29 Dec Snowmobile Trail Conditions Report: The Forks, Maine December 29
THE FORKS TRAIL REPORT 12/29/18
We received 3” of snow yesterday, with a little sleet and rain on top. This will certainly help with track lubrication, as well as helping to improve conditions. Today is warm . . . in the upper 30’s with temperatures dropping hard tonight. The hard rain we got on Dec 21 pretty much destroyed our trails. It created running water and exposed rocks and stumps in places. Cold temperatures last week locked up the water. However, we can’t groom again until we get another 3 or 4 inches of snow. The groomers/drags just get beat up.
There is limited riding on The Forks Trail System. Basically ITS 87 from Northern Outdoors to ITS 86, then east on ITS 86 towards Greenville or west on ITS 86/87 towards West Forks is rideable. Some pretty rough spots, but passable. The best riding is on ITS 87 north from West Forks toward Parlin Pond, and on to Jackman and Pittston Farms. They received a little less rain and a little more snow from the Dec 21 storm. You can ride from Northern Outdoors to West Forks, but if you want to avoid a couple miles of rough trail, then trailer north. Check trail conditions in the Parlin Pond and Jackman areas at Coburn Summit Riders and Jackman Border Riders. Greenville and Rockwood are reporting very poor conditions on their trail systems.
ITS 86 FROM BERRYS STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE
all passable. 1 mile Power Line section at Moxie Pond is pretty rough.
ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM
not open. Signage is not complete. The further south you go, the less snow.
ITS 87 NORTH TOWARDS WEST FORKS
passable as described above. Couple miles of rough trail
PLEASANT POND TRAIL
will not be opened this season, due to a winter long logging operation. Several miles of plowed roads.
BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL
closed till mid-January due to active logging operation and several miles of plowed road.
KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL
not open. Need more snow.
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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 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.