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Any first hand reports on current conditions, if any? Heading up in morning for the long weekend with the intentions of riding somewhere, on something…hopefully white. Will be in groveton with nash stream as option 1, then moving north as necessary? I know nhsa will be updating tomorrow. Just trying to create conversation

thanks gents

j-

 

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Here in Stark, there is about 7" of crusty snow on the ground.  A good base, but not really enough to do anything like filling water bars.  The only decent riding will be where there are logging roads.  I would head to Millsfield, Swift Diamond or Pittsburg where the majority of trails follow logging roads.  Avoid woods trails until we get more snow.  I know Groveton is trying to get some trails open, but they have a logging operation going on in Nash Stream that will knock out some of their road based trails.  White Mt. Ridge Runners in Berlin has two problems.  A lot of their road trails are also ATV trails that have been getting heavily used this winter by ATV's so not much snow on those roads right now.  And their woods trails which are some of the best in the state don't have enough snow to do water bar filling.  Both of those areas need a good 1-foot plus snowstorm to get things going.

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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.

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Nice seeing you posting here Larry…long time/no see…are you going to be at Easter Seals? Ill be up to ride it Thursday thru Sunday out of T & C.

Skip

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39 minutes ago, Skip said:

Nice seeing you posting here Larry…long time/no see…are you going to be at Easter Seals? Ill be up to ride it Thursday thru Sunday out of T & C.

Skip

At this point, we are not planning on attending.

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Rode out of SDR late this morning on 5n thru Coleman and found conditions to be very nice. There was a stretch of 5 just prior to young’s that was a bit choppy. Young’s for fuel, and the newly renovated restaurant next door for grub…forget the name. Continued on 5 and made our way to the border. Returned on the eastern side taking 144 and 112 I believe, a short jaunt on 134 then back to the parking area. Was pleasantly surprised by the conditions overall. Logged about 110mi with my son and I believe it was a mink we saw running through the woods along side us

 

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15 hours ago, classicdmax said:

Young’s for fuel, and the newly renovated restaurant next door for grub…forget the name. 

 

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