09 Nov Snowmobiling to Grand Falls on the Dead River
With snowmobile season right around the corner, we thought we’d add to the hype with a ride recommendation that is sure to get your tracks spinning. Spanning nearly one hundred feet across the Dead River, Grand Falls is an imposing 40ft drop. In the heart of winter the cascading river transforms itself into a staircase of crystalline ice flows that is sure to inspire awe to even the best traveled riders. On the way there from Northern’s base lodge, scenic vistas include the Kennebec River, the Dead River, and the uniquely gorgeous Granny-Cap Mountain.
From Northern Outdoors the ride is approximately a 70-mile round trip which should provide a solid days ride depending on trail conditions (keep an eye on our weekly trail report for ongoing updates). Take the Kennebec River Trail up-stream (Northbound) to connect with ITS 86. Heading West on ITS 86 you will cross the Kennebec River before following the Dead River up-stream. At times deviating from the River the trail eventually meanders back towards the Dead where it makes its towering plunge at Grand Falls. Just two miles down river, riders can relax by a wood stove and enjoy a warm drink and a meal at Maine Huts and Trails’ Grand Falls Hut. For riders with little or no experience a guide may come in handy for this trip, ask an staff member and we’ll lead the way! See: Guided Snowmobile Tours.
The River Trail along the Kennebec, looking north at southbound riders (download The Forks Area Snowmobile Trail Map.)
Trail groomers hard at work on ITS 86 after a solid winter storm (see trail groomers in action.)
Here’s a video of a Grand Falls trail ride with Northern Outdoors’ own Zach Davis (who can’t stand next to the Dead River and not talk a little bit about Dead River rafting.) Enjoy, and think snow!