It looks like this weekend is the last hurrah for this years riding. There is still snow out there but most clubs are reporting some bare spots.
We had a dusting of snow this morning in town but then turned to sleet and some rain. The forecast for the week is also warming during the day with coll nights.
Then again, Mother nature has her way. We could still get a snow storm in April.
It was a great season all in all. Thank you to those who stayed with us and a special thanks to the Border Riders Club and the landowners.
See you next year.
All in all, the winter season has been almost back to normal. Yes we have these crazy warm days then it gets cold again. We had rain yesterday and now it is snowing again. The forecast is for 2 inches or so. Luckily we have a good base so they are still riding. Just watch out for those icy corners.
If you are coming up this weekend, be sure to stop in at the Northland for the Border Riders Club auction. It is always lot of fun.
For the rest of the month, anyone who stays with us,if you pay in cash or check you get a free Cozy Cove Cabins grocery bag. Just the perfect sine to pop over to the market for the milk, bread and deserts you may have forgotten.
Boy it has been a cold winter so far this year. This is keeping the good snow on the trails.
I still do not think we have had the usual amounts of snowfall last month but so far the trails are all in good condition down to Parlin, over to Rockwood, up to Pittston and to the border.
This was on the Jan 28th, before the Nor’easter.
And this one was after the storm.
Yesterday and into the night, we did get about another 5-8 inches of snow here in town. It was difficult to measure it as again, the winds kept it moving. At least for us, it was an all snow event.
Today it is still cold but the skies are blue and the sun is shining. It should be a good week to ride.
As for riding the lakes, use extreme caution. Even though most of Big Wood is quite frozen, there are reports of slush pockets at the southern end (near River outlet) as well as snow drifts. Rockwood is also reporting issues on Moosehaed,. Please stay on Marked trails.
We appreciate the groomers of the Border Riders Club as well as surrounding clubs that make our trails in the region some of the best. Please join and support the clubs where you ride.
Here we are January 14th of the new year waiting on the big snow. The good news is that we have had a few decent snowfalls and the temperatures have been pretty low. We had bouts of maybe 2-4 inches fall here in town but at higher elevations, reports of 5-6 inches.
Early January, the club did go out and start rolling the trails, getting them packed to ride. This week, we are hearing reports of some good riding. Summit riders reported that they were able to groom south of Jackman. And Pittston Farm has been grooming also. State there could be some rough areas but they were pleased with the results.
There is some logging happening north of the clubhouse. You can take the lake trail to the clubhouse but you cannot ride west of US 201. The ITS trail east side of 201 to the border is open. Please be aware of signage. If it says “NO RIDING” stay clear.
This is a photo Heidi shared from her ride last week from Jackman to Pittston.
Looks pretty good to me.
Wow what a windy day we had on Tuesday. We had gusts of 60mph. I do not think there was any actual snow falling from above but any snow on the lake or on the trails sure was blowing.
Our guests who came to ride said that the trails are holding up. Trails around Jackman though are a bit icy in areas and simply have not much snow on them to groom. BUT going North and East, trails are “excellent”. Scott said there just seems to be more snow on the trails to work with.
Starting Monday March 1st, due to logging, the trails north of Arnold’s Farm, marked in red on the map below, will be closed Monday through Friday. Please respect our landowners who offer us the use for our trail system
We finally got some good snow to add to our base.
Last week, our riders found plenty of un-plowed roads to ride for the week plus some trail riding. Most trails they said were “decent” but had a lot of rough areas dues to lack of snow and over use. In town trails are alnmost always going to be abused.
Tuesday night, here in town, we did get about 8 inches. Pittston Farm is reporting 10-14 inches of the white gold. But just like here by the lake, they also had the winds. Last night they groomed toward us and to Rockwood. They hope to head toward Kokajo and NE Carry tonight.
Rockwood have not posted trail report but they did state “staked the lake from Rockwood cottages to Kineo, and from the landing to Kineo. We will be staking today from Kineo to the birches as long as it is safe. ” Please do not ride Moosehead if you do not see trail markings.
South of town, Summit riders state they got 8-12 but as all of us experienced a lot of wind, some areas will be rough and lacking.
There will be a lot of riders out this weekend so please use caution, slow it down and respect each other.
Another option is to take advantage of our mid week discount and get away from the crowded weekends. Our FB discount is 3 nights, arrival on Monday and we take $10 off per night. Our Website mid week discount is still 3 nights and $10 off per night but arrival can be Sunday or Tuesday. Be sure to mention where you saw the discount to get it. And as always any cabin specials, we will accept a check of cash only.
What more is there to say!
It is good to finally see snow on the mountains.
Over the weekend, we got some decent snowfall. In town, maybe 6-8 inches but in the higher elevations, there was more. Club trails around us say they started to groom or pan the trails on Monday.
After the snow on Saturday, some of our guests decided to try a ride out to Pittston. Mind you, the groomers had not been out yet so they had a bit of a rough ride. And when they got there, they found that Pittston Farm was closed. SO the moral of this tidbit is, if you plan a destination, hoping to get food or fuel, make sure they are open. Not only because of the weather but also because of Covid and Maine guidelines.
The latest from Pittston is that they will open this weekend.
We also heard from rockwood club that Moosehead is not safe to cross. PLEASE do not go if a trail is not marked.
Our club posted that our trails are now open. The groomers have been trying to do their magic. Some areas may still be showing some signs of “early riding conditions” More snow would be appreciated.
So continue doing that snow dance. With the way the season started so late, consider making a reservation for some March riding. I think winter is going to go out “Like A Lion”
Sadly, we do not have a trail report to offer.
We had snow in December, the trails were rolled and packed giving us a good base. Then it rained for Christmas and “all gone”. Last week we did get about 8 inches total around town. The club has rolled this too but there is not enough to actually groom.
SO our trails are still closed. We have seen some riders heading up north and riding unplowed roads but please, stay off any of our trails. We need to keep what we have so when that storm does come, the groomers can make it right.
In the mean time…
Do not put away those sleds yet. There is still some good riding up here in Jackman country!
It is almost mid March and you all probably have green grass by now. Not so in Jackman. We are still covered in snow and ice.
This image was from Jenn at Pittston Farm last eve.
We did have some warmer temperatures last week but the nights temperatures dropped down pretty quick, keep the trail conditions solid. Even with the bit of rain we had the other day, no trails were lost, especially north and east of us.
I have reports, mostly from our guests, that the border loop is still an awesome ride as well as to Pittston Farm. One group went over to Kokajo on Friday and they said for the most part, still in good shape.
Another guest went up Coburn Mt yesterday and said it was a bit bumpy but a good amount of snow and the view at the top was worth the ride.
We also heard that there is little snow left in the Forks.
The latest forecast is for snow on Tuesday which will sweeten the trails even more, giving the groomers more to work with.