The Forks, Maine – Snowmobile Trail Conditions Reprt

The 8" of snow we received last week helped the groomers fill in most of the remaining trouble spots, especially on woods trails. All 100 miles of The Forks Trail System are open and being groomed regularly. Generally speaking, trail sections on unplowed roads are very good and woods trails are fair. Our trail system is about 85% roads and 15% woods trails. There may still be a few hazards out there especially on the woods trails, such as wet spots and rocks poking through, so be careful.  Not sure what the weather will do to the trails . . . . it’s raining right now. The following conditions are as of Monday morning.   
• ITS 86 from Berry’s Store heading east toward Greenville is scheduled to be groomed Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights. The 1 mile of Intown trail is roughed up and hard to maintain because of heavy traffic. Once out of town, things improve greatly. 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, Thursday, Friday, 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 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 Berrys Store will be groomed on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights. The last 1 mile section as you approach town rough. Nice views of the Kennebec River.
• Bald Mountain Trail connecting ITS 86 and ITS 87 will be groomed on Tuesday, Thursday , Friday, Saturday nights. 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 Thursday. There is a  1/4  mile stretch along the back side of Pleasant Pond that is rough. Other than that, it’s clear sailing.  This trail and ITS 87 make a nice loop around Moxie Mountain.
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’s a FREE PARK & 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

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