The Forks, Maine – Snowmobile Trail Conditions Report

Many, many riders out enjoying the trails this past holiday weekend. All 100 miles of The Forks Trail System are open and being groomed regularly. Drivers report that overall conditions are good with fine riding. Generally speaking, trail sections on unplowed roads are very good and woods trails are fair, with a couple of poor spots. Our trail system is about 85% roads and 15% woods trails. Plenty of snow on the ground to groom out the road sections, but we need more snow to smooth out the woods trails.  It’s snowing right now . . . . about 3" on the ground and a little more expected the next couple of days. Every little bit will help. There are still a few hazards out there especially on the woods trails, such as wet spots and rocks poking through, so be careful.
 
• ITS 86 from Berry’s Store heading east toward Greenville is scheduled to be groomed Tuesday, Friday, Saturday nights of this week. The 1 mile of Intown trail is roughed up and tough to smooth out until we get some new snow. The 1 mile Power Line section near Moxie Lake is rough, with some wet spots. Brochu Road section is flat and fast!
 
• ITS 87 heading south toward Bingham will be groomed Tuesday, Friday, Saturday nights of this week. There is an active logging operation for 2 miles along the Divide Road section, but there is a solid hard packed base on the road. Go slow and yield to equipment. The 3 mile spur trail up to the Moxie Mountain Overlook is open and groomed . . . . outstanding views of Sugarloaf Mountain and the Bigelow Range!
 
• Kennebec River Trail from Northern Outdoors to Berry’s Store will be groomed on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday nights of this week. The last 1 mile section as you approach town is rough and needs more snow. Otherwise, it’s decent riding through there with nice views of the Kennebec River.
 
• Bald Mountain Trail connecting ITS 86 and ITS 87 will be groomed on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday nights of this week. There is an active logging operation along this route and the road is shared for 1 mile. Go easy through there and yield to equipment. Everywhere else is flat and fast!
 
• Breakneck Ridge Trail to Blanchard is now open and groomed with good riding.
 
• Pleasant Pond Trail  (club trail) will be groomed on Wednesday. There is a  1/4  mile stretch along the back side of Pleasant Pond that is rough. Other than that, it’s clear sailing.
 
All told, the trails are in good shape and there is very enjoyable riding to be had. Although there is plenty of snow in most places, remember that there are still a few hazards out there . . . . . . . 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
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club