05 Mar 09 The Forks Maine – Snowmobile Trail Conditions Report
Overall, the riding is about as good as it gets! The 4" of snow we received on Monday has allowed the groomers to fine tune the trails, and they are in great shape. All 70 miles of The Forks Area 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 Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
- ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE IN WEST FORKS, HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE. Great riding. Intown trails can get beat up because of heavy traffic, but we groom them twice each night to keep them as flat as possible. There is a logging operation along a short section of the intown trail. Skidders can be crossing the trail, so be careful through there.
- BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL. About as close to perfect as you can get! Flat and fast 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. Great 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. Beautiful 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. Fine riding all the way through from Northern Outdoors to Berry’s Store in West Forks. Very scenic trail along the Kennebec River. There’s a lot of deer yarded up along this trail this winter, so be careful.
As it stands now, we have about 3 feet of snow on the ground. That means we are set up for outstanding riding well into March and possibly some of April. Get out and enjoy another great Maine snowmobiling season while you can! Because of the deep snow in the woods, a lot of animals are using the trails to get around. Deer, moose, coyotes and turkeys have all been spotted on the trails, day and night. 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