The Forks Area Snowmobile Trail Report

Snowmobiling alongside Maine's Kennebec RiverSome warmer temperatures last week, and no new snow, have taken their toll on our trails.  All of The Forks Trail System is passable and there is good riding in a lot of spots, but you will also have to go through some rough areas with bare spots and/or very thin cover. Generally speaking trail sections on unplowed roads have good snow cover and the best riding. Woods trails are very rough and thin with stumps and rocks showing. With a little “bobbing & weaving”, you can stay on snow through the rough areas.  Although it is mid-winter, it is spring like conditions so please ride with caution at all times. We will be grooming where we can, throughout the week.

•    ITS 86 EAST FROM BERRY'S STORE HEADING TOWARD GREENVILLE:  Intown trail and first couple miles out of town are beginning to show dirt in some spots. It is all easily passable . . .  just have to do a little “bobbing & weaving” in a few places, to stay on snow.  Boise Road, Shirley Road, Brochu Road sections are all flat with good riding. The short ½ mile Power Line section near Lake Moxie is very rough. Other than that, it’s pretty good riding all the way to Greenville.
•    ITS 87 SOUTH HEADING TOWARD BINGHAM:  Good riding on the Divide Road. Very rough and thin for 1 mile around Pleasant Pond, and 1 mile around Moore’s Bog. From Pleasant Pond heading south, ITS 87 is getting thin in several spots. It is all passable, but corners and exposed areas are very thin or getting bare. Check out the groomed spur trail up to the Moxie Mountain Lookout. Great views of Sugarloaf and the Bigelow Range.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 87 TO ITS 86:  Good ride all the way through. There is a logging operation on the south end at Heald Stream, with a 1 mile section of shared, plowed road. Down to dirt through there.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL:  This club trail is groomed with good riding. One half mile rough section around the south side of Pleasant Pond. Good going elsewhere.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL:  This trail is closed for the 2012 season, due to logging and several miles of plowed roads. It is illegal to ride on unauthorized plowed roads. Please respect the landowners wishes on this.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS TO ITS 86/87:  Getting thin or has bare spots, but is passable all the way through.

For day riders, there is a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201, with groomed trail access.  Lot is very large and can accommodate trailers of all sizes.  Food, trail maps and gas are available right at the Lodge.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club