The first day of spring was last week but we are far from that I fear. You all may already have daffodils popping up and maybe even cut the grass but here, in Jackman, we are still covered in white.
This past weekend we had riders and ice fisherman that all had a wonderful time. The days warmed up so late in the day, the trails became a bit soft but the night went back down to the teens.
Our ice fisherman all came back with a nice sun kissed glow to their faces. It was beautiful all weekend with blue skies.
SO far this week, we are hitting the high forties but I just do not see the white going away yet, well at least not our piles. Think SPRING!
I cannot say this this is a trail update as I think I only posted one trail report to the blog this season. It has been a crazy winter. More cold then snow.
Last weekend seems like it was the best storm we had for the trails. Needless to say, this weekend will probably be the last and best of the whole season.
We have a solid base, the snow we did get last week gave the groomers something to work with. And the temperatures….really cold at night. The trails are flat and firm and fast.
Don’t forget ice fishing. We have at least 3 feet of ice out on Big Wood. Wonder if they will extend the ice fishing season in our region this year?
We just received trail update from the Border Riders Club. Technically, the rails are open but they have only been rolled and panned so far. We need another 6-8 inches before we can start grooming them. With the snow today and more expected next week, they should be good to go for NEW Year Weekend.
The foresters notified the Club last week of areas affected which means, again, this affects our trail system. Many people have been working hard to re route some trails and add new signs so that you all can get where you want to go. Many changes this year so until they can get a new map printed, please watch for signage.
Here are some of the key changes:
The clubhouse trail (North on the Dumas Road) will only be open on weekends, due to wood harvesting.
The Pittston Farm trail has changed dramatically – a longer ride. Right now there is a rough section where we just excavated to connect to the Pittston trail.
There is no Alt ITS 89 South route this year as they will be wood harvesting.
There will be a section of ITS 88 that will be shared or rerouted in a couple weeks due to wood harvesting.
A firm reminder from the club: Stay off any plowed road and do not ride in any wood plantations. We do not want to loose our landowners permission to use their land.
I hope this helps for the first of the year trail report.
LET IT SNOW!!!
This years snowmobile season has come to an end. Surprisingly, we had riders here last weekend (April 7th) and even though they chose to trailer up to the clubhouse, they said the ride to Pittston was really good.
The trails in our region remain open until April 15th but our club is no longer grooming. The temperatures have warmed up considerably this week. The snow is melting and we can even see the ice on Big Wood rising with all the run off.
A big thank you goes out to those of you who stayed with us this winter not only to snowmobile and ice fish but also those who just needed to get away, See you next season….unless you want to visit us this summer!
It may be spring but the snow is still ever present in Jackman.
Riders this past weekend posted on the clubs FB page “Can’t believe how good the trails were this weekend! It was really perfect spring conditions out there. Thank you Jackman and Long Pond for making the trails great!! And with the snow it looks like we’ve got another good weekend coming up” Another rider wrote ” The best weekend of the year!!! Trails were mint.”
Then yesterday we did get another few inches. The groomers went out last night and all trails in the region are in really good condition to ride.
Our trail master said they will continue to groom as long as there is snow and riders.
SO come on up this week or this weekend. Spring riding is at its best!
What a blustery cold weekend we had up here. Wind chills around a minus 30 or more. A bit warmer today and the skies are clear but that will change tomorrow.
SNOW is in our forecast.
Our guests who were here this past weekend to ride said the trails were really good. They put on 160 miles or so the first day and less the second day only because”it was just too cold”. They road up to Pittston Farm, the Border loop and toward Parlin. THe in town trails were the worse part but all in all, riding was good.
SO what kind of trail report can I give? As said, snow is coming tomorrow. They are forecasting 8-12 but as long as we get even 6 inches, all trails are going to be good. Our base is solid, Big Wood is frozen, and our groomers will be going out.
Call soon if you want to ride this weekend.
The warm weather last week, a bit of rain on Saturday evening then a freeze began early Sunday morning with temperatures in the 20s and high winds. Because of the melting snows, have a bit of water issue out on some trails. Use extreme caution out there. Clubs have been trying to mark areas of concern for you.
A big area affected is 89 north. The Border Riders CLub has closed this trail to the border. as of today. I understood there was another area affecting the Sandy Loop trail. You are still able to get to 88 to get to Pittston. The border loop that runs the west side of 201 is reported to be in good condition.
Going south to Parlin, near the Attean lookout is another water hole but we have not been told the trail is closed. Just keep an eye out.
Brief report from Blue Ridge say the trails toward Rockwood also with water on the trails but we are not sure of the conditions.
Pittston Farm is reporting good riding up that way.
Steve went out with the guys this afternoon to check out our trails and said they were all in pretty good shape. SO all in all, not too bad. Now what will Mother Nature bring this week. Safe riding to all!
FEBRUARY 28th UPDATE: The BRC have now reopened 89 north. Water has passed through. They guys have been out marking affected parts of the trails so watch for signage and be safe. Rain tomorrow? Could make more puddles and openings so again, just use caution. As of today, some good riding out there still. And cold weather again Wednesday night. What a weather roller coaster!
It seems we are having our January thaw at this time. So far, we have had a great season for snowmobiling. Last week, the daytime temperatures began to rise but luckily, our nighttime temperatures dropped down below 20 so the clubs were still able to groom and riders still able to ride.
Then it got warmer both day and night. I think one day we hit 59.
Fortunately, a majority of the trails are holding up as we had a pretty solid base. As of today, February 25th, our guests say once you get out of town, there is some decent riding: up to the border and over to Pittston Farm were good. Many area soft but good.
Rain is expected tonight through most of Maine and then the cold front to come in Sunday night. There is a forecast for snow mid week but we will have to see what Mother Nature does.
I do not believe the snowmobile season is over yet. March is going to bring it!
A couple warm days this weekend have not ruined the trails in Jackman. Denise and her family did the border loop on this chilly but sunny day. They said the trails were in great shape, smooth and flat.
She shared some awesome photos with me today but they are here for the week so there will be more.
When she took this picture, she said, “With the sled turned off, the only sound you hear is the wind blowing through the trees. I could have sat here for hours.”
What a great snowmobile season so far. We have a great base and every week we are getting snow in small amounts which lets the groomers work their magic. We know you all come up to ride but there are a few events around town that you might want to attend. Support the trails and have fun!
On February 18th and 19th is a Groomer Fundraiser at the Long Pond Grooming Headquarters. From 8am to 4pm, they will have breakfast sammies, burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork and chicken sammies. All DONATIONS go toward grooming operations. By snowmobile, they are right off the loop trail. If you want to drive over, take the 6/15 to Loop Road.
March 4th is “Reggie’s Ride”. which is a family ride from downtown Jackman to Arnold Farm Sugar House for a tour. Then back to the Northland for dinner and AUCTION.
March 5th is the Turner Pond Breakfast – ride your sled or drive into Turner Pond for breakfast between 8am and 11am. Everyone is welcome. A shuttle will be available from the Holeb Road.
March 11th and 12th is the Northwoods Sledfest at Historic Pittston Farm. $10,000 in prize money. Fun for spectators too.
For those of you who want to try Ice fishing, Free fishing days are February 18th and 19th in Maine.