Snowmobile Trail Conditions

January 20, 2017

Snows from Wednesday will certainly help the trails for this weekend. NH received anywhere from 2-10” of new snow this week and it had good moisture in it to help bind to the icy and pack down firmly. Trails vary around the state and riders should expect some ice in corners statewide and early season conditions where grooming is not occurring. Good to great riding does exist up north and areas across the White Mountains.

The Tri-State Reciprocity Weekend is January 27th-29th. Snowmobiles legally registered in Maine and Vermont are able to operate on New Hampshire trails and snowmobiles legally registered in New Hampshire are able to operate in Maine and Vermont.  

As we’ve seen this week, trail conditions can change very quickly. Be sure to check the trails where you are planning to ride before you go out!

Northern NH

Pittsburg
6” base, 3-6” new snow. Trails are groomed with great riding conditions. Warming hut open Saturday 10-3.

Diamond Pond/Coleman State Park
3-6” base, 4-8” new snow. Trails are groomed with great riding conditions. Warming Hut open weekends 8-4.

Colebrook
3” base, 2-8” new snow. Trails are groomed with good to great conditions in higher elevations. Lower elevations are ungroomed with some icy conditions and fair riding.

Errol
4” base, 4-8” new snow. Trails are groomed with good riding conditions. Corridor 18 from junction 691 in Cambridge to Errol is temporarily closed due to logging.

Milan
4’ base, 2-4” new snow. Groomed with good riding.

Cambridge
4’ base, 2-4” new snow. Groomed with good riding. Corridor 18 from junction 691 in Cambridge to Errol is temporarily closed due to logging.

Berlin
3’ base, 2-4” new snow. Ungroomed with moderate riding. Winter ATV use permitted in Jericho Mountain State Park ONLY.

East Side of Berlin/Success
3’ base, 2-4” new snow. Ungroomed with marginal to moderate riding.

Gorham
2” base, 2” new snow. Ungroomed with marginal riding.

Groveton/Nash Stream
4’ base, 3-7” new snow. Trails groomed with moderate riding conditions. Corridor 5 south to Lancaster now open. Thinner cover in the village

Stratford
2’ base, 2-8” new snow. Trails are groomed with moderate to good conditions. Higher elevations got more snow.

Dalton
2” base. Fair to moderate riding conditions.

Jefferson
4” base, 2-4” new snow. Groomed with marginal to moderate riding. Club house open 8-1 weekends.

Lancaster
3” base, 3” new snow. Groomed with moderate riding. Corridor 5 to Groveton now open.

Whitefield
1” base, 2” new snow. Ungroomed with marginal riding. Open water on Corridor 5 near the airport and exposed rails on PT 105 – use caution!

Littleton
Marginal riding conditions. Use caution on PT 103 as there is ice on the power line where it was plowed before Monroe Road. PT 105 north of Industrial Park Road not groomed and rails and switches are exposed.

Twin Mountain
4-6” new snow. Ungroomed and marginal conditions. Village trails closed at this time. Base road ungroomed and icy conditions.

Central NH

Most trails have open water bars, bare spots, and will be icy. The rail road corridor has thin cover and exposed rails. Use CAUTION!

Franconia Notch Bike Path
2” base, 2-6” new snow. Groomed with good riding. North end of the bike path (Corridor 11) has marginal conditions. ATV use is NOT ALLOWED on the bike path.

Campton/Thornton
2-4” base, 2-8” new snow with Marginal riding conditions. Trails are groomed with good to great riding. Corridor 11 is open, but some rails showing on bridge crossings – use caution.

Ashland/Holderness
3” base, 3-6” new snow. Some grooming with fair to moderate riding. Watch for ice in corners and water bars

Baker River
2” base. Higher elevations have good riding and the club will be grooming tonight. Lower elevations are thin with early season conditions. Nichols Hill and Camp Victory trails are closed for the season.

Bear Notch/Bartlett
3” base, 3” new snow. Trails groomed with good riding conditions. RR tracks exposed on trestles and other areas. Please watch for other trail users and yield to them.

Bridgewater
3”, 3-6” new snow. Moderate conditions. Woods trails groomed, but rail corridor is not groomed . Exposed rails on Corridor 11.

Canaan
2” base, 5” new snow. Ungroomed with moderate riding. Watch for thin and exposed areas.

Castle in the Clouds
2-4” base, 3” new snow with moderate riding conditions. Groomed. Some open water bars and icy conditions in some area. Corridor 26 is CLOSED just south of the Castle in the Clouds parking lot

Lakes Region Area
2” base with 3-6” new snow. Grooming depends upon the area and riding will have early season conditions.

North Conway
Open water bars and icy. Some bare spots on south slopes. Rails have bare areas. Logging on Peaked Hill Road and Hardwood Hill (north of Hurricane Mountain Road) – use caution.

Madison
Open water bars. Stay out of pit areas!

Moultonborough
2” new snow. Trails are ungroomed with fair riding conditions. Corridor 26 closed south of Castle parking lot on Rte 171

Ossipee Area
3” base with 3-6” new snow. Woods trails groomed with moderate riding. Rail corridor some exposed rail with fair riding

Squam Lakes Region
Open water and icy conditions. Not groomed

Wakefield
Corridor 22 remains closed and the club is working on trying to find a solution. Trail is closed at the snow fence behind the grainery – stay on Corridor 19.

Wolfeboro
2” base, 4” new snow. Some grooming with fair to moderate riding conditions

Southern NH

Clubs are currently evaluating their trail systems as central and southern NH received rain and warm temps this week; limited riding. Patches of bare ground, ice, and poor riding conditions. Grooming has ceased and will resume again when conditions warrant it. Many trails will be icy and the rail road corridor has thin cover and exposed rails.

Bear Brook State Park
Gates are not open. Trails are closed, no grooming. Parking lot is closed. ATV (50” maximum width) use is ONLY allowed when snowmobile trails are open. ATVs cannot leave parking lot and cross Deerfield Road to head north. ATVs must stay within the Park on designated open snowmobile trails.

Hopkinton/Everett
6” new snow. Trails are groomed. Riding on frozen bodies of water is PROHIBITED – stay on trails or pay the fine! Winter ATV (50” maximum width) use permitted on the ATV trails, cannot leave the trail system within the park.

Pisgah State Park
3” new snow. Trails are open but due to conditions there is no grooming or reportable riding at this time. Winter ATV (50” maximum width) use permitted on the ATV trails, cannot leave the trail system within the park.

Pillsbury State Park
8-10” new snow. Trails are open but grooming has not started yet.

Recreational Rail Trails (State-owned):

Ammonoosuc: Trails are open but due to conditions there is no grooming or reportable riding at this time.
Ashuelot: Trails are open but due to conditions there is no grooming or reportable riding at this time.
Cheshire Line: Trails are open but due to conditions there is no grooming or reportable riding at this time.
Farmington: Trails are open but due to conditions there is no grooming or reportable riding at this time.
Fort Hill Line: Trails are open but due to conditions there is no grooming or reportable riding at this time.
Hillsborough: 6” new snow. Groomed with moderate riding
Northern (in central NH): 0” to 4” base. 4” new snow. No grooming Expect thin and very icy conditions. Please keep to the right and watch for sled dogs and skiers.
Presidential (northern NH): Trails are open but due to conditions there is no grooming
Rockingham: Trails are open but due to conditions there is no grooming or reportable riding at this time. Gates are closed. Winter ATV (50” width maximum) use is permitted from the Windham to Epping section ONLY.
Sugar River: 4-6” base, 2” new snow. Groomed with moderate riding. Open year round to ATV use 50” width or under.

Railroad Corridors:

Riding on ACTIVE railroad tracks is illegal and extremely dangerous. Riders should not operate along, within, or across active railroads. Railroads that become snowmobile trails are signed open for winter use and are listed on this website.

Concord to Lincoln (Exit 18/Canterbury to Exit 32/Lincoln): Open – but trestle bridges have exposed rails and areas south of Lake Winnipesaukee also have thin cover. No grooming until colder weather returns and snow is received. Riding south of Exit 18 is prohibited at all times – active rail bed! Winter ATV (50” maximum width) use allowed ONLY from Exit 18 in Canterbury to Exit 32 in Lincoln.
Bartlett/Bear Notch: Tracks are open from Albany Avenue in Bartlett Village to the Sawyer River Junction.
Whitefield to Groveton/Corridor 5A: Not open for snowmobile use this season.

Upcoming Events:
For information on club events in specific areas, visit the clubs’ sites via our Club Information page.

This Weeks Featured Sign


STOP AHEAD SIGN
12” X 12” Diamond

Informs riders that they are approaching a STOP sign.
Trail Sign Guidelines

Join a Snowmobile Club:
To join a participating NH Snowmobile Association (NHSA) affiliated snowmobile club go here, PRIOR to visiting a registration agent, from your computer or smart phone. Then just print your membership from your computer or show the agent your membership on your phone to register your sled. Please note that if you visit an agent thinking you will fill out your usual club’s hard copy membership form and the agent doesn’t have any – this does not mean the club isn’t accepting memberships! Check the NHSA site to see if they are participating and join on your smartphone. The process is very easy to do and allows you to access your club membership anytime, like if you need to get a replacement registration. You can also join more than one club, make donations to clubs, and access your account via your smart at any time. For those of you coming from the South, the Hooksett Rest Area offers snowmobile registrations!

A reminder that in NH the maximum speed limit is 45 mph. Depending upon trail conditions it can be less, so pay attention to signage! Please ride within your means and stay to the right of the trail. We share the trails with many other user types: mushers, cross country skiers, hikers, as well as wildlife. Riders should yield to all other users. Riders should never ride behind wildlife – pull over to the side and turn off your sled – wait until the wildlife exits the trail system before resuming.

Snowmobile Survey:
Have you ever wondered how the sport of snowmobiling contributes to your health? Nobody really knows, but we’re going to find out. The Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations has commissioned a pioneering national research survey on the health benefits of snowmobiling. The study is supported by the International Association of Snowmobile Administrators (IASA) and multiple other organizations. The CCSO is the lead on the study, but it is intended to cover riders in the US and Canada and the final report will be about riders in all of North America!! The more participation, the better the information will be. Please take a moment to complete the survey.

Additional Resources and Information

For information on NH’s OHRV & Snowmobile regulations view the NH OHRV & Snowmobile Digest of Regulations at:  http://www.eregulations.com/newhampshire/OHRV/

For more information on NH’s snowmobile trail system see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqY2Hly5E2M
 

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