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ITS92 Allagash to Escourt Station


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

Greetings from a very chilly Aroostook County

This is what the whole entire snowmobile community was built on great people and volunteerism, and that still holds true today. The county would not be as great without the hard working and dedicated people that we have. This week’s report is being dedicated to all the volunteers who have cut brush, groomed, marked, and do it over and over. THANK YOU............

This season is just not wanting to work out for us, last week we had some of the nicest trails around, and this week well I think you all know what this week is.

Most clubs in the central and southern parts of the county are reporting not so ideal conditions, while the northern half of the county are reporting decent conditions. Portage is reporting a pressure ridge near the camp ground entrance, it is marked.

One of the worst things that riders can do is not adhere to where the trail is located, I know this sounds like a broken record PLEASE STAY ON MARKED TRAILS means exactly that. In the Oxbow area on ITS 85/81, there is an active logging operation please adhere to the rules, the trail will end up by being closed if the rules of the landowner are not followed. I don’t think that anyone from Millinocket up to Fort Kent would appreciate this, so when we ask to slow down just do it.

So all in all there is still riding in the County, some of the conditions are not the best but the further north you travel the better the riding is. Unfortunately it is not what we should have for conditions at this time of year.

Trail Info:

ITS 90 Fort Fairfield, and Caribou’s section of this trail is passable but use extreme caution, as you travel further West the conditions get a little better. Caribou will try and get out and do the western section of this trail. Portage will hold off for more snow.

ITS 83 Caribou has been out trying to get lubrication for snowmobiles, Madawaska, Presque Isle are out as well. There are icy spots so be careful.

ITS 81 Easton, Mars Hill, Fort Fairfield, Limestone, Grand Isle are holding off until we get more snow, Van Buren, Madawaska have been out and are reporting ok condition.

ITS 85 Ashland is reporting a logging op. in the Masardis area follow the signs. In the Winterville area there is a slight reroute use the Red River road not the Buggy Brook Road. Two miles north of Oxbow the road is plowed, and it is not in the best of condition. Fort Kent and Eagle Lake are reporting good conditions

ITS 92 This trail is in great shape, 92A, and 92B also are in great shape.

ITS 88 This section of the CP rail line, extreme caution should be used, but as you travel further west it gets better, but ice is very prevalent.

ITS 86 No report on this trail, but if I would have to guess there is ice.

ITS 105 Hard packed snow and ice use caution

ITS 120 Hard packed but ride able

RT 100 Caswell will attempt to go out and should be groomed by the weekend.

RT.89 Madawaska River is not safe to cross. From Dubay pit road to ITS83 fields are ice covered not much lubrication. Easton trails are bare in areas, not grooming until it snows

Trail 96 in the soldier pond area has a beaver pond but you can go around.

Chapman Ridge Runners fields are passable use caution.

On the Social Side:

Friday night chicken stew at the Presque Isle clubhouse 5-7 pm

Washburn Trail runners Breakfast / Lunch Saturdays 7-2pm Sunday 7-12pm at the clubhouse

St. Francis Sno Angels Saturday Meals…home cooked meals… stop by off ITS 92 10am-9pm.
Houlton breakfast every Saturday at the clubhouse on the Wiley road 6-9.
January 24 & 25 Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby.
January 25th Snowmobile Drag race in Caribou.
January 31st chicken stew & ployes & bake sale at the Madawaska clubhouse from 11-2, deliveries will be provided to the mill.
March 1, Breakfast at the Grand Isle Community center 7-11


Unfortunately it was all rain last Sunday. Fortunately, we had a good snowpack before the rain. Our trails held up better than I thought. There are some trouble spots, mainly on woods trails. Woods trails are in poor shape and rough, and had some water pooling. However, cold temps have frozen everything back up and the woods trails are all passable. You just have to grin and bear it through the woods trails. Section on unplowed roads are still in very good shape with plenty of snow. The vast majority of The Forks Trail System is on unplowed logging roads. We groomed all sections on Tuesday and will do so again before the weekend. We were able to smooth out most of the frozen ski ruts and such, and get the trails fairly smooth. Grooming also broke up the hard pack a bit, to help with lubrication.

DETOUR . . . . . ITS 87 between Pleasant Pond and Moxie Mountain is temporarily closed due to logging. Use the Pleasant Pond Trail and/or the Bald Mountain Trail as a detour around the closed section of ITS 87. Pleasant Pond Trail is in poor to fair shape with 2 miles of rough woods trail and 5 miles of formerly plowed road that has an ice surface. We pulled down the snowbanks most of the way, so you can stay on snow as much as possible. You can also detour around the logging on ITS 87, by using ITS 86 and the Bald Mountain Trail. This is a longer detour than using the Pleasant Pond Trail, but overall probably better riding.

  • ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. Right intown is rough with some dirt showing in spots, but easily passable. Once out of town just a mile, things improve greatly. Boise Road section is great. Half mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is rough, but passable. There is a 2 mile section of plowed road due to logging, around Moxie Pond and on the Shirley Road section. Ice on plowed sections. Go slow through there. Another 1 mile plowed section as you travel a little further east, on the Brochu Road. Please go slow through these spots and yield to trucks. Rest of the way up to ITS 88 intersection is in great shape.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Divide Road section is groomed flat and fine riding all the way to Northern Outdoors. Wet areas south to Pleasant Pond have all frozen over, but are rough. ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond is closed due to an active logging operation, with several miles of plowed road. See note above regarding the detour.
  • PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Wet areas in the first 2 miles are all frozen over, but rough riding. Need more snow to fill everything in. As you continue east after that, there is about 5 miles of formerly plowed road that has an ice surface. We were able to pull down the snowbanks most of the way, so you can stay on snow.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87. Good riding all the way through to the Bingham turnaround. Just a couple of very short woods trail sections that are rough.
  • BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL. Open and groomed. Nice riding.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS INTO TOWN. Wet spots have frozen over, but rough in places. All passable though, just need more snow to get it smooth.

Bottom line is that there is decent riding to be had out there! You can get around everywhere, but you’ll have to go easy on the woods trail sections. Watch out for hazards that have popped up due to the rain on Sunday. You can come up on them at any time!

For day riders, there is a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well plowed and has plenty of room for large trailers. 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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