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The Forks Area Trail Network Weekly Snowmobile Trail Conditions Report 2015


THE FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK SNOWMOBILE REPORT FOR MARCH 31st, 2015

Our last grooming run for the season was on Saturday night, when the entire system was groomed. There is still plenty of snow and the trails are flat and holding up well with the cool temperatures and minimal traffic, so it’s still enjoyable if you want to score that last ride.

DETOUR . . . . .  ITS 87 BETWEEN PLEASANT POND AND MOXIE MOUNTAIN IS CLOSED DUE TO LOGGING AND SEVERAL MILES OF PLOWED ROAD WITH HEAVY TRUCKING.
Use the Pleasant Pond Trail and/or the Bald Mountain Trail as a detour around the closed section of ITS 87.

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. Intown is rough and thin. Once just 1 mile out of town, things improve greatly. Boise Road, Power Line sections are all in good shape. There is a 1/2 mile section of plowed road around Moxie Pond where you will be grinding dirt for a while. Logging has finished off the Shirley and Brochu Roads, so those sections have been groomed and it’s good going all the way to the ITS 88 intersection.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Divide Road section is groomed flat and fine riding. ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond is closed due to an active logging operation, with several miles of plowed road and heavy trucking. Use the Pleasant Pond Trail and/or the Bald Mountain Trail as a detour around the closed section of ITS 87.
•    CARATUNK SPUR.  Open into town.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Good ride.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87.  Good going all the way through to the Bingham turnaround.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL.  Open and good riding.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL.  Overall in decent shape. Just a couple bald inside corners.

The PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors is closed, but there is plenty of parking behind the Lodge. The restaurant at Northern Outdoors is closed, but 91 octane gas is available every day till 5pm. We're offering 50% lodging discounts on all free standing cabins (with kitchen facilities) while the snow lasts!

Thanks for a Great Season, we'll see you on the trails again in 2016

Jim Yearwood
Forks Area Trails Club

 



THE FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK SNOWMOBILE REPORT FOR MARCH 24th, 2015

We're still riding with great spring weather, plenty of coverage on the trails outside of town! Come on up!
We are grooming throughout this week as needed. A little bit of a warm up coming, but cooling off Friday night and throughout the weekend. Some nice spring riding out there! We will be wrapping up grooming for the season with our last runs on Saturday night.

DETOUR . . . . . ITS 87 BETWEEN PLEASANT POND AND MOXIE MOUNTAIN IS CLOSED DUE TO LOGGING AND SEVERAL MILES OF PLOWED ROAD WITH HEAVY TRUCKING. Use the Pleasant Pond Trail and/or the Bald Mountain Trail as a detour around the closed section of ITS 87.
  • ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. Intown is a bit rough. Once just 1 mile out of town, things improve greatly. Boise Road, Power Line sections are all in great shape. There is a 1/2 mile section of plowed road around Moxie Pond . . . . go slow through there. Logging has finished off the Shirley and Brochu Roads, so those sections are now groomed and it’s good going all the way to the ITS 88 intersection.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Divide Road section is groomed flat and fine riding. ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond is closed due to an active logging operation, with several miles of plowed road and heavy trucking. Use the Pleasant Pond Trail and/or the Bald Mountain Trail as a detour around the closed section of ITS 87.
  • CARATUNK SPUR. Open and groomed.
  • PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Smooth sailing!
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87. Good going all the way through to the Bingham turnaround.
  • BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL. Open and good riding.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL. Overall in fine shape.
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
Forks Area Trails Club



THE FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK SNOWMOBILE REPORT FOR MARCH 16th, 2015

12+ inches from the weekend snowstorm. All trail sections were groomed out Sunday night, and will be again on Monday night. We will groom again later in the week, in advance of the weekend. Cold temperatures will hold through the weekend. Outstanding riding right now!

DETOUR . . . . .  ITS 87 BETWEEN PLEASANT POND AND MOXIE MOUNTAIN IS CLOSED DUE TO LOGGING AND SEVERAL MILES OF PLOWED ROAD WITH HEAVY TRUCKING. Use the Pleasant Pond Trail and/or the Bald Mountain Trail as a detour around the closed section of ITS 87.

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. Intown, Boise Road, Power Line sections are all in great shape. There is a 1 mile section of plowed road around Moxie Pond and 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 fine shape.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Divide Road section is groomed flat and fine riding. ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond is closed due to an active logging operation, with several miles of plowed road and heavy trucking. Use the Pleasant Pond Trail and/or the Bald Mountain Trail as a detour around the closed section of ITS 87.
•    CARATUNK SPUR.  Open and groomed.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Smooth sailing!
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87.  Good going all the way through to the Bingham turnaround.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL.  Open and good riding.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL.  Overall in fine shape.

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.



THE FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK SNOWMOBILE REPORT FOR MARCH 8th, 2015

A brief warm up on Tuesday and Wednesday, with temps in the high 40’s. Cooling off after that and through the weekend. Still plenty of snow out there and our Tuckers are out grooming as often as necessary to keep the trails smooth. Great spring riding right now!

DETOUR . . . . .  ITS 87 BETWEEN PLEASANT POND AND MOXIE MOUNTAIN IS CLOSED DUE TO LOGGING AND SEVERAL MILES OF PLOWED ROAD WITH HEAVY TRUCKING. Use the Pleasant Pond Trail and/or the Bald Mountain Trail as a detour around the closed section of ITS 87.

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. Intown is beat up and needs more snow to groom out well, but it’s all easily passable. Once out of town just 1 mile, things improve greatly. There is a 2 mile section of plowed road due to logging, around Moxie Pond and on the Shirley Road section. Still a decent base of snow on most of the road, but there are a couple bare spots where the sun has beat it. Easy to get around. 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 fine shape.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Divide Road section is groomed flat and fine riding. ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond is closed due to an active logging operation, with several miles of plowed road and heavy trucking. Use the Pleasant Pond Trail and/or the Bald Mountain Trail as a detour around the closed section of ITS 87.
•    CARATUNK SPUR.  Open and groomed.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Smooth sailing!
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87.  Good going all the way through to the Bingham turnaround.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL.  Open and good riding.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL.  Overall in fine shape, but there are just a couple of bare inside corners that opened up with the warmer temps this week.

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.

 


THE FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK SNOWMOBILE REPORT FOR MARCH 1st, 2015
 

As we head into March, we can say that the trails are in great shape! Our Tuckers are out grooming as often as necessary to keep the trails smooth. Temperatures have moderated from the bitter cold we’ve had in Jan & Feb. It’s as good as it gets and it’s prime riding season!

DETOUR . . . . .  ITS 87 BETWEEN PLEASANT POND AND MOXIE MOUNTAIN IS CLOSED DUE TO LOGGING AND SEVERAL MILES OF PLOWED ROAD WITH HEAVY TRUCKING. Use the Pleasant Pond Trail and/or the Bald Mountain Trail as a detour around the closed section of ITS 87.

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. Intown is choppy with all the traffic, but not too bad. Once just a mile out of town, 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. 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 fine shape.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Divide Road section is groomed flat and fine riding. ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond is closed due to an active logging operation, with several miles of plowed road and heavy trucking. Use the Pleasant Pond Trail and/or the Bald Mountain Trail as a detour around the closed section of ITS 87.
•    CARATUNK SPUR.  Open and groomed.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Smooth sailing!
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87.  Great going all the way through to the Bingham turnaround.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL.  Open and good riding.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL.  Overall in fine shape.

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.


THE FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK SNOWMOBILE REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 23rd, 2015
 

Trails are in great shape! Our Tuckers are out grooming as often as necessary to keep the trails smooth. It’s as good as it gets and with a continuation of the cold temperatures in the forecast we're looking at prime riding all the way through March!

DETOUR . . . . .  ITS 87 BETWEEN PLEASANT POND AND MOXIE MOUNTAIN IS CLOSED DUE TO LOGGING AND SEVERAL MILES OF PLOWED ROAD WITH HEAVY TRUCKING. Use the Pleasant Pond Trail and/or the Bald Mountain Trail as a detour around the closed section of ITS 87.

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. Intown is choppy with all the traffic, but not too bad. Once just a mile out of town, 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. 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 fine shape.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Divide Road section is groomed flat and fine riding. ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond is closed due to an active logging operation, with several miles of plowed road and heavy trucking. Use the Pleasant Pond Trail and/or the Bald Mountain Trail as a detour around the closed section of ITS 87.
•    CARATUNK SPUR.  Open and groomed.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Smooth sailing!
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87.  Great going all the way through to the Bingham turnaround.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL.  Open and good riding.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL.  Overall in fine shape.

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
Forks Area Trails Club

THE FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK SNOWMOBILE REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 17th, 2015

Trails are in great shape! With the higher volume of vacation week traffic, we are grooming every night this week to keep things as smooth as possible. It’s as good as it gets and it’s prime riding season for the next 4 weeks!

DETOUR . . . . .  ITS 87 BETWEEN PLEASANT POND AND MOXIE MOUNTAIN IS CLOSED DUE TO LOGGING AND SEVERAL MILES OF PLOWED ROAD WITH HEAVY TRUCKING. Use the Pleasant Pond Trail and/or the Bald Mountain Trail as a detour around the closed section of ITS 87.

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. Intown is a bit choppy with all the traffic, but not bad. Once just a mile out of town, 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. 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 fine shape.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Divide Road section is groomed flat and fine riding. ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond is closed due to an active logging operation, with several miles of plowed road and heavy trucking. Use the Pleasant Pond Trail and/or the Bald Mountain Trail as a detour around the closed section of ITS 87.
•    CARATUNK SPUR.  Open and groomed.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Smooth sailing!
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87.  Great going all the way through to the Bingham turnaround.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL.  Open and good riding.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL.  Overall in fine shape.

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
Forks Area Trails Club



Here's a live trail conditions report from Zach's snowmobile! Happy Valentines Day riding to all. 

Rider Live Report- Moxie Mountain Scenic Lookouts On The Trails: The Forks Maine Feb 14, 2015  

Moxie Mountain The Forks MaineWe've got incredible snowmobiling here in The Forks, Maine! Trail conditions couldn't be better as we cross the halfway point of February, 2015. Zach couldn't wait to get out on Valentine's Day to show you live footage of his exploration of some of the more scenic spots in The Forks Area Trail Network. Enjoy the scenic overlooks of Moxie Mountain and the Pleasant Pond Trail in this video. With another winter storm on the way, you can guarantee the riding is going to be prime well into March. Check out our Recommended Rides page to see all our favorite loop tours. With the snow this good, we are riding as far north as Millinocket, and stopping at the abandoned trains at Eagle Lake.
Happy riding!

 



THE FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK SNOWMOBILE REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 10th, 2015
 

Another 3+” yesterday. All trail sections have plenty of snow. Our two Tuckers are running regularly and grooming everything out as needed. It’s as good as it gets and it’s prime riding season for the next 6 weeks!

DETOUR . . . . .  ITS 87 BETWEEN PLEASANT POND AND MOXIE MOUNTAIN IS CLOSED DUE TO LOGGING AND SEVERAL MILES OF PLOWED ROAD WITH HEAVY TRUCKING. Use the Pleasant Pond Trail and/or the Bald Mountain Trail as a detour around the closed section of ITS 87.

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. You know things are good when we can say the intown trail is in decent shape! 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. 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 good shape.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Divide Road section is groomed and fine riding. Rough spots heading south toward Pleasant Pond have all filled in well. ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond is closed due to an active logging operation, with several miles of plowed road and heavy trucking. Use the Pleasant Pond Trail and/or the Bald Mountain Trail as a detour around the closed section of ITS 87.
•    CARATUNK SPUR.  Open and groomed.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Smooth sailing!
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87.  Good going all the way through to the Bingham turnaround.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL.  Open and good riding.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL.  Overall in good shape.

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
Forks Area Trails Club

THE FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK SNOWMOBILE REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 3rd, 2015


Another 6+” yesterday. All trail sections have plenty of snow. Our two Tuckers are running regularly and grooming everything out as needed. It’s prime riding season for the next 6 weeks!

DETOUR . . . . .  ITS 87 BETWEEN PLEASANT POND AND MOXIE MOUNTAIN IS CLOSED DUE TO LOGGING AND SEVERAL MILES OF PLOWED ROAD WITH HEAVY TRUCKING. Use the Pleasant Pond Trail and/or the Bald Mountain Trail as a detour around the closed section of ITS 87.

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. You know things are good when we can say the intown trail is in decent shape! 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. 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 good shape.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Divide Road section is groomed and fine riding. Rough spots heading south toward Pleasant Pond have all filled in well. ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond is closed due to an active logging operation, with several miles of plowed road and heavy trucking. Use the Pleasant Pond Trail and/or the Bald Mountain Trail as a detour around the closed section of ITS 87.
•    CARATUNK SPUR.  Open and groomed.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Smooth sailing!
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87.  Good going all the way through to the Bingham turnaround.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL.  Open and good riding.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL.  Overall in good shape.

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
Forks Area Trails Club


THE FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK VIDEO REPORT FOR JANUARY 30th, 2015

Rider Live Report- Winter Storms Score On The Trails: The Forks Maine Jan 30, 2015  

The Forks Maine snowmobilingFolks loved the last live video trail report, so here's another live snowmobile Rider Report from The Forks Area Trail Network. After 8" of fresh snow last week, Emily and Russell couldn't wait to get out on the trails. We followed them around for the day as The Forks got an additional 10" dump. Needless to say the conditions are prime right now, but don't take our word for it, check it out for yourself! The best part of this all? Along with a great snow base on the trails, really cold temps are staying in the area for the foreseeable forecast, setting us all up for fantastic February riding. It's snowing today and more is on the way. Now is the time to get out there on these trails, and enjoy a rider's paradise (yeah, that's what SuperTrax International says about Northern Outdoors and Maine snowmobiling) designed just for snowmobiling fans.
You can ride for hundreds of miles from Northern Outdoors in western Maine, on loop trails in The Forks Area Trail Network alone that cover incredible scenery with no need to double back on the same trails. We've got maps, gas, wifi, and a list of recommended area rides waiting for you at our snowmobile resort. Don't forget the Kennebec River Pub & Brewery and trailside cabins - a rider's heaven.


THE FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK REPORT FOR JANUARY, 29th, 2015

We received about 10” of snow on Tuesday. Groomed everything out Wednesday and Thursday. Ready for the next storm on Friday. Plenty of snow to work with now!

DETOUR . . . . .  ITS 87 BETWEEN PLEASANT POND AND MOXIE MOUNTAIN IS CLOSED DUE TO LOGGING AND SEVERAL MILES OF PLOWED ROAD WITH HEAVY TRUCKING. Use the Pleasant Pond Trail and/or the Bald Mountain Trail as a detour around the closed section of ITS 87.

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. Intown is still a bit rough, but not bad. 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. 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 good shape.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Divide Road section is groomed and fine riding. Woods trail section heading toward Pleasant Pond is still a little choppy, but much improved after this last storm. ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond is closed due to an active logging operation, with several miles of plowed road and heavy trucking. Use the Pleasant Pond Trail and/or the Bald Mountain Trail as a detour around the closed section of ITS 87.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Still just a bit rough the first 1 mile on the woods trail, then smooth sailing the rest of the way.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87.  Good going all the way through to the Bingham turnaround.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL.  Open and good riding.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS INTO TOWN.  Groomed and a little choppy in a couple spots, but overall in good shape.

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
Forks Area Trails Club


THE FORKS AREA TRAILS UPDATE FOR JANUARY 28th, 2015


We received anywhere from 8 - 10 inches of snow from winter storm Juno. Both groomers are out on the trails today. We'll post a full trail report tomorrow - but this snow was just what we needed on top of the solid base.

With more snow forecast for Friday and then possibly again next week it looks as if the snow train is coming! We're looking forward to some great February riding.



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 sect
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