06 Jan 15 The Forks Area Snowmobile Trails Report
The Forks Area received 6” of dense snow Saturday night. We are grooming it all out this week. Cold temps have solidified all wet spots, and we’ve been able to pull snow into the depressions. Things are shaping up nicely!
• ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. Intown is still rough, but easily passable. Once out of town a couple miles, things improve greatly. Boise Road section is great. Half mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is good. There is a 2 mile section of plowed road due to logging, around Moxie Pond and on the Shirley Road section. Hard packed snow on plowed sections . . . no dirt. Go slow through there. Another 1 mile plowed section as you travel a little further east, on the Brochu Road. Please go slow through these spots. Rest of the way up to ITS 88 intersection is in good shape.
• ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Divide Road section is groomed flat and great riding all the way to Northern Outdoors. Wet areas south to Pleasant Pond have all frozen over, but are still a little rough. ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond is closed due to an active logging operation, with several miles of plowed road. To go south use the Pleasant Pond Trail connecting to the Bald Mountain Trail, then connecting back to ITS 87 south of the logging.
• PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Wet areas in the first mile are all frozen over, but still a little rough. Rest of the way is smooth sailing.
• BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87. Great riding all the way through to the Bingham turnaround.
• KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS INTO TOWN. Wet spots have frozen over, but still a bit rough in places. All passable though.
Bottom line is that there is some fine riding to be had out there!
For day riders, there is a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is well plowed and has plenty of room for large trailers. Food, 91 octane gas, trail maps are available at Northern Outdoors.
The Forks Area Trails Club