Just got back from a 45-mile ride around the trail system that surrounds Millsfield Pond. We trailered to the end of Newell Brook Road, unloaded and drove the snowmobiles up Newell Brook Road about a mile before hitting groomed trail. From there all logging roads were pretty much perfect: Newell Brook Road, Metallak Trail, Millsfield Pond Road, Loop Road, Signal Mountain Road, etc. We tried following PT110 east over towards Cor. 18 because we were thinking about riding up 112 towards Pittsburg, but we encountered thin conditions and ice patches in the woods and we decided it was not worth the effort and turned around to get back on the logging roads. I printed a map from the Umbagog Snowmobile Association Facebook page that had many details on what was open, logging operations and where the bad spots were. I highly recommend anyone riding tomorrow or Saturday get a copy of this map. I found it to be very accurate.
I did not see any signs that the Groveton groomer had come in from Cor. 28. Not surprising since there is a section of trail near Trio Ponds that needs a couple of feet of snow before it can get groomed. Also did not see any signs of the Berlin groomer coming up Cor. 19. Also not surprising since several sections of Cor. 19 follows woods trails and not logging roads. Hopefully the storm forecast for Sunday-Monday will come through. We have a good hard base in most areas (even on the trails that have not been groomed), but need more snow is needed to fill the water bars, cover rocks and build approaches to the bridges.
We did not see any other riders during our two hour ride even though there were other vehicles and trailers in the parking area. But we did see a dozen turkeys and 2 grouse which was nice and not something we normally see when there is normal snowmobile traffic.