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AROOSTOOK COUNTY TRAIL REPORT UPDATED 03/30/2017
The Official Snowmobile Trail Report
From the desk of: Gary Marquis
Caribou Parks & Recreation Department
55 Bennett Dr.
Caribou, Me. 04736
Another week and still have some of the best conditions out there, April 1st is 2 days away and you would never know that it is. This past week most of the County received between 4-6 inches of new snow. Most projects are still grooming, but they are starting to slow down just a bit. What I have heard is that they will be out during the weekend and will see what the weather will do next week.
Some of the low lying areas that are in the swamps are starting to break up. ITS 90W in the Woodland area has some hole it is marked with Caution Signs. Trail 81 in New Sweden also has some areas that the water is eating away at the trail, it is marked.
With the warm temps predicted for the weekend more of these areas might pop up so please keep this in mind.
Please remember that with the warmer temps during the day clubs can only groom what they can work with once the temps cool off so there may be some trails that will not be groomed as most projects have a lot of trail to take care of.
There are a few clubs that have called it a season and just because they are done this doesn’t mean that the trails are not good.
Meduxneakeag Ramblers, Central Aroostook Snowmobile Club, and Oxbow have all called it a winter. Trails are still very rideable.
Ashland, Portage, Eagle Lake, Grand Isle, Madawaska, Fort Kent, Allagash, Saint Francis, Frenchville, Caswell, Limestone, Easton, Caribou, Presque Isle, Chapman, Walker Siding, Easton, Fort Fairfield, Nordic Lakers, Soldier Pond, Van Buren, Red Arrow, Washburn, and Aroostook River are all still grooming, not as much as during the height of the winter but we are all still out.
ON THE SOCIAL SIDE:
Saint Francis Sno-Angels will be having lunch at the clubhouse, hot chicken and hot Hamburg will be on the menu.
Washburn trail runner’s clubhouse is closed for the season
Presque Isle club is having chicken stew on Friday nights from 5-7.
THE FORKS TRAIL REPORT (03/31/2017)
Still good snow coverage everywhere. We will be grooming this week on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Should be good spring riding through the weekend. Then that’s it . . . we’ll be done grooming for the season.
Please note the detour on ITS 86 just west of the Boise Road, where a bad waterhole has opened up . . . . it is described below.
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. There is a detour around a bad waterhole just before the Boise Road. The detour takes you along a 1 mile section of the Boise Road, which is no longer being plowed and is now groomed. One mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is good. There is a 1 mile section of plowed/shared road around Moxie Dam . . . scratchy, but you can keep on snow a majority of the way by riding the side. Rest of the way up to our turnaround at the junction of ITS 88 is in fine shape.
- 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 trail closure/detour info above.
- MOXIE MOUNTAIN TRAIL (club trail) This trail is groomed only to the Caratunk Spur. South of the spur is not open.
- CARATUNK SPUR. Open and groomed.
- KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL. Decent shape all the way through from Northern Outdoors to West Forks.
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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have granted permission to do so.
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