26 Jan 09 The Forks Maine – Snowmobile Trail Report
We have 24" – 36" of snow on the ground, depending on the exact location. All 70 miles of The Forks Snowmobile Trail System are being groomed on a regular basis, with 2 Tucker Terra Sno-Cats. Intown trails get beat up because of concentrated traffic, but we go over them twice on grooming nights. For this week, we will be grooming the entire trail system on each of Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
• ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE IN WEST FORKS, HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE. In very good shape. Short Power Line section near Moxie Lake is still just a bit rough.
• BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL. This is the former ITS 87 on the east side of Moxie Lake. Great riding all the way.
• BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL. Closed for the season due to heavy logging and plowed roads on the Blanchard end.
• ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Fine shape all the way, except for a couple of very short (1/2 mile) sections around Pleasant Pond that are still just a tad rough. This trail winds around the base of Moxie Mountain for several miles, with outstanding views of the rocky summit. There’s also fine 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. Open and groomed. All good except for a 1/2 mile section that is a little rough.
• KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL. Open and groomed all the way through from Northern Outdoors to Berry’s Store in West Forks. Scenic riding along the Kennebec River.
All in all, things look great with very enjoyable riding to be had in the area. Now’s the time to ride! As the snow in the woods piles up, more and more animals are using the trails to get around. Moose, deer and turkeys have all been spotted on the trails, day and night. RIDE WITH CAUTION AT ALL TIMES!
For day trippers, there is 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 or logon to www.Northernoutdoors.com
Jim Yearwood, Trailmaster
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club