The Forks, Maine – Snowmobile Trail Conditions Report

Well, The Forks Snowmobile Trail System really took a beating on Monday with all the wind and rain. We have been out the last 2 days trying to fix problem areas and clearing the trails of blowdowns. All 100 miles of the trail system are passable, but there are some pretty ugly sections. I've detailed them below as best as possible. You can get through everywhere, but you will have to "bob & weave" to stay on snow on some sections, and to get around washouts/waterholes. There is still decent riding on ITS 86 from Moxie Lake heading east toward Greenville, and on the Bald Mountain Trail.  There's some good riding on the West Forks Trail System from Berry's Store, heading north toward Jackman on ITS 87 and ITS 89. All other sections are marginal.

•    ITS 86 from Berry's Store heading east toward Greenville is poor until you get to Moxie Lake. Washouts and bare spots. You can get through, but it's not pretty. From Moxie Lake to Greenville is pretty good with decent snow and we will be grooming this section on Thursday night.
 
•    Bald Mountain Trail connecting ITS 86 and ITS 87 has good riding. There is an active logging operation on this section, for 1 mile. One snowbank has been winged down so sleds can stay on snow most of the way. This trail will be groomed on Thursday night.
 
•    ITS 87 heading south toward Bingham is poor most of the way. There is an active logging operation for 2 miles on the Divide Road that is down to dirt. The groomer went out to that section on Wednesday to pull one of the snowbanks down, so sleds can get on snow. The rest of the Divide Road to Northern Outdoors is decent and will be groomed on Thursday night. Heading further south on ITS 87 to Pleasant Pond and toward Bingham is not recommended. It is passable, but numerous bare spots and washouts.
 
•     Kennebec River Trail from Northern Outdoors to Berrys Store in West Forks, is ok in some spots and poor in others. It is passable all the way through. The last 1 mile before getting into town is the worst part.
 
•    Pleasant Pond Trail (club trail). Conditions are unknown at this time, as we haven't had a chance to check it out. I would guess that it's all ok (it's mostly on unplowed road), except for the 1 mile around the south end of Pleasant Pond.
 
•    Breakneck Ridge Trail to Blanchard. Conditions are unknown. This section is maintained by the 4 Winds Club out of Guilford.
 
Again, all trails in The Forks are passable, but some sections are in bad shape. Ride with caution at all times!  Open water bars, rocks, shelf ice, and hard packed ice can be anywhere. Other than parts of ITS 86 and the Bald Mountain Trail described above, recommended riding is from Berrys Store in West Forks heading north on ITS 87 and ITS 89. Still decent snow cover there, and the FAR club will be grooming these sections.
 
Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club