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Snowmobile Trail Conditions Report  - The Forks, Maine

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The Forks Area Trail Network Weekly Snowmobile Trail Conditions Report 2015


The FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK: LIVE VIDEO REPORT ON TRAIL CONDITIONS - JANUARY 23, 2015

Rider Live Report- The Forks Maine Snowmobile Trail Conditions Report Jan 23, 2015

The Forks Maine Snowmobiling Trail Conditions - Northern OutdoorsWant to REALLY know what the trail conditions are currently like in The Forks Maine on the ITS 86, 87 trail network? Follow along with Russell Walters at Northern Outdoors, as he rides on all the favorite trails and shows you exactly what's good, what's rough, and why there is still enough snow to get in some good January riding up in western Maine. Open cruisers are still in great shape, the woods have some rough spots. In fact, The Forks Area Trail Network is one of the few places in all of New England with the most snow. You can check out the current snow depth map from NERFC to confirm this, at Northern Outdoors' Trail Conditions Report page in the link above. While Mother Nature is being a big tease with this recent rain, the cold temps are holding and we didn't lose much snow after all.


THE FORKS AREA SNOWMOBILE TRAIL UPDATE FOR JANUARY 21, 2015

Unfortunately it was all rain last Sunday. Luckily, we had a good snowpack before the rain. Our trails held up better than I would have thought. There are some trouble spots, mainly on woods trails. Woods trails are in poor shape and rough, and had some water pooling. However, cold temps have frozen everything back up and the woods trails are all passable. You just have to grin and bear it through the woods trails.
Sections on unplowed roads are still in very good shape with plenty of snow. The vast majority of The Forks Trail System is on unplowed logging roads. We groomed all sections on Tuesday and will do so again before the weekend. We were able to smooth out most of the frozen ski ruts and such, and get the trails fairly smooth. Grooming also broke up the hard pack a bit, to help with lubrication.
 
DETOUR . . . . .  ITS 87 between Pleasant Pond and Moxie Mountain is temporarily closed due to logging. Use the Pleasant Pond Trail and/or the Bald Mountain Trail as a detour around the closed section of ITS 87. Pleasant Pond Trail is in poor to fair shape with 2 miles of rough woods trail and 5 miles of formerly plowed road that has an ice surface. We pulled down the snowbanks most of the way, so you can stay on snow as much as possible. You can also detour around the logging on ITS 87, by using ITS 86 and the Bald Mountain Trail. This is a longer detour than using the Pleasant Pond Trail, but overall probably better riding.
 
  • ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. Intown is rough with some dirt showing in spots, but easily passable. Once out of town just a mile, things improve greatly. Boise Road section is great. Half mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is rough, but passable. There is a 2 mile section of plowed road due to logging, around Moxie Pond and on the Shirley Road section. Ice on plowed sections. 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 and yield to trucks. Rest of the way up to ITS 88 intersection is in great shape.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Divide Road section is groomed flat and fine riding all the way to Northern Outdoors. Wet areas south to Pleasant Pond have all frozen over, but are rough. ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond is closed due to an active logging operation, with several miles of plowed road. See note above regarding the detour.
  • PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Wet areas in the first 2 miles are all frozen over, but rough riding. Need more snow to fill everything in. As you continue east after that, there is about 5 miles of formerly plowed road that has an ice surface. We were able to pull down the snowbanks most of the way, so you can stay on snow.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87.  Good riding all the way through to the Bingham turnaround. Just a couple of very short woods trail sections that are rough.
  • BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL.  Open and groomed. Nice riding.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS INTO TOWN.  Wet spots have frozen over, but rough in places. All passable though, just need more snow to get it smooth.
 
Bottom line is that there is decent riding to be had out there! You can get around everywhere, but you’ll have to go easy on the woods trail sections. Watch out for hazards that have popped up due to the rain on Sunday. You can come up on them at any time!
 
For day riders, there is a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well plowed and has plenty of room for large trailers. The lot is marked with a large sign on Route 201. Trail maps, 91 octane gas, food are available at Northern Outdoors.
 
Jim Yearwood
The Forks Area Trails Club

THE FORKS AREA SNOWMOBILE TRAIL UPDATE FOR JANUARY 19th, 2015

 
The area received heavy rain on Sunday night and temperatures are warm today. We are able to ride out of the lodge and once you get out of the valley the trails are fine.

Things are expected to cool off tonight and stay cold through the rest of week. We're planning to groom tomorrow night. We will post a fuller report mid-week.




THE FORKS AREA SNOWMOBILE TRAIL REPORT FOR JANUARY 14th, 2015


We are on our regular winter grooming schedule, smoothing out the trails as needed. Cold temps have solidified all wet spots, and we’ve been able to pull snow into the depressions. Trails on roads are in excellent shape. Woods trails are rough and need more snow to smooth out. However, they are all easily passable. .
About 90% of The Forks Trail System is on unplowed roads

DETOUR . . . . .  ITS 87 between Pleasant Pond and Moxie Mountain is temporarily closed due to logging. Use the Pleasant Pond Trail and/or the Bald Mountain Trail as a detour around the closed section of ITS 87. Pleasant Pond Trail is in fair shape with 2 miles of rough woods trail and 5 miles of formerly plowed road that has about 3” of groomed/packed snow on it. The best detour around the logging on ITS 87, is to use ITS 86 and the Bald Mountain Trail. This is a little bit longer detour than using the Pleasant Pond Trail, but excellent riding all the way. Well worth the extra miles.

•    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 just a mile, 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 and yield to trucks. Rest of the way up to ITS 88 intersection is in great shape.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Divide Road section is groomed flat and excellent riding all the way to Northern Outdoors. Wet areas south to Pleasant Pond have all frozen over, but are still rough. ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond is closed due to an active logging operation, with several miles of plowed road. See note above regarding the detour.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Wet areas in the first 2 miles are all frozen over, but still rough riding. Need more snow to fill everything in. Rest of the way is ok. There is about 5 miles of formerly plowed road that has about 3” of groomed/packed snow on it.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87.  Excellent riding all the way through to the Bingham turnaround.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL.  Open and groomed. Nice riding.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS INTO TOWN.  Wet spots have frozen over, but still rough in places. All passable though, just need more snow to get it smooth.

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 very large, well plowed and has plenty of room for large trailers. The lot is marked with a large sign on Route 201. Trail maps, 91 octane gas, food are available at Northern Outdoors.

Jim Yearwood
The Forks Area Trails Club

 


THE FORKS AREA SNOWMOBILE TRAIL REPORT FOR JANUARY 6th, 2015
 

northern outdoors snowmobilingThe 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.  In town 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.
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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.

Jim Yearwood
The Forks Area Trails Club

 



THE FORKS AREA SNOWMOBILE TRAIL REPORT FOR DECEMBER 31st, 2014
 

Even with the warm temps over Christmas, we still have decent snow cover. Biggest problem is wet areas that haven’t frozen over yet. Cold temps this week will hopefully take care of that. There are some trails that are in good shape with enjoyable riding, and others that are closed until freeze up and more snow. Generally speaking, good early season riding on the sections noted below.

RECOMMENDED RIDING IS ON ITS 86 BETWEEN BERRY’S STORE AND THE ITS 88 INTERSECTION HEADING TOWARDS GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD, THE BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL, AND THE DIVIDE ROAD (ITS 87) HEADING ONLY TO NORTHERN OUTDOORS.

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION.  This section was groomed on Monday. Intown is rough, with some wet areas. Once out of town a couple miles, things improve greatly. Boise Road section is great. Half mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is decent. Couple wet spots through there that are easily gotten around. There is a 2 mile section of plowed road due to logging, around Moxie Pond and on the Shirley Road section. Hard packed snow and ice on plowed sections. 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. ITS 87 heading south from Northern Outdoors is closed until freeze up. Many wet spots.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Closed until freeze up. Many wet spots.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87.  Groomed on Tuesday. Great riding all the way through to the Bingham turnaround. Just one or two minor wet spots to navigate around.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL.  Closed until freeze up. Many wet spots.

Bottom line is that there is some good riding on the trail sections noted above. Also good off trail riding. It is early season, so be cautious of hazards out there.

Jim Yearwood
The Forks Area Trails Club

 



THE FORKS AREA SNOWMOBILE TRAIL REPORT FOR DECEMBER 22nd, 2014
 

Up to 2 feet of snow on the ground in most places. We have begun grooming on certain trail sections as noted below. Good early season groomed and ungroomed riding in most places, however ride with caution.  Some water spots have not frozen over well. Last weeks wet heavy snow created areas with small trees overhanging the trail.  Also, there are still some fall logging operations going that will be finishing up at Christmas . . . . so if you hit a plowed road GO SLOW!

RECOMMENDED RIDING IS ON ITS 86 BETWEEN BERRY’S STORE AND THE ITS 88 INTERSECTION HEADING TOWARDS GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD, AS WELL AS THE DIVIDE ROAD (ITS 87) HEADING ONLY TO NORTHERN OUTDOORS. ALL OTHER TRAILS HAVE SECTIONS WITH NUMEROUS OVERHANGING TREES . . . . . PASSABLE BY SLED BUT SINGLE FILE THROUGH A TUNNEL IN THOSE SPOTS.

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION.  This section was groomed this weekend. Intown is a little rough, with some small unfrozen water crossings. Small trees crowding the trail in spots. Boise Road section is great. Half mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is decent. There is a 2 mile section of plowed road due to logging, around Moxie Pond and on the Shirley Road section. 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. From the Divide Road to Pleasant Pond is groomed, but has a lot of overhanging trees. All passable though. Rest of ITS 87 from Pleasant Pond heading south is temporarily closed due to a logging operation with several miles of plowed road. Access south to Bingham is through the Pleasant Pond Trail, then the Bald Mountain Trail, then back onto ITS 87 south of Moxie Mountain. There is a 3 mile section of plowed road on the Pleasant Pond Trail, due to a fall logging operation that is just finishing up.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL.  Has been broken through with the groomer, but without the drag. Plenty of snow but not groomed out. There is a 3 mile section of plowed road, due to a fall logging operation that is just finishing up.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87.  First 5 miles on the Crooked Road section have been groomed and is good riding. Middle 5 mile section from Crooked Road to Troutdale Road has not been broken through with the groomer. However, sleds have been riding through there. Last 5 mile section from Troutdale Road to junction of ITS 87 has been broken through with the groomer, but without the drag so it is not groomed out.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL.  Has not been broken through with the groomer. However, sleds have been going through.

Bottom line is that there is some good early season riding. But be cautious of unfrozen water crossings, overhanging trees from last weeks storm, and late fall logging operations.

Jim Yearwood
The Forks Area Trails Club


THE FORKS AREA SNOWMOBILE TRAIL REPORT DECEMBER 13th, 2014


We've got snow on the ground and the grooming crew plan to get out on the trails to check for blow downs and obstructions next week.There's still a lot of water around and river crossings and lakes are NOT safe.

As temps cool off and things freeze up again we should be in good shape for our scheduled opening day on December 26th.

We'll post a formal report once we've been out on the trails next week.


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