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AROOSTOOK COUNTY TRAIL REPORT UPDATED 02/23/2017
The Official Snowmobile Trail Report
From the desk of: Gary Marquis
Caribou Parks & Recreation Department
55 Bennett Dr.
Caribou, Me. 04736
Gateway Snowmobile Club Groomer
Vacation week 2017 has been one of the best in recent memory, plenty of snow and plenty of snowmobiles enjoying the County’s trails. Conditions could not be better but with some warm temps predicted for Thursday through Sunday and rain as well, the trails will get soft and this means if there is a lot of traffic trails will deteriorate quickly. So please keep this in mind. With Temps above freezing it makes grooming trails darn near impossible. Keep an eye on local clubs Facebook pages for the most up to date information.
Good news the logging operation on ITS 81 in the Easton area has moved out and the trail is now without any interruptions. Also the Central Aroostook Snowmobile Club has good news that the logging operation that affected the ITS 83 South of Bridgewater has also been completed.
CAUTION: As the snow keeps piling up the big 4 legged animals are walking around where it is easy, so if you see tracks slow down.
All clubs will be looking at the weather for the next couple of days and will get right back out as soon as the weather allows grooming to continue. With this being said if you do plan on riding while the temps are warm please ride respectfully and try to help out the clubs by not spinning your tracks.
Read Below Please: This Will Be For March 4-5
Can Am Sled Dog Races
2017 Shared Trails with Snowmobile Trail System
On ITS 85 in Fort Kent from the Groomer Be Garage (Village Road) north to intersection of ITS 92 continuing on ITS 92 west approximately 3.5 miles toward St. Francis. Teams will exit ITS 92 ½ mile west of Wellock Station.
On ITS 85 from Carter Brook, 100 feet east of the Wallagrass Stream bridge to the Wallagrass Lakes road approximately 1 mile.
On ITS 92A in St. John from the Honeywell Lake area to ITS85 just east of the Carter Brook Stream bridge approximately 5 miles.
On ITS 92 from Dicky (Allagash) to the intersection of 120 Deboullie Trail approximately 8 miles.
On ITS 85 south of St. Froid Lake on the Mesquito Brook Rd to the Hews Brook Road approximately 2 miles.
On ITS 85 south from Portage to Carr Pond intersection and on ITS 85C to Carr Pond approximately 5 miles.
Please watch for race officials on trails. Please slowdown in these sections and stop when approaching a team of mushers on the trails. The Fort Kent Sno Riders and the Can Am committee appreciate everyone’s cooperation with making this year’s race a safe one for everyone concerned.
Trail 71A only open the 1st 6 miles to Garfield.
ITS 83 is in great shape from one end of the County to the other. Remember that there is a reroute in the Bridgewater area due to logging the trail is marked so plan accordingly. There is a logging operation 4 miles South of Linneus please watch for signs. There will be a small logging operation near the Thibodeau road in Woodland, watch for signs.
ITS 90 is open and completely groomed and in great shape. Portage has also reported that there is some logging operations going on above the Mouse Island Road in Perham watch for signs.
ITS 85 is connected all the way through to the crown. There is a section of road that is plowed at the Red River Bridge where Eagle Lake and Portage meet, this will be plowed for the rest of the season so please use caution. There is a logging operation South of Violette settlement please use caution watch for signs. The Oxbow area of 85 is in great shape, so head down that way it makes for a great ride.
120 the Deboullie trail is in great shape. Remember there is still a logging operation near the St. Francis road about 5 miles of plowed road.
ITS 92 From Fort Kent up through to Allagash is reported to be in great shape. This part of the County seems to always get great snow and they are reporting awesome conditions.
ITS 86 is groomed all the way from the Border in Houlton and is in good shape to Oxbow.
ITS 81 Clubs will be out once it cools off. Watch for logging operation down off the Ashland road, and also on the Ralph Craig Memorial trail.
105 trail from Van Buren through Stockholm and South to Mapleton is in good shape. There is a logging operation at the Southern end in the Chapman area, there are alternatives to use. Logging should be complete within the next week. The Southern section of 105 is in great conditions.
ITS 88 From Fort Fairfield is reported open all the way to Ashland. Watch out for speed bumps in the Parkhurst Siding area of the Rail bed.
73B is open and signed there is a logging operation in the Little Black lake area please use caution.
Trail 81 (Swedes Trail) is in great shape
Trail 81 in Houlton has a logging operation and will be shortened and is only going Oakfield.
Trail 100 in the Caswell area has now connected with trail 94 in the Cyr Plantation area in a different location.
Trail 61 Is open off of Downtown Washburn going towards 90 there is plowed sections so please use caution.
On the Social Side:
Portage snowmobile club will be having their annual pie auction fundraiser at Dean’s with a dance to follow this Saturday night. The event starts at 7pm.
The Pleasant ridge riders will be having a Breakfast fundraiser at the clubhouse from 7-11 all proceeds will be going to the groomer fund. Sunday February 26.
Washburn trail runner’s clubhouse. Saturday hours will be 7-2, Sunday 7-12.
Presque Isle club is having chicken stew on Friday nights from 5-7.
Meduxnekeag Ramblers Breakfast every Saturday morning from 6-9 at the Clubhouse in Littleton.
Gateway snowmobile club will be having their spring fling in town near the intersection of ITS 81/105 March 12 noon to 4.
THE FORKS TRAIL REPORT (02/23/2017)
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 FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87. 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 decent 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.
Northern Outdoors SC
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