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Snowmobile Trail Conditions


February 24, 2015

It’s going to be a great weekend to ride! The forecast is calling for sunny days and temps in the low to mid 20s.

This year is one of the best in memory to enjoy trails across the entire state.

Riders who have made the journey from the Massachusetts border to the Canadian one have shared that the ride is a great one to take right now. They say all of the trails encountered in New Hampshire have been well groomed. Signing hasn’t been too bad either, just a couple areas that need improvement. Thanks to all of the clubs and volunteers for their part in making this possible; this accomplishment takes a lot. Here’s a video you might enjoy; it sheds light on some of what is involved.



Not everyone has the opportunity to complete a border-to-border ride (it’s on my to-do list!), but hopefully you are able to get out and enjoy some part of New Hampshire’s wonderful trail system. There’s no waiting on the T, you schedule your arrival and departure times, and there’s plenty of room and use for the snow!

This is the end of vacation week for most New Hampshire schools, so there is a possibility that there will be an increase in traffic on the trails, as well as young riders. Please use caution and help to set a good example.

Stay on designated trails. I know all that white powder is tempting…but, please remember that the landowners are sharing their land with riders. Be respectful to their wishes and stay on designated trails. No land use = no trail system!

Upcoming Events:
  • The 23rd Annual SnoDeo, March 6th & 7th, Coleman State Park, Stewartstown, NH. Be the first to see 2014 snowmobiles from Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo, and Yamaha.
  • The final race of the Great North Woods Vintage Series, March 14th, Pittsburg, NH.
  • Also check out the individual club websites for their planned events and try to support them by attending one in the area you ride.

Announcing the Opening of Coleman Estates within Coleman State Park – 4 season cabin rentals – 3 cabins to choose from: one can hold up to 12 people and the others can hold up to 8 people each – For reservations call (603) 237-5382 and leave a message, your call will be returned.

TRAIL ALERT – The Onway Lake tunnel on Corridor 6/15 in Raymond is CLOSED due to ice and limited clearance. DO NOT attempt to go through the tunnel! The club is seeking an alternate route at this time.

As always, please ride with caution – stay to the right of the trail – ride within your means – and yield to other trail users such as mushers and cross country skiers. Use caution when riding on any rail trails as the snow is easily wind-blown and there may be some rail exposures. We all want to have a safe, enjoyable time.


Northern NH


Pittsburg
The club reports groomed trails with great conditions. Poker Run this Saturday, sign up at Young’s Store, 9 AM. Annual Steak Feed starts at 4:30 Saturday, followed by the snowmobile raffle. Fireworks, 8 pm Saturday night, Loon Cove (front of Lopstick & Ramblewood Cabins), First Connecticut Lake. The warming hut is open Saturday from 10 to 3; stop in for a bite of lunch if you are in the area!

Diamond Pond/Coleman State Park
8” to 12” base. Groomed trails, great conditions.

Colebrook
4” to 12” base. Groomed trails, great conditions.

Errol
8” to 10” base. Groomed trails, good to great conditions.

Milan
8” to 10” base. Groomed trails, great conditions.

Cambridge
8” to 10” base. Groomed trails, great conditions.

Berlin
6” to 10” base. Groomed trails, good conditions.

East Side of Berlin/Success
8” to 10” base. Groomed trails, good conditions.

Gorham
6” to 10” base. Groomed trails, good to great conditions.

Groveton/Nash Stream
8” to 14” base. Groomed trails, great conditions.

Groveton Village
6” to 8” base. Groomed trails, great conditions. Corridor 5A is open, but use caution as there are exposed rails!

Stratford
8” to 12” base. Groomed with great conditions.

Dalton
8” to 10” base. Groomed trails with good conditions.

Jefferson
6” to 10” base. Groomed trails with great conditions. Corridor 5A is open, but use caution as there are exposed rails!

Lancaster
6” to 8” base. Trails are groomed with great conditions. Corridor 5A is open, but use caution as there are exposed rails!

Whitefield
6” to 10” base. Trails are groomed with great conditions. Corridor 5A is open, but use caution as there are exposed rails on it and PT 105!

Twin Mountain
6” to 26” base. Trails are groomed with good conditions.

Bethlehem
No report from the club at this time.

Franconia Notch Bike Path
6” to 12” base. Groomed with good conditions.

Campton/Thornton
6” to 12” base. Groomed trails with good to great conditions. Some exposed rails on Corridor 11 – use caution!


Central NH


Andover
12” to 14” base. Trails are groomed with good to great conditions.

Ashland/Holderness
8” to 12” base. Groomed trails with good to great conditions.

Baker River Area/Rumney
No report from club at this time.

Bear Notch/Bartlett
12” base. Groomed with great conditions. Slow down and yield to cross country skiers!

Bridgewater
8” to 12” base. Groomed trails with great conditions.

Canaan
12” to 14” base. Groomed trails with good to great conditions.

Castle in the Clouds
4” to 12” base. Groomed trails with great conditions. Please watch and yield to hikers.

Conway
4” to 8” base. Groomed with great conditions. Caution – watch for exposed rails in wind-blown, open areas.

Lakes Region Area (Alton, Belmont, Gilford, Gilmanton, Laconia)
8” to 10” base. Groomed with good to great conditions. Please remember to yield to groomers.

Lake Sunapee Area (Bradford, Newbury, Sunapee)
10” to 12” base. Groomed with good to great conditions. Parking is at Lake Sunapee State Beach and Jones Road sandpit off of Route 114 in Bradford.

Madison
10” base. Groomed with good to great conditions.

Moultonborough
4” to 8” base. Groomed with good to great conditions.

Ossipee Area
4” to 8” base. Groomed with great conditions. Use caution – thin cover on railroad tracks! Watch for mushers in Sandwich/Wonalancet area. Sled dog race Saturday in Sandwhich and James Pond Loop areas.

Squam Lakes Region
12” base. Groomed with good to great conditions.

Pillsbury State Park
12” to 14” base. Groomed trails with good to great conditions. Caution – logging on Goshen end of the Park.

Sanbornton
No report from club at this time.

Wakefield
12” base. Groomed with great conditions. Caution – logging in Tibbetts Hill area.

Wentworth
12” base. Groomed with great conditions.

Wolfeboro
6” to 12” base. Groomed with great conditions.


Southern NH


Bear Brook State Park/Pawtuckaway State Park
8” to 12” base. Groomed with good to great conditions. Winter ATV use permitted on designated snowmobile trails (50” maximum width). ATVs cannot leave the park. Logging on Chester Turnpike Road, Dubies Pond, and Tower Hill Areas – use caution!

Canterbury
Please look for signs in the area of the Loudon Race Track for trail changes. Logging has ended and the gate has been opened for Trail 15 across from Shaker Forest. The club is working on grooming and improving signage.

Hopkinton/Everett
12” to 14” base. Groomed with good to great conditions. 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.

Greenfield State Park
8” to 10” base. Groomed trails with good to great conditions. Trailhead parking within the Park is open this season.

Pisgah State Park
8” to 10” base. Groomed trails with good to great conditions. Winter ATV use permitted on designated ATV trails (50” maximum width). ATVs cannot leave the park.

Weare
12” to 14” base. Groomed trails with good to great conditions. Please DO NOT GO ON DREW LAKE- if riders continue to use the water way the trail will be shut down!!!


Recreational Rail Trails:

Use caution when using pass-throughs.

Ashuelot: 8” to 10” base. Groomed with good to great conditions.
Cheshire Line: 8” to 10” base. Groomed with good to great conditions.
Fort Hill Line: 8” to 10” base. Groomed with good to great conditions.
Hillsborough: 12” to 14” base. Groomed with good to great conditions.
Northern: 12” to 14” base. Groomed with good to great conditions.
Rockingham: 8” to 10” base. Groomed with good to great conditions. Winter ATV (50” width maximum) permitted Windham to Epping only. Use caution – logging at Piscassic WMA in Newfields and Exeter, sharing portion of Cubie Road with trucks.
Sugar River: 12” to 14” base. Groomed with good to great conditions.

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: 8” to 10” base. Groomed with good conditions. Please follow signs at rail station, Exit 18. No riding south of Exit 18. Use caution around switches and re-rails.
Bartlett/Bear Notch: 12” base. Groomed with great conditions. Slow down and yield to cross country skiers and mushers!
Whitefield to Groveton/Corridor 5A: 6” to 10” base. Groomed, good to great conditions. Use caution – some exposed rails!


Trail Sign of the Week: Junction Ahead

This sign is a 12” x 12” diamond, yellow background with black lettering (non-reflectorized), warning sign that informs riders they are approaching a trail junction.  Riders should ease off of the throttle and use caution 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: