Attean Township Ride: Take Rte. 201 north from Jackman. Cross the Moose River and then turn left on Sandy Stream Road. Bear left at the fork and continue left to the gate at a bridge over Wood Stream. Park here.
A land of rivers, lakes, mountains and moose, surrounded by over 250,000 acres of woodlands the Jackman region of Maine has something for just about everyone-except a traffic light according to the Jackman Chamber of Commerce.
A network of logging roads provides access to this spectacular area known as “the Switzerland of Maine”. Hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile and hiking trails radiate from the Jackman hub of the Interconnecting Snowmobile Trail System 86 and 89. Over fifty miles of marked trails in the greater Jackman/moose River area, the breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife (deer, moose, bear and other wildlife feeding right next to the trails) are what make this area a dream to mountain bike. The best time to ride is summer through fall.
Please note that most of these these trails are routed through lumber company roads in areas not currently being logged. (Watch out for lumber trucks! They have the right of way). Bikers should be aware there are times when trails are temporarily closed or rerouted. Check trail status before riding!
Against the backdrop of Attean and Sally Mountains several sparkling lakes and ponds lie within this wilderness setting. Attean Lake, Big Wood Pond and Long Pond form a series of connected bodies of water, fed by the Moose River. In the summer these lakes provide water recreation including swimming, kayaking and canoeing. They also provide the perfect setting for a relaxing swim during or after a hard ride. If you are spending some time in the area combine your mountain bike experience with a canoe trip on the world reknowned Moose River Bow Trip, a loop water route beginning and ending on Attean Lake.
Most of the route covers privately owned land. Please respect land-owner rights.
Attean Township Ride: 11.5 miles each way: Easy to moderate.
Mostly unpaved, dirt logging roads. Logging trucks travelling at high speeds use these roads so be really cautious. Do NOT get in their way.
Riders of all flavors can do the entire 23 mile-out-and-back ride over hilly terrain. For the most part, the road surface is fairly even. There's always the option to shorten the ride at any point by just doing an "about-face". The road offers spectacular views as it winds it's way around Burnt Jacket, Sally and Attean Mountains before arriving at Attean Pond, the end point of this ride. Attean pond is a scenic, island studded pond and in the summer is a popular water recreation spot for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and swimming ... Opportunities for wildlife viewing abound.
To begin, from the parking spot, cross the gated bridge over Wood Stream and follow the road as it curves to the left. Cross the brook, bear right and cross another small bridge and follow the road.
Tip: You can opt to make this excursion a hike and bike. About halfway to the pond you'll see the signed trail marker for the Burnt Jacket Mountain hiking trail. The trail is well marked.
Continue along the road until you reach a rather faint gravel road. The road you have been following until this point continues around to the right. Stay straight on this faint gravel road keeping Attean Mountain on your left and bearing to the left all the way to the pond. Bear left at the fork before Hodgeman's Beach and follow the road to the end. You can pick up a path and follow it down to the large sandy beach about 600 feet beyond.
For more information:
Jackman - Moose River Region Chamber Of Commerce
Phone: (207) 668-4171