06 Mar 18 Snowmobile Trail Conditions Report: The Forks, Maine March 6
Some sections are good, some are very poor where you have to “bob & weave” to stay on snow. Please read the report carefully to find out where the best snow and riding is. There are sections you want to avoid . . . . particularly ITS 86 between The Forks and Moxie Pond. You can get out and find enjoyable riding, but you have to pick your spots. Forecast is for 10” – 15” of snow on Wednesday and Thursday. Both Tuckers will be out grooming Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. If we get the snow they are calling for, all trail sections should be in good shape and it will be a good weekend to hit the trails.
ITS 86 FROM BERRYS STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE
In town section is beat up, but passable. Some bare spots and ice till the Boise Road. From the Boise Road to Moxie Pond is not passable . . . . a lot of bare ground around Mosquito Mountain. Snow conditions are good from Moxie Pond all the way to the ITS 88 intersection and on to Greenville or Rockwood.
ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM
Some corners on the Divide Road section and heading to Pleasant Pond are getting bare. The riding south to the Caratunk Spur is ok. From the spur south has numerous bare spots. The 1 mile windswept section on the south side of Moxie Mountain is mostly down to bare ground.
BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL
Good snow cover. Nice going all the way through.
PLEASANT POND TRAIL
Good snow cover. Decent all the way to the Bingham Wind Farm Trail.
Open and passable.
KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL
Open all the way from Northern Outdoors to West Forks. Just a few bare corners. The big hill off the Flood Road is down to bare ground for about 20 yards.
***To travel from The Forks to Greenville or Rockwood, take ITS 87 south to the Pleasant Pond Trail. Go east on the Pleasant Pond Trail then head north on the Bald Mountain Trail to ITS 86. Then head east on ITS 86 to Greenville or jump on ITS 88 to Rockwood. You will avoid the 4 miles of very thin snow and bare ground on the Hodges Road section of ITS 86 around Mosquito Mountain. Also avoids the Power Line section and 1 mile of plowed road (down to dirt/mud) around Moxie Pond.
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, and great food are available at Northern Outdoors.
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