The Forks, Maine, Snowmobile Trail Report

The 8” of snow we received on Saturday was just what the doctor ordered. Snowing hard again right now . . . . supposed to get 2” – 4” more tonight. We are on our regular grooming schedule on all 100 miles of our trail system and the trails are back in very good shape, for the most part. It was windy during the storm, so there are a few windblown spots here and there where the snow didn’t accumulate and ice is prevalent. Also have to be careful for icy corners as the snow gets ridden out of the turns.
 

  • ITS 86 HEADING EAST FROM BERRY’S STORE TOWARD GREENVILLE AND ROCKWOOD   Because of heavy traffic, intown is rough and can always use more snow. Once just a mile out of town, things improve. Boise Road is great. Short ½ mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is not bad at all. A little windblown in spots, so the tops of a few rocks are showing. There is a 2 mile section of plowed road around Moxie Pond, due to logging. Go slow through there. Rest of the way toward Greenville on ITS 86 and toward Rockwood on ITS 88 are in fine shape.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Divide Road section is in great shape. Still a little thin on the very short woods sections around Pleasant Pond and Moore’s Bog. There is a one mile section around the south side of Moxie Mountain, that is severely windblown. A lot of gravel and ice through there. You can avoid this section by using the Bald Mountain Trail and the Pleasant Pond Trail.
  • PLEASANT POND TRAIL  Great ride all the way through. We recommend this route going to and from Bingham area, to avoid the windblown section mentioned in the first bullet point.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 87 TO ITS 86  Great ride all the way through.
  • BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL HEADING TOWARD BLANCHARD  Good riding.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS TO WEST FORKS  Still a little thin in spots, but not bad at all. Worst of it is the last 1 mile into town. The big hill off the Flood Road is very icy . . . . use caution.


For day riders, there is a FREE PARK AND RIDE LOT  at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well plowed and will accommodate large trailers. A groomed trail from the parking lot directly accesses ITS 87 or the Kennebec River Trail.  Gas (91 oct), food and trail maps are available at the main lodge.  Look for the large PARK AND RIDE sign on Route 201, just before Northern Outdoors.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club