20 Mar 09 The Forks Maine – Snowmobile Trail Conditions Report
We still have about 2 feet of snow on the ground, but the warm daytime temperatures and strong sun are taking their toll on the trails. Still decent trail riding, and fantastic off trail riding. With the daily springtime thaw and freeze cycle, hazards are popping up, such as some bare inside corners, rocks poking through the base, and ice. RIDE WITH CAUTION AT ALL TIMES. Short plowed road sections (intown, Boise Road, Moxie Lake) are bare, but rideable on the shoulders. All 70 miles of The Forks Area Snowmobile Trail System are passable and will definitely be groomed on Friday night. Saturday night grooming is tentative, depending on the weather and the condition of the trails.
• ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE IN WEST FORKS, HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE. Intown trails are "snurt", but it is all easily passable. Once out of town just a bit, things improve. However, there is starting to be sections with ice down the middle of the trail. Some minor bare spots in the clearcuts around Mosquito Mountain. Short Power Line section near Moxie Lake is still passable, but the tops of some rocks are poking through. Shirley Road and Brochu Road sections still have good snow.
• BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL. Good snow cover. A couple corners on the Crooked Road section getting bare, but pretty good everywhere else.
• BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL. Closed due to logging.
• ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Good snow most of the way. A few bare patches here and there. Plenty of snow around Moxie Mountain.
• PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Decent riding 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. Rideable all the way through from Northern Outdoors to Berry’s Store in West Forks. A few bare spots and icy hills.
This may be the last weekend for decent trail riding, as there doesn’t appear to be any snow in the forecast. Great off trail riding should continue for a couple more weeks. Best off trail riding is off the Shirley and Brochu Roads (ITS 86), and around Bald Mountain (Bald Mountain Trail), Pleasant Pond Mountain (Pleasant Pond Trail), and Moxie Mountain (ITS 87).
For day trippers, there is a FREE PARK AND RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors Resort on Route 201. Gas, trail maps, food and trail info are available right at the Lodge. Call 888-770-SLED for details.
Jim Yearwood, Trailmaster
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club