13 Jan 09 The Forks Maine – Snowmobile Trail Report
Lots of people out enjoying the trails and scenery this past weekend. Comments from riders are very positive, with just a couple of short sections on woods trails that are still a little rough. Some snow coming through on Tuesday which will help. All 70 miles of The Forks Snowmobile Trail System are being groomed on a regular basis. The entire trail system will be groomed on each of Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday nights this week, barring any breakdowns.
• ITS 86 FROM BERRYS STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE is in great shape. In town trails get beat up, but there’s plenty of snow to smooth them out. Short (1 mile) Power Line section near Moxie Lake is still a bit rough. Shirley & Brochu Road sections are flat and fast.
• BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL. This is the former ITS 87 on the east side of Moxie Lake. This trail connects ITS 86 with ITS 87. There is a 2 mile section that was recently plowed, but there is a solid base of hard packed snow on the road. Go slow and watch for vehicles through there. All else is flat and fast.
• BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL is closed for the season, due to heavy logging on the Blanchard end.
• ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM is generally in excellent shape except for a couple of very short rough sections through the woods near Pleasant Pond. This trail winds around the base of Moxie Mountain for several miles . . . . outstanding mountain scenery with spectacular views!
• PLEASANT POND CLUB TRAIL is not yet opened. Planning to get in there this week.
• KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL is open and groomed all the way through from Northern Outdoors Resort to Berrys Store in West Forks. Great riding with nice views of the Kennebec River. There is one small water hole that is still open, but easy to get around.
All in all, things are looking great with very enjoyable riding to be had in the area. We’ll update this report on Thursday afternoon.
For day riders, there’s a FREE PARK AND RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors Resort on Route 201. Gas, trail maps, food, restrooms and trail info is available right at the Lodge. Call 888-770-SLED for details.
We’ll see you on the trails!
Jim Yearwood, Trailmaster
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club