MLR – 40 mile ride

Maine Lighthouse Ride logoFor 2020, the Maine Lighthouse Ride has been renamed the Maine Lighthouse Experience and will take place the week of September 5-12, offering participants a ‘do it yourself’ flavor! We’re challenging YOU to choose your own path, distance, and experience. 

To help you design your best Maine Lighthouse Experience, we provide on this page information on the 40 mile route option. Note: there will be no ETA volunteers or staffed rest stops along this route during the Sept. 5-12 Maine Lighthouse Experience week.


The 40-mile 8 Lighthouse Ride includes the South Portland Greenbelt as well as a spur to the 3-mile section of the Eastern Trail across the beautiful Scarborough Marsh, the largest salt marsh in Maine. For those of you who haven’t seen the trail yet, it is not to be missed! From there, the ride continues along the 2013mlr2spectacular coastline of Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth, and South Portland, passing by three state parks, five gorgeous beaches, and two museums. Eight historic lighthouses are visible from the route. The 40-mile ride usually takes take 4 to 5 hours. There is so much to see on this ride, you may want to take all day to finish it! Flat to rolling terrain. Click here to view the 40 mile ride route mapmlrride11

This ride also includes a 3-mile crossing of the beautiful Scarborough Marsh on the Eastern Trail (crossed both going out and return trip). The trail has a fine, packed gravel surface which is suitable for road bikes traveling at 10 mph. The remainder of the ride is on paved public roads.

A Ride with GPS map for this route is here.