14 Feb 09 The Forks Maine – Snowmobile Trail Conditions
Warm temperatures and rain on Thursday knocked down the snowpack some, but we still have plenty on the ground (24" to 30" in most places). We were able to groom all 70 miles of The Forks Snowmobile Trail System on Thursday night before the big freeze up. Our groomer operators report that they were able to get the trail nice and flat, and they have hardened up that way. Generally speaking the trails are still in very good to excellent shape. Because of the rain then hard freeze, the base is very hard and very fast. There are a few corners where ice is a problem on the inside of the corner. RIDE WITH CAUTION AT ALL TIMES. For the next few days, the entire trail system will be groomed on each of Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights.
• ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE. Very good shape all the way. Little bit of ice on the trail around Mosquito Mountain. The short Power Line section near Moxie Lake is still flat, but there are a few spots where the tops of rocks are poking through. There is a logging operation along a short section of the intown trail. Skidders can be crossing the trail in a couple spots, so be careful through there.
• BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL. This is the former ITS 87 on the east side of Moxie Lake. Flat and fast all the way through from ITS 86 to ITS 87.
• BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL. Closed for the season due to heavy logging and plowed roads on the Blanchard end.
• ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Great shape all the way. This trail winds around the base of Moxie Mountain for several miles, with spectacular views of the rocky summit. There is also fine off trail riding in the basin on the west side of the mountain, with expansive views of Sugarloaf Mountain and the Bigelow Range.
• PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Excellent shape 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. Great shape all the way through from Northern Outdoors to Berry’s Store in West Forks. Very scenic riding along the Kennebec River. The big hill off the Flood Road is icy in the middle. Just stay off to the sides.
All in all, things look pretty good out there! Again, the warm temperatures and rain didn’t impact us badly. Trails have hardened up very flat and very fast. With the extra traffic out there for school vacation week, as well as the occassional ice patch, we ask that you ride cautiously.
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, Trailmaster
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club