The Forks, Maine - Snowmobile Trail Report

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

We received around 6” of snow in The Forks area last night. More in some spots . . . a little less in town and along the Kennebec River. This will add to the good conditions we already had and make things even better! Lots of people out there enjoying the trails this week. For the rest of the week, both Tuckers are scheduled to groom Wed, Thurs, Friday and Saturday nights.
 

  • ITS 86 HEADING EAST FROM BERRY’S STORE TOWARD GREENVILLE AND ROCKWOOD   Because of heavy traffic, intown section is rough and can always use more snow. Once just a mile out of town, things improve greatly. Boise Road is great. Short ½ mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is not bad at all . . . . just a couple minor rough spots. There is a 2 mile section of plowed road around Moxie Pond, due to logging. Good snow cover over 95% of it . . . . only about 100 yards or so at the dam where you will be scratching dirt. Rest of the way toward Greenville on ITS 86 and toward Rockwood on ITS 88 are in fine shape.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Divide Road section is in great shape. Still a little thin on the very short woods sections around Pleasant Pond and Moore’s Bog. There is a 1/2 mile section around the south side of Moxie Mountain, that is severely windblown. Last nights snow helped, but it’s still a little scratchy through there. Check out the 3 mile groomed spur trail to the Moxie Mountain Lookout. Great views of the Kennebec River Valley, Sugarloaf and the Bigelow Range.
  • PLEASANT POND TRAIL  Great ride with plenty of snow all the way through.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 87 TO ITS 86  Great ride and plenty of snow all the way through.
  • BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL HEADING TOWARD BLANCHARD  Great riding.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS TO WEST FORKS  A little thin in spots and snirt here and there, but not bad at all. Worst of it is the last 1 mile into town.


For day riders, there is a FREE PARK AND RIDE LOT  at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well plowed and will accommodate large trailers. A groomed trail from the parking lot directly accesses ITS 87 or the Kennebec River Trail.  Gas (91 oct), food and trail maps are available at NO.  Look for the large PARK AND RIDE sign on Route 201, just before Northern Outdoors.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

The Forks, Maine, Snowmobile Trail Report

Friday, February 15, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

We are on our regular grooming schedule on all 100 miles of our trail system and the trails are in very good shape, for the most part. It was windy during last weeks storm, so there are a few windblown spots here and there where the snow didn’t accumulate much. Also have to be careful for icy corners as the snow gets ridden out of the turns. All in all, the riding is really enjoyable! Looks like the potential for more snow coming on Saturday.
 

  • ITS 86 HEADING EAST FROM BERRY’S STORE TOWARD GREENVILLE AND ROCKWOOD   Because of heavy traffic, intown section is rough and can always use more snow. Once just a mile out of town, things improve. Boise Road is great. Short ½ mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is not bad at all. A little windblown in spots, so the tops of a few rocks are showing. There is a 2 mile section of plowed road around Moxie Pond, due to logging. Good snow cover over 90% of it . . . . only about 200 yards at the dam where you will be scratching dirt, and a couple sunburned patches elsewhere that are easy to avoid. Rest of the way toward Greenville on ITS 86 and toward Rockwood on ITS 88 are in fine shape.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Divide Road section is in great shape. Still a little thin on the very short woods sections around Pleasant Pond and Moore’s Bog. Also a few small sunburned patches here and there. There is a 1/2 mile section around the south side of Moxie Mountain, that is severely windblown. Pretty scratchy through there, but you can stay on snow with some “bobbing and weaving”. Check out the 3 mile groomed spur trail to the Moxie Mountain Lookout. Great views of the Kennebec River Valley, Sugarloaf/USA and the Bigelow Range.
  • PLEASANT POND TRAIL  Great ride with plenty of snow all the way through.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 87 TO ITS 86  Great ride and plenty of snow all the way through.
  • BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL HEADING TOWARD BLANCHARD  Good riding.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS TO WEST FORKS  A little thin in spots and snirt here and there, but not bad at all. Worst of it is the last 1 mile into town.


For day riders, there is a FREE PARK AND RIDE LOT  at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well plowed and will accommodate large trailers. A groomed trail from the parking lot directly accesses ITS 87 or the Kennebec River Trail.  Gas (91 oct), food and trail maps are available at NO.  Look for the large PARK AND RIDE sign on Route 201, just before Northern Outdoors.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

The Forks, Maine, Snowmobile Trail Report

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

The 8” of snow we received on Saturday was just what the doctor ordered. Snowing hard again right now . . . . supposed to get 2” – 4” more tonight. We are on our regular grooming schedule on all 100 miles of our trail system and the trails are back in very good shape, for the most part. It was windy during the storm, so there are a few windblown spots here and there where the snow didn’t accumulate and ice is prevalent. Also have to be careful for icy corners as the snow gets ridden out of the turns.
 

  • ITS 86 HEADING EAST FROM BERRY’S STORE TOWARD GREENVILLE AND ROCKWOOD   Because of heavy traffic, intown is rough and can always use more snow. Once just a mile out of town, things improve. Boise Road is great. Short ½ mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is not bad at all. A little windblown in spots, so the tops of a few rocks are showing. There is a 2 mile section of plowed road around Moxie Pond, due to logging. Go slow through there. Rest of the way toward Greenville on ITS 86 and toward Rockwood on ITS 88 are in fine shape.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Divide Road section is in great shape. Still a little thin on the very short woods sections around Pleasant Pond and Moore’s Bog. There is a one mile section around the south side of Moxie Mountain, that is severely windblown. A lot of gravel and ice through there. You can avoid this section by using the Bald Mountain Trail and the Pleasant Pond Trail.
  • PLEASANT POND TRAIL  Great ride all the way through. We recommend this route going to and from Bingham area, to avoid the windblown section mentioned in the first bullet point.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 87 TO ITS 86  Great ride all the way through.
  • BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL HEADING TOWARD BLANCHARD  Good riding.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS TO WEST FORKS  Still a little thin in spots, but not bad at all. Worst of it is the last 1 mile into town. The big hill off the Flood Road is very icy . . . . use caution.


For day riders, there is a FREE PARK AND RIDE LOT  at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well plowed and will accommodate large trailers. A groomed trail from the parking lot directly accesses ITS 87 or the Kennebec River Trail.  Gas (91 oct), food and trail maps are available at the main lodge.  Look for the large PARK AND RIDE sign on Route 201, just before Northern Outdoors.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club


 

Guided Snowmobile Touring in The Forks Maine (Never Get Lost Again!)

Friday, February 8, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

So what are the advantages of having an expert, professional snowmobile guide to show you all the best places to ride in The Forks Maine?

A LOT, it turns out!  Great trails, great terrain, best scenic views (picture opps!), best lunch spots, and you will never get lost - guaranteed. In a terrain set called a "Snowmobilers' Paradise" by SuperTrax International, covering 150 miles locally with access to Maine's renowned 13,00+ miles of ITS trail system, we know that expert guides make a lot of sense.

Here's our latest winter video about guided snowmobile touring in The Forks Maine with Northern Outdoors and Backcountry Expeditions.

Have fun - and come on up! We're getting a wicked nor'easter now and the 2013 snowmobile season is on Reset and Go!

Visit Northern Outdoors Guided Tours here.
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Resort
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The Forks Area Snowmobile Trail Report

Thursday, February 7, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Trails are very hard and very icy in spots. Good news is that there is still riding if you want to get out there. Not recommended to cruise along at 60 mph, but if you want to get out and ride and enjoy the scenery, you can. Just pick your spots and watch out for hazards such as water channels across trail, ice, exposed rocks.  Looks like a good storm coming through on Friday night / Saturday.  Groomers are scheduled to go out Saturday night so things should improve greatly.

•    ITS 86 HEADING EAST FROM BERRY’S STORE TOWARD GREENVILLE AND ROCKWOOD   Intown trail is very poor. Water holes that need to freeze up and lack of snow. Trail is also poor for a couple miles heading out of town. Once on the Boise Road, things improve. Short ½ mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is very poor. There are 2 miles of plowed road around Moxie Pond due to logging. One and one half miles of this is glare ice. The other ½ mile is down to gravel (around the dam at Moxie). Rest of the way after the plowed section still has decent snow. To go to and from the Greenville area we recommend using ITS 87, the Pleasant Pond Trail and the Bald Mountain Trail. This is longer, but will generally keep you on decent snow and avoid the Power Line and plowed road.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Divide Road section has decent snow. Thin with rocks and stumps poking through on the short woods sections near Pleasant Pond and Moore’s Bog. Bare ground for almost a mile section on the south side of Moxie Mountain. ITS 87 is not recommended south of the Pleasant Pond Trail intersection.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL  Decent snow all the way through. As mentioned in first bullet point, we recommend this route to travel to and from Greenville area.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 87 TO ITS 86  Decent snow most of the way.  
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL  Not sure how this has held up on the Blanchard end. Check with Guilford club (4 Winds).
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS TO WEST FORKS  Not recommended. Lack of snow and one very steep hill with severe ice (Flood Road Hill).

Bottom line is that we got what we got, and have to make due with it. Again, the conditions are marginal until we get more snow. But, if you want to get out and ride you can. Just pick your places to ride and be careful.

For day riders, there’s a FREE PARK AND RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well plowed and will accommodate large trailers. A groomed trail from the parking lot directly accesses ITS 87 or the Kennebec River Trail. Gas (91 oct), food and trail maps are available at NO.  Look for the big PARK AND RIDE sign on Route 201, just before Northern Outdoors.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

IMPORTANT TRAIL NOTICE: To ride into or out of Northern Outdoors, use the marked and groomed detour on the Kennebec River Trail and the Divide Road. The regular access trail behind the lodge has very severe ice on the hills and is not recommended. To leave Northern Outdoors, follow the Kennebec River Trail for 1 mile. At the one mile mark you will see a sign that directs you across Route 201 and up the Divide Road to ITS 87


 

The Forks Area Snowmobile Trail Report with Important Trail Access Note

Friday, February 1, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

IMPORTANT TRAIL ACCESS NOTICE: To ride into or out of Northern Outdoors, we strongly recommend using the marked and groomed detour on the Kennebec River Trail and the Divide Road. The regular access trail behind the lodge has very severe ice on the hills and is not recommended. An experienced rider with picks could do it, but we recommend the detour. To leave Northern Outdoors, follow the Kennebec River Trail for 1 mile. At the one mile mark you will see a sign that directs you across Route 201 and up the Divide Road to ITS 87

The heavy rain put a severe hurt on our trails. Things are still draining out and freezing back up. Hazards are everywhere . . . . ice, water channels across trail, standing water, stumps/rocks poking through. Trails are very hard and very icy in spots. Good news is that there is still riding if you want to get out there. We don't recommended you cruise along at 60 mph, but if you want to get out and ride and enjoy the scenery, you can. Just pick your spots.

·        ITS 86 HEADING EAST FROM BERRY’S STORE TOWARD GREENVILLE AND ROCKWOOD   Intown trail is very poor. Water holes that need to freeze up and lack of snow. Trail is also poor for a couple miles heading out of town. Once on the Boise Road, things improve. Short ½ mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is very poor. There are 2 miles of plowed road around Moxie Pond due to logging. One and one half miles of this is glare ice. The other ½ mile is down to gravel (around the dam at Moxie). Rest of the way after the plowed section still has decent snow. To go to and from the Greenville area we recommend using ITS 87, the Pleasant Pond Trail and the Bald Mountain Trail. This is longer, but will generally keep you on decent snow and avoid the Power Line and plowed road.

·        ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Divide Road section has decent snow. Thin with rocks and stumps poking through on the short woods sections near Pleasant Pond and Moore’s Bog. Bare ground for almost a mile section on the south side of Moxie Mountain. ITS 87 is not recommended south of the Pleasant Pond Trail intersection.

·        PLEASANT POND TRAIL  Decent snow all the way through. As mentioned in first bullet point, we recommend this route to travel to and from the Greenville area.

·        BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 87 TO ITS 86  Decent snow most of the way.  

·        BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL  Not sure how this has held up on the Blanchard end. Check with Guilford club (4 Winds).

·        KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS TO WEST FORKS  Not recommended. Lack of snow and one very steep hill with severe ice (Flood Road Hill).

 Bottom line is that we've got what we've got for now, and have to make do with marginal conditions until we see more snow. But, if you want to get out and ride you can. Just pick your places to ride and be careful.

 For day riders, there’s a FREE PARK AND RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well plowed and will accommodate large trailers. A groomed trail from the parking lot directly accesses ITS 87 or the Kennebec River Trail. Gas (91 octane), food and trail maps are available at the main lodge.  Look for the big PARK AND RIDE sign on Route 201, just before Northern Outdoors.

 Jim Yearwood

Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

The Forks Area Snowmobile Trail Report

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

ITS 87 at the base of Moxie MountianHappy snowmobilers over MLK weekend. Plenty of snow and good trail conditions prevail. All 100 miles of The Forks Trail System are open and being groomed on a regular basis.

•    ITS 86 HEADING EAST FROM BERRY’S STORE TOWARD GREENVILLE AND ROCKWOOD  Intown trail is getting pounded out and is a bit rough, however it is all very passable. Once just 1 mile out of town, things improve greatly. Boise Road is flat and fast!  Short ½ mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is somewhat rough, with a few rocks poking through and a couple wet spots to watch for.  There are 2 miles of plowed road around Moxie Pond due to a logging operation. There is a solid hard snow/ice surface on all but about 50 yards of the road by the dam, so you’ll be grinding a little dirt on that short stretch. Great riding the rest of the way.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Divide Road is flat and very fast. A few rocks poking through on the short woods trail sections at Pleasant Pond and Moore’s Bog. Some small thin patches on a short windblown section around the south side of Moxie Mountain. Check out the 3 mile groomed spur trail up to the Moxie Mt Lookout. Spectacular views of Sugarloaf Mt and the Bigelow Range.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 TO ITS 87  Good snow and great riding all the way through.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL  Good ride through to Blanchard.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL  Plenty of snow and a super ride all the way. This trail combined with the Bald Mountain Trail and ITS 87, makes a nice scenic loop ride around Moxie Mountain.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS TO WEST FORKS  A little thin on the inside of some corners, but not bad. A little rough the last 1 mile into town.

For day riders, there’s a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT  at Northern Outdoors main lodge on Route 201. The lot is very large, well plowed and will accommodate large trailers. A groomed trail directly from the parking lot accesses ITS 87 or the Kennebec River Trail. Gas, food and trail maps are available at NO. Look for the big PARK & RIDE sign just before Northern Outdoors.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

Polaris Snowmobiles Tests Newest Sleds At Northern Outdoors

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Polaris Snowmobiles Terrain Domination Challenge -Northern OutdoorsLast weekend we were delighted to host the Polaris Snowmobiles Terrain Domination Challenge held over two consecutive days, January 12th & 13th, at Northern Outdoors snowmobile resort in The Forks, Maine. Polaris invited two groups of handpicked riders from Canada and U.S. to come to Northern Outdoors to ride a series of 60-mile loops on some of Polaris’s latest sleds, and then sit down with reps to give them feedback. Event participants represented owners of various snowmobile brands, and included folks from HardcoreSledder.com and Sledhead 24/7 TV.  Sledhead 24/7 TV documented the event and is producing a show on it,  scheduled to air later this season.

 

The sleds were amazing. Riders got to select from several top Polaris trail and crossover models, and were encouraged to switch models so they could experience different sleds out on the trail.

Polaris Terrain Domination Challenge was hosted by Four Times Winter X Games Gold Medallist Levi LaVallee and retired Canadian hockey star Patrice Brisebois who rode along each day and added a great celebrity feel to the event. They were incredibly nice fellows to hang out with during the event. 

Polaris selected Northern Outdoors as the host resort because we offer an all-inclusive experience for snowmobilers that includes ample private cabin, lodge room, and logdominum lodging, a private meeting room space, a casual & classic Maine sports lodge anchored by a floor to ceiling stone fireplace, and our onsite Kennebec River Pub & Brewery that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The resort is located on ITS 87 with direct access to over 150 miles of The Forks Area Networks terrain, covering a wide variety of riding from wide open cruising, to wooded trails and spectacular views from Maine’s highest groomed snowmobile trail atop Coburn Mountain. The local trail network directly accesses Maine's over 13,000 miles of ITS trails statewide (all the way to Canada, in fact!).

See Sledhead 24/7 photos from the Polaris event here on Facebook. 

See Polaris photos from Terrain Domination Challenge here on Facebook.

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The Forks Area Snowmobile Trail Report

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

The January thaw put a little damper on the trails, but fortunately we didn’t get any rain so things are still in pretty good shape overall here in The Forks. Both groomers were out all night on Monday just as things were finally cooling off after the thaw. The snow was still soft enough to really work out all the bumps, pull snow into the corners, and lay out a flat surface. By early Tuesday morning, temps had dropped down to the low 20’s and they have stayed well below freezing since then. The result is our trail system has set up with a flat, very hard and very fast surface. With that said the thaw created a few hazards on the trails, most notably ice bridges over some water holes that have partially deteriorated. Also, there are some bare patches where the groomer drag had scalped off the tops of high spots. Because the trails are generally flat and fast, you must use extreme caution as you can come up on these obstacles at any point.  Beyond that, the riding is very enjoyable on all 100 miles of our trail system. We are continuing with our regular grooming schedule through the MLK weekend.

•    ITS 86 HEADING EAST FROM BERRY’S STORE TOWARD GREENVILLE AND ROCKWOOD  Intown trail is getting thin with “snirt” in spots, however it is all very passable. Once just 1 mile out of town, things improve greatly. Boise Road is flat and scary fast!  Short ½ mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is somewhat rough, with a few rocks and stumps poking through. There are 2 miles of plowed road around Moxie Pond due to a logging operation. There is a solid hard snow/ice surface on all but about 100 yards of the road by the dam, so you’ll be grinding a little dirt on that short stretch. Great riding the rest of the way.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Divide Road is flat and very fast. A few rocks poking through on the short woods trail sections at Pleasant Pond and Moore’s Bog. Some small bare patches on a short section around the south side of Moxie Mountain. Check out the 3 mile groomed spur trail up to the Moxie Mt Lookout. Spectacular views of Sugarloaf Mt and the Bigelow Range.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 TO ITS 87  Good snow and great riding all the way through.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL  Good ride through to Blanchard.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL  Plenty of snow and a super ride all the way. This trail combined with the Bald Mt Trail and ITS 87, makes a nice scenic loop ride around Moxie Mountain.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS TO WEST FORKS  A few bare spots on some inside corners, but not bad. A little rough the last 1 mile into town.

For day riders, there’s a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT  at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well plowed, and will accommodate large trailers. A groomed trail directly from the parking lot accesses ITS 87 or the Kennebec River Trail. Gas, food and trail maps are available at NO. Look for the big PARK & RIDE sign just before Northern Outdoors.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

The Forks Area Snowmobile Trail Report 1/9/13

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

All 100 miles of The Forks Area Snowmobile Trail  System are open and being groomed on a regular basis.  We have a great base of snow and outstanding riding! There’s some happy riders out there!

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE AND ROCKWOOD   Great riding all the way. Intown trails have plenty of snow, and even the Power Line section near Moxie Pond is pretty smooth.  Couple miles of plowed road on the Shirley Road section, due to logging. There is a good base of snow on the road all the way. Go slow through there and watch for trucks.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM   Smooth sailing all the way. Check out the 3 mile groomed spur trail up Moxie Mountain. Awesome views of Sugarloaf and the Bigelows!
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 87 TO ITS 86  Great ride all the way through.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL  Groomed all the way through.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL  Great ride all the way through. This trail, combined with ITS 87, makes a great loop ride around scenic Moxie Mountain.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS TO WEST FORKS  Open and groomed all the way through. Scenic trail along the Kennebec River.

For day riders, there’s a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors lodge on Route 201. The lot is very large and well plowed, and will accommodate large trailers.  Groomed trail directly from the parking lot accesses ITS 87 and the Kennebec River Trail.  Gas, food and trail maps are available at NO.  Look for the big PARK & RIDE sign just before Northern Outdoors.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

Shop Northern Outdoors New Online Retail Store

Saturday, January 5, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club Long Sleeve T-ShirtWe're pleased to launch the new online retail store where you can purchase your favorite t-shirts, hats and logowear.

For all you snowmobile fans check out the recently added official Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club long sleeve t-shirt.

Check the store often as we'll be adding new items over the next few months. 

The Forks Area Snowmobile Trail Report 12/31/12

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

All 100 miles of The Forks Area Snowmobile Trail System are open and being groomed on a regular basis.  We have a great base of snow and outstanding riding!  

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE AND ROCKWOOD   Great riding all the way. Intown trails have plenty of snow, and even the Power Line section near Moxie Pond is pretty smooth.  Couple miles of plowed road on the Shirley Road section, due to logging. There is a good base of snow on the road all the way. Go slow through there and watch for trucks.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM   Smooth sailing all the way. Check out the 3 mile groomed spur trail up Moxie Mountain. Awesome views of Sugarloaf and the Bigelows!
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 87 TO ITS 86  Great ride all the way through.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL  Great ride all the way through.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS TO WEST FORKS  Open and groomed all the way through. Scenic trail along the Kennebec River.

For day riders, there is a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT on Route 201 at Northern Outdoors.  The lot is large, well plowed, and can accommodate large trailers.  Gas, food and trail information is available at Northern Outdoors main lodge.

Jim Yearwood

Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

The Forks Area Snowmobile Trail Report - Wednesday December 26th, 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Staff

All 100 miles of The Forks Trail System are open and groomed (except as noted below) with great riding.  Groomers packed the trail on Thursday 12/20 and groomed it flat on Monday 12/24. The result is a great base for the season. Storm coming through  on Thursday with 12+ inches of snow.  Groomers will be out Friday and Sunday nights. Will be great riding!

•    ITS 86 EAST FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING TOWARD GREENVILLE AND ROCKWOOD.  Snow is a little thin in town, but once up out of the valley things improve greatly. Power Line near Moxie Pond is very rough, but passable. Other than that, it’s great riding. There is 2 miles of shared road near Moxie Pond, due to logging. There is a good base of snow on the road, but go slow.
•    ITS 87 SOUTH HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM.  Good going all the way through. Spur trail up to the Moxie Mountain Lookout is open and groomed.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 87 TO ITS 86.  Great ride all the way.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL.  Great ride all the way through.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL.  Groomed on our end, but unsure if 4 Winds club has groomed their end.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS LODGE TO WEST FORKS.  Has not been cleared of blowdowns or groomed.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

The Forks Area Interim Snowmobile Trail Report

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Groomer out on the trail on Christmas EveJim and Greg both groomed on Christmas Eve and reported the riding is pretty awesome as we get set to open for the season today!  More snow coming Thursday.

We will be grooming again on Friday & Sunday.

The Forks Area Snowmobile Trail Report - Friday December 21st, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Staff

The Forks Area Trail Report Friday December 21st, 2012

Groomers were out on Thursday for the first time this season, packing the trail. Solid 16" snow on all sections, except right in the valley where there is a little less.

ITS 86 toward Greenville, ITS 87 toward Bingham and the Bald Mountain Trail have all been packed and are rideable. The Pleasant Pond Trail and Kennebec River Trail are not open yet.

We are expecting 4 - 7" of snow today, with a bit of rain in between. Then colder temps next week.

We will be sending out the groomers with the drags, on Monday. Should be nice riding once we get things smoothed out.

Northern Outdoors lodge will be open for the season at noon on Wednesday, December 26th - let's go riding.

Jim Yearwood,
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

Penobscot River Rafting- Scenic Wow Or Whitewater Wow? BOTH!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Northern Outdoors Penobscot River Rafting

Nick Menounos really captured the intensity and the beauty of the Penobscot River on his trip this past spring with Northern Outdoors. If you want to see what the river "feels" like from an "in-the-boat" perspective, through some of the biggest rapids and most dramatic scenery, watch this!

WOW! Thanks Nick for capturing this. The Penobscot river is located in northern Maine near Mt. Katahdin, in Millinocket. It is a 6 hr drive from Boston, and worth every mile to get there. Remote, rugged, intensely beautiful, and with Class III to Class V whitewater action from Ripogenous Gorge down through the lower Penobscot.

Yankee Magazine rated the Northern Outdoors Penobscot River rafting trip one of New England's Best Adventures in 2011.  Is it on your bucket list? Learn more about Penobscot Rafting here.

Here's the video link here (or click on the image above): http://vimeo.com/52460261

Winter Snow Forecast for The Northeast

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Henry Margusity writes a Meterological Madness blog for Accuweather.com, which offers detailed analysis of severe weather patterns across the U.S.

In his November 16th, blog article Henry posted his 2012 / 2103 winter forecast and is predicting, "Above normal snowfall for the Plains and the East Coast".

Only time will tell if Henry's forecast is accurate, but in the meantime here's a nice looking graphic for Maine snowmobile and winter sports lovers to dream about.


2013 Winter Winter Forecast

GoPro Captures Fall High Water Maine Rafting Action on the Kennebec and Dead Rivers

Thursday, September 27, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our GoPro camera team captures the CLOSEUP Fall rafting action on high water Kennebec and Dead River rafting trips Sept 15th and 22nd. This week's video of the week includes both rivers, video boater kayaking (underwater) action, and some tasty Octoberfest brew tasting at Northern's own Kennebec River Brewery post-rafting.

There's still space on the Oct 6th final Dead River and Oct 7 final Kennebec River trips of 2012! For more info on the October 6th Raft n Brews weekend with the last release of the season on the Dead River at 6000CFS and the Kennebec River at 4800CFS, see here:

Raft 'n Brews/ Octoberfest Weekend
Dead River Rafting
Kennebec River Rafting

 

Kennebec River Brewery Tips For Keeping Your Beer Growlers Fresh!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Growlers' popularity is growing gangbusters over the last 3 years since Maine loosened up it's Growler law.  The Maine Growler Bill passed on September 12, 2009, creating much happiness for local breweries and brewpubs and their devoted patrons. A Growler is half-gallon (64 ounces) glass jug that consumers buy upfront and then refill for a relatively nominal fee. Not only are Growlers a financially fit method of buying and selling your favorite brew, but, they are eco-friendly and a fantastic means of buying local.

So, how do you keep a Growler clean?
To keep your Growler fresh for the next “filler up please,” upon pouring your last savory drop of brew, rinse the thick glass jug with hot water – give it some sturdy swirls – and then dry upside-down. It’s a good idea to wash the cap with hot water as well.

We are pretty big here at KRB at telling our guests to avoid using dish detergent, as it contains surfactants, which are non-biodegradable components that leave behind particles which can (and do) accumulate over time. If you find funkiness (ie: organic matter) in your Growler, don’t fear – but, don’t ignore it either. Give your bottle another hot soak and use a bottlebrush to scrub away the matter.

Those feeling the need for uber-cleaning can use environmentally friendly home-brewing cleaning products like 5-Star PBW (Powered Brewery Wash) (http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/powdered-brewery-wash.html) or try Star San (http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/star-san.html). Northern Brewer carries bottle brushes as well, and we have also found that Sigg's high performance bottle brush works in our Growlers too.

Kennebec River Brewery - Northern Outdoors GrowlersGrowlers come in different styles, and can be clear glass or brown glass. Northern Outdoors had clear glass Growlers initially, and we switched over to Brown Growler jugs this season. (Look at our KRB page on FB for more pictures.)

Enjoy that Growler!

Kennebec River Brewery
Our KRB Beers (All are available for Growlers!)
Kennebec River Brewery on Facebook
Raft n Brews: Octoberfest Whitewater Rafting and KRB Weekend
 

 

 

Whitewater, Wilderness, and Brewery - A Perfect Combination

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Maine Whitewater Rafting, Wilderness and Brewery - Northern OutdoorsWe know that whitewater, wilderness, and an honest-to-goodness real microbrewery is indeed a fantastic combination - we get to live that threesome every day from May into October! (We substitute snowmobile trails for whitewater in winter.) Northern Outdoors is not only the only rafting company or adventure resort in Maine with its own microbrewery onsite, but it's the only one in New England, and (sources close to us suggest, but have not confirmed yet), all of the US!

Maine whitewater rafting on the dam-controlled Kennebec, Penobscot, and Dead Rivers rivals the best whitewater anywhere. These rivers are big (4800CFS and more), technical in the right places (think Penobscot Cribworks Class V section!), and offer guaranteed water all season long according to their scheduled dam releases.

Maine has more trees than people. That's a shortcut way to say Maine has vast forests and mountainous regions, along with untouched rivers and pristine lakes that offer unparalleled outdoor recreation adventures. Add to whitewater and wilderness our very own Kennebec River Brewery, featured on the Maine Beer Trail, and located at our adventure resort - and you have a getaway made in heaven for beer enthusiasts and adventurous souls.

Read more about this unqiue brewery, wildernesess and whitewater combination in this our recent press release here.

There's still time to get in on whitewater, wilderness, and the Kenenbec River Brewery - now through October 7th for this season!