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, 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