Thursday June 21, 2012 | 11:29 AM

You can get your much-needed shot of adrenaline by hitting the local mountain bike trails, or you can get an extreme shot starting June 29 with the opening of the Sunday River Mountain Bike Park.

It's a lift-served park with "extreme features and berms" that will challenge expert riders and make sure novices get an adventure they may never forget.

The 30 trails and 20 miles stretch over North Peak. Riders can take their bike up in the Chondola Lift (bikes with front and rear brakes only; full-suspension recommended) and work their way down the the mountain.

Beginners can stay on the work roads and lower-angle ski trails. Those with more skills can try the single tracks, jump lines and flow trails. Advanced riders can tackle the steep downhill trails and manufactured terrain, including jumps and berms.

Check out the action in this video:

Click here for a map of the mountain bike park.

The park will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday from June 29 to Oct. 9. You can also ride on July 4, Labor Day (Sept. 3) and Columbus Day (Oct. 8). All-day lift tickets are $29 for adults and $18 for juniors. Trail access only costs $10 and you can rent a full-suspension bike for $80.

About the Author

Karen Beaudoin lives in Portland and is the web editor for PressHerald.com.

Her Pedal On blog offers info, events and advice for people who love their bikes more than, well ... almost anything.

Get in touch at kbeaudoin@mainetoday.com

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