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The Forks Area Trail Network Weekly Snowmobile Trail Conditions Report 2016


THE FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK SNOWMOBILE REPORT FOR MARCH 13th, 2016

That's it for us for the season - 2016 the winter that never was. We'll see you on the trails next year for what we hope will be the return of a real winter.
 

THE FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK SNOWMOBILE REPORT FOR MARCH 9th, 2016

With consistently warmer temperatures all this week, we have finished up grooming for the season. As of today, there is still decent trail and off trail riding in the area. With the stronger spring sun, there are some patches of ground starting to show through on some sections, but you can still get around and enjoy that last ride.
The PARK & RIDE LOT just south of Northern Outdoors is closed.

Jim Yearwood
Forks Area Trails Club

THE FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK SNOWMOBILE REPORT FOR MARCH 2nd, 2016

We received 3” of snow Tuesday night, followed by just a little sleet and freezing rain this morning. Temps are going to drop below zero tonight, and it is supposed to stay cold at least for the next several days. We are sending out both Tucker groomers and will have our entire trail system groomed by tomorrow evening. Prior to this snow, all trails had a good hard base of ice and hard packed snow. Trails will be in great shape but watch out for ice under this snow . . . .  especially on corners. We will be grooming throughout the weekend.

For day riders the FREE PARK & RIDE LOT is open. The lot is very large, well plowed, and will accommodate large trailers. There is groomed access to all trails from the lot. It is located right on Route 201, just ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. Food, trail maps, 91 octane gas are available at Northern Outdoors.

We are committed to remain open at least through March 13th, with 40% discounts on lodging through the end of the season.

Jim Yearwood
Forks Area Trails Club


THE FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK SNOWMOBILE REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 27TH, 2016

With all the recent warm weather and rain, our trail system has taken a beating. There is a ton of ice on many sections, particularly the Divide Road, Boise Road and heading back towards West Forks. There is decent snow on the Bald Mountain Trail and on ITS 86 north of Moxie Pond.  We are not grooming any of our trails until we get more snow. We only need a few inches of snow, as we still have a good base of ice and hard packed snow in most places.

There is good riding from West Forks heading north, on the Coburn Summit Riders trail system. They received a little more snow than we did, and have been able to groom. There is parking at the ballfield in West Forks, and it is good riding with minimal ice on ITS 87 heading north towards Lake Parlin.

We will be posting more details on our Facebook page, along with details on March lodging discounts.

Jim Yearwood
Forks Area Trails Club



THE FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK SNOWMOBILE REPORT FOR  FEBRUARY 18TH, 2016

We received about 3” of snow, then heavy rain on Tuesday. Needless to say, our trail system took a beating. Everything is still passable, but there is a lot of ice. Sections of trail on plowed roads are sheer ice . . .  sections of trail on unplowed roads are generally ice down the middle with very hard packed snow on the sides . . . . woods trails are very poor. Again, everything is passable and there are people riding and making the best of what there is. Picks are highly recommended. We still have a decent base and if we can get just a few inches of snow we will be back out grooming. Hopefully this weekend.

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION.  Intown is very rough, but passable. Boise Road section has a lot of ice. Half mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is very rough.     There is a 2 mile section of plowed road due to logging, around Moxie Pond and on the Shirley Road section. Sheer ice on the plowed road. Rest of the way up to ITS 88 intersection has icy spots.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Divide Road section to Northern Outdoors is very icy. ITS 87 heading south from Northern Outdoors to Pleasant Pond and over to the Moore's Bog area has 3 separate 1 mile sections of woods trails that are very rough. There are also 2 separate 1 mile sections of plowed road due to logging. Go slow through there and watch for trucks.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Closed for the entire season due to logging.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87.  Icy in places.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL.  Is passable all the way through. Last mile on the north end is very rough.

For day riders, the FREE PARK & RIDE LOT is open. The lot is very large, well plowed and can accommodate large trailers. There is groomed access to all trails from the lot. It is located right on Route 201 just ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. Food, trail maps, 91 octane gas are available at Northern Outdoors.

Jim Yearwood
Forks Area Trails Club


THE FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK SNOWMOBILE REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 11TH, 2016

We received between 3 and 5 inches of snow on Monday night, depending on the exact location.  The low end down along the Kennebec River and upper amounts once you get out of the valley.  With this new snow our trail conditions have improved greatly. We groomed all trail sections on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, and plan to groom right through the weekend.
In general, sections of trail on unplowed roads are very good and woods trails are rough. The Forks Trail System is about 80% roads and 20% woods trails. There is very enjoyable riding out there but it is still low snow conditions for mid-February. Watch out for unexpected hazards.
 
•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION.  Intown is very rough, but passable. We can’t groom intown until we get more snow. Once out of town just a couple miles, things improve greatly. Boise Road section is good. Half mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is rough. 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. There is a hard packed snow surface on the plowed road. Rest of the way up to ITS 88 intersection is in fine shape.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Divide Road section to Northern Outdoors is good. ITS 87 heading south from Northern Outdoors to Pleasant Pond and over to the Moores Bog area has 3 separate 1 mile sections of woods trails that are rough. Other than that it is good going. There are also 2 separate 1 mile sections of plowed road due to logging. There is a hard packed snow surface on the plowed roads. Go slow through there and watch for trucks. Caratunk Spur is groomed. The 3 mile spur trail up to the Moxie Mountain Lookout is groomed . . . .  Nice views of the Bigelow Range and Sugarloaf/USA.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Closed for the entire season due to logging.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87.  Nice ride all the way through.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL.  Is open all the way through and groomed. Last mile on the north end can’t be groomed until we get more snow, so it’s rough but passable.

For day riders, the FREE PARK & RIDE LOT is open. The lot is very large, well plowed and can accommodate large trailers. There is groomed access to all trails from the lot. It is located right on Route 201 just ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. Food, trail maps, 91 octane gas are available at Northern Outdoors.

Jim Yearwood
Forks Area Trails Club




THE FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK SNOWMOBILE REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 4TH, 2016

We received about 4” of snow on Wednesday, followed by just a little rain. Temperatures are warm today . . . . in the mid-30’s but will cool off tonight and through the weekend. We will attempt to groom tonight, Friday and Saturday to get things as best as possible. We’ll do the best we can with what we have. In general, sections of trail on unplowed roads are decent and woods trails are very rough. There is riding out there but it certainly isn’t February conditions and, even with the snow we received, it is very low snow conditions. Watch out for unexpected hazards.
 
*** If you are traveling between Bingham and The Forks, use the Bald Mountain Trail instead of ITS 87. There are a few miles of very rough woods trails on ITS 87 between Moxie Mountain and the Pleasant Pond area.  

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION.  Intown is very rough, but passable. We can’t groom intown until we get more snow. Once out of town just a couple miles, things improve somewhat. Boise Road section is fair. Half mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is very rough. 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. You can stay on snow most of the way, by staying to the sides. Rest of the way up to ITS 88 intersection is in fair to good shape.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Divide Road section to Northern Outdoors is fair. ITS 87 heading south from Northern Outdoors to Pleasant Pond and over to the Moores Bog area has a few miles of woods trails that are very rough. We can’t groom these sections until we get more snow. Riding ITS 87 south of Northern Outdoors is not recommended. If you are traveling between The Forks and Bingham, use the Bald Mountain Trail to travel north and south. Caratunk Spur is open. Spur trail up to the Moxie Mountain Lookout is open. Nice views of Bigelow Range and Sugarloaf
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•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Closed for the entire season due to logging.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87.  Decent ride all the way through.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL.  Is open all the way through. Last mile on the north end can’t be groomed until we get more snow, so it’s very rough but passable.
 
For day riders, the FREE PARK & RIDE LOT is open. The lot is very large, well plowed and can accommodate large trailers. There is groomed access to all trails from the lot. It is located right on Route 201 just ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. Food, trail maps, 91 octane gas are available at Northern Outdoors.

Jim Yearwood
Forks Area Trails Club


THE FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK SNOWMOBILE REPORT FOR JANUARY 26TH, 2016


No new snow since last weeks report. Trails are holding up well, considering the minimal snow. Groomers have been out on all sections this week and we will hit things again, as needed, on Thurs, Fri and Sat nights. Generally speaking, sections of the trail on unplowed roads are in good shape. Woods trails are very rough, but passable. There is plenty of snow to groom on road sections. We are not grooming woods trails until we get more snow. Fortunately, about 75% of our trail system is on roads. We have been able to pull snow into most of the water bars that opened up with all the rain we had on Jan 10, but there are still some divots here and there. You have to be careful at all times. There is very enjoyable riding out there, but remember that it is low snow conditions.

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION.  Intown is very rough, but passable. We can’t groom intown until we get more snow. Once out of town just a couple miles, things improve greatly. Boise Road section is fine riding. Half mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is very rough. 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 sections.  This plowed section has a hard packed snow cover on it. Go slow through there. Rest of the way up to ITS 88 intersection is in good shape.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Divide Road section to Northern Outdoors is good. ITS 87 heading south from Northern Outdoors to Pleasant Pond area has two separate 1 mile wooded sections that are very rough. We can’t groom these sections until we get more snow. From Pleasant Pond area continuing south is mostly on roads and in decent shape. There is a 1 mile section of plowed road near Baker Pond. Road has a hard packed snow surface. If you are traveling between The Forks and Bingham and want to miss those two rough sections, then use the Bald Mountain Trail to travel north and south. Caratunk Spur is open and groomed. Spur trail up to the Moxie Mountain Lookout is open and groomed. Nice views of Bigelow Range and Sugarloaf.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Closed for the entire season due to logging.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87. Great ride all the way through.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL.  Is open and groomed all the way through. Last mile on the north end can’t be groomed until we get more snow, so it’s rough but passable.

For day riders, the FREE PARK & RIDE LOT is open. The lot is very large, well plowed and can accommodate large trailers. There is groomed access to all trails from the lot. It is located right on Route 201 just ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. Food, trail maps, 91 octane gas are available at Northern Outdoors.

Jim Yearwood
Forks Area Trails Club


THE FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK SNOWMOBILE REPORT FOR JANUARY 20TH, 2016

Groomers have been out on all sections this week and we will hit things again, as needed, on Thurs, Fri and Sat nights. Generally speaking, sections of the trail on unplowed roads are in very good shape. Woods trails are very rough, but passable. There is plenty of snow to groom on road sections. We are not grooming woods trails until we get more snow. Fortunately, about 75% of our trail system is on roads. We have been able to pull snow into most of the water bars that opened up with all the rain we had on Jan 10, but there are still some divots here and there. You have to be careful at all times. There is very enjoyable riding out there, but remember that it is low snow conditions.

** FOR RIDERS GOING BETWEEN THE FORKS AND BINGHAM . . . .  Because of very rough trail and water issues on ITS 87 around Pleasant Pond and Moore’s Bog, it is highly recommended to use the Bald Mountain Trail and not ITS 87 to travel north and south. This section is all passable, but we haven’t been able to groom about 4 miles of woods trail until we get more snow. Bald Mountain Trail is in very good shape.

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION.  Intown is very rough, but passable. We can’t groom intown until we get more snow. Once out of town just a couple miles, things improve greatly. Boise Road section is great riding. Half mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is very rough. 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 sections.  This plowed section has a hard packed snow cover on it, with some powder. No issues with lubrication. Go slow through there. Rest of the way up to ITS 88 intersection is in very good shape.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Divide Road section to Northern Outdoors is great. ITS 87 heading south from Northern Outdoors to the Moore’s Bog area has a number of wet spots that are frozen over, and it is very rough. We can’t groom this section until we get more snow. From Moore’s Bog area continuing south is mostly on roads and in decent shape. Caratunk Spur is open and groomed.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Closed for the entire season due to logging.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87. Great ride all the way through to the Bingham turnaround.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL.  Is open and groomed all the way through. Last mile on the north end can’t be groomed until we get more snow, so it’s rough but passable.

For day riders, the FREE PARK & RIDE LOT is open. The lot is very large, well plowed and can accommodate large trailers. There is groomed access to all trails from the lot. It is located right on Route 201 just ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. Food, trail maps, 91 octane gas are available at Northern Outdoors.

Jim Yearwood
Forks Area Trails Club


THE FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK SNOWMOBILE REPORT FOR JANUARY 15TH, 2016
Snowmobile Ride Report Northern Outdoors We received 10+ inches of snow earlier this week. Groomers have been out on all sections re-establishing the base which took a beating after all the rain last Sunday. Generally speaking, sections of the trail on unplowed roads are in good shape. Woods trails are rough. Last weekend’s rain created a lot of ice under this recent snow, so be careful especially on corners. Also any standing or running water created by the rain is just now draining out and freezing over. Ice bridges over these spots are just starting to form. There is very enjoyable riding out there, but remember that it is early season conditions, so be very careful.

Check out Zack's Video Rider Report from earlier today by clicking here.

** FOR RIDERS GOING BETWEEN THE FORKS AND BINGHAM
. . . .  Because of rough trail and water issues on ITS 87 around Pleasant Pond and Moore’s Bog, it is highly recommended to use the Bald Mountain Trail and not ITS 87 to travel north and south.

  • TS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION.  Intown is rough. Once out of town a couple miles, things improve. Boise Road section is good riding, but has ice under the snow. Be careful, especially on corners. Half mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is rough. 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 sections.  This plowed section has a hard packed snow cover on it. Go slow through there. Rest of the way up to ITS 88 intersection is in decent shape.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Divide Road section is decent . . . .  Some ice under the snow in places. ITS 87 heading south from Northern Outdoors to the Moore’s Bog area has a number of wet spots that are just starting to freeze over, and it is very rough. From Moore’s Bog area continuing south is mostly on roads and in decent shape. Caratunk Spur is open and groomed.
  • PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Closed for the entire season due to logging.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87. Good riding all the way through to the Bingham turnaround. A couple wet spots to navigate around.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL.  Is open and groomed all the way through.

For day riders, the FREE PARK & RIDE LOT is open. The lot is well plowed and can accommodate large trailers. It is located right on Route 201 just ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. Food, trail maps, 91 octane gas are available at Northern Outdoors.

Jim Yearwood
Forks Area Trails Club



THE FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK SNOWMOBILE UPDATE FOR JANUARY 11TH, 2016


We received about 2 inches of rain yesterday which needs to drain from the trails. We also need cold temps to set back in again to freeze the trails and stream crossings.

Forecasts are calling for a couple of potential storms, one on Tuesday and Wednesday and another at the weekend, so stay tuned to the Trails Report, we’ll post more information as we get it.



THE FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK SNOWMOBILE REPORT FOR January 8, 2016


The snow we received over a week ago has packed down considerably, and very cold temps have frozen up most of the wet spots. Lots of sleds out last weekend enjoying the early season riding. We went out with the groomers after the storms before New Years and panned everything out. We have a good solid base established on the trails  and now just need a few inches of fresh snow in order to groom things out. Generally speaking, sections of the trail on unplowed roads are in fair shape. Woods trails are very rough. There are still some late fall logging operations that are just wrapping up, so there are some plowed roads in places. Go slow through these spots.
 
In summary, our trail system needs just a little more snow so the groomers can go out and do their thing. All sections are passable but you have to contend with the iced over wet spots, rough woods trails, and some plowed roads.

  • ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION.  Intown is very rough. Once out of town a couple miles, things improve. There was a logging operation on the Boise Road that just finished up and moved out yesterday. But that 3 mile section has been plowed. Half mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is very rough. 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 sections.  This plowed section has a hard packed snow cover on it. Go slow through there. Rest of the way up to ITS 88 intersection is in decent shape.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Divide Road section is decent. ITS 87 heading south from Northern Outdoors to the Moore’s Bog area had a number of wet spots that have now frozen over, and it is very rough. From Moore’s Bog area continuing south is mostly on roads and in decent shape. There is another 4 mile section of plowed road on ITS 87, from the intersection with the Bald Mountain Trail and heading south. It is pretty scratchy in some spots through there.
  • PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Closed for the entire season due to logging.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87. Good riding all the way through to the Bingham turnaround. A couple wet spots to navigate around.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL.  Is open and has been panned with the groomers.
  Jim Yearwood
  The Forks Area Trails Club




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

We have received about 18” of snow in the past week. This will provide a great base to get things going for the winter. Groomers have been out panning all trail sections, yesterday and today. Generally speaking, sections of the trail on unplowed roads are in good shape. Woods trails are rough. There are still some late fall logging operations that are just wrapping up, so there are some plowed roads in places. Go slow through these spots. With the warm temperatures around Christmas, the ground is not yet well frozen. Consequently, wet spots have not frozen over yet. Hopefully the packing with the groomers will help speed up freezing of the wet areas.

    •    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION.  Intown is rough, with wet areas. Once out of town a couple miles, things improve. Half mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is rough. 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 sections.  Go slow through there. Rest of the way up to ITS 88 intersection is in decent shape.
    •    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Divide Road section is decent. ITS 87 heading south from Northern Outdoors to the Moore’s Bog area has a number of wet spots that haven’t frozen over. From Moore’s Bog area continuing south is mostly on roads and in decent shape.
    •    PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Closed for the entire season due to logging.
    •    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87. Good riding all the way through to the Bingham turnaround. A couple wet spots to navigate around.
    •    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL.  Closed until freeze up. Many wet spots.
    Bottom line is that there is some decent riding. It is early season, so you have to be very careful of hazards out there.

    Jim Yearwood
    The Forks Area Trails Club


THE FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK SNOWMOBILE REPORT FOR DECEMBER 29th, 2015.

We have received over a foot of snow in the past 72-hours and the lodge will open for the season at noon on Thursday, December 31st.

The trail crew will be out on the trails on Wednesday and we'll post a full trail report as soon as we receive it from Jim.



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