Snowmobile Trail Conditions Report: The Forks, Maine January 4

Looks like we will be getting about 6″ of fresh snow today (stay tuned to the snowfall with our webcam,) so we will resume grooming on Friday. The plan is to have all of ITS 86 and ITS 87 groomed for the weekend, as well as the Pleasant Pond Trail and the Kennebec River Trail. If we can get to the Bald Mountain Trail before the weekend we will, but I doubt we’ll have the time. The big issue will be the expected high winds and downed trees. That could slow our grooming progress significantly.

Trail alerts:

  • ITS 86 heading east toward Greenville is closed to snowmobiles, due to logging. The landowner does not want sleds going through there. The closure is between the Shirley Road and Brochu Road. We will not be grooming ITS 86 east of Moxie Pond until the logging operation is finished (mid-January).
  • The Kennebec River Trail is flooded due to an ice jam on the river, as you approach Northern Outdoors. There is a marked detour around the flooded section.

 
Ride carefully as it is still early season and there are hazards out there. Sections of trail on unplowed roads are in the best shape . . . . trails through the woods are rough. Also watch out for downed trees after the storm.

Jim Yearwood
Forks Area Trails Club
Forks Maine Snowmobile Trail Map

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