The Back Country Expressway - TRAIL

The Back Country Expressway - Trail, Parsonsfield, Maine

Highly technical singletrack with array of biker built apparatus to ride (tribute to Vancouver's North Shore). Lung burner technical ascent (trailhead at tour center) into level singletrack, 700' elevation change downhill into tight off-cambre, steep trail with seesaws, chutes & ladders, treetop bridge, rollercoaster.

User Reviews (46)

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Aaron Dion   [Jan 14, 2000]

This is truly "One wild and hairy ride", not by any means designed for the faint of heart. The Back Country Expressway is an extremely technical mix of steep, loamy hairline singletrack mixed with an array of man made "torture" devices. One of the many adreneline pumping contraptions that comes to mind is a 2'narrow, log built, rail-less bridge that quickly juts out from a steep curving embankment and assends boldly out into thin air where it pinacles 12-14 ft high in a cluster of pine trees. At this point the bridge banks sharply left ( much like a race car track ) at a 35 degree angle and plumits downward back to earth again. To my knowledge only one person has ever fallen off from the high point of this obstacle,....and we were lucky enough to be there to observe this beautiful event. A little bit of pain, but a lifetime of memories! This is "THE" trail for MTB thrill seekers.

Similar Products Used: The surrounding area near the Back Country Expressway is filled with an 80 mile network of trails that is suitable for both novice riders as well as the highly advanced. The folks at Back Country Excursions did a fantastic job of providing us with not only a weekend of fantastic riding, but more importantly they did a great job of making us feel welcome and a part of things. ( Don't even ask me how good the hot-tub felt after a day of hard riding! )
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Mark Prescott   [Jan 21, 2000]

From the moment our guide told us about this trail I was giddy with anticipation. Climbing up the washed out fire road was a challenge but nothing compaired to what lay ahead. Turning off into a hidden single track you are faced with obsticles of increasing difficulty. Starting with ordinary tree falls progressing to 2x6 see saws. From there it only gets better! Off camber decents opening into log bridges opening again into more twisted steeps! For most the trail would be difficult enough with out any of the obsticles. For the deranged the thrill comes as you shoot off a decent out over a bridge to nowhere (That's what it looks like when you clear the last corner any way)! After this ride you will have a new concept of technical!

Customer Service

Up the washed out fire road into the hidden single track.

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Don Theriault   [Aug 18, 2000]

Last year I rode this trail and it kicked my a$$. I did a lot of riding this year so I could have more fun on it this year. It is a perfect section of single track.. absolutely perfect. The only gripe is that I wished it were longer. Plenty of little technical ups, downs and hairpin turns. The apparatus was intimidating last year, but this year it was something I knew I HAD to do. I did all the apparatus this year and they turned out to really be no big deal. Fun though.. makes me respect the NS riders just that much more.

Customer Service

I dunno, I wasn't paying attention

Similar Products Used: Miles of good riding around there
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Adam   [Nov 26, 2000]

http://www.wowpages.com/backcountry/.

Our group of 6 riders stayed for a guided weekend this fall at Back Country Excursions. Cliff Krolick maintains some spectacular biking terrain for riders of many ability groups, with challenging obstacles & hills for the best riders. People come from all over to ride BCE, and now I know why.
There is much singletrack to be had here. Whether you like long, steep ascents or high speed fireroads complete with waterbar jumps there's something here you'll love.
In addition to the variety of trails at BCE, you can find several (over 10) man-made apparatus for skills training and fun. These have been compared to North Shore style wooden obstacles: seesaws, bridges, elevated curves, etc.
Cliff is a very knowledgeble guide and accomplished cyclist. He built the obstacles to be challenging, yet with relatively safe entry/egress points.

Customer Service

Go out the driveway & take a left. Follow it up the hill. Either do a guided tour or get a map from Cliff @ BCE. The Copper Mountain ascent is a killer-but sooo worth it for the view and downhill.

Similar Products Used: If you're a serious mountain biker & live in New England, don't let another season go by without checking out BCE.
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OK   [May 09, 2001]

If you haven't figured it out yet, the other reviews are manufactured. I do have to give ol Cliffy some credit, this place does have a pretty good trail network, but if you were going on one of these backcountry excursions, I would recommend you save your money and go someplace else. Unless payed vacations of cooking & cleaning in subpar facilities is your idea of fun. I went on one of these trips and heard nothing but complaints from the others that were there (with the exception of the ones that left early)

(Cool Frosty McDuffs = canned Budweiser)
(unlimited lobsters = only if others leave early)

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Stay home

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Pete   [May 10, 2001]

Well,
Leave it to good old Cliffy to post fake, manufactured reviews in an effort to boost his little business. Classy man! Way to abuse a cool forum for free advertising...
Do yourselves a favor and skip the "Backcountry Excursions" experience.
First of all, aside from this single, short trail mentioned above, the riding is entirely sub-par, boring doubletrack. Expect to do your own dishes, clean and make your own food as well, not to mention kill bugs in your dirty foam mattressed beds at night. As far as his guided tours, Cliff really has a lot to learn as far as professionalism and safety are concerned, seeing as how, during our stay, there was no sweep for the group and stragglers were left behind, to basically fend for themselves.
Save you money, save your time, go somewhere else for your riding vacation.

Customer Service

Go somewhere else.

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Melissa   [May 10, 2001]

The obviously manufactured reviews are an embarrassment to the intelligence of those who visit this site for information.
I made the mistake of buying this trip for my husband and I. At the time, I was 1 year experienced and I made this very clear to Cliff up front. The first day of the 1 1/2 day long trip (I'll explain the 1/2 day in a minute), was a hellish tour through logging roads TEAMING with mosquitoes - I mean ride with your mouth CLOSED and a mosquito net might be useful. After this miserable event, we brought and cooked our own food. I'm starting to wonder what I paid for at this point. . .and then I am showed to our "room." A wooden slab and a 2-inch thick, stained mattress crawling with bugs. I slept in bug spray (INSIDE).
Now, the 1/2 day I mentioned. . .a bike tour requires 2 tour guides (one in front and one in back). Upon reaching a 4-way intersection, Cliff did not stop. As he was the only guide, I was dropped off the back and left at the 4-way intersection. Approximately 1 hour later the search party found me, bonking after riding off in all 4 directions looking for the tour. My husband and I left before we had to make our own lunch and do our own dishes. I'm still trying to figure out what I paid for. Cliff owes me a free weekend - due to the whole search party event, but I wouldn't go back even if it were free.

Customer Service

Somewhere else.

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Dave   [May 10, 2001]

I won a trip for two to this F%#K'n place but had to pay extra for a "special weekend".
There were several things "special" about this;

1) The enjoyment of being asked to stay behind on the "tubing" portion because he didn't have enough tubes. Why did I get asked? because he said I paid less, but he gave me the option to leave and comeback some other time (this was at 10PM)
2) The complaints from the other people. Most of these were low-key complaints because everyone had the impression good ol Cliffy is just a little too unstable in a place thats a little to desolete.
3) The looks on everyone's face when the "community effort" speach was going on. (yes, that means you cook,clean, and run cliffy's operation)
4) The look on everyone's face when cliffy came up and stole firewood out of the GD campsite fire. (he said he can't afford to let people use his firewood on his 60 acre wooded lot!)
5) The reaction when the advertised, Frosty Mcduffs came in the form of 12oz can budweiser. (That would be 12, 12oz cans for the dozen of us!)Though he did say it was a misprint, but unfortunately that same misprint is being advertized this year!
6) The crappy trail systems. (I can ride on public dirt roads for free!)

I can go on, but I'll leave the additional comments up to the other happy customers!

Customer Service

This gives me great pleasure in reviewing cliffy's place.

Similar Products Used: Cliffy, please don't hunt me down & seek revenge, you Psychotic Rippoff Artist!
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BYE   [Jun 09, 2001]

where do i start? we camped next to a broken down toyota and a shit load of garbage. Trails were nice but the atmosphere sucked. we left a day early and good ole cliff wouldn't give us the seconds night back because he "gave us a guided tour." all i remember is his dog Chrome giving us a tour. good dog.... jackass owner!!!!

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go home and don't waste your money

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Back Yard Excursions   [Jun 10, 2001]

The trails were nice but the camp sucked!!! Cliff wanted to charge us $5 a person for a guided tour we didn't want. His dog kept getting in the way on the downhills. Back Country Excursions is Cliff's backyard which he also uses as a junkyard/scrapheap. The so called "lodge" is Cliff's small house. The place just plain sucked and I wouldn't reccomend it to anyone.

Customer Service

Stay home

Similar Products Used: As soon as I get my scanner working I will scan the map of the area and post a link. Than you can just camp at a real campground and drive to the woods. The wood are NOT on Cliff's property
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