Back Country Excursions - Trail, White Mountains, Maine

Back Country Excursions - Trail, White Mountains, Maine

DESCRIPTION

I personally belive that these is the best mountain biking east of the rockies. The whole thing is that This guy Cliff takes riders out on the 83 miles of single trake, fire roads, and freriding that he lives in. For a small fee he will take a group out for about 2 hours and show them the main trails. Then he gives you a map and the day is yours. He even has camp sites and bunks in his house so you can stay there for a few days and never ride the same thing twice. He doesnt own the land and trails but he maintains them and he cut all the single trake and freeride bridges around. He even had his rock and log garden which is unbelivable freeriding and trials. There is miles of technical down hill and some killer uphills. This place is like a mountain bikeing resort but with only about 10 people and very rustic. The only problem is that the trails are very confusing and unless you take the tour it is easy to gget lost. But dont worry getting lost with a bike on these trails isnt a bad thing. You really need to check this place out. There is something for everyone. Its rustic and unless your doing the tour you will never see anyone riding. All I have to say is your life wont be complete with out going to this place

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 27, 2017]
Brian
Cross Country Rider

The trails are aimed more towards beginners and intermediates, but regardless are fantastic. Cliff puts a lot of time into fixing them and making the experience fun for the riders. I am an intermediate plus rider and found the trails super exciting. Plus, I learned a bunch as a result of Cliff's teachings.

Cliff was very friendly and went above and beyond for us. The lodge we stayed in was more old school, so if you love the outdoors and aren't expecting a luxurious room, you will love the experience!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 02, 2015]
Rob
Cross Country Rider

My son & I enjoyed our weekend at Back Country Excursions. The lodge is rustic, the food was great & the trails are fun! They do a nice balance of fun cross country mountain biking, nothing "extreme" and challenging rides. Their program seamed geared for novice to intermediate riders. Cliff was great at giving basic instruction to newer riders and encouraging them without pushing them. Tyler was awesome with getting my 15 year old son to the next skill level & beyond. I could not pry the grin off his face & Tyler got Paul to successfully try obstacles that a week ago he would have never thought about. We brought our own bikes the the other group was set up mostly with hard tail 29ers and enjoyed the bikes. It was a great taste on Maine riding & lifestyle.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 01, 2013]
John
Cross Country Rider

Lets start with the good:
The trails are generally good
The bikes we rented were nice (full suspension) and in pretty good condition
The yurt was cool and about 95% waterproof
The wood fired hot tub was awesome
Cliff is in really good shape for his age (early sixties)

And now the bad:
Cliff wasn't very professional or courteous; not something you'd expect from someone wanting their customers to tip or return.
When we were washing the dishes he went to do something else leaving us to wash them all ourselves
He's generally pretty grumpy, except when he's on the trail, that puts him in a good mood.
The property the trails are on isn't his, but he treats it like it is; the entrances to some of the trails aren't bushwacked "So other people (non paying riders) don't ruin the trail." This results in many scratches and cuts from thorns.
Don't come here if you're very experienced or fast.
The trails aren't super flowy, frequent climbing interrupts descents.
Expensive/Overpriced

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 17, 2013]
Kathy
Weekend Warrior

I am a novice to Mountain Biking. Last year I decided to invest in a better mountain bike. I rode it a handful of times this year. Experimenting on single tracks around my hometown. I thought I was figuring it out and doing OK, Until I went to Back Country Excursions. I got a Living Social deal for an instructional weekend. Including 2 days of mountain bike instruction and guided rides. 2 nights accommodations and meals.

Cliff was by far the best instructor. The way he broke down and explained the most effective way to climb, descent and shift gears for the best ride was amazing. I quickly realized that I had a ton to learn. What Cliff taught me in 2 days would have taken me years to figure out on my own through trial and error.

There are so many trails, from beginner to advanced. You could go out for hours each day and not see or ride all of them. This is a perfect vacation for someone who is new to the sport. The experience riders who were there at the same time I was tell me it was perfect for them as well. It would be wonderful for a couple, or group of friends with varying skill levels. Cliff will show the beginners the ropes and the experts of your group can enjoy more challenging rides as you learn.

We chose to stay in the lodge. It was the perfect rustic Maine experience. Cliff and his staff were welcoming. The meals were delicious. And I would like to return again soon to explore more trails and sharpen my skills.

This is a must for anyone who wants to increase their skills, challenge themselves on top notch trails, or enjoy great single track riding on trails that are hidden from the crowds.

You won't be disappointed. Happy Riding!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 24, 2013]
Noah
Cross Country Rider

Great single track trails, best described as cross country riding w/ some technical sections. Plenty of variety for a few days of riding and for anyone looking for a more technical/extreme experience Cliff (the owner) has built some awesome stunts and features (rails, see saws, ladders, tabletops, etc.)

For novice riders, Cliff and his guide provide very good instruction/teaching and will split up groups by skill level so good place to bring inexperienced riders.

Cliff's rental bikes are in great shape, his 29" hard tails are the perfect bike for the rolling terrain, the trails are well maintained, and not super rocky thus IMO are well suited for hard tail vs. full suspension.

Def recommend for anyone looking for an active weekend away from NYC or Boston.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 23, 2013]
Charlie
Weekend Warrior

There are a variety of trails for all skill levels of riders, from beginner to advanced, whether you like tricks and stunts, steep slopes, or just cruising winding trails. The trails are well maintained and aren't rocky. More trails are constantly being added. The owner is a great instructor and can talk you through how to maneuver through challenging parts to help increase your skill level. They make great home cooked meals to fuel up for the rides. Met some great people on the trip, good laughs, and made new friends. This place also is environmentally cautions to nature and the elements. I would highly recommend checking them out. I’m already planning my next trip.

Customer Service

All of them!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 30, 2010]
MountainBikePunk
Weekend Warrior

Who ever wrotte, the first review, about this place, is 100% right. Backcountry...! is a bunch of Bull Crap. Clif is a money seeker and does not really care about the sport. I was there on May 2010 and I was so disappionted since the beginning. Price is really high for a weekend out(camping)You will have to pay for everything, even for a smile!!!Trails are in bad shape, there is no trail marking at all. Freeride stunts, SUCKSSSS!!! they are falling apart and they have not been maintained in years. May be easy to get injured!!!
Food is not that bad. Yes, Clif seems to be friendly, but I can do that too, if I get tip for each smile that throw on the table,
There is a guy name KEVIN and he really rocksss, he live for the sport, he is a great mechanic and rider too!!!!
Bottom line, if your a newbie you may enjoy the hospitality at the beginning, until realize, that everything turns into $$$$ or Tips !!!
Trails and stunts need to be maintained and they need to be marked down!!!
Funny thing is, at the end of your trip, Clif will give you some freebies, like power bars and others, food is normally already expired, he gave me a bar that was expired in 2006 and I was there in 2010!!!! Hahahah that's no JOKE!!!!

Customer Service

None, is so easy to get lost, there is no trail marking, you will have to pay a guide to learn some of the trails.Bottom line there is no trail marking, because Clif is seeking your $$$

Similar Products Used:

Any where !!!!

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 23, 2008]
Chris Davis
Cross Country Rider

First off, the description of this is all wrong. Anything to do with this place is false advertising. All the stunts are a joke. They are all rotten and broke on us. There are so many stunts that have broke over the years and have not been fixed. You get nickel and dimed for everything here and nothing works including the hot tub. They will charge you for everything but have no problem eating your food and drinking your beer. Now if you have never mtn biked before or this is your first trip and like very easy cross country then this place is for you if you have deep pockets. Price is way too high. If I spent 35 bucks for the weekend, then maybe it might have been slightly worth it. You drive in and you think, what did I get myself into. I have a better stunt park in my woods. The facilities are nasty and the crapper might have a dead body in it?

Customer Service

Don't waste your time, gas, money on this unless you just started mtn biking and are into novice mtn bike trails.

Similar Products Used:

None.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 16, 2007]
AKA monkeyboy
Cross Country Rider

Back Country Excursions is something that all mountain bikers should experience.

We spent the last weekend at the annual Bike and Brew fest. Beer, Bikes, Buds… what could be better? Actually, the experience was even more fulfilling than I had expected.

BCE is not a campground festival with vendors and a Disco Tent (like Pedro’s). The experience was much more intimate and personal. We got to really interact with the other bikers there… some from PA, Mass, NJ, and of course a few locals.

On the trails, I soon realized that all the folks we were riding with were experienced, capable riders which made the group ride experience a really good one. We joked and bonded on the trails and back at the lodge over tasty micro-brews.

The trails; The single track at BCE is really well thought out. These are not hiking trails or game trails turned into MTB trails, but designed with one thing in mind… rhythm. Fast swoopy switchbacks, crazy steep descents, and an assortment of interesting stunts make this experience a truly great one.

Cliff runs the show, he is passionate about his business, the environment and of course mountain biking.

Customer Service

I would just get you lost...

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Aug 15, 2007]
david.will@comcast.net
Racer

8/15/07 I attended the 14th annual MTB fest this past weekend. It was my first mountain bike experience. I consider myself an avid urban roady. The rides lasted about 2 hours each. Cliff, the guide owner and guide support staff offered at least two rides each day. He was most accommodating to me, the least skilled rider, while offering the most experienced all the white knuckles they wanted. BCE offered plenty of single track and a variety of stunts on the single track and a theme park experience on the BCE property itself. All were well maintained. This event opened me to a whole new cycling experience. I would visit BCE again.

Customer Service

Don't have any.

Similar Products Used:

Don't have any.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
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