January 31st, 2011 Snowmobile Trail Report For The Forks, Maine

Lots of riders out there this past weekend. For the most part, trails are in good shape with enjoyable riding on all of our 100 mile trail system. Intown trail and wooded sections could use some more snow. Looks like a decent storm coming through on Wednesday.

• ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE.   Good all the way through. Rough intown, but improves just out of the valley. One mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is rough.  Brochu Road is flat and fast!
• ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM.  Good riding. There is a 1 mile section of plowed road, due to logging, near Pleasant Pond. There is a good base of snow on the road. Go slow through there and watch for trucks. One mile section near Moore’s Bog is rough. Windblown sections on the south side of Moxie Mountain are getting thin again. All else is good going. This very scenic trail winds around the base of rugged Moxie Mountain. Check out the 3 mile spur trail up to Moxie Mtn. Lookout. Incredible views of Sugarloaf Mtn. and the Bigelow Range.
• BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 87 TO ITS 86.  Excellent riding all the way through. This trail and ITS 86 & 87 make a great loop. There is a short ½ mile section through a logging operation. Go slow through there.
• BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL.  Open and groomed all the way from Bald Mtn. Trail through to Blanchard and ITS 85.
• PLEASANT POND TRAIL.  Open and groomed all the way through. Nice loop trail around Pleasant Pond and Pleasant Pond Mountain.
• KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS TO BERRY’S STORE.  Open and groomed all the way through, but is getting rough and needs more snow. Scenic riding along the Kennebec River.

For all you day riders, there’s a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201, with groomed trail access. Food, gas and trail maps are available at the NO Lodge.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club