Maine Snowmobile Trail Report

Maine Snowmobile Trail Report by the Coburn Summit Riders

Maine Snomobile Trail Report

The following Maine Snowmobile Trail Reports are from the the local area snowmobile club; Coburn Summit Riders and our surrounding areas and clubs. For more information on each club and how to support it’s area see the respective information below.

Maine Snowmobile Trail Report by the Coburn Summit Riders

Coburn Summit Riders Trail Report 3-8-18
We’ve received right around a foot so far and it’s still coming down steady. All of our groomers will be out tonight as well as tomorrow and Saturday night. Sections of our trails that had any coverage at all should be very good for the weekend. Our plan is to groom the entire trail system and we’ll keep up with that schedule as long as weather permits. This weekend looks to be very good riding compared to what we’ve had the past few weeks and the possibility of more snow next week may keep us going at least a few more weekends. Get out and enjoy some late winter riding while you can!

Coburn Summit Riders Trail Report 3/1/18 
As we head into the final month of the season, our trail system is certainly not in the condition that we expected it to be. It feels more like the beginning of April instead of March. We do have some decent riding but it is limited to the northeast part of the system. ITS 87 from just north of the Capital Rd north to 88 is in good shape as well as the Lake Parlin Connector, and the northern end of 89. Other than that, conditions on the trails are hit or miss with most of it not good. Any plowed sections are bare ground as well as areas open to the sun or wind. Riders are reporting good conditions north and east of us on the Blue Ridge, Pittston Farm, and Jackman trails. If you access them using ITS 87, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the ride. We will be grooming the northern end of the Coburn system tonight and tomorrow night. As with the past few weeks, the area around Coburn Mtn is rough. The best way to access it from the north is using the North Shoulder Bypass. The trail to the summit is rough but fairly easily passable. Let’s hope we get some snow soon and get all the groomers back on the trail.

Coburn Summit Riders Trail Report 2-22-18
After suffering through the past couple days of rain and warm temps, the trails seem to have survived. We had planned on grooming last night but did not because temps were still very warm. We will go tonight to break up and smooth out what we have. There are dirt spots showing in some areas as well as ice in corners. The wooded trails did not fare as good as the roads but are still passable. The 1.7 miles of plowed road on 87 is down to dirt. We will pull in what we can tonight to make it better. We have a few riders out riding the system now so that we can update with more specifics later. Overall, our trails took a big hit but there is still plenty of good riding out there to be had and will only get better if we get the forecast snow on Friday and Sunday. Picks and scratchers are definitely recommended but I’m hopeful that after grooming tonight and traffic today that cooling and lubrication shouldn’t be a problem. Riders should slow it down as it will be very fast and slippery. Please come out Saturday for the Poker Run and support the club. It’s always a great time!
Joe

Coburn Summit Riders Trail Report 2-19-18
As everyone probably knows, we have a couple days of warm weather starting tomorrow. Our plan is to groom tonight to get the trails flat before the warm up and on Wednesday night so that they set up with the cool down. We should have enough snow on the trails to pull it in and get trails in good shape afterwards. A full trail report will be posted on Thursday.

Coburn Summit Riders Trail Report 2-9-18
We finally got some much needed snow on our trail system. The area ended up with around 10-12 inches of powdery snow. We spent yesterday grooming out the system and starting to get the trails set up for the weekend. The trails are very loose because the snow was so dry so it’ll take a couple days of riding and grooming to tighten them up. The Coburn Summit Trail was groomed to the halfway point and bladed all the way to the Summit. There will be heavy traffic going up this weekend so please use extra caution when on the summit trail. More snow is in the forecast for Sat/Sun. It’s only going to get better!

Coburn Summit Riders Trail Report 2-1-18
Conditions haven’t changed much since last week except for an inch or so of snow that fell last night and today. Our trails are holding up very well considering the weather hand we’ve been dealt and most riders are very surprised how good the conditions are considering. We had some issues on 86/89 for the first 10 miles after crossing at Grand Falls but we now have things back in good shape and it should be very good for the weekend. Most everything on the east side of 201 is very good with the exception of the powerline which will be groomed tonight. It just doesn’t have the snow yet so it’s hard to do much with it but it’s only about a mile of bad trail. The area up high around Coburn is still very thin and rocky. It’s passable but not good. We will do what we can with it but until we get more snow, that’s about all we can do. The Coburn Summit trail will be groomed again to the halfway point but not to the top. Experienced riders only should attempt to go to the summit and expect bad conditions toward the summit. It’s icy, trenched, and has exposed rocks and stumps. It’s doable but not an easy ride. Most weather sites are showing decent snow for the upcoming week so all we can do is wait and see what Mother Nature sends. It won’t take much to get everything back to where it should be for early February. Watch for exposed rocks and icy corners and use caution on all plowed roads. Enjoy the ride!

Coburn Summit Riders Trail Report 1-24-18 Coburn Summit Riders Trail Report. 1-24-18 After a brief warm up yesterday, it looks like winter might be back on track. We ended up with 4-5 inches of snow from Monday morning to Tuesday afternoon. There were periods of sleet, freezing rain, and mix after the snow stopped but not much rain if any. The new snow was much needed and a much better consistency than previous storms. As I write this report, the snow is falling and our trails should be in great shape for the upcoming weekend. We groomed some yesterday and currently have groomers out laying down what we have to set up with the incoming cold weather. We obviously still have some areas on the trails that need more snow but all the riders I’m talking to are very happy with the conditions. I think it’s safe to say that trails are the best they’ve been so far this season and should only get better going forward based on forecasts I’ve seen. Not perfect, but not bad either. Joe

Inn By The River Is a Proud Member of The Coburn Summit Riders Snowmobile Club

Located in the heart of the most scenic snowmobiling in Maine. Due to the elevation of the mountains, we get snow first and lose it last. Often times the riding season starts in late November, early December and lasts well into April. The Coburn Summit Riders’ goal is to give every rider the most memorable riding experience they will get anywhere. We are looking forward to providing riders with a smooth trip through the magnificent mountains that surround us.

The Forks Area Snowmobile Club

THE FORKS AREA TRAILS CONDITIONS UPDATE 3-27-2018

With daytime temps in the high 40’s  and night time temps in the low teens we’ve been able to continue grooming operations by night and enjoy comfortable riding conditions during the day.

We groomed the entire trail system Monday night and it is in generally good shape! If weather permits we will groom Friday and Saturday nights. There’s still plenty of riding to be had once you get out from the trailheads and in-town access points.. . . .  Enjoy the last few days of the season, we will be closing the lodge after lunch on Sunday, April 1st.

ITS 86 FROM BERRYS STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE
Intown is quite rough. Once out of town just a mile, things improve greatly. Power Line section near Moxie Pond is good. There is a 1 mile stretch of shared, plowed road at Moxie Pond . . . Go easy through there.

ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM
Fine ride all the way through. Take ITS 87 south to the Bingham Wind Farm Trail, then loop back around onto the Pleasant Pond Trail and back to The Forks. This is a great 65 mile loop with spectacular scenery around Moxie Mountain. Ride right under the 300’ tall wind towers!

PLEASANT POND TRAIL
Good snow cover. Decent all the way from the Bingham Wind Farm Trail back to ITS 87.

BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL 
Good snow cover. Nice going all the way through.

CARATUNK SPUR 
Open and groomed.

KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL
Open and groomed all the way from Northern Outdoors to West Forks.

THE FORKS AREA TRAILS CONDITIONS UPDATE 3-20-2018

Welcome to the first day of spring and some of the best late season riding we’ve seen in years. Plenty of snow, temperatures down in the low teens at night allows great grooming and setup, and moderate temps during the day for comfortable riding. We groomed the entire trail system Monday night and it is in great condition! For the rest of the week we will be grooming ThursdayFriday and Saturday nights. All sections have plenty of snow and the riding is pretty awesome . . . .  Enjoy it while it lasts!

ITS 86 FROM BERRYS STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE
Intown gets beat up quickly with the heavy traffic. Once out of town just a mile, things improve greatly. Power Line section near Moxie Pond is good. There is a 1 mile stretch of shared, plowed road at Moxie Pond . . . Go easy through there.

ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM
Fine ride all the way through. Take ITS 87 south to the Bingham Wind Farm Trail, then loop back around onto the Pleasant Pond Trail and back to The Forks. This is a great 65 mile loop with spectacular scenery around Moxie Mountain. Ride right under the 300’ tall wind towers!

PLEASANT POND TRAIL
Good snow cover. Decent all the way from the Bingham Wind Farm Trail back to ITS 87.

BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL 
Good snow cover. Nice going all the way through.

CARATUNK SPUR 
Open and groomed.

KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL
Open and groomed all the way from Northern Outdoors to West Forks.

THE FORKS AREA TRAILS CONDITIONS UPDATE 3-13-2018

Forecast is for 12”+ of snow from the Tuesday / Wednesday storm. Groomers will be out WednesdayThursdayFriday and Saturday nights. All sections have plenty of snow and the riding is pretty awesome . . . .  Enjoy it while it lasts!

ITS 86 FROM BERRYS STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE
Intown gets beat up quickly with the heavy traffic. Once out of town just a mile, things improve. Good riding all the way to the ITS 88 intersection.

ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM
Fine ride all the way through. Take ITS 87 south to the Bingham Wind Farm Trail, then loop back around onto the Pleasant Pond Trail and back to The Forks. This is a great 65 mile loop with spectacular scenery around Moxie Mountain. Ride right under the 300’ tall wind towers!

PLEASANT POND TRAIL
Good snow cover. Decent all the way from the Bingham Wind Farm Trail back to ITS 87.

BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL 
Good snow cover. Nice going all the way through.

CARATUNK SPUR 
Open and groomed.

KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL
Open and groomed all the way from Northern Outdoors to West Forks.

THE FORKS AREA TRAILS CONDITIONS UPDATE 3-10-2018

Received 12+ inches from the Wednesday/Thursday storm. Both Tuckers were out Thursday night and groomed the entire trail system, except the Bald Mountain Trail (will be done Friday night). Groomers will be out both Friday and Saturday nights as well. All sections have plenty of snow and fine riding. It will be a good weekend to get out on the trails!

ITS 86 FROM BERRYS STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE
Intown gets beat up quickly with the heavy traffic. Once out of town just a mile, things improve. Good riding all the way to the ITS 88 intersection.

ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM
Fine ride all the way through. Take ITS 87 south to the Bingham Wind Farm Trail, then loop back around onto the Pleasant Pond Trail and back to The Forks. This is a great 65 mile loop with spectacular scenery around Moxie Mountain. Ride right under the 300’ tall wind towers!

PLEASANT POND TRAIL
Good snow cover. Decent all the way from the Bingham Wind Farm Trail back to ITS 87.

BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL 
Good snow cover. Nice going all the way through.

CARATUNK SPUR 
Open and groomed.

KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL
Open and groomed all the way from Northern Outdoors to West Forks.

THE FORKS AREA TRAILS CONDITIONS UPDATE 3-6-2018

Some sections are good, some are very poor where you have to “bob & weave” to stay on snow. Please read the report carefully to find out where the best snow and riding is. There are sections you want to avoid . . . . particularly ITS 86 between The Forks and Moxie Pond. You can get out and find enjoyable riding, but you have to pick your spots. Forecast is for 10” – 15” of snow on Wednesday and Thursday. Both Tuckers will be out grooming Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. If we get the snow they are calling for, all trail sections should be in good shape and it will be a good weekend to hit the trails.

  • ITS 86 FROM BERRYS STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE.  In town section is beat up, but passable. Some bare spots and ice till the Boise Road. From the Boise Road to Moxie Pond is not passable . . . . a lot of bare ground around Mosquito Mountain. Snow conditions are good from Moxie Pond all the way to the ITS 88 intersection and on to Greenville or Rockwood.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM.  Some corners on the Divide Road section and heading to Pleasant Pond are getting bare. The riding south to the Caratunk Spur is ok. From the spur south has numerous bare spots. The 1 mile windswept section on the south side of Moxie Mountain is mostly down to bare ground.
  • PLEASANT POND TRAIL.  Good snow cover. Decent all the way to the Bingham Wind Farm Trail.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL.  Good snow cover. Nice going all the way through.
  • CARATUNK SPUR.  Open and passable.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL.  Open all the way from Northern Outdoors to West Forks. Just a few bare corners. The big hill off the Flood Road is down to bare ground for about 20 yards.

***To travel from The Forks to Greenville or Rockwood, take ITS 87 south to the Pleasant Pond Trail. Go east on the Pleasant Pond Trail then head north on the Bald Mountain Trail to ITS 86. Then head east on ITS 86 to Greenville or jump on ITS 88 to Rockwood. You will avoid the 4 miles of very thin snow and bare ground on the Hodges Road section of ITS 86 around Mosquito Mountain. Also avoids the Power Line section and 1 mile of plowed road (down to dirt/mud) around Moxie Pond.

THE FORKS AREA TRAILS CONDITIONS UPDATE 2-27-2018

We received 3” of snow on Sunday. Trails are still thin in some spots. Groomers are out doing what we can with what we have. Good news is that the trails are hard and flat. Bad news is that there are icy spots, with some bare ground in places. Trails are all passable. Some sections are good, some are poor where you have to “bob & weave” to stay on snow. Certainly not mid-winter conditions but, if you want to get out and ride and enjoy the scenery, you can.  Just be careful out there.

ITS 86 FROM BERRYS STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE
In town section is beat up, but passable. Once out of town a couple miles, things improve somewhat. Some bare spots and ice till the Boise Road. Hodges Road section around Mosquito Mountain has a number of bare spots and ice. Again, all passable with some “bobbing & weaving”. The 1 mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is rough. There is a 1 mile section of plowed road around Moxie Pond . . . . . .  very icy and scratchy through there. Snow conditions are good from Moxie Pond all the way to the ITS 88 intersection and on to Greenville.

ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM
Some corners on the Divide Road section are getting bare. The riding south to the Caratunk Spur is ok. From the spur south is thin in spots with ice. The 1 mile windswept section on the south side of Moxie Mountain is bare and icy, but passable off to the side.

BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL
Good snow cover. Groomed with nice going all the way through.

PLEASANT POND TRAIL
Good snow cover. Groomed all the way to the Bingham Wind Farm Trail.

CARATUNK SPUR
Open and groomed.

KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL
Open all the way from Northern Outdoors to West Forks. Just a very few bare corners. The big hill off the Flood Road is icy . . . . Get a good head of steam going up it and keep to the side.

Jim Yearwood
Forks Area Trails Club

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR RIDERS TRAVELING FROM THE FORKS TO GREENVILLE: The recommended route is ITS 87 south to the Pleasant Pond Trail. Go east on the Pleasant Pond Trail then head north on the Bald Mountain Trail to ITS 86. Then head east on ITS 86 to Greenville. This is a little longer than taking ITS 86 all the way. But the snow cover and riding conditions are much better. You will avoid the 4 miles of thin snow cover on the Hodges Road section of ITS 86 around Mosquito Mountain. Also avoids the Power Line section and 1 mile of plowed road around Moxie Pond.

Call 207-663-2181 for current conditions!

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