20 Feb 09 The Forks Maine – Snowmobile Trail Conditions
Looks like we have about 6" of new from the latest storm (Thursday afternoon). Still snowing off and on. We will groom the entire 70 mile trail system Thursday night, as well as on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights. The base is generally flat and hard, and this fresh snow will help touch up the corners and other spots that were getting worn. Should come out nice in time for New Hampshire vacation week.
• ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE IN WEST FORKS, HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE. Overall this section is in good shape. As mentioned, this fresh snow will help us fix up some of the corners that were getting choppy on the Brochu Road section, . The snow will also help out on the intown trails that have been seeing very heavy traffic this week. There is a logging operation along a short section of the intown trail. Skidders can be crossing the trail in a couple of places, so be careful through there.
• BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL. This trail was in great shape before the snow, so it’ll only be better! Primo riding 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. Generally in very good condition. Again, the snow will help with the couple of short wooded sections near Pleasant Pond and Moores Bog that were getting bumpy. 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 Bald Mountain, Pleasant Pond Mountain and Moxie Mountain.
• KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL. Good shape all the way through from Northern Outdoors to Berry’s Store in West Forks. Very scenic riding along the Kennebec River.
Theres plenty of enjoyable riding and outstanding scenery to be had in the area! With the increased traffic due to school vacation weeks, we ask that you RIDE WITH EXTRA CARE.
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