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Trail Report, 2020

Jan 20, 2020 | 9:47 am

Twin Pines Snowmobile Club Update: trails are awesome in the Katahdin region, we picked up 8+ inches of fresh snow this past few days. Trails are busy, lots of people out riding, conditions looking great.  We have been out grooming.

  • Groomed 1/19: 85/86 – Stacyville rd to Whetstone great condition, fully open; 85/86 Penobscot Pond via Grant Brook good condition; 85/86 – State Rd to Abol, Hurd Pond there is one rough spot in the wooded section on Hurd Pond Trail the remainder good condition; 112 Connector – Logan Pond, good condition; 112 Connector – Stratton Trail good condition; Jerry Pond to Hotels Small washouts, good cover; Central St to Katahdin Inn good condition
  • Groomed 1/17: 85/86 Pole Line few washouts, thin cover; Wild Kingdom few washouts, good cover; South Twin Connector to Brownville Rd good condition

Jo Mary Riders Update: Grooming today/tonight, 4 groomers heading out. Trails are all in excellent shape

East Branch Sno Rovers Update: Jan 19th, Medway clubhouse 83 North to Whetstone has been groomed. The trail is excellent. The washout has been filled, it’s good. 83 South from Medway and 109 groomed Jan 15 or 16, also to South Twin and Endless.

Stop by and visit the River Driver’s Restaurant, trailside to ITS 85/86.

 

Jan 18, 2020 | 11:28 am

Twin Pines Snowmobile Club Update: trails are awesome in the Katahdin region, we picked up 4+ inches of fresh snow this week and they were good before.  We have been out grooming.  Stacyville Road is now completely open for snowmobiling.

  • Groomed 1/17:  85/86 Pole Line few washouts, thin cover; 85/86 Penobscot Pond via Grant Brook Good condition; Wild Kingdom Few washouts, good cover; South Twin Connector to Brownville Rd good condition.
  • Groomed 1/16 85/86 – State Rd to Abol, Hurd Pond One rough spot in the wooded section on Hurd Pond Trail the remainder good condition; 85/86 – Stacyville rd to Whetstone groomed 1/16 great condition, fully open; 112 Connector – Logan Pond, good condition
  • Groomed 1/14: Jerry Pond to Hotels Small washouts, good cover; Central St to Katahdin Inn Good condition: 112 Connector – Stratton Trail groomed 1/13, good condition

Jo Mary Riders Update:  Feb 16th – Busy day in the sign shop today, then out signing the 1.5 miles of shared road we have on our B-Pond Trail. We will be out after the storm and groom a 10′ + wide trail on the West side of the plowed Jo Mary road from the junction of ITS 111 to the entrance of the Jo Mary Campground. After the fore mentioned there is no more plowed areas. Please use CAUTION in this area and follow the directions on the new signing we put in place this afternoon! We also made up a ITS 109 / ITS 111 trail junction sign since our old one blew over into the ditch and is buried in the snow. Snow storm in the forecast for Saturday pm into Sunday afternoon. Grooming will resume after the storm. Trails are all in excellent shape with 2-4″ of fresh snow

East Branch Sno Rovers Update: Jan 15th – 83 North from Medway to Whetstone has been groomed today. Be careful on the alternate route on the Madden Road, on a corner, some twitches of logs are coming out. 83 South from Medway and 109 has been done, to South Twin and Endless. Town trails have not been groomed, we need more snow.

What else – we hope you will take this opportunity to get outside and enjoy winter and this long weekend! Also the 8th Annual Snowball Run is today – keep an eye out for those Vintage Sleds as they make the ride from the Timber Cruisers to Wildwoods and back – returning to the Timber Cruisers at about 3pm today.  Stop by and visit the River Driver’s Restaurant, trailside to ITS 85/86.  Find a Jan 15th video trail report here and TV Coverage by Fox Bangor here

Grooming Picture

 

Jan 17, 2020 | 1:06 pm

Twin Pines Snowmobile Club Update: trails are awesome in the Katahdin region, we picked up 4+ inches of fresh snow this week and they were good before.  We have been out grooming.  Stacyville Road is now completely open for snowmobiling as of Thursday.  What else – we hope you will take this opportunity to get outside and enjoy winter and this long weekend!

  • Groomed 1/16:  85/86 – Stacyville rd. to Whetstone groomed, great condition, fully open: 85/86 – State Rd to Abol, Hurd Pond, one rough spot in the wooded section on Hurd Pond Trail the remainder good condition: 112 Connector – Logan Pond, good condition.
  • Groomed 1/14 – Jerry Pond to Hotels, small washouts, good cover; South Twin Connector to Brownville Rd, good condition; Central St to Katahdin Inn groomed, good condition. 85/86 Pole Line groomed 1/14, few washouts, thin cover
  • Groomed 1/13 – 85/86 Penobscot Pond via Grant Brook, good condition; 112 Connector – Stratton Trail, good condition.  Wild Kingdom groomed 1/7/2020, few washouts, good cover. Tote Road in Baxter State Park is open for snowmobiling, it is an ungroomed remote trail with no gas available in the park.

Jo Mary Riders Update:  Busy day in the sign shop today, then out signing the 1 1/2 miles of shared road we have on our B-Pond Trail. We will be out after the storm and groom a 10′ + wide trail on the West side of the plowed Jo Mary road from the junction of ITS 111 to the entrance of the Jo Mary Campground. After the fore mentioned there is no more plowed areas. Please use CAUTION in this area and follow the directions on the new signing we put in place this afternoon! We also made up a ITS 109 / ITS 111 trail junction sign since our old one blew over into the ditch and is buried in the snow. Snow storm in the forecast for Saturday pm into Sunday afternoon. Grooming will resume after the storm. Trails are all in excellent shape with 2-4″ of fresh snow

East Branch Sno Rovers Update: Jan 15th – 83 North from Medway to Whetstone has been groomed today. Be careful on the alternate route on the Madden Road, on a corner, some twitches of logs are coming out. 83 South from Medway and 109 has been done, to South Twin and Endless. Town trails have not been groomed, we need more snow.

Stop by and visit the River Driver’s Restaurant, trailside to ITS 85/86.  Find a Jan 15th video trail report here and TV Coverage by Fox Bangor here

 

Jan 16, 2020 | 3:39 pm

Snowmobile Trail Report: Quick update – Twin Pines Snowmobile Club Update: we have been out grooming this week, trials are in great condition. We have had some smaller snowfalls this week adding about 3-4′ of new snow total. It should be a great weekend for out riding, come and visit!

  • 85/86 – Stacyville rd to Whetstone 1/13, Huber Rd to Fire rd 11 closed due to logging. Remainder in great condition, so if you want to access the Stratton Trail you have to go via Logan Pond/112
  • 85/86 Pole Line groomed 1/14, Few washouts, thin cover
  • 85/86 Penobscot Pond via Grant Brook groomed 1/13, good condition
  • 85/86 – State Rd to Abol, Hurd Pond groomed 1/13, one rough spot in the wooded section on Hurd Pond Trail the remainder good condition.
  • 112 Connector – Logan Pond groomed 1/13, good condition
  • 112 Connector – Stratton Trail groomed 1/13, good condition
  • Wild Kingdom groomed 1/7, Few washouts, good cover.
  • Jerry Pond to Hotels groomed 1/14, Small washouts, good cover
  • South Twin Connector to Brownville Rd groomed 1/14, good condition
  • Central St to Katahdin Inn groomed 1/14, good condition

Jo Mary Riders – trails are as good as ever and we have been out grooming. Tuesday 1/14/20 Trail Update: We rode 60 miles of our trail system today. We found all Flat, Hard, Smooth, and 1″-3″s of fresh snow on top! All groomed trails are very good to excellent shape

East Branch Sno-Rovers – Groomed North to Whetstone Wednesday and South towards South Twin was done on Tuesday.

Katahdin Region trails are in good to great condition, easy snowfalls coming in this past week and clubs are out grooming. It is time to come riding! Stop at the River Driver’s restaurant trailside to ITS 85/86 on Millinocket Lake for gas for sleds or good hot food.

Fox News Video
Video of the Trail Conditions – 1/15/2020

 

Jan 15, 2020 | 5:50 pm

 

Jan 14, 2020 | 2:54 pm

Twin Pines Snowmobile Club – Snow and grooming updated for the Katahdin Region.  Things worked out well over this weekend with the wintery mix. We received a couple of inches of sleet followed by an inch or so of snow, more in the forecast for later this week. Trails are in good condition, groomers will be out through the weekend!

  • 85/86 – Stacyville rd. to Whetstone groomed 1/13 – *Note the Huber Rd to Fire rd. 11 is closed due to logging, so for now, access to the 112/Stratton Trial is still vial 112/Logan Pond* remainder of Stacyville rd. in great condition
  • 85/86 Pole Line groomed 1/5, few washouts, thin cover
  • 85/86 Penobscot Pond via Grant Brook groomed 1/13, good condition
  • 85/86 – State Rd to Abol, Hurd Pond groomed 1/13 note: One rough spot in the wooded section on Hurd Pond Trail the remainder good condition.
  • 112 Connector – Logan Pond groomed 1/13, good condition
  • 112 Connector – Stratton Trail groomed 1/13, good condition
  • Wild Kingdom groomed 1/7 a few washouts, good cover
  • Jerry Pond to Hotels groomed 1/7 small washouts, good cover
  • South Twin Connector to Brownville Rd – not groomed
  • Central St to Katahdin Inn – not groomed

Additional Notes: Trails are freezing up and packed nicely. Limited water issues, use caution as always.  Ride Right, Ride Safe and See You on The Trails

 

Jan 9, 2020 | 1:17 pm

Good early January conditions, snow on the ground, cold temps overnight.  We did our first larger scale grooming yesterday.  Here is the report:

  • 85/86 – Stacyville rd to Whetstone groomed 1/8.  Huber Rd to Fire rd 11 closed due to logging. Remainder in fair condition;
  • 85/86 Pole Line groomed 1/5, Few washouts, thin cover;
  • 85/86 Penobscot Pond via Grant Brook groomed 1/8, water bar and wet area in wooded section;
  • 85/86 – State Rd to Abol, Hurd Pond groomed 1/8, water bar and wet area in wooded section;
  • 112/Logan Pond groomed 1/8 trail is in fair condition;
  • 112/Stratton Trail groomed 1/8 trail is in fair condition;
  • Wild Kingdom groomed 1/7 few washouts, good cover. Working on the washouts on 1/8.
  • Jerry Pond to Hotels groomed 1/7 few small washouts, good cover;
  • South Twin Connector to Brownville Rd not groomed;
  • Central St to Katahdin Inn not groomed.
  • The Tote Road in Baxter State Park is open and conditions are good – please note, this is not a groomed trail and it is a remote location, no gas is accessible in the park;  Additional Notes: thin snowpack with water bars in wooded areas on 85/86 by Debsconneag and Nahmakanta Lakes.

So general conditions – there is some good riding, conditions are variable, the Tote Road is an awesome trip.   Stay tuned for updates and we will let you know when we have groomed.  Visit the River Driver’s Restaurant – trailside to ITS 85/85 – located on Millinocket Lake.  https://www.facebook.com/RiverDriversRestaurant/

 

Jan 7, 2020 | 12:38 pm

Update from the Twin Pines Snowmobile Club.  We have received an additional 4 inches of snow over the past three days, and temps are cold at night so things are firming up, cold overnight temps in the forecast through the week.  We are waiting for another 4+ inches of snow before we do a major groom and here are the current updates we have for you.

  • ITS 85/86 State Road – was groomed at the end of last week and it is good;
  • The Tote Road in Baxter State Park is open and conditions are good – please note, this is not a groomed trail and it is a remote location, no gas is accessible in the park;
  • ITS 112/Logan pond Trail is open and has not been groomed, people are out riding it;
  • Grant Brook Road was groomed last week and people are riding it;
  • ITS 85/86 towards Penobscot Pond – not groomed but people have been riding in from Greenville/Lilly Bay and the consensus is more snow in some places than others;
  • ITS 85/86 Pole Line has been groomed and is still early season condition – ie rough in places;
  • We need additional snow to groom in town Millinocket behind the hotels, etc.
  • ITS 85/86 Stacyville Road is not groomed and has a 2-mile section that is plowed for logging from Huber Road to Fire Rd 11.

So general conditions – there is some good riding, conditions are variable, the Tote Road is an awesome trip.   Some reports of washouts open yesterday but they should have frozen overnight as temps were below 8 overnight.  Stay tuned for updates and we will let you know when we have groomed.  Visit the River Driver’s Restaurant when you are out riding – trailside to ITS 85/85 – located on Millinocket Lake.  https://www.facebook.com/RiverDriversRestaurant/

 

Jan 1, 2020 | 2:35 pm

Snow update from the Twin Pines Snowmobile Club.  We got some snow! about 8 inches actually. We also have rocks, sticks, and some icy spots. We are sending groomers out to pack a few of the trails over the next few days and we are also hoping for another 6 inches to a foot of snow to smooth things out. Note: Please watch for groomers during the day until we get trails set.

Stacyville Road is still closed due to logging from the crossing at the Huber Road to Fire Rd 11.  Riding will be inconsistent between groomed and not groomed, patchy in places until another snow event. Please ride with caution as we have mentioned, rocks and icy spots. Snow is likely on Saturday night and some light snow anticipated from this Friday to Tuesday.  Stay tuned for updates we will let up know once we have significant updates.

Earlier this season we had a lot of snow, then we had some rain and that resulted in a hard pack icy base.  Some people rode in from Greenville this morning on sections of trails that were not groomed, they said there was over a foot of new snow in places.

Grooming at NEOC

 

Oct 10, 2019 | 1:05 pm

Are you ready for snowmobiling season? We are!

The great thing about snowmobiling in the Katahdin Region is that each day can offer you an entirely new and stunning snowmobiling destination. If you’re ready to start planning your 2020 snowmobiling season, here’s a well-honed list of favorite places to ride and some tips for how to enjoy it to the max.

Great Places to Ride
First off, start your day at NEOC, where you can fuel up, take a look at the map, rent a snowmobile, check the trail report / weather forecast, enjoy a fantastic breakfast, and even order a packed lunch to go.

Once you’re on the trail, here are some the top places to visit.

• Shin Pond – Awesome food and nearby Shin Pond Village is a convenient place to fuel up.
• Whitehouse Landing – Located in T2 R9 and you can only get there by snowmobile. This destination offers great home-cooked meals from a family of four.
• The Allagash River – The Allagash is a national scenic river and in the winter, it’s epic.
• Kokadjonear Greenville
• Wildwoods Trailside Cabins near Brownville Junction
• Matagamon Wilderness Camps on the north edge of Baxter State Park
• Bowlin Camps on the East Branch of the Penobscot River

Grooming Matters
Aside from the great lodging and fantastic food, another reason to start your snowmobiling day at NEOC is the grooming. NEOC pays serious attention to the quality of its trails and it matters, because trail maintenance often tops the list of importance for riders. “If you’re on trails going 80 or 90 miles an hour and it’s bumpy, it’s miserable,” says one die hard snowmobiler. “NEOC does a great job grooming the trails.”

Scenic Beauty and Spotting Wildlife
Another highlight of snowmobiling in the Katahdin Region is the extraordinary scenic beauty and the opportunity to witness the amazing wildlife of the great North Woods. NEOC is situated at the foot of the stunning Katahdin Range and is surrounded by thousands of acres of pure and unadulterated wilderness. The area is famous for its incredible snowmobiling trails and riding truly doesn’t get much better than this. Also, witnessing coyotes, moose, eagles, bobcats and deer is not uncommon, so anyone lucky enough to snowmobile in this region is sure to catch sight of wildlife and wildlife tracks in the snow.

Guiding and Insider Information
If you have questions or need more information about how to plan a great snowmobiling excursion this winter, connect with the staff at NEOC. NEOC has deep knowledge and experience in guiding snowmobile excursions and they are a great resource for novices and experts alike. NEOC rents a large fleet of snowmobiles and offers short and long guided tours, two-day getaways, and snowmobiling packages for every level.

Connect with NEOC by sending an email or calling: [email protected] / 1-800-634-7238.

Enjoy the riding and be safe!

 

Apr 4, 2019 | 1:47 pm

Update from the Twin Pines Snowmobile Club: Thank you for an Excellent Winter! We have a lot of snow on the ground still, picture of Katahdin from just now. As of today April 4th we are no longer grooming. If you are considering riding in the area we would suggest perhaps parking by the North Woods Trading Post. Trails that are in the best condition at the moment are the Grant Brook Road and ITS 85/86 East towards Penobscot Pond. JoMary Riders are no longer grooming and their trails are still in very good condition. So you can still ride and have a good time. Our access road from 85/86 has dirt showing, so just consider where you will get gas if you are out riding. We clocked over 1500 hours of grooming this season, that’s over 107 hours per week! Thank you to Whitehouse Landing Camps Northeast Charter and Tour Co Inc Jo Mary Riders Snowmobile Club and Gary Oliveira for all of your help and support this winter, and all the staff and crew at New England Outdoor Center – NEOC and River Drivers Restaurant. So call us at 800-766-7238 if you need to reach us, we will keep you posted on anything of interest in the trail world. Personally, we are not done yet with the snow, we have some more coming this weekend just a couple of inches. If you miss us – come and visit or follow the webcams – they are pretty awesome!
https://www.neoc.com/webcam3/ and here https://www.neoc.com/twin-pine-camps-webcam-2/

 

Mar 27, 2019 | 11:02 pm

Excellent Spring Riding conditions in the Katahdin Region.  We still have 2-4+ ft on the ground where the snow has not been disturbed.  We have been grooming at night, cold temps have made for a hard pack at night and then warm temps during the day are making for excellent riding.    Grooming Update: Tuesday night The Twin Pines Snowmobile Club groomed the Stacyville Rd; Monday night we groomed 85/86 – State Rd to Abol, Hurd Pond great spring conditions; 112 Connector – Logan Pond and 85/86 – Stacyville rd to Whetstone. Sunday night we groomed 85/86 Pole Line, Soft corners, mealy surface; 85/86 Penobscot Pond via Grant Brook, Jerry Pond to the hotels and the South Twin Connector from downtown Millinocket to the Penobscot River/Brownville rd.  Ongoing logging behind the high school in Millinocket means we are not grooming that section of trail. So, what can we tell you – conditions are really great for spring riding, days are long, lots of snow on the ground, we will be grooming this weekend.  Ride Right, Ride Safe and See You on the Trails.

JoMary Riders Update: Monday we groomed a section of the 109, The Parkway with the Scenic loop,109/111 x-overs (High + Low ) and 6 miles of the Jo Mary road to connect the 109 to the B-Pond trail. All of our trails are in excellent condition with the temps we have right now.