 Biathlon World Cup. With the exception of one sharp curve the trail is not very technically demanding and is a great trail for those new to the facility or for those with limited experience. Several other more challenging trails intersect with the Can-Am Trail. The Can-Am Trail is lit for night skiing.
Piste du Voyageur also known as the 5km Loop is also used for major competitions and is 5.6km in length. It follows the Can-am Loop for a portion of its distance. It includes Mikes Mountain which consists of a short, but very steep climb followed by a very steep downhill with a series of sharp curves. It is here where Sven Fischer took his infamous ski off the trail and into the woods during the world cup at what is now known as Sven’s Curve. Mikes Mountain is also lit for night skiing. The trail then leads to the top of Lonesome Pine Ski Area (alpine), which is located on the north side of the mountain. From there skiers can view the St. John River, Canada and the town of Fort Kent. After reaching the top of Lonesome Pine, the trail then descends down a series of sharp, steep S-curves. A portion of this trail is also lit for night skiing including Mikes Mountain.
If you like to climb, then Saengers Challenge, Grand Outlook and Green Bean Trails are for you. Each trail consists of a series of long steep climbs and challenging descents with sharp curves. Grand Outlook is relatively short (1km) however and offers stunning views up the Fish River Valley. The trail is accessible from Volunteer Way. The Green Bean Trail (5.5km) was described by one of the top competitors at the recent World Cup as one of the toughest he has ever skied. The Green Bean Trail is named after the local high school ski team and is used for both practice and high school competition. This trail is accessible from Lonesome Pine Ski Area parking lot or from Saengers Challenge. Saengers Challenge is 1.5km in length and consists of a technical downhill section at the start and a long climb.
Most of the core trails have been skied by the Fort Kent High School (now Community High School) for many years. Ben Paradis was the major planner, trailblazer, groomer and benefactor whose determination and love for skiing has benefited more youth and adults in the area than can be imagined. With the help of volunteers the trails were expanded over the years. The biathlon trails (most of those close to the 10th Mountain Lodge) were designed by Olympic Biathlete John Morton in 1999. The work was largely done with the generosity of Libra Foundation through the Maine Winter Sports Center and with the help of many volunteers.
Finding the Trailheads (when you are in Fort Kent)
There are three access points to the trail system:
The Fort Kent Outdoor Center is on the Paradis Circle Road located 1.6 miles south of the traffic light at the center of town on Route 11. Look for the Maine Winter Sports Center sign on the right.
The Red Barn access point is located at the end of the Fort Kent Village Road 0.7 miles west on the St. John Road from the traffic light at the center of town. Those who wish to ski with a dog may begin at this trailhead.
The Violette Settlement Access point is 1.8 miles west from the traffic light at the center of town on the St. John Road (Route 161). Turn left onto the Violette Settlement Road. Park at the plowed garage parking area on the right.