Snowmobile Trail Conditions Report: The Forks, Maine January 2023

 

Forks Area Snowmobile Trails- Video Report

Ride along with Zach on his first video trail report of the season!

THE FORKS AREA TRAILS REPORT 1/25/2023

Much needed cold nights and snow coming. We had all three groomers out last night getting ready for the storm.

ITS 87 Groomed and in good to great condition. Woods still rough and we still have water holes around the Moores Bog area.

ITS 86 Groomed and in good to great condition. Note trail is moved back from the Indian Pond Road / Dyer Road to the Shirley Tote Road / Black Nubble Road. Shirley Road is shared with logging trucks, use caution.

**We still have the large water hole just south of the Boise Road. There is a 70 foot detour trail around the waterhole. It is a single track. Very easy to navigate and solid. The approaches on both ends are marked with “DETOUR AHEAD” signs. This will be the route until the waterhole freezes over- hopefully next week with the steady colder temperatures.

Moxie Mountain Trail (alt ITS87) Groomed and in excellent condition.

Moxie Falls Trail Groomed and in great condition.

Kennebec River Trail Groomed and in great shape. A little rough in the woods above the Flood Road. More snow needed.

Caratunk Spur Trail Groomed and in excellent condition.

Bald Mountain Trail Upper half to Breakneck ridge only open. Groomed and in excellent condition. We expect cutting on lower half that connects to Windmill Trail to be open in a few weeks.

Breakneck Ridge Trail Groomed and in excellent condition. Shared plowed road section, use caution.

Pleasant Pond Trail Closed all season due to logging.

Ben Towle
Forks Area Trails Snowmobile Club
The Forks Maine Snowmobile Trail Map

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 and groomed access to all trails. The Park & Ride lot is marked with a large sign on Route 201, 1/4 mile south of Northern Outdoors. Snowmobile trail maps, 91 octane ethanol-free gas, great food, and cold beer are available at Northern Outdoors.
**PLEASE NOTE: gas is card only and available 9:00am-5:00pm

 

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THE FORKS AREA TRAILS REPORT 1/21/2023

Our system received 4 to 6 inches throughout, allowing for major improvements to our trails. We still need more cold weather as there are a lot of passable water holes system wide.

ITS 87 Groomed, in great shape overall. Dirt road trail sections are mint. Woods sections are boney and have water holes. All are passable and we filled in quite a few and hope the cold temps tonight lock them up a bit. There is a section we didn’t get to between the ITS86/87 intersection back to the kennebec river trail that didn’t get groomed but in very good shape. Moores bog area is the roughest, wettest section.

ITS 86 Groomed and in good to great shape. Zach was able to work some magic and fill in the nasty waterhole that was just after the 86/87 intersection (see pic at Club Page). Some other water holes that were mostly filled in the woods section. Powerline is thin, use caution.

Moxie Mountain Trail (alt ITS87) Groomed and in very good shape. A few washouts so use caution.

Moxie Falls Access Trail Ungroomed, waiting for more snow. Passable.

Kennebec River Trail Opened, groomed and most of it in very good condition. The stretch above the Flood road to ITS87 is rough but very passable.

Bald Mountain Trail Groomed and in mint condition. Only connects to Breakneck Ridge at this time. We expect to have the rest of the trail back soon. Shirley Tote Road is a plowed shared road this year. We will groom the ditch once we get enough snow.

Breakneck Ridge Trail Groomed and in mint condition. Use caution on a short section of shared plowed road where there is logging. Stay right and yield.

Caratunk Spur Trail Groomed and in good to great condition. A few waterholes easily navigated.

Pleasant Pond Trail Closed for the season.

Northern Outdoors Free Park and Ride 1/4 south of Northern Outdoors, plowed and open.

The two pictures below are the results of Zach’s work tonight to fill in a massive ditch. The operators put in some very long shifts tonight to make this happen. Make sure you join and support the club. Try and stay off fresh groomed trails so they can setup especially with this warm weather. If you are out, use common sense and respect for the trails. We all need to do our part.

Ben Towle
Trailmaster

THE FORKS AREA TRAILS UPDATE 1/20/2023

There is a large waterhole right after the ITS 86/87 intersection headed towards Moxie. Avoid heading to Greenville until waterhole freezes – originally people were able to get around it, but it has grown. We will try to fill it in and hope it freezes tonight. Otherwise, trail report below is the same– only closures are lower Bald Mountain Trail and Pleasant Pond Trail. Full trail report and update will be up tomorrow once groomers get out tonight.

THE FORKS AREA TRAILS UPDATE 1/18/2023

Kennebec River Trail was cleared of downed trees (thank you Scott Newton / 201 PowerSports).

We have an open water section several inches deep on ITS 87 before ITS 86 intersection. About 20 feet long. Use caution. People have been able to get across and around.

ITS 86 will remain on the Indian Pond Road and Dyer Road through the weekend and revert back to old route off Shirley Tote Road Monday.

Breakneck Ridge Trail has a shared plowed road section on the York Road for a few hundred yards. Heavy active logging there and on Shirley Tote Road. Use caution and stay on side of road.

Full report from 1/15 below.

THE FORKS AREA TRAILS REPORT 1/15/2023

We were able to get out and groom most of our system last night and overall conditions are pretty good.
Early season conditions, watch for water holes and note the woods sections are boney. We still need more snow for some club trails. Snow depth varies greatly across the system. Winter is shaping up! Get out, ride and make sure to support the businesses supporting these trails and join the club!

ITS 87 Groomed and in good condition.

ITS 86 Groomed and in good condition. Trail uses Indian Pond Road to Dyer Road. Shared road, active hauling so yield and use caution. This will change back to old route by next weekend using the Shirley Tote Road.

Moxie Mountain Trail (alt ITS87) Groomed and in great shape.

Moxie Falls Trail Ungroomed but passable.

Kennebec River Trail Ungroomed, steep hill washed out and a few trees down we plan on clearing today.

Caratunk Spur Trail Ungroomed but passable.

Pleasant Pond Trail Closed for the season due to active logging.

Bald Mountain Trail Groomed and in great shape. Trail currently goes to the Breakneck Ridge Trail only due to logging. Will fully open soon.

Ben Towle
Forks Area Trails Snowmobile Club
The Forks Maine Snowmobile Trail Map

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