18 Feb 16 Northern Outdoors: The Forks Area Snowmobile Trail Conditions Report 2-18-2016
We received about 3” of snow, then heavy rain on Tuesday. Needless to say, our trail system took a beating. Everything is still passable, but there is a lot of ice. Sections of trail on plowed roads are sheer ice . . . sections of trail on unplowed roads are generally ice down the middle with very hard packed snow on the sides . . . . woods trails are very poor. Again, everything is passable and there are people riding and making the best of what there is. Picks are highly recommended. We still have a decent base and if we can get just a few inches of snow we will be back out grooming. Hopefully this weekend.
- ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. Intown is very rough, but passable. Boise Road section has a lot of ice. Half mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is very rough. There is a 2 mile section of plowed road due to logging, around Moxie Pond and on the Shirley Road section. Sheer ice on the plowed road. Rest of the way up to ITS 88 intersection has icy spots.
- ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Divide Road section to Northern Outdoors is very icy. ITS 87 heading south from Northern Outdoors to Pleasant Pond and over to the Moores Bog area has 3 separate 1 mile sections of woods trails that are very rough. There are also 2 separate 1 mile sections of plowed road due to logging. Go slow through there and watch for trucks.
- PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Closed for the entire season due to logging.
- BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87. Icy in places.
- KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL. Is passable all the way through. Last mile on the north end is very rough.
For day riders, the FREE PARK & RIDE LOT is open. The lot is very large, well plowed and can accommodate large trailers. There is groomed access to all trails from the lot. It is located right on Route 201 just ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. Food, trail maps, 91 octane gas are available at Northern Outdoors.
We’ve also have a very active Facebook page where we do our best to answer timely questions and update on new conditions as they happen. Feel free to share your adventure photos and leave feedback as well!