Snowmobile Trail Conditions

Snowmobile Trail Conditions, February 2, 2023


Going to be a cold one this weekend!  Clubs may be holding off on grooming to keep their operators safe; their safety is the top concern.  If you decide to ride, please make sure to dress appropriately and take safety and backup items with you just in case.  Hand and toe warmers, flashlight, fire starter, and a tow rope are some of the essentials.  If you can, have a riding partner; if you can’t, let someone know your route and when you will be back.  We want everyone to come home safely.
 
Phil predicted 6 more weeks of winter – let’s hope that includes continued cold temps and more SNOW!
 
There has been a lot of mud and water out there.  Please do not ride through these areas until frozen.  Contact the clubs and let them know of areas you find so they can put some extra work into them.  The clubs have been working hard to fix the trails.  With the upcoming freeze these areas will soon be passable.  Digging them up can leave a mess when frozen and needed trail work in the summer.
 
Remember, do not ride on plowed logging roads unless they are signed open – illegal and unsafe!
 
Please support the clubs by attending their events shown below – they make for great family fun!  Be sure to check with event holders for updates/cancellations.  If you are a club that wants an event/raffle posted, let us know!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Presidential Range Riders' Poker Run – February 4, 2023 – Gorham, NH
2023 Back Lake Shoot Out– February 5, 2023 – Pittsburg, NH
Lancaster Snow Derby – February 5, 2023 – Lancaster, NH
Andover SC's 20th Annual SnoFest Vintage Snowmobile Show - February 11, 2023 – Andover, NH
Crescent Lake Regional Sno-Riders' 2nd Vintage Show & Ride - February 11, 2023 – Unity, NH
2nd Annual Vintage Rally (Dalton Ridge Runners) - February 11, 2023 – Dalton, NH
Mountain Meadow Riders' Annual Bonfire & Radar Runs - February 11, 2023 – Center Conway, NH
23rd Annual North Country Firefighters' Ride-In & Poker Run - February 11, 2023, Colebrook, NH
Blow-Me-Down Snowriders Poker Run - February 18, 2023 – Plainfield, NH
Antique Track Driven Machine Show (Central NH Snowmobile Club) – February 18, 2023 – Thornton, NH
Mascoma Valley Snow Travelers' Ride In - February 18, 2023 – Springfield, NH
Monadnock Sno-Moles Poker Run & Cook Out – February 18, 2023 – Rindge, NH
Squam Trail Busters Poker Run - February 18, 2023 – Holderness, NH
2nd Annual SStg. Jesse Sherrill Snowmobile Run (Pittsburg Ridge Runners)  - February 19, 2023 – Pittsburg, NH
Waumbek Methna SC's Steak Feed & Poker Run – February 19, 2023 – Jefferson, NH
Goldenchild Backlake Nationals – February 25, 2023 – Back Lake Pittsburg, NH
Spaghetti Dinner (Groveton Trailblazes) – February 25, 2023 – Stark, NH
PHS Poker Run (Pittsburg Ridge Runners) - February 25, 2023 – Pittsburg, NH
Annual Steak Feed/Raffle (Pittsburg Ridge Runners) - February 25, 2023 – Pittsburg, NH
Monroe Bumper Humpers' Vintage Ride-In Landowner Appreciation Event – February 26, 2023 – Monroe, NH
NH's Open Snowmobile Weekend - March 3-5, 2023
Maine’s Free Snowmobile Weekend – March 3-5, 2023
3rd Annual Great North Woods Vintage Snowmobile Ride - March 4, 2023 – Pittsburg, NH
Pittsburg Fire Assoc. Parade of Lights – March 4, 2023 – Pittsburg, NH
Meredith Sno-Streakers' Pre-2000's Club Ride - March 4, 2023 – Meredith, NH
 
The next trail condition report is expected to be out Thursday, February 9th.  If you don’t see a club listed below, they have not shared their information with us.

Check out our Facebook page for more trail and event updates as we are made aware.
 
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

Stay off plowed logging roads unless signed open.


Pittsburg Ridge Runners, Pittsburg:  Open, groomed, good to great conditions.  PT142 coming from the village has a large mud hole and should be avoided!

Colebrook Ski-Bees, Colebrook/Stewartstown: Open, groomed with good conditions.

Swift Diamond Riders, Stewartstown (Coleman State Park/Diamond Pond):  Open, groomed, good to great conditions.

Umbagog Snowmobile Association, Errol/Cambridge/Millsfield: Open, groomed, good to great conditions.

Stratford Nighthawks, Stratford/Columbia: Open, groomed with good conditions.

Groveton Trailblazers, Northumberland/Groveton/Stark: Open, groomed with marginal to good conditions, in-town trails being worst.  USE CAUTION – some open water bars!  PT117 is CLOSED for logging.  Corridor 5 is CLOSED at Page Hill Road.  Corridor 5A to Lancaster is open but use CAUTION as rails are showing ungroomed! 

Milan All Weather Riders, Milan:  Open, groomed, good conditions.  PT114 from village to Corridor 19 is CLOSED for the season.

Lancaster Snowdrifters, Lancaster:  Open, groomed, marginal conditions.  Corridor 5 North is CLOSED.  Corridor 5A north has rails showing, not groomed - USE CAUTION!

White Mountain Ridge Runners, Berlin/Success: Open, groomed with good conditions.  Open water hole on Corridor 12 on powerline - USE CAUTION!

Jericho State Park: Open, groomed with good conditions.

Dalton Ridge Runners:  Open, groomed, moderate early season conditions.  USE CAUTION – some open water bars!

 

WHITE MOUNTAIN REGION

Waumbek Methna Snowmobile Club, Jefferson: Open, groomed, marginal to good conditions.  USE CAUTION – early season conditions and logging on Corridor 11!  Pond Safety area is best riding. 

Jefferson Hi-Landers, Jefferson/Carroll: No report from the club.

Presidential Range Riders, Gorham: Open, groomed, good to great conditions.  Corridor 19 from Town & Country south is CLOSED for the season due to logging.

Whitefield Sno-Kings, Whitefield: Open, groomed, moderate early season conditions – USE CAUTION!  Corridor 5A and PT105 are not groomed, rails are showing not recommended for riding.

Littleton Off Road Riders, Littleton: No report from club.  PT104 is CLOSED for the season.

Twin Mountain Snowmobile Club: Open, groomed, marginal conditions.  PT102 is CLOSED due to low snow, rails showing.

Lisbon Stump Jumpers, Lisbon: No report from club.

Mount Agassiz Trail Assoc., Bethlehem: CLOSED – no report from club.

Franconia Notch State Park: Open, groomed with good conditions.  Corridor 11 north of Cannon has moderate conditions.

White Mountain Snowmobile Club, Lincoln:  Open, groomed, moderate to good conditions.  NOTE: Corridor 11S (rail bed) is not groomed, not enough snow, recommend avoiding it.

Asquamchumaukee Valley Snowmobile Club, Warren: No report from club.

Central NH SC, Campton/Ellsworth/Thornton: Open, groomed, good conditions.  PT152 CLOSED from Campton to Rumney due to high water.  Corridor 11 is not groomed and rails are showing not recommended for riding.

White Mountain Trail Club, Bartlett/Bear Notch: Open, groomed, great conditions.  Club will not be grooming on Friday or Saturday due to the extreme low temps.  Stanley Brook is CLOSED for the season.  Be careful on railroad bridges and watch for mushers.

Mountain Meadow Riders, Conway: State portion of trails are open; some club trails are CLOSED due to open water.  Grooming where conditions allow, and those areas are good.  Railroad tracks marginal, showing, not recommended to ride.  USE CAUTION – open water bars!

LAKES REGION

Sandwich Sidehillers, Sandwich: Open, groomed, moderate to good conditions.  USE CAUTION – open water bars! 

Moultonboro Snowmobile Club, Moultonborough: Open, groomed where conditions allow, moderate to good conditions.  Corridor 15 south from Castle parking lot to Route 109 – open water bars - USE CAUTION!  Corridor 15 south by Haffners Variety Store USE CAUTION around toy box fence!  Lakes are not safe.

Castle in the Clouds, Moultonborough: Open, groomed, moderate to good conditions.  NOTE: thin coverage on Corridor 19/15 rails.  Corridor 15-Watch for logging on Gilman Valley Road-20MPH-USE CAUTION!

Squam Trail-Busters, Holderness/Ashland/Sandwich/Thornton: Open, groomed.  Moderate conditions with some open water bars on most trails; higher elevations of Sandwich Notch are great.  Mug Trail towards Meredith, swamp has open and running water – unpassable currently – AVOID!

Scrub Oak Scramblers, Madison: No report from club.

Ossipee Valley Snowmobile Club, Ossipee: Open, groomed, good conditions.  Some open water bars/streams and icy corners; Corridor 19 needs more snow as rails/switches are showing - USE CAUTION!  Watch for mushers as the New England Sled Dog Fun Day is happening on Sunday, February 5th in the Steele Farm/Wonalancet/Whiteface trail areas!

Hardy Country Snowmobile Club, Hebron: Open, not groomed, moderate conditions.

Meredith Sno-Streakers, Meredith: Open, groomed, marginal to moderate conditions.  USE CAUTION – lots of water bars and rail bed has exposed rail!  PT300 at Chase Road is CLOSED due to logging.

Bridgewater Mtn. Snowmobile Club, Bridgewater: Open, groomed with moderate conditions.

Alexandria Ledge Climbers, Alexandria: Open, not groomed, marginal to moderate conditions.

Belknap Snowmobilers, Gilford/Laconia: No report from club. 

Mohawk Trail Riders, Sanbornton/New Hampton: No report from club.

Seven Lakes Snowmobile Club, Wakefield:  Open, groomed, moderate to good conditions.  Club is filling water bars as they freeze.  Northern trails have best riding conditions.  A very large water hole in State Forest by Hutchins Pond on Corridor 19 – AVOID AREA!

Wolfeboro Snowmobile Club, Wolfeboro:  No report from club.

Mount Major SC, Alton: No report from club.

Baker River Valley Snowmobile Club, Dorchester/Groton/Wentworth: Open, packing & grooming.  Lower elevations have some early season riding conditions with ice/open water bars/exposed hazards – USE CAUTION!  Club working on filling water bars and should freeze this weekend.  Higher elevations are great. Club house open this weekend from 8 to 4.

DARTMOUTH/LAKE SUNAPEE REGION

Lyme Pinnacle Snowmobile Club, Lyme: No report from club.

Old #4 Rod, Gun & Snowmobile Club, Charlestown: No report from club.

Washington Snow Riders, Washington: Open, groomed, moderate conditions.

Twin State Trail Busters, Lebanon: No report from the club.

Mount Cardigan Snowmobile Club, Canaan: No report from club. 

Blow-Me-Down Snowriders, Cornish/Plainfield: Open, mostly groomed, moderate conditions.  USE CAUTION – open waters bars!

Mascoma Valley Snow Travelers, Springfield: Open, groomed, marginal conditions.  USE CAUTION – open water bars!  NOTE: 349N has been rerouted over the ledge per landowner request.

Sutton Ridge Runners, Sutton: No report from club.

Andover Snowmobile Club, Andover:  Open, groomed with moderate conditions.

Lakes Region SC (Franklin): CLOSED – no report from club.

Pillsbury State Park, Washington: Open, groomed, good conditions.

Lake Sunapee Snowmobile Club, Bradford/Newbury/Sunapee: Open, club is grooming where conditions allow, riding conditions vary.  USE CAUTION – open water bars that club is working on filling!  Pleasant Valley Road Trail in Bradford has open swamp – use road to bypass area but go slow past the horse farm and residences!  Rough areas near Rowe Mtn. – use Massasecum bypass!  Lake Sunapee has open water and is NOT Safe!!!

Shugah Valley Snow Riders, Claremont: Open, groomed, moderate conditions.

Kearsarge Trail Snails, Warner: No report from club.

Twin Ridge Mountaineers, Goshen: Open, groomed, moderate conditions.

SEACOAST REGION


Great Bay Sno Rollers (Durham/Newmarket): CLOSED - no report from club.

MONADNOCK REGION

Monadnock Sno-Moles, Rindge: Volunteers really stepped-up last weekend to help open the trails!  Railbeds (PT4) are open and groomed with moderate conditions; crossover trail is marginal.  Other trails open but not groomed as club is working on clearing them – USE CAUTION!
 
Hop/Ev Riding Area, Hopkinton: Open, groomed with moderate to good conditions. 
 
Night Riders, Hillsborough: Open, groomed, moderate conditions.
 
Greenfield State Park, Greenfield: CLOSED – No riding for the season
 
Pisgah State Park, Winchester:  Open, groomed when conditions allow, marginal conditions.

MERRIMACK VALLEY REGION

Fort Mountain Trailwinders, Epsom: No report from club. 

NH Trail Dawgs, Allenstown/Chichester/Epsom/Loudon/Pembroke: No report from club.  Corridor 5 is CLOSED south of Route 4 in Chichester for the season. 

Bear Brook State Park, Allenstown: Open, groomed as conditions allow, marginal to moderate conditions.  Several open waters, some large and riding not recommended in those areas – USE CAUTION!  Chester Turnpike 10MPH due to logging!

Southern NH Snow Slickers, Candia: Open, groomed as conditions allow, marginal to moderate conditions.  Watch for hanging saplings/trees!

Pawtuckaway State Park, Nottingham:  Open, groomed as conditions allow, marginal to moderate conditions.  Several open waters – USE CAUTION!  Large washout on Tower Road – avoid area until fixed! Chester Turnpike 10MPH due to logging!

Weare Winter Wanderers, Dunbarton/Weare:  Open, groomed, moderate conditions.  Use CAUTION – water bars!  Corridor 6 between 114 and Hogdon Road are CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. 

Railroad Lines

Concord to Tilton: Active Line – Will not be used this season. 
Tilton to Lincoln: Not groomed yet, huge snowbanks, riding is not recommended.
Red Stone Line (N Conway-Fryeburg ME): Open, groomed, moderate conditions.  USE CAUTION – rails exposed!

Recreational Rail Trails

Ammonoosuc Recreational Trail – Open, groomed, conditions unknown at this time.
Ashuelot Recreational Rail Trail (Keene to Hinsdale) – Open, not groomed, marginal conditions.
Cheshire Recreational Rail Trail (Fitzwilliam to Walpole) – Open, groomed, moderate conditions.
Conway Branch Recreational Rail Trail (Ossipee to Conway) – Open, groomed, moderate thin cover – USE CAUTION!
Fort Hill Recreational Rail Trail (Hinsdale) – Open, groomed when conditions allow, marginal conditions.
Hillsborough Recreational Rail Trail – No reportable riding at this time.  Rail Trail is CLOSED from Lyndeborough to Bennington per Dept. of Transportation, Bureau of Rail & Transit.
Northern Rail Trail (Boscawen/Lebanon) – Open, not groomed, marginal to moderate conditions.
Presidential Rail Line (Jefferson to Gorham) – Open, groomed, conditions unknown at this time.
Rochester to Farmington Recreational Rail Trail – Gates open, no report from club, not recommended to ride.
Rockingham Recreational Trail, Fremont Branch (Windham to Epping) – No report from club - not recommended to ride.
Rockingham Recreational Trail, Portsmouth Branch (Manchester to Newfields) – No report from club - not recommended to ride.
Sugar River Recreational Trail (Newport to Claremont) – Open, groomed, moderate conditions.
Upper Coos Recreational Trail (Colebrook to Beecher Falls) - Open, groomed, conditions unknown at this time.
Warren Recreational Trail (Warren) – Open, groomed, conditions unknown at this time.

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