The Forks, Maine – Snowmobile Trail Conditions Report

The New Years Weekend storm dumped 12" – 18" of snow on our area, depending on the exact location. All 100 miles of The Forks Trail System are open and groomed. Groomers have been busy and report that the trails are generally in great shape with excellent riding. Since it is early season, there are still a few hazards out there such as wet spots and rocks poking through, but overall conditions are very good. Cold temperatures coming in should help to freeze over any wet areas.
 
•    ITS 86 from Berry’s Store heading east toward Greenville  will be groomed again on Friday and Saturday nights. The 1 mile Power Line section along Moxie Lake is rough, with some wet spots. Brochu Road section is flat and fast!
•    ITS 87 heading south toward Bingham  will be groomed again on Friday and Saturday nights. 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 any equipment. The 3 mile spur trail to the Moxie Mtn. 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 again on Friday and Saturday nights. Other than a couple of wet spots, there’s good riding through there.
•    Bald Mountain Trail  connecting ITS 86 and ITS 87 will be groomed again on Friday and Saturday nights, and has great riding. 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.
•    Pleasant Pond Trail  was opened and 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 in all, the riding season is off to a great start! Although there is plenty of snow, remember that it’s early season and 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