09 Jan 09 The Forks Maine – Snowmobile Trail Report
We received 6" of snow Wednesday night. All 70 miles of The Forks Snowmobile Trail System were groomed on Thursday, and will be groomed again on Friday night. Conditions have improved greatly with this snow. Groomer operators report that this was just what was needed to fix any problem areas, and that things are looking great.
- ITS 86 from Berry’s Store heading east toward Greenville is in great shape. Intown trails have plenty of snow and have groomed out flat. Short 1 mile Power Line section near Moxie Lake filled in nicely, but still isn’t perfect. Shirley & Brochu Roads are flat and fast.
- Bald Mountain Trail. This is the former ITS 87 on the east side of Moxie Lake. This trail connects ITS 86 with ITS 87. Nice all the way. There is a 2 mile section that was just plowed, but there is a solid base of snow on the road. Go slow and watch for vehicles through there.
- ITS 87 heading south toward Bingham is generally in excellent shape. Couple short sections through the woods around Pleasant Pond that are still bumpy, but are vastly improved. Outstanding views of Moxie Mountain on this trail.
- Pleasant Pond Club Trail is not yet opened. We plan to groom this next week.
- Kennebec River Trail is open and groomed all the way through from Northern Outdoors to Berry’s Store in West Forks. Great riding with nice views of the Kennebec River. There is one small water hole that is still open, but it’s easy to get around.
All in all, things are looking very good. This snow came just in time, and it’ll be a great weekend of riding! As always . . . ride with caution at all times.
For day riders, there’s a Free Park and Ride lot at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. Gas, trail maps, food, restrooms and trails info available at the Lodge.
We’ll see you on the trails!
Jim Yearwood, Trailmaster
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club