The Forks, Maine, Snowmobile Trail Report

We are on our regular grooming schedule on all 100 miles of our trail system and the trails are in very good shape, for the most part. It was windy during last weeks storm, so there are a few windblown spots here and there where the snow didn’t accumulate much. Also have to be careful for icy corners as the snow gets ridden out of the turns. All in all, the riding is really enjoyable! Looks like the potential for more snow coming on Saturday.
 

  • ITS 86 HEADING EAST FROM BERRY’S STORE TOWARD GREENVILLE AND ROCKWOOD   Because of heavy traffic, intown section 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. Good snow cover over 90% of it . . . . only about 200 yards at the dam where you will be scratching dirt, and a couple sunburned patches elsewhere that are easy to avoid. 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. Also a few small sunburned patches here and there. There is a 1/2 mile section around the south side of Moxie Mountain, that is severely windblown. Pretty scratchy through there, but you can stay on snow with some “bobbing and weaving”. Check out the 3 mile groomed spur trail to the Moxie Mountain Lookout. Great views of the Kennebec River Valley, Sugarloaf/USA and the Bigelow Range.
  • PLEASANT POND TRAIL  Great ride with plenty of snow all the way through.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 87 TO ITS 86  Great ride and plenty of snow all the way through.
  • BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL HEADING TOWARD BLANCHARD  Good riding.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS TO WEST FORKS  A little thin in spots and snirt here and there, but not bad at all. Worst of it is the last 1 mile into town.


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 NO.  Look for the large PARK AND RIDE sign on Route 201, just before Northern Outdoors.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club