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Anyone have condition updates from twin mtn on up?   NOHRSC page shows plenty !

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In Stark, we received 5" of wet, sticky snow on Saturday followed by another 2" of wet snow on Saturday night.  We had flurries most of today (Sunday) but it did not amount to more than a dusting.  Once the cold weather comes in and freezes this wet snow up, I think it will be enough for the Groveton and Berlin groomers to get out and at least do some packing.  Errol and Milan had been out before this storm on their logging road trails so this new snow should allow them to open up their woods trails.  We trailered over to Millsfield on Wed. and did 50 miles on the logging roads in that system.  The logging roads were snow covered but the skegs were clinking off rocks here and there.  The Millsfield woods trails did not have enough snow to attempt riding them.  Be aware that the lower end of Millsfield Pond Road and Rocky Pond Trail were closed for logging.  Also we saw that the lower end of Signal Mt. Trail was plowed due to logging so getting into Errol from the south is problematic even with this new snow.

 

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Just came in from plowing in Pittsburg for about 12 hours if that tells you anything. Very slow moving storm and eventually over  the last couple of days dropped about 8-12 depending on what part of town you are in.  Encountered lots of people riding trails that are starting to shape up into something more like normal. Ridge Runners have been working their magic with the Bullys and some trails are very nice.

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PRR have also had some groomers go down, hope for quick fixes.

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In Stark, we received another 3"-4" of new powder snow last night.  All of the groomers in the area have been out (Groveton, Berlin, Gorham, Jefferson, Twin Mt.) and this new snow should help, but the base is still very thin and driving by trails that have been groomed, we could still see water and mud in the normally wet spots.  We are hoping that the cold weather over the next few days will  freeze things up.  We are planning to go riding on Friday so will report back after that ride but I would say to anyone thinking about coming up to this area, that conditions should be fair in the woods and good on RR beds and logging roads.  Certainly worth the trip.

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Left from Stark and did a 70 mile ride.  Headed south on PT109 to Berlin, then Cor. 11 to Randolph, then Cor. 12 (RR bed) to Gorham, Pinkham Road to Horton Center, then back on Cor. 12 to Berlin, then PT108 back to Jericho Outdoors, then back to Stark. 

Conditions were pretty much as we expected.  Good on logging roads and RR beds, fair on woods trails. 

There were 3 surprises during our ride:

1) The amount of snow in the trees and the amount of overhanging trees - It created a winter wonderland and illusion of riding through a snow tunnel.

2) The amount of sleds that we saw - We thought it was Saturday and not Friday.

3) Lowes gas station in Randolph is closed - One of our favorite places to fill up is no longer in operation.

Even though the trails were not perfect, the scenery was and it was really great to see so much of our area dressed in white.

Next ride for us will be on Tuesday after the groomers have had a chance to clean up the weekend mess.  We will trailer to the Pontook lot on Rt. 16 and head north from there.

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Trailered to the Pontook Dam parking lot on Rt. 16 and headed north from there.  What a beautiful day with blue skies, bright sun and no wind.  Took Cor. 19 north to Newel Brook Road, then took Owl's Head trail, then Railroad Spur and headed up to Dixville Peak.  All of the trails up to this point except Cor. 19 were freshly groomed and very flat but thin in a few spots.  After taking some pictures at the top of Dixville (with all of the trees plastered in snow) we headed down the north side of Dixville Peak.  This trail is always rough due to the steepness, but it appears the underlying trail is really bumpy from summer ATV traffic and of course there is nowhere near enough snow to fill the holes.  Hopefully this will get some excavation work this summer since it was 5mph in a lot of spots due to the bumps.  We took Trail 134 north and crossed under Rt. 26 and the trail was instantly perfect (groomed by Swift Diamond).  After passing by the Balsams and getting into the high country, we took Cor. 18W over to the lookout on the Sugar Hill Trail and took some more pictures.  We then started our loop back south by taking Cor. 18E over to the Greenough Pond Trail.  The southern part of this trail was plowed for several miles but luckily there was enough loose snow so it was not a problem today.  But if there is a warmup,  this road/trail would be very difficult if not impossible to ride since dirt was showing in many places.  We then took the Flume trail (aka Rice Mountain trail) back across Rt. 26 into Errol/Millsfield territory.  From there we took Trail 110, Cilly Brook trail, Signal Mountain trail and Metallak trail back to Newel Brook Road.  Other than the plowed road, Swift Diamonds trails were all flat as could be but thin in many places with our skiis were clinking off rocks.  Hopefully we will get some much needed snow tonight and that will help with the thin base conditions.  We logged a total of 82 fun-filled miles for the day and saw less than a dozen sleds all day.

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On 1/22/2021 at 7:35 PM, ljgomes said:

 

3) Lowes gas station in Randolph is closed - One of our favorite places to fill up is no longer in operation.

Also no longer available for parking....

Was there early Saturday morning without any issues, I friend of mine showed up a couple hours later and was told to leave. Story was is that the old man wasn’t doing to well and wife needed to call a rescue. Sounded she was worried about access and indicated to friend she was posting “no parking” signage after the day was done

 

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There is a plowed snowmobile parking lot off of Ingerson Road.  The entrance to Ingerson Road is about 5.5 miles west of Lowes Garage on Rt. 2.  It is about a 1/4 mile west of the junction of Rt. 115 and Rt. 2.

Once on Ingerson Road, go 1 mile and Ingerson Road curves to the left.  You want to go straight and then take the next left into the plowed lot.  This lot gives you direct access to Corridor 11.

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We received 3" of new snow on Tues nite into Wed morning.  Did a quick ride into the White Mt. Ridge Runners territory and they were out grooming.  Conditions in the WMRR system are really looking much better even though the base is thin.  All of the water bars are filled and a lot of the overhanging brush has been cut away or risen back up away from the trail.

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Thanks for the updates Larry!

Do you still rent your Stark property?

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9 hours ago, ljgomes said:

No.  We moved up to Stark full-time in December of 2019.

Awesome. Thanks again for the updates 

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Its a cold weekend up north.  Yesterday barely got into the lower single digits and it hit -17 below in Stark this morning.  The cold is supposed to relax by Monday so that is when we are going riding again.  Forecast calls for another 4" to 8" of snow on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Rode with my son fri, sat and sun out of nash. Conditions overall were outstanding. Cudos to all grooming 

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While many people south of the NH border had snow, up north we had a blue sky day with bright sunshine.  Temps were single digits below zero last night, but by the time we loaded up the sleds it as a balmy 10 degrees.  We trailered up to one of the parking on Rt. 26 just west of Log Haven in Errol and did a 4-hour 82-mile ride up north through trails groomed by the Umbagog Snowmobile Association (Errol), Swift Diamond Riders (Stewartstown) and Pittsburg Ridge Runners.  We made it as far north as view point on Diamond Ridge with is about at the same latitude as 1st Connecticut Lake.  We took 134 north (Flume Trail, Roaring Brook Trail, etc.) and eventually arrived at the Junction of Cor. 5 and Cor. 20.  We took Cor. 20 east towards Maine and then looped north on a variety of numbered trails (I lose track but luckily Pittsburg has maps at almost every junction) eventually arriving at Diamond Ridge.  We took some pictures but did not stay long since the wind was really cold up here.  We headed back south on more numbered trails eventually taking Trail 144 south back to Cor. 20.  That Trail 144 is a super highway for most of its length and that will end up being my preferred trail north in the future.  Conditions were great everywhere except the eastern end of Cor. 20 which was bumped up a little.  It had been groomed since the weekend, but it needed another pass or two to get it flat which I am sure they will get to over the next few days.  Thanks to all the groomer operators who are doing a great job with very thin snow conditions.  By the way, we ran into over 100 sleds on our ride today (Monday).  I think a lot of people skipped last weekend due to the cold (like we did) and were trying to get their ride in before tonight's snowstorm.

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As of 4 pm on Tuesday, we had received 7 inches of new snow in Stark and it was still snowing with another 2 inches expected.

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Thanks for the update !   Bow received roughly 5" in the woods and while the trails are covered they are thin.   I tried to head out Concord way via Corr 11 and stopped before I hit Mast Yard as it was too thin to keep going if I wanted to keep my carbides.

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After snowing all day on Tuesday, I spent several hours on Wed. clearing snow. We ended up with 8"-9" of fine snow that turned out to be pretty dense.  It was not light and fluffy and not wet but somewhere in between which should pack down to about 3"-4" of really good snow for the trails.  We are giving the groomers a day to get things in shape and heading out for a short ride on Friday and a longer ride on Saturday with friends.

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First the good news. We got an inch of snow Thursday and 2"-3" on Friday night so in the last 5 days we got about a foot of new snow.  Now the bad news.  We went for a ride on Saturday and just about every trail was trashed.  The amount of traffic in the Berlin/Gorham/Stark area was ridiculous. In a four hour, 50-mile ride we saw over 250 sleds and over 40 ATV's.  I finally stopped counting.  It seemed like every wannabe sno-cross rider was out laying their rooster tails all over the trail.  It was so bumpy, maybe that was helping, who knows.  One thing for sure is that the trails in this area are beat and its going take more than one pass to clean up the mess so I am avoiding it for the next few days. Trailering somewhere tomorrow to find some flat ground.  Wish me luck.

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Trailered over to Newell Brook Road and rode north from there.  As soon as we hit the trails groomed by the Umbagog Snowmobile Club (Errol), it was perfect.  They must have been out last night because it was hard packed powder frozen into place.  We took the trails north around Millsfield Pond and ended up crossing over Rt. 26 onto the Flume Trail (Trail 134).  We did a loop north through Swift Diamond territory and then into the Pittsburg trail system.  Everything was in good shape and we passed a Swift Diamond groomer on Corridor 20.  We looped back south on Trail 131 and ended up back on Greenough Pond Road.  Instead of taking Trail 134 back to Millsfield, we decided to take the South Valley Trail (Cor. 18).  It was groomed flat but as we got closer to Errol, it turned to brown snow.    We crossed back south at the Rt. 26 parking lot and took Signal Mt. Road back to the Metallak trail and then back onto Newell Brook Road.  A total ride of 82 miles in just 3.5 hours.  I call that a great day!  Thanks to the Umbagog, Swift Diamond Pittsburg clubs for getting the job done in spite of record traffic and less that ideal snow conditions.  By the way, we saw over 150 sleds on the trip and this is on Superbowl Sunday so people are definitely riding to escape the lockdown.

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We received another 2" of snow on Superbowl Sunday afternoon and night.  On Monday we trailered to the Millsfield Pond Road parking lot with the idea of riding the Success trails maintained by the Milan All Weather riders.  We crossed over the 7-Islands bridge, took Trail 119 (Tea Kettle Ridge Trail) and it was obvious no recent grooming had been done.  Trail 119 intersects with Cor. 18 and we decided to head towards Errol on Cor. 18 in hopes of finding some decent trails.  After a few miles of hump and bump we crossed into the Umbagog trail system and found our flat trails.  Took Cor. 18 into Errol and then back out of Errol and then took Trail 115  (runs along Buffalo Farm fence) towards Millsfield.  Once we arrived in Millsfield we did a loop around Millsfield Pond then took Newell Brook Road back south.  We had fresh tracks behind two tandem groomers on that road for over 5 miles!  Eventually we passed the groomers and did a run over Deer Mountain and back to Millsfield Pond Road.  Millsfield Pond Road is plowed but snowmobiles can ride the sides so we took that back to the parking lot.  47 miles in less that two hours and only saw 6 other sleds.  This is less than our normal ride but when we left it was 10 degrees with a biting wind blowing so we decided to cut the day short.  Still a great ride especially that 5 miles on fresh packed powder.  Thanks USA club!

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We received another 2 inches of snow on Tuesday night.  We left from Stark and did a 103 mile ride to the south.  Went through WMRR (Berlin club) trails PT109 and Cor. 11 and they were perfect.  Took Cor. 11 into Randolph groomed by the Waumbec Methna Club and it was freshly groomed.  Continued on Cor. 11 into Jefferson (groomed by the Jefferson Hilanders club) and it was still great.  Got to a trail junction where Cor. 11 goes into Twin Mt. Club territory and that is where the fun ended.  10mph due to bumps.  After two miles we had enough and turned around.  Went east on Cor. 12 (RR bed) and met the Waumbec groomer.  Took the Jefferson Notch Trail south and it was not freshly groomed but not that bad.  At the end of Jefferson Notch Road, we noticed a new trail going north.  Followed it and it goes to the Cog Railway so you can ride there by sled, take the train or eat at their base station restaurant.  Pretty Cool.  Headed back east on Cor. 12 to Gorham and then to Berlin (all freshly groomed) and then took the cross city trail back (PT108).  Pretty nice ride and only saw about 40 sleds.

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On Monday night and Tuesday (2/15-2/16) we received 4" of new dense snow followed by some sleet.  Moisture content in this snow was high making it great snow for grooming the trails.  Even though its only 4", it has been a bear to clean up due to the weight.  Not everyone got this much.  I noticed in Lancaster and Whitefield they only got a couple of inches. 

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Over the past week, we have received about 6" of new powdery snow.  Conditions almost everywhere up in Coos County are very good during the week and bumpy by the end of Saturday.  But if history serves as a guide, many riders will stop riding at the end of the NH school vacation week (2/27).  So usually there are a few weeks of really good riding at the end of February and into mid-March.  Fingers crossed that it stays cold and we don't get any rain.  The base is still very thin and it will not take much warmth to kill off riding on many trails, especially the ones that go into town services.

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