17 Feb 09 The Forks Maine – Snowmobile Trail Report
Last Thursdays warm temperatures and rain knocked our snowpack down a little, but there is still plenty to work with. We were able to groom out the entire trail system while it was still soft, and it hardened up nice and flat in most places. There are thin and icy spots, especially on corners, so be careful. We still have 24" to 30" of snow on the ground. Looks like a decent storm coming through on Wednesday night.
Generally speaking the trails are in good to very good shape. Because of the thaw then hard freeze up, the base is hard and fast. We have had an inch or so of snow showers the past 2 days, so lubrication is not a problem. Again, because of icing, RIDE WITH CAUTION AT ALL TIMES. For the remainder of this week, all 70 miles of The Forks Trail System will be groomed on each of Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
• ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE IN WEST FORKS, HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE. Overall, this section is in good shape. Little bit of ice on the trail around Mosquito Mountain. Corners on the Brochu Road section are choppy, and need some fresh snow to fix. The short Power Line section near Moxie Lake is still flat, but the tops of some rocks are poking through in a few spots. Intown trails are a little bumpy because of heavy traffic . . . need some fresh snow there. There is a logging operation along a short section of the intown trail. Skidders can be crossing the trail in a couple places, so be careful through there.
• BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL. This trail is in A+ condition and provides outstanding riding. Flat and fast all the way through from ITS 86 to ITS 87.
• BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL. Closed for the season due to heavy logging and plowed roads on the Blanchard end.
• ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Generally in very good shape. A little bumped up in the 1 mile wooded section near Pleasant Pond, and again in the short wooded section near Moores Bog. This trail winds around the base of Moxie Mountain for several miles, with spectacular views of the rocky summit. There is 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 TRAIL. Excellent shape all the way through from ITS 87 to the Bald Mountain Trail. This trail and ITS 87 make a great mountain loop, with outstanding scenery of Moxie Mountain, Pleasant Pond Mountain and Bald Mountain.
• KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL. Good shape all the way through from Northern Outdoors to Berry’s Store in West Forks. Very scenic riding along the Kennebec River. The big hill off the Flood Road is icy in the middle. Stay off to the sides and you’ll be fine.
All in all, things look pretty good out there with enjoyable riding and outstanding scenery to be had! With the extra traffic this week due to school vacation, and the occassional icy patch, we ask that you ride extra carefully.
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 Outdooors Snowmobile Club