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ITS92 Allagash to Escourt Station
AROOSTOOK COUNTY TRAIL REPORT UPDATED 03/22/2017
The Official Snowmobile Trail Report
From the desk of: Gary Marquis
Caribou Parks & Recreation Department
55 Bennett Dr.
Caribou, Me. 04736
Easton Trailbreakers Groomer
The big question that everyone is asking are we still grooming and what are all the clubs doing. Will they be out for the weekend? And is it worth coming up to the County? The resulting answer is YES.
Most clubs are going to be out again after this latest snow and wind event that we are getting on Wednesday. There are a few clubs that will finish up with what they have in the fuel tanks and will be calling it a season. Don’t despair the County is big and you will find good to excellent conditions for the upcoming weekend. Fields are still covered with plenty of snow and of course the woods and rail bed trails have great cover so the riding will be very good.
With the cooler temps trails are holding up very well and should be a great weekend of riding. There are some clubs that will be starting to slow down a bit but this does not mean that trails will not be in very good shape. This winter has been a very challenging and busy winter and also an extremely long one at that. My one comment that I would like to make is that if you do come across a rough section of trail please remember that all projects have been going for about 15 weeks and that 95% of the clubs are all volunteer, so please remember this before complaining.
The Moose and Deer are now out more than they have been all winter so please keep an eye out there.
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. There is a logging operation 4 miles South of Linneus please watch for signs. There is a small logging operation near the Thibodeau road in Woodland, watch for signs. Madawaska is reporting very good conditions.
ITS 90 Caribou is reporting that they have a few issues with their section of 90W. Also the upper section from trail 88 to 105 is closed for the remainder of the season. The best way to get to Portage is through Washburn on 105.
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. Oxbow-Masardis Snowmobile Club has announced that Wednesday night will be there last time out.
120 this trail still has plowed logging in sections, where there is no logging the trail is still in good shape.
ITS 92 From Fort Kent up through to Allagash is reported to be in good shape.
ITS 86 is groomed all the way from the Boarder in Houlton. Oxbow is reporting that they have a mile of section that is plowed.
ITS 81 Watch for logging operation down off the Ashland road, and also on the Ralph Craig Memorial trail.
105 This trail is still in good shape with a few rollers until Blackstone siding.
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. This section of trail is being reported as in great shape.
Trail 81 (Swedes Trail) is in great shape, please use caution when going behind the Heritage view apartments as there a few water holes starting to open up.
Trail 81 in Houlton has a logging operation and will be shortened and is only going Oakfield.
Trail 100 in the Caswell and Cyr Plantation area offers some beautiful views of the St. John Valley.
Trail 61 Is open off of Downtown Washburn going towards 90 there is plowed sections so please use caution.
On the Social Side:
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.
THE FORKS TRAIL REPORT (03/23/2017)
Plenty of snow out there. Trails are in great shape everywhere on our system. We groomed Sunday, Monday and Wednesday nights. We’ll be out again Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Trails are flat and firm. No bare spots, no ice. It’s about as good as it gets!
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. Good shape with plenty of snow 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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