2016-06-15 / Sports & Outdoors

Features new trail opening

CV ATV Club Annual Meeting


Carrabassett Valley ATV Club President Neal Trask, center left, joins with John Tobias of the J.V. Wing Snowmobile Club to officially open the Poplar Mountain trail to ATV Traffic. Attending were, from left, Mike Trask, Club Vice President Billy Ward and his wife Debi, Peter Gorman, Trish and David Keane and Club Secretary-Treasurer John McCatherin. (Club Trailmaster Pete Boucher photo) Carrabassett Valley ATV Club President Neal Trask, center left, joins with John Tobias of the J.V. Wing Snowmobile Club to officially open the Poplar Mountain trail to ATV Traffic. Attending were, from left, Mike Trask, Club Vice President Billy Ward and his wife Debi, Peter Gorman, Trish and David Keane and Club Secretary-Treasurer John McCatherin. (Club Trailmaster Pete Boucher photo) CARRABASSETT VALLEY – With the annual meeting for an opener, the Carrabassett Valley ATV Club topped off the day Saturday, June 4, with the opening of a new trail and a club ride up Poplar Mountain.

The 45-member club held its meeting at the SugarBowl with Club President Neal Trask presiding. With reports and input from Vice President Bill Ward, Secretary-Treasurer John McCatherin and Trailmaster Pete Boucher, the members heard a review of the trail work plan for the season, re-elected officers and were brought up to date on the local club’s new affiliation with ATV Maine, the statewide organization representing the ATV community.

One of two major projects planned for the year is an alternate, shorter trail between Carrabassett and Kingfield which would open up a 25-mile loop trail for riders. It’s hoped that trail will open later in the season.

The club marked the completion of the year’s other major project with the cutting of a ribbon officially opening an ATV trail up Poplar Mountain. Starting at the Poplar Stream bridge just off the Carriage Road, the trail currently covers five miles up Little Poplar Mountain and along the southern side of the 2,700-foot Poplar Mountain.

At the moment, the trail is not a through trail and has a turnaround at the five-mile spot but, according to McCatherin, the club is currently working with landowners to find a route to connect through to the Highland Plantation area and ATV networks that open up hundreds of miles of trails to the north and east.

The trail has long been a part of the J.V. Wing Snowmobile Club network and the ATV club has worked closely with the snowmobile club as it prepared to share the route.

Following the ribbon cutting, 10 members of the club rode the new trail, retuning for lunch at the SugarBowl.

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