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Greater Forks Area Snowmobile Trail Conditions

 

 

Coburn Summit Riders trail report 2/23/17

This week’s warm weather certainly isn’t what any of us would like to see but our trails should weather it just fine. We sent a few groomers last night with mixed results as the temps were too warm to groom effectively. The trails are holding up surprisingly well and grooming operations will be a day to day decision based on temps. We are not asking riders to stay off the trails but ask that everyone takes it easy to help keep together what we have. 


ITS 89 will have a route change starting Monday. The landowner will be plowing a section of the trail where it meets ITS 86 and we don’t want to share the plowed road. The weather will dictate what day we open the new section up and it appears that will be Sunday. We will update when it happens. PLEASE DO NOT RIDE ON PLOWED ROADS!

We went up with the groomer on Tuesday and it’s been a perfect couple of days for everyone to enjoy it.
I have attached a great picture Artie Talbot shared from the Coburn Summit last evening.


Our annual Poker Run is on for this Saturday so please come out and support the club.

Joe

 THE FORKS TRAIL REPORT 2/23/17

 

Our snowpack is still plenty deep, even with the warmer temps this week. We groomed again last night and the trails are currently in good shape, but the next 3 nights will be challenging as nighttime temperatures are forecast to remain near or above freezing. Through Saturday grooming will be on an “as able to” basis. Things appear to cool off again on Sunday. There is great riding out there, but we ask that you go easy on the trails as they are soft during this warm spell and can get destroyed easily. Please . . . . easy on the throttle and around corners.

 TRAIL CLOSURE/DETOUR . . . . . ITS 87 BETWEEN PLEASANT POND AND TROUTDALE ROAD. Due to last minute changes in winter harvesting plans by the landowner, there are several miles of plowed road due to logging on ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond. For travel between The Forks and Bingham, use the Bald Mountain Trail and ITS 86. Using the Bald Mountain Trail and ITS 86 will connect you back to ITS 87, thereby bypassing the plowed roads.

 

  • ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. Intown can get chopped up quickly because of heavy traffic. Once just a mile out of town things improve. One mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is good. There is a 1 mile section of plowed/shared road around Moxie Dam . . . go slow through there. Fine shape all the way through.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL. Good all the way through from ITS 86 to 87.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Good shape all the way toward Northern Outdoors. Heading further south, ITS 87 is only open to Pleasant Pond. ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond is closed due to logging. See detour info above.
  • MOXIE MOUNTAIN TRAIL (club trail). This trail is not open south of the Caratunk Spur.
  • CARATUNK SPUR. Open and groomed.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL. Overall in fine shape.

 

With the deep snowpack, there are a lot of deer and moose using the trails. Be careful out there.

 

For day riders, there is a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is large, well plowed and has plenty of room for trailers. Groomed access to all trails. The lot is marked with a large sign on Route 201. Trail maps, 91 octane gas, food are available at Northern Outdoors.

 

Jim Yearwood

Forks Area Trails Club

Hello Riders,

Check back often on updates and trail conditions and to view our new trails map. You may order ATV or Snowmobile maps directly through the chamber by sending your request to Forks Area Chamber, PO Box 1, West Forks, ME 04985. We do request a five dollar donation to cover postage expenses.
See you on the trails very soon!

Ride the back country and see nature at it’s best. Be familiar with all current laws and rules of the trails. For information on registering an ATV or snowmobile in Maine, state trail maps and listings for local clubs check out, http://www.mesnow.com or visit http://www.maine.gov/ifw .