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Snowmobile Trail Conditions


March 3rd, 2015

March is here and there is still plenty of snow, great trails, and time left to ride!

I got the chance to ride in the North Country this past weekend; wonderful weather for riding. Most of the trails were in good shape considering the traffic and it being the last weekend of school vacation. Stopped in at the Waumbek Methna Camp, Moose Brook State Park, Jericho Mountain State Park, and enjoyed some great views and a real nice sunset in Stratford. I hope your riding was enjoyable as well.

 

 



 

Right now the long-range forecast is calling for temps to warm up a bit on Wednesday with the chance of rain/snow mix, and then a cool down again on Thursday. The weekend is a bit off, but it looks like the weather may be good for the 23rd Annual SnoDeo which will take place on Friday and Saturday at Coleman State Park in Stewartstown, NH. There will be radar races, a RaveX performance, vendors, and test rides of 2016 models. Stop in and be one of the first to see the new 2016 snowmobiles from Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo, and Yamaha.

Future Events:
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 – yield to groomers and 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

Last report from the club reports groomed trails with great conditions.

Diamond Pond/Coleman State Park
8” to 14” base, 3” new snow. Groomed trails, great conditions.

Colebrook
2” to 12” base, 1” new snow. Groomed trails, great conditions.

Errol
8” to 10” base, 1” new snow. Groomed trails, great conditions.

Milan
8” to 10” base, 2” new snow. Groomed trails, great conditions.

Cambridge
8” to 10” base, 2” new snow. Groomed trails, great conditions.

Berlin
6” to 10” base, 1” new snow. Groomed trails, good to great conditions.

East Side of Berlin/Success
8” to 10” base, 3” new snow. Groomed trails, good to great conditions.

Gorham
6” to 10” base, 1” new snow. Groomed trails, great conditions.

Groveton/Nash Stream
8” to 14” base, 2” new snow. Groomed trails, good to great conditions.

Groveton Village
6” to 8” base, 2” new snow. Groomed trails, good to great conditions. Corridor 5A is open, but use caution as there are exposed rails!

Stratford
8” to 12” base, 5” new snow. Groomed with great conditions.

Dalton
8” to 10” base, 2” new snow. Trails are not groomed.

Jefferson
6” to 10” base, 3” new snow. Groomed trails with great conditions. Corridor 5A is open, but use caution as there are exposed rails!

Lancaster
6” to 8” base, 2” new snow. Trails are groomed with great conditions. Corridor 5A is open, but use caution as there are exposed rails!

Whitefield
6” to 10” base, 2” new snow. Trails are groomed with good conditions. Corridor 5A is open, but use caution as there are exposed rails on it and PT 105!

Twin Mountain
6” to 26” base, 3” to 5” new snow. Trails are groomed with good to great conditions.

Bethlehem
No report from the club.

Franconia Notch Bike Path
6” to 12” base, 2” new snow. Groomed with good conditions.

Campton/Thornton
6” to 12” base, 2” new snow. 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, 1” to 2” new snow. Groomed with great conditions. Please slow down and yield to cross country skiers and mushers. Speed limit is 20mph near the shared ski trails.

Bridgewater
6” to 12” base, 1” to 2” new snow. Groomed trails with great conditions. Caution – logging on Bridgewater Mountain Road.

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

Castle in the Clouds
2” to 6” base, 1” to 2” new snow. Groomed trails with good to great conditions. Please watch and yield to hikers and skiers.

Conway
4” to 8” base, 1” to 2” new snow. Groomed with great conditions. Caution – thin coverage on the railroad tracks.

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
6” to 12” base, dusting new snow. Groomed with good to great conditions.

Moultonborough
2” to 6” base, 2” new snow. Groomed with good to great conditions.

Ossipee Area
4” to 8” base, 1” new snow. Groomed with great conditions. Use caution – thin cover on railroad tracks! Watch for mushers in Wonalancet and James Pond Loop areas.

Squam Lakes Region
6” to 12” base, 1” to 2” new snow. 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
6” to 10” base. Groomed trails with great conditions. This Saturday is the Mohawk Trail Riders’ 1st Annual Bridge Abutment Boogie. http://www.mohawktrailriders.org/newsletter.html

Wakefield
12” base, 1” new snow. Groomed with great conditions. Caution – logging in Tibbetts Hill area.

Wentworth
12” base. Groomed with great conditions.

Wolfeboro
6” to 12” base, 1” new snow. Groomed with great conditions.


Southern NH


Bear Brook State Park/Pawtuckaway State Park
6” 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, 1” to 2” new snow. Groomed with great conditions. Slow down and yield to cross country skiers and mushers!
Whitefield to Groveton/Corridor 5A: 6” to 12” base, 2” new snow. Groomed, good to great conditions. Use caution – some exposed rails!

Trail Sign of the Week: Corridor Trail Sign

This sign is a 8.5” x 11” rectangle. This sign should be placed at entrances to corridor trails, with the number and direction of travel printed in the white area with a paint pen. It should also be placed after intersections or wherever there is need to distinguish between a corridor and non-corridor trails.





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For information on NH’s OHRV & Snowmobile regulations view the NH OHRV & Snowmobile Digest of Regulations at:  http://www.eregulations.com/newhampshire/OHRV.

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