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Snowmobile Trail Conditions


December 19, 2014

Snow dances needed!

Due to the rain and lack of snow, most trail systems across the State remain closed. The North Country has some snow cover, but they have also seen their share of rain. Some clubs are hoping to open some trails on Saturday – check their sites tomorrow.

If you do venture out on trails, remember to use CAUTION as early season conditions exist - open water bars, thin coverage, and some closed gates. Stay off lakes and ponds as most are not frozen at this time. Stay OFF plowed roads unless signed open!

Areas not reported below should be assumed to be CLOSED at this time.

Northern NH

Pittsburg
The club reports that while their trail system is still a work in progress, they have opened most of the trails north of Back Lake; however, some remain closed due to logging. East side of Route 3 below Magalloway Road (112) is still closed due to logging - will remain that way for another week or so. 5 to 139 will be open to Young’s store area and 142 Murphy Dam to trail 20 will be also so traffic can get in and out from the south. This will be the only south to north connector for the weekend. Early season conditions – watch for open water bars, trail hazards, and thin coverage!

Diamond Pond/Coleman State Park
4” to 6” base, 0” new snow. Trails are groomed with fair riding conditions. Early season conditions – watch for open water bars and thin areas.

Colebrook
Trails remain CLOSED.

Errol
Club is currently packing the trails. Early season conditions – watch for open water bars and thin areas. Watch for logging areas.

Milan
4” to 6” base, 0” new snow. Fair to moderate conditions. Early season conditions – watch for open water bars and thin areas.

Cambridge
4” to 6” base, 0” new snow. Fair to moderate conditions. Early season conditions – watch for open water bars and thin areas.

Berlin
8” to 14” base, 2” new snow. Trail system has been groomed and has good riding. Early season conditions – watch for open water bars and thin areas.

East Side of Berlin/Success
Trails are not open at this time due to lack of snow.

Gorham
6” to 8” base, 0” new snow. 40% of trail system is groomed with fair conditions. Early season conditions – watch for open water bars and thin areas.

Groveton/Nash Stream
3” to 6” base, 0” new snow. Fair conditions on un-groomed trails. Club is packing the trails. Early season conditions – watch for open water bars and thin areas.

Groveton Village
Trails are not open at this time due to lack of snow.

Stratford
4” to 6” base, 0” new snow. 40% of trails are open, but un-groomed. Club is packing trails. Early season conditions – watch for open water bars and thin areas.

Dalton
No report at this time.

Jefferson
2” to 12” base, 1” to 2” new snow. Fair to moderate conditions on groomed trails. Early season conditions – watch for open water bars and thin areas. Corridor 5A rail trail is closed due to lack of snow.

Lancaster
No report at this time.

Whitefield
No report at this time.

Bethlehem
No report at this time.

Twin Mountain
4” to 12” base, 0” new snow. Grooming is occurring in the Bretton Woods area; trails in town and south are un-groomed. Early season conditions – watch for open water bars and thin areas.

Franconia Notch Bike Path
No report at this time.

Campton/Thornton
No report at this time.


Central NH

Bear Notch/Bartlett
6” to 12” base, 0” new snow. 75% of trails are open and groomed. Riding conditions vary from fair to good. Early season conditions – watch for open water bars and thin areas. Note there is bridge construction and logging going on at the south end of the Kancamaungus.

Bridgewater
4” to 8” base, 0” new snow. 75% of trails open, but not groomed. Riding is fair with early season conditions – watch for open water bars and thin areas. Corridor 8 rail tracks remain CLOSED until better snow coverage.

Castle in the Clouds
Trails are closed at this time.

Conway
East Conway trails are open with a nice base in most areas and marginal riding conditions. Railroad corridor (19 & 19A) expected to open January 5th.


Southern NH

Bear Brook State Park
Trails are not open at this time due to lack of snow.

Greenfield State Park
Trails are not open at this time due to lack of snow.

Hopkinton/Everett
OHRV trails open, sled trails closed.

Pawtuckaway State Park
Trails are not open at this time due to lack of snow.

Chichester/Epsom/Loudon/Pembroke
Trails are not open at this time due to lack of snow.

Pisgah State Park
OHRV trails still open, sled trails closed.

Weare
No report at this time.


Recreational Rail Trails:

Please note that the rail corridor gates will remain closed until snow conditions permit grooming the entire length of the trail. Use caution when using pass-throughs.

Ashuelot: Gates are closed at this time.
Cheshire Line: Gates are closed at this time.
Fort Hill Line: Gates are closed at this time.
Hillsborough: Gates are closed at this time.
Northern: Gates are closed at this time.
Sugar River: 1” to 4” base, 0” new snow. Trails are not groomed, marginal riding conditions.
Concord to Lincoln railroad corridor: Closed until January 12th


Trail Sign of the Week: SLOW

These signs are 12” x 12” diamond shaped signs that instruct riders to temporarily slow their vehicle. All yellow diamond shaped signs are known as “Cautionary” signs indicating a change in terrain or an object/process that riders should be alert of. Regardless of the message, riders should ease off of the throttle or apply the brakes when they see these signs. Someone that knows the trails better than you believes you should slow down!


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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 New Hampshire's snowmobile trail system watch this video on the NH Fish and Game YouTube Channel: