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WEB/SNOW CAMS

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Twin Pine Camps (Katahdin area)

Twin Pine Camps (Katahdin view)

5 Lakes Lodge (Katahdin area)


OUR LANDOWNERS: Please respect all landowners wishes while riding. Snowmobilers in Maine are the guests of Maine landowners who allow access. It is every snowmobiler's responsibility to protect that access by acting responsibly.

STAY OFF PLOWED ROADS: Snowmobilers who illegally snowmobile on plowed paper company roads threaten access for everyone,
and endanger themselves and the employees operating vehicles on those roads. Do not ride on these plowed roads, and do not park your vehicles and trailers on these roads.

STAY OFF THE BLUEBERRY BARRENS AND OTHER CROPLAND: Snowmobilers who illegally ride on blueberry barrens or other cropland are creating problems for the landowners, potential damage to their crops and threatening recreational access for everyone. Stay on marked trails.

BORDER CROSSINGS: Increased concern and security at our borders calls for strict attention to the law. For information about crossing our border with Canada, see the Border Guide supplied by the United States Border Patrol. (.pdf format, viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader - a free download ).

ATVs and other motorized vehicles: It is against the law to operate an ATV (or a dune buggy, 4 wheel drive vehicle, motorcycle or any other motor vehicle) on a snowmobile trail funded by the Club/Municipal grant program at any time of the year, unless the landowners have granted permission to do so.

WHEN CROSSING RAILROAD TRACKS be careful not to spin snow onto the tracks. Over time this snow builds up creating a ramping effect that has caused train derailment. These rail lines are privately owned and can be closed, which would fracture the trail system. Stop and look both ways at all railroad crossings.

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Snowmobile Trail Conditions Path left behind the Chapman groomer Trail 74
Reports reflect observations of MSA family and business members who clear, sign, groom and ride the trails of Maine. Local chambers of commerce, businesses and snowmobile clubs are a good source for additional information on trails in their area.

Trail Reports are provided to the public courtesy of the members of the Maine Snowmobile Association. Reports are accepted from MSA family and business members, groomers/projects. Please include your name and the name of your MSA club when submitting the report. If you post trail conditions on your club or supporting business web site and wish to have your updates posted and linked from this page, drop us an email with your request.

Photo by Sue Maynard - The groomed trail left behind by the drag - Chapman Ridge Runners, Trail #74.

AROOSTOOK COUNTY

Linneus: 1/21: "ITS 83 N to Houlton is open, groomed and in great condition. ITS 83 S to Oakfield and Island Falls is open, groomed and in great condition. ITS 105 N to Hodgdon, Houlton and the border crossing is open, groomed and in good condition. ITS 105 S to Haynesville and Danforth is open , groomed and in good condition.Trail 8 to Drew's Lake is open, groomed and in ok condition. Trail 9 is open, groomed and in great condition. Trail 64 is open and groomed just to Drew's Lake. It is closed the rest of the way to Oakfield due to land owner closure. The condition is good. Trail 61 is closed due to land owner closure. Signs have been posted. Ride right, ride safe and yield to trail groomers.!" - Steve Graham, Grammy's Country Inn Linneus Sno-Sports

Aroostook County:1/19: Caribou Rec reports "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 Border 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 81: in Houlton has a logging operation and will be shortened and is only going Oakfield."
Follow link above for the full report, including social events.

Benedicta:1/18 : "Hi Gang, With the possibility of snow showers for the next few days, hopefully we will get a couple inches of snow for lubrication. With that being said, my trail report is as follows:
ITS#83 - Sherman/Whetstone Falls - Groomed, with excellent conditions. Still have one waterhole that is being worked on,cautions are in place.
ITS#81 - Sherman/Benedicta/Mattawamkeag Cutoff - Groomed,with excellent conditions.
Municipal Trail #70 - Benedicta/Whetstone Falls - Groomed, but VERY icy. Riders are urged to stay off this trail until the next significant snowfall.
All club trails are groomed,with good conditions!
NOTES: (1) All trails have some icing at this time. Corners have icing, some more than others. Also have icy patches in some straight aways! (2) With the trails as hard and fast as they are, scratchers should be used whenever possible to keep your machine from overheating. (3) Remember that deer,moose and other animals are using ALL trails to get around. It is ILLEGAL to chase,or harass any animal on the trail. (4) Remember to ride "left of center" in all corners, it is the law!!! Ride safe 7 to the right." - Jim Splan, Reporter at Large, Benedicta Snowgang

Mars Hill: 1/16: "Be aware that you may encounter areas of icy conditions on all trails. The #9 Lake Trail has a section of plowed road near the lake that is all ice and extreme caution should used. We did groom our entire trail system this past weekend in hopes of loosening some top material for coolant systems and sliders.
ITS 83 Mars Hill to Presque Isle is groomed and in good shape.
ITS 83 Mars Hill to Bridgewater is also groomed and in good shape for local traffic. There is still a logging operation south of Bridgewater where the trail is closed. Use the DETOUR as signed by ITS 81 in Mars Hill and the #9 Lake Trail in Monticello. This will add approximately 20 miles to your trip so plan accordingly for fuel. Only the groomer is allowed on ITS 83 north of the #9 Lake Trail in order to keep it packed so when the logging operation pulls out by mid February, if all goes well, we can get the trail into good shape right away.
ITS 83 south from the #9 Lake Trail to the trestle bridge is groomed and in good shape. #9 Lake Trail is groomed and in good condition. Route 70A is groomed and in good condition. ITS 81 from Mars Hill southwest is groomed and in good condition. ITS 81 northeast from Mars Hill to Easton is groomed and in good condition.
There continues to be some snowmobiles traveling the plowed section in Bridgewater during the time of day logging truck traffic is most active. Please STAY OFF the plowed logging road and use the DETOUR! The land owner has already indicated they will close the southern gate if they have any major issues. DonŐt jeopardize the relationship we have with this landowner by disrespecting their requirement snowmobilers avoid this active logging operation due to safety concerns. Also be aware you could face charges if caught by law enforcement riding where prohibited." - John Bailey, Central Aroostook SC

Oxbow-Masardis:1/16: Oxbow-Masardis SC web site reports: "The rain followed by the cold weather did a great job of setting up the base on the trails. The weather forecast looks good for this week. With moderating temperatures and the possibility of a few inches of new snow, we have the best riding conditions of the season"

Madawaska-St John River Valley:1/7: "PLENTY of snow in Extreme Northern Maine" http://www.facebook.com/SnowmobileNorthernMaine -

Frenchville:: Frenchville SC Facebook page


GREATER KATAHDIN REGION

Katahdin Region:1/18: "Katahdin region Trail Update as of Jan 18th: Tonight Wednesday 1/18 we are grooming all the way from Millinocket to Penobscot Pond via ITS 85/86 (the Pole Line, State Road, Abol to Penobscot Pond). Tonight we are also grooming in-town Millinocket. Monday Night we groomed the Logan Pond Trail to Stacyville Road - note icy section beyond Sandy Stream Bridge - ride here with caution. On Friday we groomed to Penobscot Pond to Whitehouse Landing, the Logan Pond Trail (groomed again on Monday) and The Pole Line. Conditions on these trails are good now. We groomed the 109 Connector (great condition) and we groomed the Stacyville Road to Whetstone, mostly excellent, with a few rocks between Huber and Sandy Stream. Good riding overall. Conditions are generally hard pack with granular surface, makes for fast riding and icy in sections, liquid cooled engines need to pay attention to avoid overheating, but there should be enough surface to work with to avoid that. Some snow is in the forecast for the next couple of days, will update and groom accordingly. Remember, ride right and see you on the trails. www.neoc.com, additional trail reports here at www.facebook.com/snowmobilinginmaine and also here https://www.neoc.com/snowmobile-trail-report-maine/
Jo-Mary trail Update: On 1/13/17 they Groomed: ITS 109 to 86; Black Pond trail; the PP x-over; the Parkway trail; ITS 111, 109/111 x-over; Ragged Mtn. trail; 109s toward Medway; the Downtown connector trail to the Wiley bridge. On 1/16/17 they groomed The Russell Point trail and the actual trail up to the Fire Tower off Ragged Mountain.
Sno-Rovers groomed Tuesday 1/17/2017: ITS 83 north to Whetstone, 83 South to Endless Lake, Local in town trails and also the 109/South Twin Connector. Trails are hard and flat, scratchers will help for lubrication or when the temps warm up a bit.
Shin Pond groomed on Tuesday 1/17/: ITS114S/85S to the Mudbrook road (5 miles north of Whetstone Bridge). The Benedicta club had been out 83 and over 83/85 to Whetstone as well. Craig also groomed ITS114N/85S to the intersection of 71D. On Friday 1/13/17 they groomed ITS114/64 to where it meets ITS 81 just outside of Patten, including one pass around the Katahdin Loop trail off 64. 114/85/71D to Grand Lake Sebeios. ITS114/85 south to the Mudbrook Rd crossing north of Whetstone. The Benedicta club has done 83 out of Sherman to Whetstone and NEOC is coming north of ITS85 to Whetstone. Overall the trail riding is very good. There is good snow cover and trails do not have any washouts or dirt showing, they have loose snow for lubrication so overheating is also a non issue. Shin Pond Village Facebook page, Shinpond.com


GREATER MOOSEHEAD REGION

Rockwood:1/17: "All trails in Rockwood are in excellent shape, some corners are icy so please be careful. We are grooming Thursday after the snow so trails will be great. We are working on getting all trails in Rockwood on Trailhub.org, this app is really nice, you can see where you are on the trails . This will be a great addition to our paper map. The lake is safe to cross from Rockwood to Kineo , please stay on marked trail. Trail to Birches by lake has NOT been marked yet so please do not go that way , That part of the lake just froze over a week ago, they will have it staked when it's safe. Don't forget to join a club, we need your support to keep these trails in excellent shape. Ride right , ride safe and enjoy! Thanks" - Mark Blue Ridge Riders snowmobile club, Facebook page

Shirley:1/15: "All trails have been groomed but are icy due to the warm up and then freezing. We cannot stress enough that all snowmobilers must obey signs. Our private landowners are so generous with the use of their lands and we must stay on marked trails. One landowner has beautiful blueberry fields and we find many sleds digging into his fields no matter how many signs we put up. If this continues we will be forced in closing this entire Draper Road Trail. You too can help police others. Also please remember to avoid all plowed paper company roads." - Debi Baker Shirley Bog Trail Busters

Rockwood :1/15: "We had some rain. Trails are good but look for icy corners. Moosehead lake is marked from Rockwood across to MT Kineo. Not from The Birches yet. ITS 88 is groomed from The Forks/Greenville intersection to the Jackman system. Good conditions.
Please do not drive vehicles on the groomed trails.
We just received 20 inches of snow last week. We have over three feet of snow and up to five feet toward the Allagash region.Trails are opened and have been groomed on RT 66 out to Pittston Farm and NE Carry area and over the Blue Ridge.
We will keep updating. Moosehead Lakeis frozen over from The Birches to Mt Kineo but is NOT SAFE YET, see our webcam. Do not go on frozen lakes that are not marked. Rockwood has 5 trail groomers, 3 of which are operated by The Birches Resort to ensure the trails in our area are always at their very best. Our Cabins & Homes are always open along with super unleaded gas available at our lodge. Come warm up and enjoy great food & drinks by the fire. See you soon!" - The Birches Resort , Facebook Page

Greenville:1/14: "Good morning and Happy weekend everyone! Yesterday we sent out three groomers to tune up the trails. Our system seems to have survived the recent rain and warm weather and our base is still in tact. You can expect to find a hard surface with some areas of ice especially in low lying spots and corners so please ride in control. There should be enough loose snow for lubrication and cooling. We groomed the following.
ITS 85S to Blanchard
ITS 86W to the Forks
ITS 85N between Beaver Cove and Kokadjo
Little Moose Loop (former ITS86W behind the Moose Mountain Inn)
The most recent update from Weyerhauser is that they are still hauling wood along the Prong Pond Road so we did not groom the new ITS85N connector which connects to that road. Also the 110 connector to Brownville remains closed.
Have fun and enjoy. Think snow!" - Moosehead Riders SC Facebook page .

Kokadjo:: Kokadjo Roach Riders. View reports of individual trails at web site linked above.


ROUTE 201 CORRIDOR

The Forks:1/19: "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.
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. 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.
MOXIE MOUNTAIN TRAIL (club trail). This trail is not open south of the Caratunk Spur.
KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL. Overall in fine shape.
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." - Jim Yearwood, Forks Area Trails Club. Northern Outdoors, Facebook page

West Forks, Parlin Pond:1/19: "3 weeks into the season I think it's safe to say that we're off to a great start. After a warm up last week and even a little rain, our trail system is in great condition. With an inch or two of fresh snow last night, tonight's groom should get things close to perfect for the upcoming weekend. The forecast looking into early next week shows some more snow on the way Monday night.
We haven't been back up to the Coburn Summit so please use caution as conditions are icy and trenched out. Only experienced riders should attempt the climb until we blade it again which we will try to do before this weekend.
If you haven't joined our club yet, you can do so online or at any of our trailside businesses. Have a great ride!- Coburn Summit Riders

Anson-North Anson 1/18: "We received a small amount of snow last night. Trails are in great condition with the additional snow. Use caution as there are still icy areas. The carrabassett river crossing on its 84 is in great shape. Municipal Trail to starks was groomed on Monday 1-16. Still have one water hole by rt 43. Its 84 from new Portland to solon was also groomed Monday and is in excellent condition. We will be grooming Friday and Saturday night." - Mike Fairbanks Anson/N.Anson SC

Bingham:1/18 :"ITS 87 north is in great shape all the way up to about 10mi out of town where riders will run into a 2mi section of plowed road through a logging yard, down the remainder of the Town Line Rd and the normal short stretch on the Dead Water Rd. After taking a right off the Dead Water Rd on to the Palmer Pond Rd, the remainder of ITS 87 is fantastic! If traveling to the Forks or north of the Forks on ITS 87, avoid the Moxie Mtn/Pleasant Pond area (lots of logging and plowed roads) and use the north Bald Mtn trail that intersects ITS 86 just above Moxie Lake.
...ITS 87 south into Solon and beyond as far as Skowhegan has all been groomed and in great shape including club trails linking back over to ITS 84 near Athens.
All club trails are also groomed and in great shape connecting ITS 84 to ITS 87 with the exception of the Iron Gate Rd which is normally not maintained.
The New Wind Mill trail has been good and was in pretty good shape except for the first mile.
ITS 84 east is groomed and in great shape to the pole line at the end of Mahoney Hill Rd where we meet the Athens and Solon Clubs. ITS 84 west over the Solon Dam is also groomed in good shape making a nice day trip to Kingfield and Carrabassett Valley regions. Though the temps have been cold, be sure to use caution when arriving to the Carrabassett River crossing!
...The new Windmill trail (additional 45 miles to our local trail system) is being groomed with 5 groomers, compliments of the owner of the windmill project (Vestas). These new trails are in excellent shape.
...The Club has done a great job this year and in previous years. Please consider donations to the Valley Riders Snowmobile Club. You can make donations and join the club at North Country Rivers or directly to the club: Valley Riders Snowmobile Club, PO Box 21, Bingham, Maine 04920. valleyriders@rocketmail.com.
Call Toll Free (1-800-348-8871) for Snowmobiles and Cabin Rentals. Our restaurant - Patrick's Restaurant and Pub-is currently open Friday and Saturday evenings (5:00 PM till closing) and lunch on Saturday and Sunday - Public Welcome!" View complete report and more information at North Country Rivers web site, Facebook page

Jackman:1/16: "Over all Good conditions !
NORTH TO CANADA: Open and good but icy condition!
CLUB TRAIL: Open and very good but icy condition!
PITTSTON FARM: Open and good but icy condition!
SOUTH TO PARLIN POND : Groomed and in good but icy condition!
ROCKWOOD: Open and in good but icy condition. " - Bishop's Motel See more trails, lodging info at web site linked above

Madison:1/15: "Just got done grooming club trail 27. There is some logging on the Adams road going on so use caution going through there. Ride right and ride safe. We won't be out grooming until we get some more snow. Thank you. - Your trail master." - Abnaki Sno-Riders

Jackman:1/14: "All trails are open. Even with the warm up this week our base is in good condition, all trails are groomed. The conditions are hard and icy but still considered fair to good. Last groomed 01/14/2017. " - Border Riders Sportsman Club - View grooming reports for individual trails at website linked above

Jackman-Moose River:1/14 " All the trails in the region are posted as good with icy conditions. Please use caution. We will post any information or details as we get it. Be safe out there. Do your snow dance! There have been trail changes so please follow signage." View reports on individual trails at Jackman Moose River Region Chamber of Commerce web site

Solon:1/3: "All trails have been groomed after the big storm. Please use caution as there are a few wet holes that need to freeze . With more snow in the forecast we will be back out on the trails getting ready for the weekend! Ride safe"- SSH. Solon Snow Hawks

Bingham: : Valley Riders SC, Gateway Recreation & Lodging


RANGELEY/BETHEL/GREATER RUMFORD AREA/WESTERN MAINE

Hebron:1/20 "All trails are groomed and conditions have greatly improved over last weekend. There is logging on its89 for remainder of season near San Hill trail intersection on power lines. Use caution for trucks and logging equipment crossing the trail. Watch for cross country skiers, dog sledders, and fat bike riders on railroad bed ITS89 sections. For trail maps and current trail conditions around Hebron call The Storekeepers: 207-966-2733 located on ITS89. If your looking for a motel on the trails check out the Lewiston, Rumford or Bethel areas.Get out and RIDE!" - B. Francis, Bouncing Bogies SC

Roxbury/Byron:1/16 : trail update groomed 16 W. to Roxbury pond and ITS 82 there is a short section of plowed road just leaving coos Canyon the logger has pulled out of this road and with the snow that's coming the gravel will be covered up. A big thank you to Dennis At Ellis pond variety for providing meals to the groomer operators this is much appreciated." - Slippery Sliders Facebook page

Rumford:1/14: "John Blais groomed today with a utility sled and drag. Following is his report: "Groomed the Phillips Trail and the Logan Trail. Also groomed Trail 17 from the Phillips Trail to the Park&Ride. Trail 17 from Wyman Hill to Park&Ride is rutted up pretty badly because a UTV with tracks went through when the trail was soft. Deep ruts in the trail are now frozen solid. Proceed with caution. Will try to fill the ruts in after next snowstorm. Moved a lot of trees and branches out of the trails. There's a logging operation on the Phillips Trail that affects about 200 feet of trail. It is located between the Hall Hill Road and the South Rumford Road. Signage has been posted."- Rumford Polar Bears

Naples:1/9: "Trails are groomed and in good shape. Still need some show in spots. Rain coming on Wed but they should hold up ok. The temp rollercoaster is creating washouts so please ride with caution." - Muddy River Sno-Seekers Facebook, web page -

Bethel-Greenwood-Woodstock:1/9: "GROOMING UPDATE: Cemetery Road to Crocker Pond Open. Lowell's Saw Shop to Irish Neighborhood groomed last night. West Bethel trails groomed today" Greenstock Snowsports

Sebago:1/8: "Another great day of grooming in Sebago. Folley Rd to Peabody Pond to ITS89 back open!" - Sebago Branch Duckers, more local info at Facebook page.

Porter, Parsonsfield, South Hiram :1/8: Sacopee Valley Snowdrifters Facebook page reports "Did some grooming in Parsonsfield from Pendexter Rd to Route 160. Still some rocks where the water ran down the roads.".

Andover:1/8: "Snow Valley Sno-Goers trails in Andover are groomed, smooth and sunny. Come ride here before it rains Wednesday" - Andover Snow Valley Sno-Goers

Rangeley:1/5: "With the last storm all trails are open and groomed. We're receiving awesome reports from riders! All access trails to Mooselook & Rangeley Lake are open. The BIG news is the new ITS 89 connector is open for access from Phillips, Madrid and beyond! Bad news, The Flat iron & Notch Trail (AKA 108 Connecter) has been shut down by landowner. Groomers are going out 6 days a week as of now. For best trail conditions please go to our website rangeleysnowmobile.com or for video trail reports go to our Facebook page or You tube! Thanks all!" - Jonny Wakefield, Rangeley Lakes SC. View reports on the condition of individual trails at web site linked above.

Newry:: - Windy Valleys SC


PISCATAQUIS-PENOBSCOT-SOMERSET

Monson:1/3: "They say you can never have too much of a good thing and we always love getting lots of snow, but when it comes all at once it can be more a burden than a blessing. Things are starting to come together now though, the North Trail and Pole line were groomed yesterday. We spent all day Friday and Saturday just breaking out the North Trail, Blanchard Trail, and the pole line with the Skandics which caused the trails to be quite rough this weekend as they couldnt be properly groomed with all the snow. However we did get the lake marked saturday which had at least 7 inches of ice where the stakes were with even more ice towards the head of the lake. The lake was very slushy this weekend, but where people had ridden is already frozen up very solid and should allow us to groom the lake by this coming weekend. We hope to break the Elliotsville trail open again this weekend too.
NORTH TRAIL: Groomed all the way through with two short plowed road sections.
NARROW GAUGE (pole line): Groomed all the way through. We are no longer hitting rocks after all this snow. Should continue to shape up great.
BLANCHARD TRAIL: Has not been groomed yet, though many people have ridden it. The section of trail that bypasses the lake has a couple washouts and some nasty ruts where they were logging off the wyman farm road. I would not suggest riding that section of the trail til we get a chance to go through and groom it as you do not want to fall in one of the ruts.
ELLIOTSVILLE TRAIL: Hopefully will be groomed this coming weekend. Has been broken out and groomed once last weekend, but due to the few steep sections it's not recommended to break out this trail by yourself after all this snow." - Jacob Vainio, Narrow Gauge Riders Snowmobile Club

Guilford:1/2: Four Winds SC reports "After receiving between 12 to 20 inches of snow depending where on the trail system you are, trails are positioned well to be in much better shape than they were all of last year. All trails have been groomed since the snow, including Breakneck which was done today, and all trails will continue to improve with subsequent groomings.
ITS 85- Good to Great shape the entire way through.
Connector Trails:
THE FRENCH CONNECTION- Good to Great.
BREAKNECK RIDGE- Good to Great. This trail is following the same route as last year to meet Bingham's section of ITS 87 near Big Austin Pond.
COVERED BRIDGE TRAIL- Good to Great
HARLOW POND TRAIL- Good. The river doesn't have enough ice to cross with the Pisten Bully, but there is plenty for snowmobiles as long as you go straight across. We are not crossing Harlow Pond yet, but there is sufficient ice for snowmobiles where the trail typically goes. Be cautious of slushy conditions on the pond and do not assume any water bodies are ever safe without checking them yourself. Many other bodies of water in the area do not have enough ice for snowmobiles yet." - Jacob Vainio, Four Winds SC

Corinna:: Corundel Raiders SC


NORTHWESTERN MOUNTAINS

Eustis/Stratton :1/19: "Over the last couple days we have received a few inches of fresh snow... the groomers will be out tonight getting the trails ready for the weekend! See you on the trails!"- Arnold Trail SC, Facebook Page

Kingfield:1/19: "Liking the little bit of snow we are getting! Nice base and trails really staying good. Trails #115 North to Carrabassett Valley and South to ITS 84 will be groomed Friday & Saturday. Club trails will be groomed as needed. Ride safe!" - S Boyce Sno-Wanderers Club of Kingfield.

Lexington-Highland-Concord-Pleasant Ridge :1/17: "The Lexington Highlanders Snowmobile club has groomed the valley trail and the trails are good to ride on. We are going to working the rest of the trails, waiting for snow tonight. Safe riding." - Cathy Horne Lexington-Highlanders SC

New Portland :1/17: "Lew was out in the Tucker last night and all trails should be freshly groomed and in good shape. Trail from Tower Rd. to Hancock Pond is now open but watch out for wet areas. Ride Safe" - B.Bucklin, Wire Bridge Sno-Travelers


GREATER BANGOR-GREATER LINCOLN

Enfield:1/19: "With just under 2 inches of snow falling through early this morning we're moving in the right direction again. There still isn't quite enough on the ground to send out the groomers yet, but our trails are all open and most of the wet spots have refrozen. All trails are considered icy and hard with the extra snow from last night helping just enough to keep the sleds cool. Some bent over trees and branches still remain and we'll get them cleaned up once the groomers run through. Have patience and take it slow in the meantime. Thanks and enjoy the weekend." -Cold Stream Sno-Riders

Bucksport:1/8: "Hello everyone. The club meeting is this Wed. 6 30 pm. Potluck supper then meeting to follow. Club trip coming soon. Not enough snow to groom as of yet. Will be done as soon as possible when we have more. Some people have been out riding. Go easy. Some rocks still under snow. Hope to see you all soon. Thanks. ANDY", Family SC, web site

Springfield:1/5: "Both groomers are out today trying to make the trails wonderful for all you sledders... stay safe on the trails and help support your Snowmobile clubs... without clubs there would be no trails" Quad County SC web site, Facebook page See where the groomer has been

Lincoln :1/4: "ITS 82 - Interstate back through the Powerline in Chester has not been groomed yet due to some water holes that have not frozen in these areas. With cold temperatures on tap for the next couple of days, we are in hopes of getting the groomers out to that section of trail over the weekend. Please use extreme caution when riding in this area.
Lee Street to the Lake has been broke open but has not been groomed yet. Still need to do some trail work in this area to get the groomers through. Please be patient and lend a hand where you can. We have couple of logging operations going on around our trail system. One area is between Folsom Pond Rd & Little Narrows on Trail 2. The other area is on ITS 81 between the "pipeline" and Upper Pond. This operation hopes to be done within the next couple of weeks. Please proceed with caution through both areas and give right of way to these logging operations. Remember this is their land that they have graciously shared with us over the years. Be Respectful.
Looking for volunteers to help with trail work. We could us some more signs on ITS 81 and brush work on ITS 82 in the Marsh Creek area back to the Powerline. Contact Paul Bolstridge, Brent Lindquist or Bill Lucas for more direction on how to help out with the trail system. Remember to keep track of your time and turn it in to Kevin Steward. Lincoln Snowhounds

Orrington:1/1:"With a good amount of snow now on the ground, breaking trail can begin with caution. Please be careful and watch for downed branches, protruding rocks, etc. Let us know if you see anything that needs our attention. Grooming operations can begin once trails are broken. Please stay on mark trails and respect landowners rights. Be safe." - Orrington Trail Riders, web site

Burlington::


MID COAST-DOWNEAST

Calais :1/10: Sunrise Snowmobilers Facebook page report: "Sunrise trail isn't so hot right now BUT if you can get out today, our trail system is looking pretty darn good. Head north towards Baileyville, Princeton and Grand Lake Stream and it should be even better. Hurry though, rain and warm temps are on the way tomorrow. "

Downeast Sunrise Trail:1/9: "Trail report! Grim report for Snowmobileing. Last week the trail was either bare or ice covered, this snowstorm on Saturday night into Sunday morning was a light fluffy snow. Ellsworth area barely got a dusting, cherryfield area 4-5 inches, Machias 6-8, and Pembroke about the same. Only club to be able to do anything was the Dennysville club and all they did was try to pack. With rain and warm temperatures for next few days any snow will likely be lost. All trails off Sunrise trail are the same condition, no snow to work with. View the Sunrise Trail web site or Facebook page

Beddington::Airline Riders SC, Routes 9 & 193, Beddington, 207 638-2301.

Cherryfield ::Narraguagus SC, Facebook page


CENTRAL MAINE (Greater LA, Augusta, Waterville etc)

Auburn: 1/13: "What a difference a week makes. We lost half the snow. The trails have open water holes and bare ground. Our groomers will be sitting idle waiting for more snow. We ask riders to be patient and wait with us." -- Mert Gould, Auburn Sno Groomers

Winthrop:1/12: "This January thaw and rain has been terrible. Some trails are down to bare spots, water holes, and lakes now have a layer of water on top of the ice. Please be careful." Hillandalers SC

Palermo:1/9: "Trail update. With warm temperature coming, please stay off the trails so we can keep a good smooth base. Cooling back down on Friday. Most all of our trail system open and a lot of it groomed. St. George loop not open at this time. It needs some major trimming. Trail groomed from Sheepscot Lake to Branch Pond, Branch Pond to Jr. McKenneys, Sheepscot Lake to Liberty both sides Rte 3 (most of the way) . We are crossing the lake from Banton Rd to Bushy Shore Rd and coming out on Leemans arm. If you donŐt know where this is STAY OFF THE LAKE. Big lake is NOT SAFE. Sheepscot lake to Patrick MT (Washington )opened and groomed. Trail to Albion open and trimmed but not groomed."Palermo SC

West Gardiner :1/8:" Rt 32R is OPEN - after a grueling 7 hour day of breaking trail, cutting trees and brush, Rt 32R from Chet Meadow to Farmingdale is now open.Many thanks to the following: Chuck, David, Dennis, Tony, Shane who braved the cold and were there all day, it would not have been possible without them.
Next Sunday, January 15th: Plan to open Route 27 Dick Greenleaf Memorial Trail, hope to have more help,remember more hands make the work lighter for all. Trails are far from cleared.Please use caution as there are wet areas and some trails have not been cleared- manpower is limited.
Trails that are currently closed as they have NOT been cleared for safe travel:
Rt 34 to the lake
Rt 27 Dick Greenleaf Memorial Trail, passable - use caution!
Rt 32R Alternate - crosses Spears Corner Road by Devon Construction - closed due to housing development - looking to do a reroute at this time.
If anyone can help with clearing the trails, please feel free to pitch in and helpor contact Dave Cogley for more information, 441-2728" Cobbosseecontee SC

Lewiston:1/8 :"Things have improved greatly since our last check in. Grooming is in full swing now. The trails are very flat and are in mid season conditions now, except for some shaded areas that are light on snow. We have 2 problematic water holes still. One on the Ramada trail next to Webster Street and one on the Steel Service Center trail near the turnpike underpass. The 2 Trail Masters have worked on them diligently and it's passable, but use caution. Also, use caution at the Stetson Brook crossing, it's rough in that section due to frozen slush from a groomer breaking through the ice a couple weeks back." - Chris Fournier, Hillside Family Riders SC

Sidney: 1/6: "We have been out Signing and getting the trails ready for the season the trail that runs south on the powerline to Augusta has been closed we will still groom but it is a dead end for now till Augusta can work something out with their land owner!!! Most all the trails have been groomed but are very hard and there is a lot of water holes and Icey condition take care riding there is a lot of trees down from the last storm we will be out working and grooming the trails looks like Waterville is in need of help to groom and to take care of their trails anyone that wants to help out get in touch with the Waterville club!!! We will be out this weekend and next week grooming our trails!!! Take care!!!" - Richard Latno Jr, Sidney Trail Riders

Gardiner:1/3 : "Trail 29 and 29A have been groomed twice now on the east side of Rt. 201 and most blowdowns removed. Not bad riding but lots of water holes on 29 so use caution. Trail to New Mills and Farmingdale not groomed yet but passable, we will groom later this week if tonight's rain does not damage too much. Dave's Diner trail open." - Brian Winchester, President, Gardiner Ridge Riders

Belgrade:1/1: "Main trails are broke out and dragged from Dube's field, Pepper's, 135 bridge, Readfield Bog to Ingaham Pond. I will be going to Messalonskee Lake and a few other side trails this am. Hope you get a chance to enjoy the great riding. January 1st and trails are great can you believe!!!! Remember to use extra caution when crossing any body of water. Make sure ice conditions are safe." - Belgrade Draggin Masters

Farmingdale:: Barnstormers SC


SOUTH-SOUTH WESTERN MAINE

North Yarmouth, Pownal: 1/11: "Our 35 mile trail system has a good base, most areas cleared from storm damage. CMP pole line from Gray to North Yarmouth groomed and a new bridge built near Knights Pond. Some stream crossings are open and some bare spots in the wooded sections. Cleared trail from Lufkin Road, Dugas Pit through Oak Hill to Route 9/Toddy Brook of storm damage. Rain and warm temps have caused some thaw, so please keep trail use to open areas, power lines. Looking for volunteers to help cut/clear additional trails. Ride Safe!!!" - Scott Moynihan, Trailmaster-Royal River SC

Hollis:1/10: "Just about all signs are up and most trails have been groomed. Right now trails are in good condition but with the rain and warm weather on the way we would ask if you could stay off the trails until everything freezes up again. Hopefully we will be left with enough snow for groomers to get back out this weekend." - Dan Yarumian, Hollis Honkers SC

Sanford-Springvale:1/8: "ALL CLUB MAINTAINED TRAILS ARE OFFICIALLY Open! Trails are open but have barely enough snow to ride...better than sitting home. There are some wet spots and many places are icy underneath so be careful. We got a couple inches of snow last night on top of our already crusty base. There is limited grooming in some areas. We need another 6 inches of snow and we will be in good shape. The Rail Bed to Lebanon is not an option at this point due to landowner concerns. Carpenter Trail to power lines is the only option to get to Train's Tavern* (*this trail has changed and no longer goes into fields) Follow signs and remember no ATVs allowed. Southern Maine Sno-Goers

Waterboro:1/8: "Last night groomed from club to Nature Conservancy, conditions are good a few washout here and there." Ossipee Mountaineers SC

Cumberland/North Yarmouth:1/3:"This rain isn't helping. We'd ask you to stay off the trails until we get another cold snap or some snow.
If you want to get out on the trails we'd suggest walking and please bring a chainsaw, handsaw and/or clippers and do some cutting, so when we can use them again, you can go somewhere.Moonlite Sno-Skimmers Facebook page

Lyman:: Lyman SC


COMPLIMENTS FOR THE TRAILS:

Western/Northwestern Mountains Ride: 1/22: "A group of friends and I rode from Wire Bridge in New Portland through Kingfield, Carrabasset, Eustis-Stratton, Lexington and home to New Portland Sat 1/21 and the trails were awesome. This shows all the hard work the clubs do, great job! " B.Bucklin