Rangeley lakes trails center
Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
524 Saddleback Mountain Road, PO Box 1283, Rangeley Lakes, ME, 04970
The Rangeley Lakes Trails Center, operated by the Rangeley Lakes XC Ski Club is located at the base of alpine ski area Saddleback Mountain in the heart of Maine's scenic western mountain and lake region. There are 55 km of mapped trails for XC skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and mountain biking. This area has an annual snowfall approaching 200 inches for superb snow conditions plus fantastic terrain make Nordic skiing there a wonderful experience for novice to expert. There is also a growing selection of great dedicated single-track trails for snowshoeing making it a Snowshoe Destination of the East!
The rustic yurt lodge has a snack bar with hot and cold beverages, a variety of snacks, and hot soup and XC ski and snowshoe equipment rentals. There are picnic tables placed along the scenic trails for a break to take in the surroundings. Local lodgings range from fine hotels or bed and breakfast accommodations to motels and private luxury winter homes, condos, or quaint cabins. To find out more about where to stay in the Rangeley Lakes Region check Links Page for some recommendations.
The Trail Pass for XC Skiing: Adult (19-64) $18; Junior (7-18), College, Military $10; Senior $7; Kids (0-6) Free; ½ Day (adults only) $14.
Trail Pass for Snowshoeing - Adult (19-64) $9; Junior (7-18), College, Military, Senior $5; Kids (0-6) Free. Very attractive season pass rates including special combo deals with Saddleback Ski Area season pass.
Rental XC Ski Equipment: Adult (19-64) $18; Under 19, College, Military $14; Rental Snowshoes: Adult (19-64) $10; Others $8. Lessons are available by reservation, so please call the center to arrange 24 hours ahead.
The Gnome Homes that have appeared on the trails have "inhabitants" that have been lovingly hand-crafted by art students at the Rangeley Lakes Regional School under the guidance of art instructor, Sonja Johnson. These special homes have been hand-made by Marty Velishka. If you've skied or snowshoed here, you've most likely met Marty, a man of many talents, one of which is custom home building, even for Gnomes!
Ladies Day is on Mondays and Mens Day is on Tuesdays for half price trail pass and a free cup of soup. Buy one-Get one Free is on Wednesdays (not on vacation weeks). The State of Maine Snowshoe Championship Race is scheduled for February 8, 2015, the 19th annual Rangeley Lakes Loppet Cross Country Ski Race and Tour is scheduled for February 28th and the family-friendly Moose Dash is set for March 22. For up-to-date info check the Rangeley Lakes Blog and click for current Trails Report.
Directions Rangeley Lakes is in the northwest corner of Maine on Routes 16 and 4. Rangeley XC is located just 2.5 miles off Dallas Hill Road on Saddleback Mountain Road. Click Mapquest to Rangeley to get directions. CCSAA member