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ITS92 Allagash to Escourt Station

AROOSTOOK COUNTY TRAIL REPORT UPDATED 03/05/2015

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

Well the most wonderful time of the year to ride is NOW……………..if you have not taken that sled out yet I am not sure what you are waiting for. The high sun makes for some beautiful afternoons. The new snow that we received this week will certainly help out the conditions, but the wind is making a lot of work for the ones that groom the trails. Remember that the central Aroostook area has a lot of open fields and some of these trails don’t have a lot of snow cover over them so when we do start warming up there might be some brown patches.

  • Lots of sledders going off trail cutting corners, joy riding in fields and causing problems in the system, please stay on marked trails.
  • Deer Deer and more Deer are all over watch for tracks on the trails.
  • Moose are also everywhere.
  • Remember gas is sometimes long distances so plan accordingly.
  • Logging operation on trail 89 in North Caribou.
  • Logging operation on trail 76 in Presque Isle going toward Easton.

Trail Info:

ITS 90 another great ride with a combination of wood trails and open fields with some beautiful views, no problems but watch for critters and high banks at road crossings.

ITS 83 Logging operation on the trail in between Carson siding and Washburn also a logging operation North of Madawaska lake South of the Sullivan Road.

ITS 81 Will be all groomed.

ITS 85 Oxbow has been doing a great job with rerouting and marking the trails due to the logging operations. 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 Groomed and in great shape.

ITS 86 Oxbow has rerouted about 9 miles of this trail to bypass a logging operation so watch for signs. Houlton is also reporting a new logging operation, about 6 miles of new road is plowed.

ITS 105 This trail is in very good shape, remember there are drifts on this trail going into Mapleton, plus there is a logging operation on the Walker Siding end of this trail.

ITS 120 Beautiful trail with great views

RT 100 Improved riding from Caswell… remember though there are two branches of this trail one goes north out of Caswell and one goes west further south. They both intersect Rt 89 one closer to Rt 94 and the other closer to the Madawaska River…. Watch for markings.

RT.89 Groomed all the way, logging operation behind Bouchard’s Packing shed in North Caribou.

Easton trails will be all groomed for Thursdays

Chapman Ridge Runners are in good shape.

On the Social Side:

Log driver’s cookout in Island Falls at the clubhouse this Saturday 11am
Chicken Stew/Chili Feed March 5th at the Limestone Clubhouse for supper.
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 in Houlton 6-9
Madawaska will be hosting 1st annual snowmobile rider’s clinic on March 7th at the clubhouse from 12-4 wardens and North Woods law will be on hand to answer questions.
Fort Fairfield’s annual super draw raffle will be March 7th tickets available from any Fort member. Contact George McLaughlin for tickets 227-7473
Sunday March 8th Pleasant Ridge riders Breakfast at the clubhouse from 7-11
March 7th Snow drag racing in St. Francis, registration at 8 racing at 11:30.
March 15th Snow drag racing in Houlton more info to come.

THE FORKS TRAIL REPORT (03/05/2015)

As we head into March, we can say that the trails are in great shape! Our Tuckers are out grooming as often as necessary to keep the trails smooth. Temperatures have moderated from the bitter cold we’ve had in Jan & Feb. It’s as good as it gets and it’s prime riding season!

DETOUR . . . . . ITS 87 BETWEEN PLEASANT POND AND MOXIE MOUNTAIN IS CLOSED DUE TO LOGGING AND SEVERAL MILES OF PLOWED ROAD WITH HEAVY TRUCKING. Use the Pleasant Pond Trail and/or the Bald Mountain Trail as a detour around the closed section of ITS 87.

  • ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. Intown is choppy with all the traffic, but not too bad. Once just a mile out of town, things improve greatly. Boise Road section is great. Half mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is good. There is a 2 mile section of plowed road due to logging, around Moxie Pond and on the Shirley Road section. 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 fine shape.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Divide Road section is groomed flat and fine riding. ITS 87 south of Pleasant Pond is closed due to an active logging operation, with several miles of plowed road and heavy trucking. Use the Pleasant Pond Trail and/or the Bald Mountain Trail as a detour around the closed section of ITS 87.
  • CARATUNK SPUR. Open and groomed.
  • PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Smooth sailing!
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87. Great going all the way through to the Bingham turnaround.
  • BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL. Open and good riding.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL. Overall in fine shape.

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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