Snowmobile Trail Report, Feb. 13, 2020
CARIBOU, Maine — This weekend coming is the beginning of high school vacation week and that means it will be very busy so please ride right.
This week has been another very busy week on County trails as the weather with the combined big storm over the past weekend have made for very good conditions. Most clubs have been out day and night to beat the air out of the snow.
Please be aware with the snow squalls on Thursday and some high winds open terrain trails will see drifting. If clubs don’t get out to groom these areas, they could remain rough for a day or two, please keep this in mind when planning your trip.
As the snow keeps getting deeper and deeper this is the time of year when signs start disappearing. If you do come upon a sign that is hard to see, stop and try to pull it up. Any help like this is very much appreciated.
A big thank you goes out to Pleasant Ridge Riders and The Madawaska Snowmobile Club for going out to help Van Buren during their time of need. Van Buren had a significant breakdown and these clubs went out to lend a hand. Good news is Van Buren got their machine back and they are out grooming now. Remember that it will take several passes to get the trails back into shape but have no fear they will get them back.
Just a quick note I would like to put out there about the report. The information that I receive from the trail masters on Wednesday and Thursday is only as good as I get it from them. Conditions change constantly and what is reported on one day might significantly change the next day. This report is sent out on Thursday and is intended to be the information for several days. If conditions change or something drastic happens to a club, that information might not be represented within this report. Please check the local club Facebook pages for changes that might not be in this report.
Caution is to be advised as the deer, moose and turkeys are now walking around on the trails because the snow is getting deeper.
Soldier Pond trails are shaping up nicely and will be out grooming.
Washburn Trails are in excellent shape. We will begin grooming all trails every night starting Friday and lasting through vacation week. Kitchen will be open daily starting Friday. 7-2 except for Sunday’s will be the usual 7-12. Trail 61 is still closed.
Nordic Lakers reporting good conditions
Portage Lakers are reporting good conditions and nightly grooming
Caribou is reporting good conditions and are expecting very heavy traffic over the next several days
Fort Kent is reporting good conditions
Eagle Lake is reporting excellent conditions. There is logging on 85 and caution should be used in these areas. There are several sections of plowed roads so please use caution. They are marked very well.
Fort Fairfield is reporting good conditions. Please watch for turkeys on 81 South of the Noyes Road.
St. Francis Sno-Angels reporting Great conditions did ITS92 from lodge to Chamberlain Store yesterday…….a lot of traffic, needed grooming. Going out tomorrow night ITS92 railbed, then ITS92A Carter Brook….to groom for a great riding weekend!
Central Aroostook Snowmobile club reporting ITS 83 and 81 are in great shape. They will have the #9 trail open by Saturday. Signs are being knocked down by Moose in the T10R3 area on ITS 81 and trail 70A.
Ashland is reporting reporting good conditions.
Allagash is reporting awesome conditions. Please use caution on the St. Francis road, there is active logging. Please know before you go. Check out the Moosetown Facebook page and they have all the information that you need.
Frenchville is reporting all trails groomed
Red Arrow is reporting good conditions and will be out all weekend.
Chapman Ridge Runners are reporting great conditions and will continue to groom throughout the weekend.
Aroostook River Snowmobile club are reporting good conditions, as all clubs it took several days to recoup from the storm, and they are grooming every night.
Easton is reporting good conditions.
Madawaska is reporting all trails have been groomed and are planning on grooming all weekend.
Grand Isle is reporting good conditions.
Presque Isle Snowmobile club is reporting good conditions.
Van Buren is reporting that they have their machine and will be grooming around the clock to straighten the trails back out. A big thank you goes out to Madawaska and Pleasant ridge riders for helping while their machine was down. Logging operation on trail 94 in the Cyr Plantation area, it is signed, please use caution
Limestone Snow Hawks have been out all week and are reporting good conditions. They have been very busy installing new signs and new posts this week. Caution is advised as there is a logging operation on trail 100A. The trail is signed
Caswell (Pleasant Ridge Riders) reporting decent conditions. Plan is to groom Wednesday night and again on Friday night
More snow and very cold temperatures are expected this weekend. In the coming week the trails will be very busy due to school vacation and the clubs ask that you stay on your side of the trail!
Bowlin/ Mattagamon/ Shin Pond – February is shaping up to be a great month with 5” of fresh snow on Tuesday and 3” to 8” expected Thursday, we are looking forward to a great weekend. North and South out of Shin Pond has been groomed as well as Club trail 64. Mattagamon has also been out north to the intersection of 71D. Shin Pond Village now offers fully automated grooming updates from all 4 Piston Bully’s. Follow them at https://shinpond.evtrails.com/# . Keep in mind that these GPS units are only in the 4 Bowlin/ Mattagamon/ Shin Pond groomers so only the sections of their trails will be updated.
Oxbow/ Masardis – Our groomer like all other clubs have been out work every day this week. There continues to be far more sleds on the trails during midweek than in years past as the area has the most snow and best riding anywhere in the state.
ITS 85/81 has been groomed 3 times this week.
ITS 86 has been groomed 2 times this week.
Trail 71-A has been groomed by Ashland SMC
Aroostook River crossing is good.
We hope to have trail 71-D open with limited grooming by first of next week.
More snow and very cold temps are in the forecast over next week. The next two weeks will very busy out on the trail with school vacations.
Remember there are 2 SIDES to all trails. That side is YOURS and this side is Mine. RIDE SAFE RIDE RIGHT – WATCH FOR GROOMERS
The Benedicta Snow Gang Fishing Derby is being held this Saturday the 15th from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Plunkett Pond in Benedicta. Kids and adults are welcome and cash prizes are being awarded! In preparation for the weekend, all trails including ITS 83, Sherman / Whetstone Falls and ITS 81 Sherman / Benedicta / Mattawamkeag Cut-off are groomed and in super shape for riding. Be aware that some slippery spots still exist so ride responsible. Again, they remind riders that the Game Wardens are on the trails writing tickets for those not staying on their side of the trail. The summons is $200 a ticket!
Molunkus Valley Snow Drifters are hosting their yearly Poker Run with registration at 9 a.m. at the MVSD Clubhouse at 58 North St. in Sherman. All hands must be back by 3 p.m. with a public supper to follow at 5 p.m. The groomers have been out daily to keep the trails in tip top shape for the event. The trails have been signed and everything is looking good for some great sledding!
Rockabema Snow Rangers groomed East Mill Trail, Town office, Hanger Pizza and Katahdin Lodge for easy access as well as ITS 81 South to ITS 112 West to ITS 83. The railroad bed to Stacy Ville is also done. The Icehouse Trail to Peavey Corner and Peavey Corner to Patten was just groomed. ITS 81 North to 112 east and 62 west is also finished. They remind riders to please stay on the trails. Access to the landowner’s property is essential!
Big Valley Snow Club will be hosting a Spaghetti Supper on Feb. 14 starting at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sno Club in Island Falls. This is to kick off the Island Falls Winterfest. The Winter Fest folks are also hosting a Snowmobile Torch Run up Robinson Mountain from 7 to 8 p.m. right after the supper
Big Valley has been out grooming and report that there are breathtaking views from Trail 60.
Eastern Maine Snow Riders, operating out of Macwahoc, has had some interesting weather in the past week. While most of us had all snow, they had a 50/50 mix of sleet and snow which made for a hard base. After letting it settle for the week the groomers plan to be out on Friday getting 1, ITS 110 and 3 ready for the weekend and school vacation week. Trails should be excellent and fast.
Meduxnekeag Ramblers- ITS 86/105 have been groomed around Houlton. After many pallets and a lot of snow. The water hole off the Hollywood Rd. has been fixed. There has been some trouble with the drag, but a new tire is on its way and all trails will be ready for the weekend!
With over 120 miles of trails to groom Linneus SnoSports always has at least 1 groomer running. ITS 105 and 83 looks great. Conditions for the weekend should be excellent. Don’t forget that the clubhouse in Linneus is hosting breakfast on Sunday as well as lunch.
The Smoki- Haulers of Oakfield have been grooming ITS 83 from the clubhouse to the West Branch and have completed 83 north to Linneus and 61 south as well as Oakfield (the Town Trail). Conditions are excellent!
East Grand Snowmobile Club has been grooming ITS 105 to meet with Linneus, as well as south through Danforth. The Rt. 1 Trail has been done to Mem’s Place. Trail 7 to Greenland Cove ending at Cowgers Camps is in excellent shape.
TRAIL MILES TO GAS
DANFORTH-WYTOPITLOCK-SHERMAN 50+, DANFORTH-PITLOCK-LINNEUS 70+
ON THE SOCIAL SIDE:
Red Arrow snowmobile club will be having their snowmobile drawing on February 22nd.
Cold Mountain Snowmobile club will be hosting a breakfast on February 16 at the Grand Isle Community Center from 7-11
Presque Isle snowmobile club will be hosting their Stew Nights starting this Friday night the 17th, from 5-7pm. These will be on Friday nights for the remainder of the season.
Washburn Trail Runners clubhouse will be open Friday, Saturday 7am to 2pm and Sunday 7am to 12.
St. Francis Sno-Angels clubhouse will be open on Saturdays for lunch starting at 11. Pool tournament every Saturday starting at 7pm.
Cold Mountain Snowmobile Club will be hosting a breakfast on February 16 at the Grand Isle Community Center from 7-11.
Moosetown Riders will be hosting a one-day ice fishing derby on Beau and Glazier lakes from 4am to 4pm. For more info. Check their Facebook page.
East Grand Ice Fishing derby will be held on February 15 from sunrise to sunset, location will be at Cowger’s Lakefront Cabins. Proceeds are to help with the new life flight landing zone on Greenland Cove Road. Check Facebook for more info.
Meduxnekeag Ramblers snowsled clubhouse will be having Breakfast every Saturday during the season from 6-9.
Molunkus Valley will be hosting a Poker run on Saturday February 15th.
Looking to help the Limestone Snow Hawks February 22,2020. Trying to get some vintage sleds together at the Rendezvous in Limestone for a display when the poker run ends at 12:00
Spread the word step time will be 11:00 to 12:00 show will end at 2:00.
No cost for the display so bring as many sleds as you want.
Sly-Brook Sno-Riders Club are hosting a Steak/Chicken Dinner on Saturday Feb. 22 from 4:30-7 at their clubhouse.