Snowmobile Trail Conditions Report

The Forks Area Trail Network Weekly Snowmobile Trail Conditions Report 2016/2017

 

 

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THE FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK SNOWMOBILE REPORT

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

 

Plenty of snow out there. Trails are in great shape everywhere on our system. We groomed Sunday, Monday and Wednesday nights. We’ll be out again Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Trails are flat and firm. No bare spots, no ice. It’s about as good as it gets!

 

Please note the detour on ITS 86 just west of the Boise Road, where a bad waterhole has opened up . . . . it is described below.

 

TRAIL CLOSURE/DETOUR . . . . . ITS 87 BETWEEN PLEASANT POND AND TROUTDALE ROAD. Due to last minute changes in winter harvesting plans by the landowner, there are several miles of plowed road due to logging on ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond. For travel between The Forks and Bingham, use the Bald Mountain Trail and ITS 86. Using the Bald Mountain Trail and ITS 86 will connect you back to ITS 87, thereby bypassing the plowed roads.

 

  • ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. Intown can get chopped up quickly because of heavy traffic. Once just a mile out of town things improve. There is a detour around a bad waterhole just before the Boise Road. The detour takes you along a 1 mile section of the Boise Road, which is no longer being plowed and is now groomed. One mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is good. There is a 1 mile section of plowed/shared road around Moxie Dam . . . scratchy, but you can keep on snow a majority of the way by riding the side. Rest of the way up to our turnaround at the junction of ITS 88 is in fine shape.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL. Good all the way through from ITS 86 to 87.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Good shape all the way toward Northern Outdoors. Heading further south, ITS 87 is only open to Pleasant Pond. ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond is closed due to logging. See trail closure/detour info above.
  • MOXIE MOUNTAIN TRAIL (club trail). This trail is groomed only to the Caratunk Spur. South of the spur is not open.
  • CARATUNK SPUR Open and groomed.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL. Good shape with plenty of snow all the way through from Northern Outdoors to West Forks.

 

Jim Yearwood

Forks Area Trails Club


THE FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK SNOWMOBILE REPORT

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Plenty of fresh snow from the big Nor’easter and cold temps . . . . we’re back in mid-winter riding conditions! Trails are in great shape and we are out grooming regularly.

 

Please note the detour on ITS 86 just west of the Boise Road, where a deep waterhole has opened up . . . . it is described below.

 

TRAIL CLOSURE/DETOUR . . . . . ITS 87 BETWEEN PLEASANT POND AND TROUTDALE ROAD. Due to last minute changes in winter harvesting plans by the landowner, there are several miles of plowed road due to logging on ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond. For travel between The Forks and Bingham, use the Bald Mountain Trail and ITS 86. Using the Bald Mountain Trail and ITS 86 will connect you back to ITS 87, thereby bypassing the plowed roads.

 

  • ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. Intown can get chopped up quickly because of heavy traffic. Once just a mile out of town things improve. There is a detour around a bad waterhole just before the Boise Road. The detour takes you along a 1 mile section of the Boise Road, which is no longer being plowed and is now groomed. One mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is good. There is a 1 mile section of plowed/shared road around Moxie Dam . . . go slow through there. Rest of the way up to our turnaround at the junction of ITS 88 is in fine shape.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL. Good all the way through from ITS 86 to 87. One open water spot, but shallow and easy to get across.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Good shape all the way toward Northern Outdoors. Heading further south, ITS 87 is only open to Pleasant Pond. ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond is closed due to logging. See trail closure/detour info above.
  • MOXIE MOUNTAIN TRAIL (club trail). This trail is groomed only to the Caratunk Spur. South of the spur is not open.
  • CARATUNK SPUR Open and groomed.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL. Good shape with plenty of snow all the way through from Northern Outdoors to West Forks.

 

For day riders, there is a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is large, well plowed and has plenty of room for trailers. Groomed access to all trails. 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

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

The warm weather and rain the past couple weeks have taken their toll on our trails. However, there is still a decent snowpack on most sections, and we are grooming regularly. A few bare spots are starting to show on just a few corners and exposed hills. With the hard freeze up this weekend, trails will be very hard with ice in some spots. Generally speaking trails on logging roads are in good shape. Trail sections on woods trails are where most of the problems are. Because of less than ideal drainage on these woods trails, there are places where water erosion of the trail base has taken place. The Forks Trail System is about 80% on logging roads, and about 20% on woods trails. All trail sections are passable. Just go easy as hazards, particularly water erosion on the trail base, can pop up anywhere. Please note the detour on ITS 86 just west of the Boise Road, where a deep waterhole has opened up . . . . it is described below.

Overall, the trails are pretty flat and there is enjoyable late season riding out there. Spring conditions exist so be careful of unexpected hazards.

 

TRAIL CLOSURE/DETOUR . . . . . ITS 87 BETWEEN PLEASANT POND AND TROUTDALE ROAD. Due to last minute changes in winter harvesting plans by the landowner, there are several miles of plowed road due to logging on ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond. For travel between The Forks and Bingham, use the Bald Mountain Trail and ITS 86. Using the Bald Mountain Trail and ITS 86 will connect you back to ITS 87, thereby bypassing the plowed roads.

 

  • ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. Intown can get chopped up quickly because of heavy traffic. There is also some water erosion of the trail base in places, but all passable. Once just a mile out of town things improve. There is a detour around a bad waterhole just before the Boise Road. The detour takes you along a 1 mile section of the Boise Road. The groomers have pulled in the snowbank on one side of the road so you can ride the whole way on snow. One mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is ok . . . . just a couple water spots to weave around. There is a 1 mile section of plowed/shared road around Moxie Dam . . . scratchy, but you can stay on snow/ice most of the time by riding the side. Once on the Shirley Road section, it is decent riding most of the way to our turnaround at the junction of ITS 88.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL. Good all the way through from ITS 86 to 87. One open water spot, but shallow and easy to get across.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Good shape all the way toward Northern Outdoors. Heading further south, ITS 87 is only open to Pleasant Pond. ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond is closed due to logging. See trail closure/detour info above.
  • MOXIE MOUNTAIN TRAIL (club trail). This trail is groomed almost to Moore’s Bog bridge. There is a waterhole at Moore’s Bog bridge that is easily passable by sled, but not with the groomer.
  • CARATUNK SPUR Passable but has not been groomed because of the waterhole at Moore’s Bog bridge. Still has decent snowpack and is fairly smooth.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL. Overall in ok shape. A few bare corners, but not bad. The steep hill off the Flood Road will be pretty icy after the hard freeze up. If you are not an experienced rider and want to avoid this hill, then use ITS 86 & 87 to ride between Northern Outdoors and West Forks.

 

For day riders, there is a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is large, well plowed and has plenty of room for trailers. Groomed access to all trails. 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

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

The warm weather and rain the past week or so has taken its toll on our trails. However, there is still a decent snowpack on most sections, and we are grooming regularly. Generally speaking trails on logging roads are in good shape. Trail sections on woods trails are where most of the problems are. Because of less than ideal drainage on these woods trails, there are places where water erosion of the trail base has taken place. The Forks Trail System is about 80% on logging roads, and about 20% on woods trails. All trail sections are passable. Just go easy as hazards, particularly water erosion on the trail base, can pop up anywhere. Please note the detour on ITS 86 just west of the Boise Road, where a deep waterhole has opened up . . . . it is described below.

 

We have been grooming every day this past week doing our best to keep things flat, except Wednesday when it was way too warm. We will be out grooming again Friday and Saturday nights. Overall, the trails are pretty flat and there is enjoyable riding out there. Certainly not mid-winter conditions like it should be, but pretty good considering what we’ve been through. It is what it is!

 

TRAIL CLOSURE/DETOUR . . . . . ITS 87 BETWEEN PLEASANT POND AND TROUTDALE ROAD. Due to last minute changes in winter harvesting plans by the landowner, there are several miles of plowed road due to logging on ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond. For travel between The Forks and Bingham, use the Bald Mountain Trail and ITS 86. Using the Bald Mountain Trail and ITS 86 will connect you back to ITS 87, thereby bypassing the plowed roads.

 

  • ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. Intown can get chopped up quickly because of heavy traffic. There is also some water erosion of the trail base in places, but all passable. Once just a mile out of town things improve. There is a detour around a bad waterhole just before the Boise Road. The detour takes you along a 1 mile section of the Boise Road. The groomers have pulled in the snowbank on one side of the road so you can ride the whole way on snow. One mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is ok. There is a 1 mile section of plowed/shared road around Moxie Dam . . . scratchy, but you can stay on snow/ice most of the time by riding the side. Once on the Shirley Road section, it is decent riding most of the way to our turnaround at the junction of ITS 88.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL. Good all the way through from ITS 86 to 87. One open water spot, but shallow and easy to get across.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Good shape all the way toward Northern Outdoors. Heading further south, ITS 87 is only open to Pleasant Pond. ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond is closed due to logging. See trail closure/detour info above.
  • MOXIE MOUNTAIN TRAIL (club trail). This trail is not open due to an impassable waterhole at the Moore’s Bog bridge.
  • CARATUNK SPUR Not accessible because of the waterhole at the Moore’s Bog bridge.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL. Overall in ok shape. The steep hill off the Flood Road will be pretty icy after the hard freeze up Thursday night. If you are not an experienced rider and want to avoid this hill, then use ITS 86 & 87 to ride between Northern Outdoors and West Forks.

 

Again, there is enjoyable riding but be very careful of hazards.

 

For day riders, there is a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is large, well plowed and has plenty of room for trailers. Groomed access to all trails. 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

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

 

We groomed Sunday, Monday and will head out again today (Tuesday.) Wednesday we’re expecting a brief warm up and a few showers. Then back to grooming Thursday through the weekend. Overall, the riding is decent. Not mid-winter conditions like it should be this time of year, but pretty good considering the recent bout of spring-like weather.

 

Generally speaking trail sections on unplowed roads are in the best shape with no water problems. Woods trails are in fair shape, with some spots where running water has eroded the trail base. About 80% of The Forks Trail System is on unplowed logging roads. The couple short sections of our trail system that are on plowed roads are scratchy, but you can stay on snow most of the way by riding the edges.

 

Winter returns this weekend with colder temps. Snow is in the forecast for Tuesday.

 

Jim Yearwood
Forks Area Trails Club

THE FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK SNOWMOBILE REPORT

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Our snowpack is still plenty deep, even with the warmer temps this week. We groomed again last night and the trails are currently in good shape, but the next 3 nights will be challenging as nighttime temperatures are forecast to remain near or above freezing. Through Saturday grooming will be on an “as able to” basis. Things appear to cool off again on Sunday. There is great riding out there, but we ask that you go easy on the trails as they are soft during this warm spell and can get destroyed easily. Please . . . . easy on the throttle and around corners.

 

TRAIL CLOSURE/DETOUR . . . . . ITS 87 BETWEEN PLEASANT POND AND TROUTDALE ROAD. Due to last minute changes in winter harvesting plans by the landowner, there are several miles of plowed road due to logging on ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond. For travel between The Forks and Bingham, use the Bald Mountain Trail and ITS 86. Using the Bald Mountain Trail and ITS 86 will connect you back to ITS 87, thereby bypassing the plowed roads.

  • ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE / ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. Intown can get chopped up quickly because of very heavy traffic. Once just a mile out of town things improve. One mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is good. There is a 1 mile section of plowed road around Moxie Dam. Go slow through there. Fine shape all the way to ITS 88.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL. Excellent all the way through from ITS 86 to 87.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Great shape all the way toward Northern Outdoors. Heading further south, the trail is only open to Pleasant Pond. ITS 87 is closed south of Pleasant Pond due to logging. See detour info above.
  • MOXIE MOUNTAIN TRAIL (club trail). This trail is not open south of the Caratunk Spur.
  • CARATUNK SPUR. Open and groomed.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL. Overall in fine shape.

With the deep snowpack, there are a lot of deer and moose using the trails. Be careful out there.

For day riders, there is a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is large, well plowed and has plenty of room for trailers. Groomed access to all trails. 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

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Our snowpack is now about 4 feet. We are grooming regularly as needed. The riding is awesome! Should be good sledding through March.

 

TRAIL CLOSURE/DETOUR . . . . . ITS 87 BETWEEN PLEASANT POND AND TROUTDALE ROAD. Due to last minute changes in winter harvesting plans by the landowner, there are several miles of plowed road due to logging on ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond. For travel between The Forks and Bingham, use the Bald Mountain Trail and ITS 86. Using the Bald Mountain Trail and ITS 86 will connect you back to ITS 87, thereby bypassing the plowed roads.

  • ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. Intown can get chopped up quickly because of heavy traffic. Once just a mile out of town things improve. One mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is good. There is a 1 mile section of plowed/shared road around Moxie Dam . . . go slow through there. Fine shape all the way through.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL. Good all the way through from ITS 86 to 87.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Good shape all the way toward Northern Outdoors. Heading further south, ITS 87 is only open to Pleasant Pond. ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond is closed due to logging. See detour info above.
  • MOXIE MOUNTAIN TRAIL (club trail). This trail is not open south of the Caratunk Spur.
  • CARATUNK SPUR. Open and groomed.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL. Overall in fine shape.

With the deep snowpack, there are a lot of deer and moose using the trails. Be careful out there.

For day riders, there is a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is large, well plowed and has plenty of room for trailers. Groomed access to all trails. 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

Friday, February 10th, 2017

We received about 8” of snow this week, contributing to our deep snowpack. We are grooming regularly as needed. The riding is awesome!

 

TRAIL CLOSURE/DETOUR . . . . . ITS 87 BETWEEN PLEASANT POND AND TROUTDALE ROAD. Due to last minute changes in winter harvesting plans by the landowner, there are several miles of plowed road due to logging on ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond. For travel between The Forks and Bingham, use the Bald Mountain Trail and ITS 86. Using the Bald Mountain Trail and ITS 86 will connect you back to ITS 87, thereby bypassing the plowed roads.

  • ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE / ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. Intown can get chopped up quickly because of very heavy traffic. Once just a mile out of town things improve. One mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is good. There is a 1 mile section of plowed road around Moxie Dam. Go slow through there. Fine shape all the way to ITS 88.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL. Excellent all the way through from ITS 86 to 87.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Great shape all the way toward Northern Outdoors. Heading further south, the trail is only open to Pleasant Pond. ITS 87 is closed south of Pleasant Pond due to logging. See detour info above.
  • MOXIE MOUNTAIN TRAIL (club trail). This trail is not open south of the Caratunk Spur.
  • CARATUNK SPUR. Open and groomed.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL. Overall in fine shape.

With the deep snowpack, there are a lot of deer and moose using the trails. Be careful out there.

For day riders, there is a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is large, well plowed and has plenty of room for trailers. Groomed access to all trails. 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

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

We have over 2 feet of snow on the ground. We are grooming regularly and the trails are getting back in good shape after a very busy weekend.

TRAIL CLOSURE/DETOUR . . . . . ITS 87 BETWEEN PLEASANT POND AND TROUTDALE ROAD. Due to last minute changes in winter harvesting plans by the landowner, there are several miles of plowed road due to logging on ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond. For travel between The Forks and Bingham, use the Bald Mountain Trail and ITS 86. Using the Bald Mountain Trail and ITS 86 will connect you back to ITS 87, thereby bypassing the plowed roads.

  • ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. Intown can get chopped up quickly because of heavy traffic. Once just a mile out of town things improve. One mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is good. There is a 1 mile section of plowed/shared road around Moxie Dam . . . go slow through there. Fine shape all the way through.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL. Good all the way through from ITS 86 to 87.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Good shape all the way toward Northern Outdoors. Heading further south, ITS 87 is only open to Pleasant Pond. ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond is closed due to logging. See detour info above.
  • MOXIE MOUNTAIN TRAIL (club trail). This trail is not open south of the Caratunk Spur.
  • CARATUNK SPUR. Open and groomed.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL. Overall in fine shape.

With the decent snowpack, there are a lot of deer and moose using the trails. Be careful out there.

For day riders, there is a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is large, well plowed and has plenty of room for trailers. Groomed access to all trails. 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

Friday, January 27th, 2017

We have about 2 feet of snow on the ground. We received about 5” of snow and mostly sleet this week. Plus a little rain on top. The trails are not setting up optimally because of the large amount of sleet, so they get chewed up quickly by sleds after grooming. But it’s great riding out there!

TRAIL CLOSURE/DETOUR . . . . . ITS 87 BETWEEN PLEASANT POND AND TROUTDALE ROAD. Due to last minute changes in winter harvesting plans by the landowner, there are several miles of plowed road due to logging on ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond. For travel between The Forks and Bingham, use the Bald Mountain Trail and ITS 86. Using the Bald Mountain Trail and ITS 86 will connect you back to ITS 87, thereby bypassing the plowed roads.

  • ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE / ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. Intown can get chopped up quickly because of very heavy traffic. Once just a mile out of town things improve. One mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is good. There is a 1 mile section of plowed road around Moxie Dam. Go slow through there. Fine shape all the way to ITS 88.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL. Excellent all the way through from ITS 86 to 87.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Great shape all the way toward Northern Outdoors. Heading further south, the trail is only open to Pleasant Pond. ITS 87 is closed south of Pleasant Pond due to logging. See detour info above.
  • MOXIE MOUNTAIN TRAIL (club trail). This trail is groomed to the Caratunk Spur. Trail is not open south of the Caratunk Spur.
  • CARATUNK SPUR. Open and groomed.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL. Overall in fine shape.

With the decent snowpack, there are a lot of deer and moose using the trails. Be careful out there.

For day riders, there is a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is large, well plowed and has plenty of room for trailers. Groomed access to all trails. 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

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

We have over 18” of snow on the ground. We have received 3 – 4” in the past 2 days. We are grooming regularly and the trails are in great shape.

TRAIL CLOSURE/DETOUR . . . . . ITS 87 BETWEEN PLEASANT POND AND TROUTDALE ROAD. Due to last minute changes in winter harvesting plans by the landowner, there are several miles of plowed road due to logging on ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond. For travel between The Forks and Bingham, use the Bald Mountain Trail and ITS 86. Using the Bald Mountain Trail and ITS 86 will connect you back to ITS 87, thereby bypassing the plowed roads.

  • ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. Intown can get chopped up quickly because of heavy traffic. Once just a mile out of town things improve. One mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is good. Fine shape all the way through.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL. Excellent all the way through from ITS 86 to 87.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Trail is only open to Pleasant Pond. ITS 87 is closed south of Pleasant Pond due to logging. See detour info above. There is still about 3 miles of plowed road on ITS 87, south of the Bald Mountain Trail junction. Contractor is finishing up work in there this week.
  • CARATUNK SPUR. Open and groomed.
  • MOXIE MOUNTAIN TRAIL (club trail). This trail is not open south of the Caratunk Spur.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL. Overall in fine shape.

With the decent snowpack, there are a lot of deer and moose using the trails. Be careful out there

For day riders, there is a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is large, well plowed and has plenty of room for trailers. Groomed access to all trails. 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

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

We have about 2 feet of snow on the ground. Trails seem to be holding up well despite the recent warm spell. Things are expected to cool off Friday. We will try to get out and groom as best we can before things freeze up hard.
TRAIL CLOSURE/DETOUR . . . . . ITS 87 BETWEEN PLEASANT POND AND TROUTDALE ROAD. Due to last minute changes in winter harvesting plans by the landowner, there are several miles of plowed road due to logging on ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond. For travel between The Forks and Bingham, use the Bald Mountain Trail and ITS 86. Using the Bald Mountain Trail and ITS 86 will connect you back to ITS 87, thereby bypassing the plowed roads.
  • ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. Intown can get chopped up quickly because of heavy traffic. Once just a mile out of town things improve. One mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is good. Fine shape all the way through.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL. Good all the way through from ITS 86 to ITS 87.
    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Trail is only open to Pleasant Pond. ITS 87 is closed south of Pleasant Pond due to logging. See detour info above. There is still about 3 miles of plowed road on ITS 87, south of the Bald Mountain Trail junction. Contractor is finishing up work in there this week.
  • CARATUNK SPUR. Open and groomed.
  • MOXIE MOUNTAIN TRAIL (club trail). We have not had a chance to open this club trail south of the Caratunk Spur.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL. Overall in fine shape.
With the deep snowpack, there are a lot of deer and moose using the trails. Be careful out there.
For day riders, there is a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is large, well plowed and has plenty of room for trailers. Groomed access to all trails. 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

Friday, January 6th, 2017

We have over 2 feet of snow on the ground. Generally speaking trails are in real good shape. There are some logging operations that have lasted later than expected. See details below.
DETOUR . . . . . ITS 87 BETWEEN PLEASANT POND AND TROUTDALE ROAD. There are several miles of plowed road due to logging, with heavy trucking. To avoid this section, use the Bald Mountain Trail and ITS 86 to travel between The Forks and Bingham. Using the Bald Mountain Trail and ITS 86 will connect you back to ITS 87, thereby bypassing the plowed roads.
  • ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. Intown can get chopped up quickly because of heavy traffic. Once just a mile out of town things improve. One mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is good. Fine shape all the way through.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Trail is fine until a couple miles south of Pleasant Pond. Then plowed for several miles. To avoid this plowed section, go on ITS 86 east to the Bald Mountain Trail. Go south on the Bald Mountain Trail for about 10 miles and you will connect back onto ITS 87.
  • CARATUNK SPUR. Open and groomed.
  • MOXIE MOUNTAIN TRAIL (club trail). We have not had a chance to open this trail south of the Caratunk Spur.
  • 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 and food are available at Northern Outdoors.
Jim Yearwood
Forks Area Trails Club

THE FORKS AREA TRAIL NETWORK SNOWMOBILE REPORT

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Yep, the trails got hit hard with snow and riders over the weekend. We’re trying to dig out and get on top of the conditions. Here’s a quick grooming update for The Forks. We will post a full report by midweek.

  • ITS 87 south toward Bingham groomed yesterday.
  • Kennebec River Trail and into town will be groomed today.
  • ITS 86 east toward Greenville will be groomed tomorrow.
  • Bald Mtn trail will be groomed Wednesday.
  • Moxie Mtn trail will be groomed Thursday.

This is the current plan. The schedule can change radically depending on circumstances on the ground and incoming weather on Tuesday night / Wednesday.

Saturday, December 31st, 2016 @ noon.

Winter Storm Fortis dropped over 26″ of snow on The Forks area on Thursday night and Friday. The groomers have been out to pack down the trails. They have broken open ITS 87 into The Forks and ITS 86 east to Greenville.

They have been from the lodge on ITS 87 to Maine Lakeside Cabins in Caratunk. The groomers have not yet been on ITS 87 from Caratunk to Bingham.

There is quite a lot of traffic on the trails. We will resume the regular grooming schedule on Monday.

Monday, December 19th, 2016

We have about 10” of snow on the ground. We will be packing trails this week with the groomers on Tuesday and Wednesday, and finishing up signage. Expect early season conditions as things freeze up, with woods trails being rough. Sections of the trail on unplowed roads should have good riding.

The following sections of the trail are on plowed roads, as crews are still finishing up fall logging operations:

  • 2 mile section of ITS 86 going toward Greenville, on north and south side of Brochu Road.
  • 3 mile section of ITS 87 and the Bald Mtn. Trail around Baker Pond.
  • 2 mile section of ITS 87 heading south toward Bingham, on the Whit Road.

It looks as if temps. will stay cold through the next couple of weeks, with a couple of opportunities for snow in the forecast.   Northern Outdoors lodge will open for the season on December 29th.

 

 Jim Yearwood
Forks Area Trails Club

Monday, December 12th, 2016

The arrival of December brought with it about 4 inches of snow which has stuck around. Cold temps are forecast for the first half of the month which should help to freeze up the streams, lakes and rivers.  We will be working on the trails the first part of the month and keeping our fingers crossed for snow. The lodge is scheduled to open for snowmobile season on December 29th.  We will post an updated report as soon as we start our grooming schedule.

 

Stay tuned, we’ll be riding before we know it.

 

Jim Yearwood
Forks Area Trails Club