Snowmobile Trail Conditions

March 17, 2017


Old Man Winter dumped 1’ to 2’ of snow across the state this week bringing another week or so of riding with it!

While it seems like a lot, riders should be cautious as it was a dry snow which will pack to 6” or less. On trails that were already bare and starting to thaw in central and southern regions, hazards such as water bars and rocks may be an issue. As well, there may be trees down from the high winds.

Important to note, while some clubs are reopening for the weekend, there are many gates and systems that will remain CLOSED. Riders should check with local clubs prior to going out.

As the season winds down, please note that next week the Trail Condition Report will be published only on Friday.

Northern NH

Check here for areas not listed below to see if the trails you want to ride are still open and their conditions.

Pittsburg
18” to 24” new snow. Groomed trails. Will groom normally shift through this weekend, then two groomers will go out next weekend.

Diamond Pond/Coleman State Park
10” to 15” base; 24” new snow. Groomed; good riding conditions.

Colebrook
4” to 12” base; 12” to 24” new snow. Groomed; good riding conditions.

Errol
6” to 10” base. Groomed; good to excellent riding conditions.

Milan
8” to 10” base; 18” to 20” new snow. Groomed; good riding conditions.

Cambridge
8” to 10” base; 18” to 20” new snow. Groomed; good riding conditions.

Berlin
2” to 10” base; 12” to 20” new snow. Groomed; moderate to good riding conditions. Winter ATV use is in Jericho State Park ONLY.

East Side of Berlin/Success
20” to 24” new snow. NOT groomed. Winter ATV use is in Jericho State Park ONLY.

Bethlehem
20” new snow.

Gorham
2” to 6” base; 20” new snow. Groomed; good riding conditions.

Groveton/Nash Stream
4” to 24” base; 6” to 24” new snow. Groomed; good riding conditions – not groomed. Groveton Village has snow now and good riding conditions.

Stratford
8” to 12” base; 12” to 18” new snow. Groomed; good to excellent riding conditions.

Dalton
6” base; 18” new snow. Groomed; good riding conditions. Logging on PT100 – use CAUTION!

Jefferson
8” base; 20” to 36” new snow. Groomed; good riding conditions.

Lancaster
3” to 6” base; 16” new snow. Groomed; good riding conditions.

Whitefield
4” to 6” base; 12” to 18” new snow. Groomed; moderate to good riding conditions.

Littleton
14” new snow. Trails are open. Grooming as conditions permit. Recommended to AVOID PT105 north of Industrial Park Road as rails and switches.

Lisbon
12” new snow. Corridor 5 & PT 105 groomed. Good riding conditions.

Twin Mountain
8” to 18” base; 18” new snow. Groomed; good riding conditions.

Franconia Notch Bike Path
Trail is open but NOT groomed. ATV use is NOT ALLOWED on the bike path at any time.

Campton/Thornton
2” to 6” base; 8” to 12” new snow. Groomed; good riding conditions. Corridor 11 is NOT groomed. Watch for exposed rails.

Central NH

Check here for areas not listed below to see if the trails you want to ride are still open and their conditions.

Andover
4” to 6” base; 18” new snow. Groomed; moderate riding conditions.

Ashland/Holderness
6” base snow; 12” new snow. Groomed; moderate to good riding conditions.

Bear Notch/Bartlett
12” base; 16” new snow. Groomed; great riding conditions. Watch for mushers and cross-country skiers! Stay on trails!

Belmont
Trails and GATES are CLOSED on trail system per club.

Bridgewater
4” base; 18” new snow. Club is working on clearing trees and grooming. Moderate to good riding conditions. Recommend avoiding Corridor 8 rail road tracks as not enough snow to groom – exposed rails.

Canaan
4” to 6” base; 20” new snow. Groomed; moderate riding conditions.

Castle in the Clouds
4” base; 12” to 30” new snow. Moderate to good riding conditions. Trails were groomed Friday, no additional grooming will be done over the weekend. Use CAUTION – wind drifts, bare spots, icy base. Corridor 26 CLOSED from parking lot; trees down on Corridor 15 south of parking lot.

Conway
4” base; 18” new snow. Groomed; good riding conditions. Some ice on hills and partial coverage on rails – use CAUTION! Logging on Middle Weeks Road on Corridor 19.

Hillsborough
4” to 6” base; 14” new snow. Groomed; moderate riding conditions.

Lake Sunapee Area (Newbury, Bradford, Sunapee)
4” to 6” base; 18” new snow. Groomed; moderate riding conditions.

Lyme
4” to 6” base; 20” new snow. Groomed; moderate riding conditions.

Madison
6” base; 16” to 20” new snow. Groomed; moderate to good riding conditions.

Moultonborough
Gates are CLOSED. Trail system CLOSED due to downed trees. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP CLEAR DOWNED TREES – CONTACT Moultonborough Snowmobile Club.

Ossipee Area
6” base; 16” to 20” new snow. Groomed trails; moderate to good riding conditions. Use CAUTION on rail road tracks as thin coverage, icy.

Pillsbury State Park
4” to 6” base; 18” new snow. Groomed; moderate riding conditions. Use CAUTION – some ice and open water bars. No access to parking lot.

Wakefield
6” base; 12” to 16” new snow. Gates have been reopened and grooming is taking place. Use CAUTION – southern section is icy in spots and some rails are showing on the rail road. Logging operation near Pine River Bridge.

Wolfeboro
4” base; 12” to 16” new snow. Some areas groomed; moderate to good riding conditions. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP CLEAR DOWNED TREES – CONTACT Wolfeboro Snowmobile Club.

Southern NH

Check here for areas not listed below to see if the trails you want to ride are still open and their conditions.

Bear Brook State Park
The parking lot and most of the park south remain CLOSED – watch for CLOSED GATES! The trail north connecting to Fort Mountain’s trail system is OPEN. The Park remains CLOSED to OHRVs (ATVs).

Greenfield State Park
No reportable riding at this time.

Hopkinton/Everett
4” to 6” base; 14” new snow. Groomed; moderate riding conditions. NO PARKING on Ray Road.

Pawtuckaway State Park
CLOSED for season to both snowmobiles and OHRVs (ATVs).

Pisgah State Park
CLOSED for season to both snowmobiles and OHRVs (ATVs).

Weare
4” to 6” base; 14” new snow. Groomed; moderate riding conditions. Not all trails in system are open – follow signage!

Recreational Rail Trails (State-owned):

NOTE: Rail Trails that are listed as GATES CLOSED have NOT been groomed by clubs. Riders may still use them by utilizing bypasses at gates – USE CAUTION!

Ammonoosuc: Gates are open. OHRV use year round.
Ashuelot: Gates are closed.
Cheshire Line: 2” to 6” base; 12” to 16” new snow. Gates are OPEN from Keene to Walpole ONLY; groomed with moderate riding conditions. Gates ae CLOSED south of Keene; NOT groomed; use bypasses.
Farmington: Gates are open.
Fort Hill Line: Gates are closed.
Hillsborough: 4” to 6” base; 14” new snow. Groomed; moderate riding conditions. Gates are open.
Northern: Gates are open.
Presidential: Gates are open.
Rockingham: Gates are closed.
Sugar River: 4” to 6” base; 18” new snow. Groomed; moderate riding conditions. Gates are open. OHRV use year round.

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): Belting on trestle bridges has been removed from Canterbury to Laconia. Rails are exposed on entire line. No grooming. Recommend riders avoid this section.
Bartlett/Bear Notch: 12” base; 16” new snow. Groomed; great riding conditions. Watch for mushers and cross-country skiers! Stay on trails!
Whitefield to Groveton/Corridor 5A: Not open for snowmobile use this season.

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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