09 Mar 09 The Forks Maine – Snowmobile Trail Conditions Report
The heavy traffic and warm temperatures this past weekend, beat the trails up pretty good. However, groomers were out Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights to flatten out the bumps. Things froze up hard again on Sunday night and most trail sections are in good shape with plenty of snow. There are a couple of bare corners on a short section in the windswept clearcut near Mosquito Mountain. All 70 miles of The Forks Snowmobile Trail System are being groomed regularly with our 2 Tucker Terra Sno-Cats. For the rest of this week, the entire trail system will be groomed on each of Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
• ITS 86 FROM BERRYS STORE IN WEST FORKS, HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE. Good riding. Intown trails still a little bumpy, but not bad. There is a logging operation along a short section of the intown trail. Skidders can be crossing the trail, so be careful through there. As mentioned, watch out for a couple of bare spots around Mosquito Mountain.
• BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL. Good riding all the way through from ITS 86 to ITS 87.
• BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL. Closed for the season due to heavy logging and plowed roads on the Blanchard end.
• ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Good riding. This trail winds around the base of Moxie Mountain for several miles, with spectacular views of the rocky summit. There is also fine off trail riding in the basin on the west side of the mountain, with expansive views of Sugarloaf Mountain and the Bigelow Range.
• PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Good shape all the way through from ITS 87 to the Bald Mountain Trail. This trail and ITS 87 make a great mountain loop, with outstanding scenery of Moxie Mountain, Pleasant Pond Mountain and Bald Mountain.
• KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL. Good riding all the way through from Northern Outdoors to Berrys Store in West Forks. Very scenic trail along the Kennebec river. There are a lot of deer yarded up along this trail this winter, so be careful.
Even after the warm weekend, we still have over 30 inches of snow on the ground. There is plenty of good riding still to be had! Get out and enjoy another great Maine snowmobiling season while it lasts. Because of the warm weekend temperatures and hard freeze up, there can be icy spots. RIDE WITH CAUTION AT ALL TIMES.
For day trippers, there is a FREE PARK AND RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors Resort on Route 201. Gas, trail maps, food, restrooms and trail info are available right at the Lodge. Call 888-770-SLED for details.
Jim Yearwood, Trailmaster
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club