The Star-Herald

Snowmobile Trail Report (week of January 10, 2018)

Wow, has this week been cold and windy, making it nice for projects to open swampy areas.  All projects have been out finishing opening their sections and signage has also been put up.

Caribou’s section of trail 89 from the intersection of 102 North to 94 has not been connected and will be after this storm.

The moose and deer are out and about, so please, if you see tracks on the trails, it means that they are around so please slow down.

Grand Isle and Van Buren are now connected on ITS 81. This trail runs on a town road and has been posted for speed.  Please do your part and respect the signs.   There is an active logging operation as well on the section of Road, please use caution.

Portage Lake has slush on it and people are advised to stay off.

Long lake still has not been staked, so if you do venture on the lake please use extreme caution.

Trail Info

ITS 92 — This trail is groomed and in great shape.

ITS 90 — This trail is open all the way through and will be in great shape with the new snow.  The wooded sections on the Caribou end are a little skimpy so please reduce speed through the woods.  There is a logging operation up off RT 228; please use caution.

ITS 120 — Allagash has reported they have gone done all the way to where they meet with Eagle Lake and reports are in good shape.

ITS 83 — This trail is in very good shape from one end to the other.  Presque Isle has a new route; they will no longer be going over the Presque Stream as it has been barricaded.  The trail goes up by the Presque Isle Inn and Convention Center and connects with ITS 88.  It has been completely signed.  The new map shows these changes.   There is a logging operation at the intersection of ITS 90W and 83, it literally at the intersection. Watch for signs.  Please slow down near the house in Westfield.  There will be a logging operation near Monticello in mid-January.  This is the same area as it has been for the past several years.  So, the trail is open until the logging starts, and the reroute is about 20 miles long so you will need to plan accordingly.   Molunkus Valley Sno-Drifters are reporting a 1.5-mile reroute; this section will be marked over the weekend.  

ITS 81 — This trail is connected all the way through but does have some drifting in open terrain.  There is a logging operation on the section in Grand Isle please watch for signs.  Oxbow’s section of this trail is groomed and in good shape.  There is a logging operation where trail 98B and 81 intersect watch for signs.  Madawaska is reporting good conditions and will finish signing shortly

ITS 85 — This trail is open and in good condition all the way through.  There is active logging operation at the intersection of where Portage and Eagle Lake meet.  Frenchville is also reporting good conditions

ITS 105 — This trail is in good condition.  There is a section towards Mapleton that does drift quite badly when the Wind blows, the club that maintains this section is always taking care of this area.  Use caution it is South of the ITS 88 intersections.   Linneus Snosports are reporting their section of 105 is in great shape.

ITS 88 — From Fort Fairfield through Presque Isle, Aroostook River and Ashland have reported good conditions.  

ITS 86 — This trail is open and groomed from the border all the way to Oxbow.  Meduxnekeag is also reporting trails in great condition.

Trail 89 — This trail is open to the Black Bear Lodge and connects with trail 102 which is the old trail 100 that Pleasant Ridge Riders maintains.  From this intersection North to 94 still has not been connected.  Caribou will put it on Social media when connected.

Trail 100 — Caswell is reporting that they are all over everything.

Trail 81 — This trail is in great shape.

Chapman’s trails are all opened and signed and are saying in great shape.

Trail 73 and 73B are opened and groomed.

On the social side

The Molunkus Valley Sno-Drifters will host a potluck Jan. 6 at 5 p.m. at the Clubhouse. There will be a club meeting following the supper.

The St. Francis Sno Angels will have their clubhouse open on Saturdays from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

The Meduxnekeag Ramblers Snowmobile Club has breakfast every Saturday at the Clubhouse from 6-9 a.m.

Washburn Trail Riders Snowmobile Club will host a stew night fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 13, from 4-7 p.m. at the clubhouse on 17 Pleasant Ridge Rd.  All proceeds to benefit the Groomer Fund.

Pleasant Ridge Riders Snowmobile club will have a breakfast fundraiser on Sunday January 28 from 7-10.  All proceeds to benefit the Groomer Fund.

Caribou Snowmobile Racing will host their fourth annual drag races Jan. 28.  Registration starts at 8 a.m. and racing starts at 11 a.m.  Check out the Caribou Snowmobile Racing Facebook page.

The Madawaska Snowmobile Club will host a groomer fundraiser breakfast Sunday, Jan. 28, at 7 a.m. at the Madawaska Knights of Columbus Hall.

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