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The Forks Area Trail Network Weekly Snowmobile Trail Conditions Report 2014


THE FORKS AREA SNOWMOBILE TRAIL REPORT APRIL 8th, 2014

Thanks all for a great snowmobile season.

With rain and warmer temps, some of the rivers and local streams are starting to open up so we are not going to open the lodge this weekend. We’ll be reopening for rafting season on May 2nd with our first trip of the year on the Dead River on May 3rd.

See you on the river!


THE FORKS AREA SNOWMOBILE TRAIL REPORT 4/3/2014

Because of warmer temperatures and rain coming in on Friday night and Saturday, we will not be grooming in preparation for the weekend. Still plenty of snow on and off trail, and the trails are generally pretty flat. With a snowpack of 3+ feet, there should be decent riding for at least a couple more weeks.

For day riders, there’s a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well-plowed and will accommodate large trailers. The entrance to the lot is ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. It is marked with a large sign on Route 201. Groomed access to all trails. Trail maps, 91 octane gas, food are available at NO. Northern Outdoors restaurant will be open Fri, Sat & Sun.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors SC

NORTHERN OUTDOORS UPDATE for Sunday, March 30th, 2014

More snow today and still more in the forecast!
The lodge will be closed Monday March 31st until Friday, April 4th. We plan to reopen for the weekend with an 11am – 10pm schedule Friday and Saturday and 11am to 6pm on Sunday, April 6th.

We’ll post details regarding the weekend of April 11/12/13 as we see how the trails are holding up.
During April we’re offering a 50% discount on all available accommodations.

 


THE FORKS AREA SNOWMOBILE TRAIL REPORT for Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

We are continuing with regular grooming this week. All trail sections are in super shape and the RIDING IS OUTSTANDING right now! Forecast cold temps all week will mean that the trails will be holding up well through the weekend. We will be grooming through the remainder of March.

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARDS GREENVILLE   Groomed flat and a great ride. Logging operation has moved off the Shirley Road, which is now groomed.
•    ITS 88 FROM ITS 86 INTERSECTION HEADING WEST TOWARD ROCKWOOD  Nice ride.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Tons of snow and a sublime ride. 3 mile spur trail up to Moxie Mountain Lookout is open but not groomed. Spectacular view of Sugarloaf and the Bigelow Range!
•    CARATUNK SPUR TRAIL  Open and groomed.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL  Groomed and a sweet ride!
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL  Open but not groomed.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL   Plenty of snow and well groomed. This trail, combined with the Bald Mtn. Trail and ITS 87, makes a great scenic loop around Moxie Mountain.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL  Well groomed all the way through from Northern Outdoors to town.

The lodge will be open through Sunday, March 30th at 9pm with a 25% discount on accommodations. We will close Monday March 31st through Friday, April 4th. We plan to reopen 11am – close Friday and Saturday and 11am to 6pm on Sunday, April 6th.

We’ll post details regarding the weekend of April 11/12/13 as we see how the trails are holding up.

During April we’re offering a 50% discount on all available accommodations because of the reduced schedule at the lodge. 

 

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club.

 THE FORKS AREA SNOWMOBILE TRAIL REPORT for Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

maine snowmobiling - northern outdoorsGroomer's View on the trail - Perfect conditions!Zoom ImageAfter dealing with a couple breakdowns last week, we are back on our regular grooming schedule with both rigs. Trails were groomed out after the warm spell last Saturday, and have frozen up flat. All trail sections are in super shape and the riding is as good as it gets right now. We will be grooming through the rest of March.
ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARDS GREENVILLE Groomed flat and a great ride. Logging operation has moved off the Shirley Road, which is now groomed.
  • ITS 88 FROM ITS 86 INTERSECTION HEADING WEST TOWARD ROCKWOOD Nice ride.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM Tons of snow and a sublime ride. 3 mile spur trail up to Moxie Mountain Lookout is open but not groomed.
  • CARATUNK SPUR TRAIL Open and groomed.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL Groomed and a sweet ride!
  • BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL Open but not groomed.
  • PLEASANT POND TRAIL Plenty of snow and well groomed. This trail, combined with the Bald Mtn. Trail and ITS 87, makes a great scenic loop around Moxie Mountain.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL Well groomed all the way through from Northern Outdoors to town.
For day riders, there’s a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well-plowed and will accommodate large trailers. The entrance to the lot is ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. It is marked with a large sign on Route 201. Groomed access to all trails. Trail maps, 91 octane gas, food are available at NO.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors SC 

THE FORKS AREA SNOWMOBILE TRAIL REPORT for Friday, March 14th, 2014

We limped one groomer out of the woods during the storm on Wednesday night. It was fixed in the shop on Thursday morning and was back out busting open the trail Thursday afternoon and evening. The second machine is still having the rear end rebuilt. It is scheduled to be ready to groom on Saturday night.

Because of the severity of the storm, which dropped up to 20-inches of snow across the region, and the fact that we are operating with just one groomer, we will be focusing on grooming only the ITS trails and the Kennebec River Trail on Friday. For Saturday night, if things go well and we have our second groomer running, we will redo the ITS trails and try to do the Bald Mountain Trail as well. We’ll have to see how it goes.

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARDS GREENVILLE   Groomed on Friday during the day.
•    ITS 88 FROM ITS 86 INTERSECTION HEADING WEST TOWARD ROCKWOOD  Groomed Friday during the day.
    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Will be groomed Friday night. Spur trail up to Moxie Mountain Lookout is not groomed.
•    CARATUNK SPUR TRAIL  Open but not groomed.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL  Open but not groomed.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL  Open but not groomed.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL   Open but not groomed.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL  Groomed on Friday.

For day riders, there’s a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well-plowed and will accommodate large trailers. The entrance to the lot is ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. It is marked with a large sign on Route 201. Groomed access to all trails. Trail maps, 91 octane gas, food are available at NO.

There's a pile of snow out there and with cold temps forecast for much of next week, looks like we could be riding for a while!

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

MIDDAY TRAILS UPDATE for Thursday, March 13th, 2013

We received anywhere from a foot to eighteen inches of snow on Wednesday evening.

Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club Grooming after a big stormWe've got the first groomer back up-and-running and it left the lodge at noon today and will run two shifts to break open the trails.

We're awaiting word on the repairs to the second groomer, but the plan is to have it back in service ready to go out on Friday night.

Gotta love late season snow!

THE FORKS AREA SNOWMOBILE TRAIL REPORT for Monday, March 10th, 2014
 
Unfortunately, both of our groomers are down. One with a blown rear end. The other with a broken steering tie rod. Plan is to have the tie rod fixed on Wednesday, and the rear end done and the other rig ready for grooming on Friday. Hopefully everything will go according to schedule. We last groomed all ITS trails on Saturday night, after the heavy Saturday traffic. Trails are holding up ok, but most corners are a bit choppy. Woods trails are also somewhat rough. We are doing everything we can to get both rigs up and running and ready to groom after the snow coming on Wednesday and Thursday.
•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARDS GREENVILLE  Decent ride all the way. There is an active logging operation on the Shirley Road, where we are sharing a 1.5 mile section of plowed road. Watch for trucks.
•    ITS 88 FROM ITS 86 INTERSECTION HEADING WEST TOWARD ROCKWOOD  Plenty of snow and smooth sailing.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Plenty of snow but choppy on the corners. Check out the 3 mile groomed spur trail up to the Moxie Mountain Lookout. Spectacular views of Sugarloaf and the Bigelows!
•    CARATUNK SPUR TRAIL  Open and groomed.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL  Nice ride all the way through, from ITS 87 to ITS 86.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL  Open and groomed.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL   Nice riding. This trail, combined with the Bald Mt Trail and ITS 87, makes a scenic loop around Moxie Mountain.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL  Good ride all the way from Northern Outdoors to West Forks.

For day riders, there’s a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well-plowed and will accommodate large trailers. The entrance to the lot is ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. It is marked with a large sign on Route 201. Groomed access to all trails. Trail maps, 91 octane gas, food are available at NO.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

 


THE FORKS AREA SNOWMOBILE TRAIL REPORT for Thursday, March 6th, 2014
With spring just days away, mid-winter trail conditions are still the the norm. Outstanding riding continues with cold temps and firm trails!  All 100 miles of The Forks Trail System are in fine shape and are being groomed regularly. This weekend will a great weekend to get out and ride.

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARDS GREENVILLE  Great riding all the way. There is an active logging operation on the Shirley Road, where we are sharing a 1.5 mile section of plowed road. Watch for trucks.
    ITS 88 FROM ITS 86 INTERSECTION HEADING WEST TOWARD ROCKWOOD  Plenty of snow and smooth sailing.
    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Boise Road and Divide Road sections are flat and fast. Check out the 3 mile groomed spur trail up to the Moxie Mountain Lookout. Spectacular views of Sugarloaf and the Bigelows!
•    CARATUNK SPUR TRAIL  Open and groomed.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL  Great ride all the way through, from ITS 87 to ITS 86.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL  Open and groomed.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL   Nice riding. This trail, combined with the Bald Mt Trail and ITS 87, makes a scenic loop around Moxie Mountain.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL  Good ride all the way from Northern Outdoors to West Forks.

For day riders, there’s a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well-plowed and will accommodate large trailers. The entrance to the lot is ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. It is marked with a large sign on Route 201. Groomed access to all trails. Trail maps, 91 octane gas, food are available at NO.


Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club
 




THE FORKS AREA SNOWMOBILE TRAIL REPORT for Monday, March 3rd, 2014Snowmobiling ITS 87 in The Forks, Maine

A continuation of the cold temps we've seen the past three weeks has provided us with outstanding riding and firm trails!  All 100 miles of The Forks Trail System are in great shape and are being groomed regularly.
 
•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARDS GREENVILLE  Great riding all the way. There is an active logging operation on the Shirley Road, where we are sharing a 1.5 mile section of plowed road. Watch for trucks.
•    ITS 88 FROM ITS 86 INTERSECTION HEADING WEST TOWARD ROCKWOOD  Plenty of snow and smooth sailing.
    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Boise Road and Divide Road sections are flat and fast. Check out the 3 mile groomed spur trail up to the Moxie Mountain Lookout. Spectacular views of Sugarloaf and the Bigelows!
•    CARATUNK SPUR TRAIL  Open and groomed.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL  Great ride all the way through, from ITS 87 to ITS 86.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL  Open and groomed.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL   Nice riding. This trail, combined with the Bald Mt Trail and ITS 87, makes a scenic loop around Moxie Mountain.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL  Good ride all the way from Northern Outdoors to West Forks.

For day riders, there’s a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well-plowed and will accommodate large trailers. The entrance to the lot is ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. It is marked with a large sign on Route 201. Groomed access to all trails. Trail maps, 91 octane gas, food are available at NO.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

THE FORKS AREA SNOWMOBILE TRAIL REPORT Tuesday February 25th, 2014

Cold temps, firm trails and awesome riding. All 100 miles of The Forks Trail System are in great shape and are being groomed regularly.
  • ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARDS GREENVILLE  Great riding all the way. There is an active logging operation on the Shirley Road, where we are sharing a 1.5 mile section of plowed road. Watch for trucks.
  • ITS 88 FROM ITS 86 INTERSECTION HEADING WEST TOWARD ROCKWOOD  Plenty of snow and smooth sailing.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Boise Road and Divide Road sections are flat and fast. Check out the 3 mile groomed spur trail up to the Moxie Mountain Lookout. Spectacular views of Sugarloaf and the Bigelows!
  • CARATUNK SPUR TRAIL  Open and groomed.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL  Great ride all the way through, from ITS 87 to ITS 86.
  • BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL  Open and groomed.
  • PLEASANT POND TRAIL   Nice riding. This trail, combined with the Bald Mt Trail and ITS 87, makes a scenic loop around Moxie Mountain.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL  Good ride all the way from Northern Outdoors to West Forks.
For day riders, there’s a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well-plowed and will accommodate large trailers. The entrance to the lot is ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. It is marked with a large sign on Route 201. Groomed access to all trails. Trail maps, 91 octane gas, food are available at NO.
 
Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

The Forks Area Snowmobile Report  Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Plenty of snow out there and a bunch more coming tonight through Friday! The trails are in great shape and the riding is pretty awesome right now! All 100 miles of The Forks Trail System are open and being groomed regularly with our 2 Tucker Sno-Cats. After the storm, both Cats will be out every night throughout the weekend.
•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARDS GREENVILLE  Great riding all the way. The Shirley Road is plowed with an active logging operation for about 1.5 miles. Watch for trucks.
•    ITS 88 FROM ITS 86 INTERSECTION HEADING WEST TOWARD ROCKWOOD  Plenty of snow and smooth sailing.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Boise Road and Divide Road sections are flat and fast. Check out the 3 mile groomed spur trail up to the Moxie Mountain Lookout. Spectacular views of Sugarloaf and the Bigelows!
•    CARATUNK SPUR TRAIL  Open and groomed.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL  Great ride all the way through, from ITS 87 to ITS 86.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL  Open and groomed.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL   Nice riding. This trail combined with the Bald Mt Trail and ITS 87 makes a beautiful, scenic loop around Moxie Mountain.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL  Good ride all the way from Northern Outdoors to West Forks.

For day riders, there’s a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well-plowed and will accommodate large trailers. The entrance to the lot is ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. It is marked with a large sign on Route 201. Groomed access to all trails. Trail maps, 91 octane gas, food are available at NO.


Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club
 


The Forks Area Snowmobile Report   Monday, February 10th, 2014
 

Plenty of snow everywhere. The trails are in great shape and the riding is pretty awesome right now! All 100 miles of The Forks Trail System are open and being groomed regularly with our 2 Tucker Sno-Cats.

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARDS GREENVILLE  Great riding all the way. The ½ mile Power Line section near Lake Moxie is still just  a tad rough.  The Shirley Road is plowed with an active logging operation for about 1.5 miles. Watch for trucks.
•    ITS 88 FROM ITS 86 INTERSECTION HEADING WEST TOWARD ROCKWOOD  Plenty of snow and smooth sailing.
    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Boise Road and Divide Road sections are flat and fast. There is an active logging operation on the Hangtown Road, where we are sharing the road for ½ mile. Watch for trucks.  Check out the 3 mile groomed spur trail up to the Moxie Mountain Lookout. Spectacular views of Sugarloaf and the Bigelows!
•    CARATUNK SPUR TRAIL  Open and groomed.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL  Great ride all the way through, from ITS 87 to ITS 86.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL  Open and groomed.
    PLEASANT POND TRAIL   Nice riding. This trail combined with the Bald Mt Trail and ITS 87 makes a beautiful, scenic loop around Moxie Mountain.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL  Good ride all the way from Northern Outdoors to West Forks.

For day riders, there’s a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well-plowed and will accommodate large trailers. The entrance to the lot is ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. It is marked with a large sign on Route 201. Groomed access to all trails. Trail maps, 91 octane gas, food are available at Northern Outdoors.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

The Forks Area Snowmobile Report
Thursday, February 6th, 2014
 

Another 6” of snow fell on Wednesday. The trails are in great shape and the riding is pretty awesome right now! All 100 miles of The Forks Trail System are open and being groomed regularly with our 2 Tucker Sno-Cats.

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARDS GREENVILLE  Great riding all the way. The ½ mile Power Line section near Lake Moxie is still just  a tad rough.  The Shirley Road is plowed with an active logging operation for about 1.5 miles. Watch for trucks.
    ITS 88 FROM ITS 86 INTERSECTION HEADING WEST TOWARD ROCKWOOD  Plenty of snow and smooth sailing.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Boise Road and Divide Road sections are flat and fast. There is an active logging operation on the Hangtown Road, where we are sharing the road for ½ mile. Watch for trucks.  Check out the 3 mile spur trail up to the Moxie Mountain Lookout. Spectacular views of Sugarloaf and the Bigelows!
•    CARATUNK SPUR TRAIL  Open and groomed.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL  Great ride all the way through, from ITS 87 to ITS 86.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL  Open and groomed.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL   Nice riding. This trail combined with the Bald Mt Trail and ITS 87 makes a beautiful, scenic loop around Moxie Mountain.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL  Plenty of snow all the way from Northern Outdoors to West Forks.

For day riders, there’s a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well-plowed and will accommodate large trailers. The entrance to the lot is ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. It is marked with a large sign on Route 201. Groomed access to all trails. Trail maps, 91 octane gas, food are available at NO.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

 


The Forks Area Snowmobile Trail Report Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Another 3” of snow fell on Saturday night. Overall, the trails are in great shape and the riding is pretty awesome right now! All 100 miles of The Forks Trail System are open and being groomed regularly with our 2 Tucker Sno-Cats. Generally speaking the trails are flat with just a few icy spots here and there, just under the new snow. More snow headed our way on Wednesday.

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARDS GREENVILLE   The Boise Road section (about 3 miles) was plowed earlier in the season due to a logging operation (which has now moved out). Result is that this section has a base of ice with several inches of new snow on top. The new snow has packed down and stuck well to the ice, but some of the corners are thin. The ½ mile Power Line section near Lake Moxie is rough, but passable.  The Shirley Road is plowed with an active logging operation for about 1.5 miles. Watch for trucks. Good going everywhere else.
•    ITS 88 FROM ITS 86 INTERSECTION HEADING WEST TOWARD ROCKWOOD  Plenty of snow and good riding.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  First 2 miles on Boise Road and Divide Road has an ice base with several inches of new snow on top, due to the road being plowed earlier in the season because of logging (which has now moved out). Good snow cover the rest of the way. There is an active logging operation on the Hangtown Road, where we are sharing the road for ½ mile. Watch for trucks.  Check out the 3 mile spur trail up to the Moxie Mountain Lookout. Spectacular views of Sugarloaf and the Bigelows!
•    CARATUNK SPUR TRAIL  Open and groomed.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL  Nice ride all the way through, from ITS 87 to ITS 86.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL  Plenty of snow.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL   One mile section along the south end of the pond is rough. Real nice the rest of the way.
    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL  Plenty of snow all the way from Northern Outdoors to West Forks.

For day riders, there’s a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well-plowed and will accommodate large trailers. The entrance to the lot is ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. It is marked with a


The Forks Area Snowmobile Trail Report   Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 

Couple inches of new snow over the holiday weekend. This has helped immensely, and there should be no problems with lubrication now. All 100 miles of The Forks Trail System are open and being groomed regularly. Generally speaking trails are flat, with some ice in spots just under the new snow. With the good hard base we have and the new snow, the riding is pretty darn good right now!  Just be aware of the icy spots.

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARDS GREENVILLE   The Boise Road section (about 3 miles) was plowed earlier in the season due to a logging operation (which has now moved out). Result is that this section has a base of ice with a couple inches of new snow on top.  The ½ mile Power Line section near Lake Moxie is rough, but passable.  The Shirley Road is plowed with an active logging operation for about 1.5 miles. Watch for trucks.
•    ITS 88 FROM ITS 86 INTERSECTION HEADING WEST TOWARD ROCKWOOD  Plenty of snow and good riding.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  First 2 miles on Boise Road and Divide Road has an ice base with a couple inches of new snow on top, due to the road being plowed earlier in the season because of logging (which has now moved out). Good snow cover the rest of the way. There is an active logging operation on the Hangtown Road, where we are sharing the road for ½ mile. Watch for trucks.  Check out the 3 mile spur trail up to the Moxie Mountain Lookout. Spectacular views of Sugarloaf and the Bigelows!
•    CARATUNK SPUR TRAIL  Open and groomed.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL  Nice ride all the way through, from ITS 87 to ITS 86.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL  We have not groomed our 4 mile section yet. We plan to groom this on Wednesday.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL  Nice all the way through.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL  Plenty of snow all the way from Northern Outdoors to West Forks.

For day riders, there’s a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well-plowed and will accommodate large trailers. The entrance to the lot is ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. It is marked with a large sign on Route 201. Groomed access to all trails. Trail maps, 91 octane gas, food are available at the main lodge.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

The Forks Area Snowmobile Trail Report
Friday, January 17, 2014

We are fortunate in that we still have a great base with no bare spots on corners, etc. We have received a couple dustings of snow over the past 24 hours, which has helped greatly with lubrication. Trails have softened up some, but are still very hard with glare ice in spots. Generally speaking the trails are pretty flat. In a nutshell, there is plenty of base to ride on. However, it is a very hard compacted surface with glare ice in spots. Picks are recommended, but not absolutely necessary with an experienced rider. Be very, very careful of ice under the dusting. For our area, they are calling for an inch of snow on Saturday and another inch on Sunday.
ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARDS GREENVILLE The Boise Road section (about 3 miles) was plowed earlier in the season due to a logging operation (which has now moved out). Result is that this section had a hard packed base before the rain, and is now glare ice. Not bare ground, but ice. The Power Line section near Lake Moxie is rough, but passable. The Shirley Road is plowed with an active logging operation for about 1.5 miles. Very icy through there. Watch for trucks.
ITS 88 FROM ITS 86 INTERSECTION HEADING WEST TOWARD ROCKWOOD Very hard surface.
ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM First 2 miles on Boise Road and Divide Road are glare ice due to the road being plowed earlier in the season because of logging (which has now moved out). Good snow cover the rest of the way, but very hard trail surface. There is an active logging operation on the Hangtown Road, where we are sharing the road for ½ mile. Icy and watch for trucks. Check out the 3 mile spur trail up to the Moxie Mountain Lookout. Spectacular views of Sugarloaf and the Bigelows!
CARATUNK SPUR TRAIL Very hard surface.
BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL Very hard surface.
BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL We have not groomed our 4 mile section yet.
PLEASANT POND TRAIL Very hard surface.
KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL Plenty of snow, with a very hard surface.

For day riders, there’s a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well-plowed and will accommodate large trailers. The entrance to the lot is ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. It is marked with a large sign on Route 201. Groomed access to all trails. Trail maps, 91 octane gas, food are available at NO.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors SC

The Forks Area Snowmobile Trail Report:  Monday, January 13th, 2014

We received more rain and freezing rain over the weekend. We are fortunate in that we still have a great base with no bare spots on corners, etc. The bad news is concrete trails and glare ice in spots. Generally speaking the trails are pretty flat.  In a nutshell, there is plenty of base to ride on. However, it is a very hard compacted surface with glare ice in spots.  Picks are highly recommended.  Lubrication may be an issue. As more picked sleds ride, the trail will get “softened up” and provide better lube. Unfortunately, our groomers won’t be able to do anything until we get a bit of snow. 

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARDS GREENVILLE   The Boise Road section (about 3 miles) was plowed earlier in the season due to a logging operation (which has now moved out). Result is that this section had a hard packed base before the rain, and is now glare ice. Not bare ground, but ice.  The Power Line section near Lake Moxie is rough, but passable.  The Shirley Road is plowed with an active logging operation for about 1.5 miles. Very icy through there. Watch for trucks.
•    ITS 88 FROM ITS 86 INTERSECTION HEADING WEST TOWARD ROCKWOOD  Very hard surface.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  First 2 miles on Boise Road and Divide Road are glare ice due to the road being plowed earlier in the season because of logging (which has now moved out). Good snow cover the rest of the way, but very hard trail surface. There is an active logging operation on the Hangtown Road, where we are sharing the road for ½ mile. Icy and watch for trucks.  Check out the 3 mile spur trail up to the Moxie Mountain Lookout. Spectacular views of Sugarloaf and the Bigelows!
•    CARATUNK SPUR TRAIL  Very hard surface.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL  Very hard surface.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL  We have not groomed our 4 mile section yet.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL  Very hard surface.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL  Plenty of snow, with a very hard surface.

For day riders, there’s a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well-plowed and will accommodate large trailers. The entrance to the lot is ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. It is marked with a large sign on Route 201. Groomed access to all trails. Trail maps, 91 octane gas, food are available at NO.

If you are out on the trails, be very careful.
Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

The Forks Area Snowmobile Trail Report:
Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Although we received a pretty good dose of rain on Monday, we still have plenty of snow and overall the riding is surprisingly good! There are a few problem spots noted below. The trails have frozen up very hard, but workable with the groomers. As the groomers work the surface and more sleds ride, the trail will “soften up” and should provide ample lubrication. We will be grooming all 100 miles of The Forks Trail System over the next 3 days.
ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARDS GREENVILLE The Boise Road section (about 3 miles) was plowed earlier in the season due to a logging operation (which has now moved out). Result is that this section had a hard packed base before the rain, and is now very icy. Not bare ground, but ice. The Power Line section near Lake Moxie is rough, but passable. The Shirley Road is plowed with an active logging operation for about 1.5 miles. Icy through there. Watch for trucks.
ITS 88 FROM ITS 86 INTERSECTION HEADING WEST TOWARD ROCKWOOD Has decent snow cover and is groomed.
ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM First 2 miles on Boise Road and Divide Road are icy due to the road being plowed earlier in the season because of logging (which has now moved out). Good snow cover the rest of the way. There is an active logging operation on the Hangtown Road, where we are sharing the road for ½ mile. Icy and watch for trucks. Check out the 3 mile spur trail up to the Moxie Mountain Lookout. Spectacular views of Sugarloaf and the Bigelows!
CARATUNK SPUR TRAIL Groomed with good snow.
BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL Plenty of snow with good riding.
BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL We have not groomed our 4 mile section yet. Will try to get to it this week.
PLEASANT POND TRAIL Plenty of snow and good going all the way through.
KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL Groomed all the way from Northern Outdoors into town.
For day riders, there’s a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well-plowed and will accommodate large trailers. The entrance to the lot is ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. It is marked with a large sign on Route 201. Groomed access to all trails. Trail maps, 91 octane gas, food are available at NO.

There’s decent riding to be had! Ride carefully.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors SC


The Forks Area Snowmobile Trail Report 
Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

We have plenty of snow on the ground, and the trails have groomed out and set up great. We are on our regular grooming schedule on all 100 miles of The Forks Trail System. Riding is really good on all sections. Things are frozen up hard and we’ve been able to cover over most ditches, hazards, etc. As always, ride carefully.

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARDS GREENVILLE   Groomed on Thursday and in good shape.  The Power Line section near Lake Moxie has a couple rough spots, but not bad at all.  The Shirley Road is plowed with an active logging operation for about 1.5 miles. There’s a good hard packed snow base on the road. Watch for trucks through there.
•    ITS 88 FROM ITS 86 INTERSECTION HEADING WEST TOWARD ROCKWOOD  Groomed our section Thursday, to the Dyer Road. In good condition.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Groomed on Friday.  Great riding all the way.  There is a logging operation on the Hangtown Road, where we are sharing the road for ½ mile. Watch for trucks.  The 3 mile spur trail up to the Moxie Mountain Lookout has been groomed. Spectacular views of Sugarloaf and the Bigelows!
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL  Groomed all the way through with great riding.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL  We have not groomed our 4 mile section yet. Will get to it next week.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL  Groomed with good going all the way through.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL  Groomed all the way from Northern Outdoors into town, on Wednesday. Good shape.

A great start to the season . . . . .   The Riding is as good as it gets!

For day riders, there is a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT  at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well plowed and will easily accommodate large trailers. The entrance to the lot is ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. It is marked with a large sign on Route 201. Groomed access to all trails. 91 octane gas, trail maps, food are available at Northern Outdoors.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club


Monday, December 30th, 2013
The Forks Area Snowmobile Trail Report 

We have plenty of snow on the ground, and the trails have groomed out great. We are on our regular grooming schedule on all 100 miles of The Forks Trail System. Riding is really good on all sections. Things are frozen up hard and we’ve been able to cover over most ditches, hazards, etc.  Even with the abundant snow, it is early season so ride carefully.

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARDS GREENVILLE   Groomed on Monday night and in good shape.  The Power Line section near Lake Moxie has a couple rough spots, but not bad at all.  The Shirley Road is plowed with an active logging operation for about 1.5 miles. There’s a good hard packed snow base on the road. Watch for trucks through there.
•    ITS 88 FROM ITS 86 HEADING WEST TOWARD ROCKWOOD  Groomed our section Monday night, to the Dyer Road. In good condition.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Groomed on Monday.  Great riding all the way.  There is a logging operation on the Hangtown Road, where we are sharing the road for ½ mile. Watch for trucks.  The 3 mile spur trail up to the Moxie Mountain Lookout has been groomed. Spectacular views of Sugarloaf and the Bigelows!
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL  Groomed all the way through on Sunday with great riding.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL  We have not groomed our 4 mile section yet.  Hope to get to it before the weekend.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL  Groomed on Sunday.  Good going all the way through.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL  We have not groomed this yet.  Plan to get to it later this week.

Great start to the season!  

For day riders, there is a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT  at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well plowed and will easily accommodate large trailers. The entrance to the lot is ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. It is marked with a large sign on Route 201. Groomed access to all trails. 91 octane gas, trail maps, food are available at Northern Outdoors main lodge.

Jim Yearwood, Trailmaster
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club


December 22nd 2013
The Forks Area Snowmobile Trails Update.

All ITS trails were groomed on Thurs & Friday.  Road sections are good, woods sections are rough.
Secondary trails (Bald Mountain Trail and Pleasant Pond Trail) will be groomed on Christmas Eve. 
The grooming schedule after Christmas that will depend on weather.  We’ll need more snow to really do anything.  We also have several miles of plowed road (Divide Road and Boise Road) due to logging. This harvesting is scheduled to be completed around Christmas.
 
Jim Yearwood. Trailmaster
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