16 Jan 09 The Forks Maine – Snowmobile Trail Report
Trails are in great shape right now, and the riding is outstanding! All 70 miles of The Forks Snowmobile Trail System are being groomed on a regular basis. This week, the entire trail system was groomed on both Monday & Wednesday and will be groomed on both Friday & Saturday nights. Overall, things are looking great with plenty of snow to work with and a very firm trail base that holds up well to traffic. Just a couple of very short trail sections through the woods that are still a bit rough. Other than that, it’s awesome riding!
• ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE IN WEST FORKS, HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE is in excellent shape. 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. There is a 2 mile section that was recently plowed, but there’s a solid base of hard packed snow on the road. Just go slow and watch for vehicles through there.
• BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL is closed for the season, due to heavy logging and plowed roads on the Blanchard end.
• ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM is generally in great condition, 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, with outstanding views of the rocky summit. There’s also great 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 CLUB TRAIL is open and groomed. There is a 1/2 mile section that is rough. Combined with ITS 87, this makes a nice loop around Moxie Mountain.
• KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL is open and well groomed all the way through from Northern Outdoors to Berry’s Store in West Forks. Great riding along the Kennebec River. There is one small water hole that is still open, but easy to get around.
All in all, things look great for the long MLK weekend, with a lot of very enjoyable riding to be had in the area.
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 are 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