Snowmobile Trail Conditions Report: The Forks, Maine January 18

Trail photo from our neighbors in grooming, Coburn Summit Riders Trail Update

Everything has frozen up hard after the rains of a few days ago. Lost quite a bit of our snowpack, but still a good base on the trails. Trails are hard. We had an inch or so of snow on Wednesday to help with lubrication. Most sections are decent riding. Biggest issue is water that pooled on the trail, then were ridden through by sleds. These spots are now frozen, rutted messes. All are easy to get around, but you have to ride carefully as you can come up on these icy spots quickly. Most of these frozen, rutted spots are on the 5 mile trail section of ITS 86/87, between town and the Boise Road. All other trail sections are fair to good riding.

Quite a few areas where water pooled and refroze after the rain, from town out to the Boise Road. Worst section is the last mile before the Boise Road. Numerous frozen, rutted spots. All easy to get around, but be careful. We will not be grooming the 5 mile section from town to the Boise Road until we get a significant snowstorm (6”+). Groomers can’t do anything with what is there now. From the Boise Road heading east toward Greenville is fair to good. The logging operation just north of the Shirley Road has moved out. We have opened up and groomed ITS 86 all the way through to the ITS 88 intersection.

Groomed and fair to good riding. A little thin and icy in spots for about 1 mile going around the south side of Moxie Mountain.

Groomed with nice going all the way through.

Groomed all the way to the Bingham Wind Farm Trail. Decent ride.

Open and groomed.

Groomed with decent riding all the way through from Northern Outdoors to West Forks. No major ice/rut issues on the trail. The trail is flooded near Northern Outdoors due to an ice jam on the river. There is a detour which is well marked.

The rain hurt, but there is still some fine riding to be had! Should be a nice weekend to be on the trails, with temps in the 30’s.

Jim Yearwood
Forks Area Trails Snowmobile Club
The Forks Maine Snowmobile Trail Map

Tour the Trails with Zach

Also see: Coburn Summit Riders Trail Update with photos of the various trail conditions.

For day riders, there is a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The large parking lot is plowed with plenty of room for snowmobile trailers. Groomed access to all trails. The Park & Ride lot is marked with a large sign on Route 201. Trail maps, 91 octane gas, food are available at Northern Outdoors.

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