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AROOSTOOK COUNTY TRAIL REPORT UPDATED 02/22/2018
The Official Snowmobile Trail Report
From the desk of: Gary Marquis
Caribou Parks & Recreation Department
55 Bennett Dr.
Caribou, Me. 04736
Another roller coaster of a week with the weather. High of 50`s on Wednesday and now down to 12 degrees on Thursday morning. From what I have been hearing from all projects it sounds like the trails held up very well and with little water problems. With please use caution as maybe an issue might arise and not noticed.
For the next couple of days until we get new snow trails will be hard and possibly some Icey corners, so please use caution. Scratchers might be your new best friend until we get more snow and grooming will help as well. All dealers in the County carry scratchers.
Trails will be busy this weekend as a lot of the downstate area was hurt more than the County was with this latest warm up. This is the time to explore some of the green trails on the County map and let me tell say you will not be disappointed.
ITS 92 This trail has been in great shape all season long and continues to be.
ITS 90 This trail continues to be in great shape.
ITS 120 This trail is in great conditions and one of the most scenic rides in the County. Make sure you stop by Deboulie Mountain.
ITS 83 reporting good conditions. The logging operation is now in effect and the reroute is now open please watch for signs and plan accordingly. There is also a new logging operation in Monticello south of the transfer station road watch for signs.
ITS 81 This trail is connected all the way through There is a logging operation on the section in Grand Isle please watch for signs. There is a logging operation where trail 98B and 81 intersect watch for signs. Madawaska is reporting good conditions. All clubs are out on their sections.
ITS 85 This trail is in good condition. Ashland, Eagle Lake and Portage will do their sections tonight. Fort Kent will also be out on their section tonight and reporting a few water holes, watch for signage.
ITS 105 This trail is in good condition from Van Buren all the way through to Scopan.
ITS 88 Parts of this trail have been groomed today and the other clubs will be out tonight. There might be some water holes on the powerline section near Ashland.
Trail 61 in Washburn is groomed and in good shape.
Trail 89 This trail is open to the Black Bear Lodge and connects with trail 102 which is the old trail 100 that Pleasant Ridge Riders maintains. From this intersection North to 94 still has not been connected. Caribou will put it on Social media when connected.
Trail 94 will be groomed Thursday night and remains in good condition.
Trail 71A in Ashland is now open to the river, there is one mile of plowed road other than that this trail is awesome.
Frenchville is reporting good shape on their trails.
Sly Brook snowmobile club are reporting good conditions on trail 96 and 73, Friday the rest of 73 and 73A will be groomed.
Moose town Riders are reporting their section of 92 down to Chamberlains store was done Thursday morning and the lake loops will be done early Friday morning.
Caswell is reporting good conditions.
Limestone is reporting good conditions.
Trail 71D is closed for the season as there is logging, this is in the Grand Lake Seboeis area.
Municipal trail 70 Benedicta/Whetstone Falls is closed due to heavy logging.
Trail 81 Nordic Lakers are reporting good conditions.
Presque Isle is reporting that they will be out Thursday and Friday and will have everything done for the weekend.
Chapman is reporting great conditions.
Easton Snowmobile Club is reporting their whole system is in great shape.
Trail 73 and 73B is being maintained by Fort Kent and are reporting a few water holes on 73.
Central Aroostook Snowmobile club are reporting a lot of Moose traffic on the #9 lake trail and Rte. 70A.
Number 9 lake trail is in good condition.
Southern Aroostook Snowmobile Report
The Rockabema Club in Patten has also been holding off due to the warm conditions. Hopefully they will be back on trails ITS 81 and 112 to Shin Pond as well as club trail 62 north sometime Thursday in preparation for a busy weekend.
Bowlin/Mattagamon/Shin Pond is erring on the side of caution and has not had the groomers on the trails during the temporary thaw. They will be out again as soon as temps drop. The base on the trails is solid and they should have a great weekend!
The Benedicta Snow Gang reports that all grooming has stopped until this warm weather goes away. The temp is supposed to go back down to seasonable levels tonight, and they will assess water damage tomorrow. We would ask that you ride very easy until things get back to normal. On a brighter note they are holding a Fishing Derby on Plunkett Pond Saturday, Feb. 24 from 7 to 3. Cash prizes, $10 sign-up fee for over 16. Call 757-7160 FMI.
Molunkus Valley Snow Drifters out of Sherman will be out today making sure ITS 83, ITS 83A and the Bible Point Trail will be ready for a busy weekend.
The Big Valley Snow Club reports that last night`s freeze means they will be out grooming trails again. ITS 83 North and South as well as ITS 112 should be good for the weekend.
The Meduxnekeag Ramblers of Littleton reports an active logging operation on ITS 83 between the trestle and the Dump Road in Monticello. There will be a road across the trail for hauling logs but sleds do have the right of way. Please be cautious in this area. ITS 86 to St Croix Stream will be ready for the weekend as well as club trail 81. Breakfast will be served at the Clubhouse from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Linneus Sno-Sports has had an issue with their one groomer but it should be fixed today and back on the trails by tonight. Fingers crossed that ITS 83, and ITS 105 will be ready for the weekend.
Easter Maine Snow Riders report that the trails 3, 3A and ITS 110 toward Wytopitlock and Macwahoc held up surprisingly well during the warm spell. The warm weather helped to even out ruts on the trail leaving a nice smooth surface for travel. They estimate that there is still 2-3 feet of snow on the trails and look forward to a great extended season!
I would like to encourage all readers to support the clubs by becoming members. They work hard so you can play hard!
ON THE SOCIAL SIDE:
Presque Isle Snowmobile Club Stew night this Friday starting at 5 at their Clubhouse.
St. Francis Sno Angels Will have their clubhouse open on Saturdays from 11-7
Meduxnekeag Ramblers Snowmobile Club breakfast is on for this Saturday the 3rd. 6-10am
Washburn Trail Runner`s Clubhouse will be opening on the 5th for the season. Friday`s hours are from 8-12 Saturday 7-2 Sunday 7-12
Sly Brook Sno-Riders will be having Ribeye Steak and Boneless Chicken Breast Feed on Saturday the 24th from 4:30-7pm at the clubhouse.
Gateway Snowmobile Club will be having a trailside hotdog roast this Saturday from 10-2 at the corner of State street and Main street, follow the signs to Tulsa.
THE FORKS TRAIL REPORT (02/23/2018)
Trails took a beating with the recent warm weather. Seasonal temperatures have returned and groomers are out doing what we can with what we have. Good news is that the trails have solidified FLAT. Bad news is that they are very hard and icy, 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 with the ice.
- ITS 86 FROM BERRY`S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD In town section is beat up, but passable. Once out of town just a mile, 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 improve from Moxie Pond all the way to the ITS 88 intersection.
- ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Some corners on the Divide Road section are getting bare. The riding up to Moore`s Bog is fair. From Moore`s Bog 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 Still has good snow cover. Groomed with nice going all the way through.
- PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Still has 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, but icy. The big hill off the Flood Road is very icy. BECAUSE OF THIS IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT ONLY EXPERIENCED RIDERS WITH PICKS USE THIS TRAIL.
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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