29 Jan 09 The Forks Maine – Snowmobile Trail Report
We received around 12" of new snow from Wednesday’s storm. We are now officially in riding nirvana! All 70 miles of The Forks Snowmobile Trail System are being groomed on a regular basis with 2 Tucker Terra Sno-Cats. For the remainder of this week, we will be grooming the entire trail system on each of Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Trails will be soft for a couple days, until the new snow can get broken down and bound together. Cold night time temperatures will help solidify things.
• ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE IN WEST FORKS, HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE. In great shape. Even the short Power Line section near Moxie Lake will groom out flat.
• BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL. This is the former ITS 87 on the east side of Moxie Lake. Clear sledding 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. The couple of short rough sections near Pleasant Pond should groom out flat with this new snow. This trail winds around the base of Moxie Mountain for several miles, with spectacular 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. Recommend bringing a shovel for any off trail riding . . . it’s getting deep out there!
• PLEASANT POND CLUB TRAIL. Open with great riding. Since this is a secondary trail, we hope to groom this on Friday during the day.
• KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL. Open and well groomed all the way through from Northern Outdoors to Berry’s Store in West Forks. Scenic riding along the Kennebec River.
Things look great, with outstanding snowmobiling to be had in the area as we approach peak snowmobile season. Now is the time to ride! As the snow 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.
Jim Yearwood, Trailmaster
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club