The Forks, Maine – Snowmobile Trail Report

The rain from a few days ago knocked down our big early season snowpack some, but there is still enough snow to groom all sections of trail. The entire 70 mile Forks Snowmobile Trail System was groomed on Monday and Tuesday and, with the cold temps, the base has frozen relatively flat and hard. Depending on the exact location, the riding is fair to excellent. Generally speaking, trails on logging roads are great, and trails through the woods are poor to fair. Because of heavier traffic and less snow, intown trails are rough. Could use 6″ of fresh snow to fine tune things . . . looks like snow may be in the forecast for Saturday.


 

  • ITS 86 from Berry’s Store heading east toward Greenville is fair to Moxie Lake, then excellent on the Shirley and Brochu Roads to Greenville. The Power Line section (1 mile) near Moxie Lake is very rough, but passable.
  • ITS 87 around Moxie Mountain, heading south toward Bingham is fair to very good. Fair between Pleasant Pond and Moxie Mtn, very good elsewhere.
  • Bald Mountain Trail. This is the former ITS 87 on the east side of Moxie Lake. Excellent shape.
  • Kennebec River Trail. Groomed on Monday during the warmer temps and froze up solid Monday night. Good riding.
  • Pleasant Pond Trail. Not opened yet. Plan to open after New Years.
  • Breakneck Ridge Trail. Temporarily closed due to logging on the Blanchard end.

Overall, there is great early season riding out there. The warmer temps opened up a few water hazards, that will need cold temps and a little more snow to fill in. There is also ice on some corners. Ride with caution at all times!


 


Jim Yearwood


Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club