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ITS92 Allagash to Escourt Station

AROOSTOOK COUNTY TRAIL REPORT UPDATED 01/18/2017

The Official Snowmobile Trail Report
From the desk of: Gary Marquis
Caribou Parks & Recreation Department
55 Bennett Dr.
Caribou, Me. 04736
207-493-4224



Fort Fairfield's Groomer

The couple of inches of new snow will certainly help out with any overheating issues and lubrication problems that were occurring during the beginning of the week. The trails are going to be in great shape for the weekend, so come on up and ride the best trails in the Country.

This weekend is certainly looking like it will be a busy one here in the County where the riding is great. The return of the International Snowmobile Festival will be held from the 20, 21, and 22nd of this weekend. Trails in the Valley will certainly be busy with all of this extra traffic. Please use caution as there will be a lot of new snowmobilers to the area. All clubs will be doing double duty to ensure that the trails stay in tip top shape.

Another big event is happening in Caribou on Sunday the 22nd. The third annual Caribou snowmobile drag races, located off of ITS 83/90 near the B&A rail bed. There will be signs off of the trails or drive by car. Check out Caribou Snowmobile Racing on Facebook.

I will admit that I have not given this section of the County my press over the years. If you want to ride some of the most scenic and low traffic trails then head down towards Houlton and South towards Linneus on trail 105 or ITS 83. This area offers some beautiful views and some very remote trails. If you do venture out towards Macwahoc remember to have a full tank of gas. There is some very nice riding in this area of the County.

Trail Info:

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.

ITS 90 is open and completely groomed and in great shape. Fort Fairfield has made it through their swamp and is reporting that it is in good shape. The Caribou section of 90 will be closed down starting on Monday the 23rd for 4 days. The section that is affected will be from the beginning of 90 where it breaks off of ITS 83 all the way to trail 88 in the Woodland area. For the locals this is where the Alaska to Maine sign is located. The remainder of this trail will remain open from 88 to 105. There is a logging operation that has asked to close this section for a few days and the groomer operation will comply with this request. 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. At the end of this trail the Glazier lake loop is a 26 mile ride wonderful trail.

ITS 86 is groomed all the way from the Boarder in Houlton and is in good shape to Oxbow.

ITS 81 is in good shape and completely open Logging operation before meeting with Fort Fairfield on the Easton end. Watch for signs and equipment on trail. 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.

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 open and reported to have a few water holes watch for signs. There is a small water hole, it is very well marked.

Trail 819 in Houlton has a logging operation and will be shortened and is only going Oakfield.

On the Social Side:

Cold Mountain Snowmobile club will be having a breakfast this Saturday the 21st starting at 7am at the Grand Isle Community Center.

Caribou Snowmobile Club will be hosting a snowmobile drag race this Sunday the 22nd at the Old Van Buren Road Lodge restaurant located at 416 old Van Buren Road, Caribou. Check out Caribou snowmobile racing on Facebook.

Sunday January 29, 2017 - 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.

Washburn trail runners club will officially open for business on January 7th. Saturday hours will be 7-2, Sunday 7-12.

Presque Isle club is having chicken stew on Friday nights from 5-7.

Eagle Lake will be hosting snow drag racing on February 18, racing starts at 11.

THE FORKS TRAIL REPORT (01/19/2017)

We have over 18" of snow on the ground. We have received 3 - 4" in the past 2 days. We are grooming regularly and the trails are in great shape.

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.

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. Fine shape all the way through.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87. Excellent all the way through from ITS 86 to 87.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Trail is only open to Pleasant Pond. ITS 87 is closed south of Pleasant Pond due to logging. See detour info above. There is still about 3 miles of plowed road on ITS 87, south of the Bald Mountain Trail junction. Contractor is finishing up work in there this week.
  • CARATUNK SPUR. Open and groomed.
  • PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Closed for the entire season due to logging.
  • MOXIE MOUNTAIN TRAIL This trail is not open south of the Caratunk Spur.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL. Overall in fine shape.

With the deep 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.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors SC

ATV Enthusiasts Please Remember: It is against the law to operate an ATV, dune buggy, 4 wheel drive vehicle, motorcycle or any other motor vehicle on snowmobile trails that are funded by the Club/Municipal grant program at any time of the year, unless the landowners have granted permission to do so.


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