Cedar Ridge Outfitters is a four season resort, open year round. Besides the fall hunting season, winter here in the north western mountains of Maine, is one of the best places for snowmobiling in the northeast. Keep reading to find out more about a vacation to the pristine mountains of Maine.
"Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know how much I enjoyed my stay at your place. It was apparent that you guys have put a lot of hard work into your business and I would guess you run one of, if not the best sporting camp in Maine. The whole experience was Great!"
Snowmobiling in Maine
Trail access right from our warm and cozy cabins
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!
Cedar Ridge Outfitters is a four season resort, open year round. Besides the fall hunting season, winter here in the north western Mountains of Maine, is one of the best places for snowmobiling in the whole north east. On an average year Jackman gets 200 plus inches of snow between November and April. The area snowmobile club starts grooming the trails around December 15 (when the groomer contract starts) and ends about April 15th, as long as the snow lasts.
Winter is very popular here in Northern Maine. And Jackman is one of the most popular areas for snowmobiling. We often get the first snow of the year. And I've seen it snow right through April. Spring 2007 the area had over 4 feet of snow fall between the end of March and the middle of April.
Click here for current weather conditions in Jackman, Maine.
"After eight straight years of coming to your place for our annual 5 day trip, all 18 of us this past weekend had a super time. As you know, I have brought anywhere from 17 to 25 on our annual trip, and after Sunday, the 2006 riders said the conditions were really, really good considering the weather. The average miles done were around 400, and the trails in the Jackman area were outstanding. Considering that Mother Nature has not been herself this season, the area had plenty of snow cover based on the rest of the New England area. Once again, thanks for the hospitality, lodging, and mosty importantly, the honest trail reports you and Hal have been sending via e-mail over the last few weeks."Jim Allen
Click here for current snowmobile trail reports. (Click on trail info once you get there)
The town of Jackman is situated on the border of Quebec Canada, but is also right in the center of the White Mountain range from Mt. Washington in N.H. to Mt. Katahdin in central Maine. Elevation for this area is at approximately 1,400 feet, thatís for the town and Jackman's in a valley. Some of the trails here in this area are even further up in elevation, as much as 3,000 feet.
Jackman maintains some of the best snowmobile trails in the northeast. With an international trail system (ITS) to Canada, Eustis/Rangeley, Rockwood, the Forks and beyond. Here at Cedar Ridge Outfitters, you can snowmobile right from the cabins to the trails, no trailering.
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"We loved the Buck Stop cabin!! Was impressed at how clean it was when we walked in. I also liked the quietness, not a bunch of rowdies and sleds late at night. We had some GREAT riding once we got a couple miles out of town!!"Kim Moore
"Hi Deb & Hal, We had an excellent stay at your cabins. The riding was excellent. We managed to ride a total of about 440 miles in the short stay we had, the most fun I've had snowmobiling to date. Everyone had a great time and can't wait to do it again. We will be calling you guys for the next trip. Thank you so much."John McAdam
Lunch and a Cup of Hot Tea
We offer Guided "off trails" rides to places you would never find on your own and see things you wouldn't get to see by ITS trail riders or go on a Guided heart pounding "Extreme" ride to the top of the mountains. This ride is not for the faint of heart and takes a powerful snow machine to do it.
"Just a heads up, there were five couples up there this week from Monday to Friday we had all of our kids, the snow mobiling was the best I have ever ridden in Jackman from Pittston Farms to Rockland to Canada flat as a highway the whole way thru AWESOME. We all had a blast . Riding during the week is 100% better then the weekends the accommodations at Cedar Ridge are fabulous. LET IT SNOW!"Michael J McCarthy Jr.
$200 per day for guided trail rides up to 4 people.
$300 per day for off trail & extreme riding, up to 4
With more people in your group, add $25 per person.
$10 per person for "on the trail" guides lunch, served hot with a good hot fire to warm up by.
For snowmobile rentals there is a place just down the road a mile that rent sleds, log onto www.danasrentals.com.
Cedar ridge DOES NOT rent snowmobiles.
When the weather starts to warm in your part of the country it is still very much winter here and has nothing to do with our weather. Many people will call when it hits 60 at their home and ask if all the snow melted. It is amazing how many people do this. Trust me, our weather is a LOT colder and snowier than just 1 hour south of us. Mountain elevation is the key to our snow fall.
March riding gives us some of the best riding all year. It is most often when our snow is at its deepest. And this snow takes many weeks of warm weather to melt. When it gets warm at your place, it's still winter here in Jackman, ME. So don't put those sleds up just yet!!!
Combine any or all of these fun and exciting activities, with a homey, cozy cabin. Go to our accommodations page for cabin styles, photos and rates.
"Just to let you know Nicole and I had a great time last week. We logged in 600 miles, and it was the best riding we have seen in a long time. The cabin was about the best we have stayed in, and the cleanliness was impressive."George Cangiano
Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing
Snowshoeing is another great winter activity here in the north is We offer guided snowshoeing treks into places you can't see from riding or driving. See and photograph wildlife, as you can sneak up on them better than on a snow machine.
$200 per day guided with a hot trail lunch
$25 per person to rent snowshoes
"Hal & Deb,
The gang & I had a great time this past March weekend. The cabin was great & the riding was the best Iíve seen since our group started coming to Jackman."See you in 2010.
Andrew L. Faber, CPCU
Ice Fishing for Landlock Salmon & Native Brook Trout
The Jackman area has some of the finest ice fishing in the state of Maine. Some ice fishing can be done near town with a quick ride down onto big wood lake. But for the more adventurous fisherperson, go by snowmobile to some of the areas remote ponds. The fish that we fish for are brook trout, landlock salmon, splake and perch. For a guided trip, you must have your own sled or rent one in town at Danas rental. Cedar Ridge DOES NOT rent snowmobiles.
Guided ice fishing trips vary in cost. Contact us for pricing on your ice fishing trip.
Moose Watching/Wildlife Photography
The Jackman Moose river area has some of the highest moose concentrations in the entire state. Depending on the time of year, will depend on how many moose you can see. There are a couple of places in the area that we can send you to, that offer "moose watching float trips". These are from either canoes or pontoon boats.
Photo by Mike Jurgiewich
Please take note when driving up 201, Watch carefully for moose. They can weigh as much as 1,500 hundred pounds, it's like hitting a brick wall. Their hair is dark brown/black very hard to see them in the dark.
Any Animal that is Antlered - Deer and Moose - loose their antlers every year and regrow them. They generally start to loose them mid January (depending on the winter, they can loose them as early as late December or as late as mid February). Then, they start to grow back, and they grow back fast, in the spring. Moose antlers are the fastest growing bone in the world. When they start to grow, all during the summer, the antlers will be in "Velvet" (A protective covering of skin and blood vessels that is shed in the early fall).
WILDLIFE NATIVE TO THIS AREA