Snowmobile Trail Conditions

February 13, 2020

Great to see all of the snow accumulations across the state!  Riding is plentiful so get out there and enjoy it.

This weekend is a big one for snowmobile events.  See below for options we are aware of.  Events put on by the clubs not only bring them needed funds, but also are fun for the whole family!  Please support the clubs where you ride.  If you are a planner, be sure to visit our Facebook Events page for a listing of future events.  Peter Curtis shared this group photo of some folks that took part in Asquamchumauke Valley Snowmobile Club’s ride to the top of Stinson Mountain last weekend.  Thanks Peter!



Besides snowmobiling events, there are a couple of sled dog events and an ice fishing derby this weekend.  The 91st World Championship Sled Dog Derby in Laconia and the Blue Mountain Sled Dog Race 2020 in Grantham.  The race in Grantham is sponsored by the Blue Mountain Snowdusters Outdoor Rec Club, a snowmobile club that encourages all types of trail system usage.  The ice derby is on Webster Lake in Franklin.  Trail traffic could be heavier in these areas so use caution and remember to yield to other trail users.

I had the opportunity to visit VT this past weekend during their free weekend and had a good time.  Met many NH people doing the same thing, even a neighbor new to my camp community.  Hi neighbor!  VT did a good job maintaining the trails.  Hope to see Vermonters and others for NH’s Free Weekend March 6th-8th!

Unfortunately, there were Accidents this past weekend that were most likely avoidable.  Please remember to RIDE WITHIN YOUR LIMITS and STAY TO THE RIGHT.  We all want to have fun and go back home safe.

If you do not see an area’s conditions listed below, then we have not heard from the local club.  You can contact them directly.  Also, please NOTE that this report is “as of the above date”.  Trail conditions change depending on weather and use.  If you have concerns about possible condition changes, contact the local club before you go out.  This report’s rating system:
  • Great - Trail has a really good base, groomed flat with solid snow that should hold up to traffic.
  • Good - Trail is flat with a good base, there may be ice underneath, and while groomed snow could become a bit mushy.
  • Moderate - Trail has decent riding, but may have bare spots, ice, or rough sections.
  • Marginal - Trail is passable, but may have thin snow, open or partially filled water bars, bare spots, ice, or trees down.

Great North Woods Region

Please remember to staff OFF plowed roads that are not signed as OPEN and that the speed limit on shared plowed roads is 20MPH.

Pittsburg Ridge Runners, Pittsburg: Open, 10-16” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing, good to great conditions.
 
Colebrook Ski-Bees, Colebrook/Stewartstown: Open, 10-12” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing.  Good in-town conditions to good to great conditions in higher elevations.  Watch for logging on Corridor 21A and Corridor 21.

Swift Diamond Riders, Stewartstown (Coleman State Park/Diamond Pond):  Open, 12-18” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing, good to great conditions.

Umbagog Snowmobile Association, Errol/Cambridge/Millsfield: Open, 12-18” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing, good to great conditions.

Stratford Nighthawks, Stratford/Columbia: Open, 8-16” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing, good to great.  NOTE: Corridor 7 on Meridan Hill has two sections involving about five miles where logging is taking place and road/trail is plowed.

Groveton Trailblazers, Northumberland/Groveton/Stark: Open, 8-16” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing, good to great conditions.  Corridor 5A railroad tracks still have some exposure – use CAUTION!
 
Milan All Weather Riders, Milan:  Open, 12-18” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing, good to great conditions.

Lancaster Snowdrifters, Lancaster:  Open, 8” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing, good conditions.  Corridor 5A railroad tracks still have some exposure and there are still some open water bars –use CAUTION!

White Mountain Ridge Runners, Berlin/Success: Open, 8-10” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing, good conditions.

Jericho State Park: Open, 8-10” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing, good conditions.  

Dalton Ridge Runners: Open, 10-12” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing, good conditions.  Corridor 5A railroad tracks still have some exposure – use CAUTION!
 

White Mountain Region

Please remember to staff OFF plowed roads that are not signed as OPEN and that the speed limit on shared plowed roads is 20MPH.

Waumbek Methna Snowmobile Club, Jefferson: Open, 8” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing, good conditions.  Corridor 5A rails still have some exposure – use CAUTION!

Presidential Range Riders, Gorham: Open, 6-8” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing, good conditions.  NOTE: Corridor 19 from T&C south to ME has marginal to moderate conditions and is not currently groomed.  The club is hoping to be able to groom it for the weekend.

Whitefield Sno-Kings, Whitefield: Open, 6-8” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing, good to great conditions.  Corridor 5A & PT 105 rails still have some exposure – use CAUTION!

Littleton Off Road Riders, Littleton: Open, 7-8” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing, good to great conditions.  PT105 north railroad tracks still have rails/switches in place – use CAUTION!

Twin Mountain Snowmobile Club: Open, 6” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing, good conditions.  PT102 still has some exposed railroad tracks – use CAUTION!  

Lisbon Stump Jumpers, Lisbon: Open, 8-10” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing, good conditions.  Club has a machine down so doing best they can with one groomer.

Franconia Notch State Park: Open, 8” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing, good conditions.  NOTE: Corridor 11 north of Cannon has moderate conditions.

Central NH SC, Campton/Ellsworth/Thornton: Open, 6” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing, moderate to good conditions.  Corridor 11 railroad tracks still have some exposure and PT 152 has open water – use CAUTION!

Mountain Meadow Riders, Conway: Open, 3-5” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing, moderate to great conditions.  NOTE: railroad tracks have some exposure – use CAUTION!

Snoward Bound Snowmobile Club, Center Conway: Open, 3-5” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing, moderate to good conditions.
 

Lakes Region

Riders should expect early season conditions and watch for open water bars, exposed objects, and ice on many trails – use CAUTION!  Lakes and ponds are not safe!

Sandwich Sidehillers, Sandwich: Open, club has done some grooming but they need more snow, marginal to moderate conditions.  NOTE: Thin cover – use CAUTION!

Moultonboro Snowmobile Club, Moultonborough: Open, 3-4” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing, marginal to moderate conditions.

Castle in the Clouds, Moultonborough: Open, 4-5” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing, good to great conditions.

Squam Trailbusters, Holderness/Ashland/Sandwich Notch: Open, 3-6” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing, moderate to good conditions.

Ossipee Valley Snowmobile Club, Ossipee: 75% of trails open, 3-5” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing, moderate to good conditions.  NOTE: railroad tracks have not been groomed to the south and have some exposed rails – use CAUTION!

Hardy Country Snowmobile Club, Hebron: Open, grooming ongoing, good to great conditions.

Meredith SnoStreakers, Meredith: Open, grooming ongoing, marginal to moderate conditions.  NOTE: Corridor 8 rail bed is not currently groomed.  Club is hoping to groom this weekend.  Watch for open water bars – use CAUTION!

Bridgewater Mtn Snowmobile Club, Bridgewater/New Hampton: Open, 3-4” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing, moderate to good conditions.  NOTE: Railroad tracks have not been groomed due to lack of snow.

Seven Lakes Snowmobile Club, Wakefield:  Open, 5-7” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing, good to great conditions.  NOTE: There is some thin cover in wooded areas and the railroad tracks are exposed in sunny areas.

Wolfeboro Snowmobile Club, Wolfeboro:  Open, 3-5” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing, moderate to good conditions.  NOTE: Corridor 26 railroad tracks are exposed – use CAUTION!

Baker River Valley Snowmobile Club, Alexandria/Warren:  Open, 6” new snow since last report, grooming ongoing, good conditions.

Lakes Region Snowmobile Club, Franklin: Open, grooming ongoing, moderate conditions.
 

Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee

Most areas are lacking snow.

Lyme Pinnacle Snowmobile Club, Lyme: Open, grooming ongoing, good conditions.

Twin State Trail Busters, Lebanon: Open, 5” new snow received since last report, grooming ongoing, moderate to good conditions.

Mount Cardigan Snowmobile Club, Canaan: Open, grooming ongoing, moderate conditions.

Blow-Me-Down Snowriders, Cornish/Plainfield: Open, grooming ongoing, marginal to moderate conditions.

Andover Snowmobile Club, Andover:  Corridor 2 rail bed has been groomed with good conditions.  Side trails need more snow before club will groom, moderate conditions.

Pillsbury State Park, Washington: Open, 4-6” base, not groomed, moderate conditions.

Lake Sunapee Snowmobile Club, Sunapee: Open, grooming ongoing, moderate conditions.

Monadnock Region

Riders should expect early season conditions and watch for open water bars, exposed objects, and ice on many trails – use CAUTION!

Hop/Ev Riding Area, Hopkinton: Open, will be groomed today, moderate conditions.

Greenfield State Park, Greenfield: No report at this time.

Pisgah State Park, Winchester:  Open, not groomed, base varies, moderate conditions.

Merrimack Valley Region

Riders should expect early season conditions and watch for open water bars, exposed objects, and ice on many trails – use CAUTION!

Bear Brook State Park, Allenstown: No report at this time.

Pawtuckaway State Park, Nottingham: No report at this time.  Corridor 17 from the Rockingham Rec Trail to the Park is CLOSED due to construction, seek alternate route.

Weare Winter Wanderers, Weare:  Trails are open but club has not groomed.  Open water bars and thin coverage – use CAUTION!
 

Railroad Lines

Concord to Lincoln (Canterbury/Lincoln): exposed rails and switches – use CAUTION!  50” OHRV width restriction.  NO RIDING south of Exit 18!


Recreational Rail Trails

All gates are OPEN.  Please note that it takes only a few inches of snow to be able to ride on these trails.

Ammonoosuc Recreational Trail – grooming ongoing, moderate to good conditions.

Ashuelot Recreational Rail Trail (Keene to Hinsdale) – 2-3” base, not groomed, moderate conditions.

Cheshire Recreational Rail Trail (Fitzwilliam to Walpole) – 2-3” base, not groomed, moderate conditions.

Fort Hill Recreational Rail Trail (Hinsdale) – 2-3” base, not groomed, moderate conditions.

Hillsborough Rec Trail – 2-3” base, not groomed.

Northern Rail Trail (Boscawen/Lebanon) – 4-6” base, groomed, great conditions.  Watch for heavy traffic near Webster Lake due to Ice Fishing Derby.

Presidential Line (Jefferson to Gorham) – grooming on-going, good conditions.

Rockingham Recreational Trail, Fremont Branch (Windham to Epping) – gates open, no grooming until more snow, thin cover.

Rockingham Recreational Trail, Portsmouth Branch (Manchester to Newfields) – gates open, no grooming until more snow, thin cover.  Corridor 17 from the Rockingham Rec Trail to Pawtuckaway State Park is CLOSED due to construction, seek alternate route.

Sugar River Recreational Trail (Newport to Claremont) – 2-3” base, not groomed, moderate conditions.

Warren Recreational Trail (Warren) – no reportable riding at this time.


Regular snowmobile trail condition updates will be posted here on Thursdays of each week.  You can also get information on our Facebook Page, or by contacting the clubs directly.

Some good events this weekend!

Some Future Snowmobile Events

(for more events visit our Events Page)
  • February 22nd, 7AM, Seven Lakes Snowmobile Club’s 2020 Winter Fun Day, East Wakefield NH.
  • February 22nd, 9AM, Blow-Me-Down Snowriders’ Poker Run, Cornish NH.
  • February 22nd, 10AM, Central NH Snowmobile Club’s Antique Track Driven Machine Show, West Campton NH.
  • February 22nd, 12PM, White Mountain Snowmobile Club’s Cookout, Lincoln NH.
  • February 22nd, 4PM, Groveton Trailblazers’ Spaghetti Dinner, Stark NH.
  • February 22nd, 6PM, Twin Mountain Snowmobile Club’s Dinner/Raffle Drawing, Whitefield NH.
  • February 23rd, 6:30AM, 2nd Annual North Stream Nationals, Brookline NH.

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