Trail Report #10 Winter 2016-2017

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Trail Report #10 Winter 2016-2017

Postby Lee & Mary » Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:18 pm

Trail Report #10 Winter 2016-2017

The rapid changes in weather that the north country has experienced in the last two weeks has changed trail conditions considerably. The warm weather followed by rain opened up ditches and some wet areas that cross trails. The snow pack in the upper elevations is still good. Groomer operators have been out this week and repaired what they could of the trail base. The returning cold weather and dusting of snow helped by providing some needed snow for lubrication. Unfortunately, the valley did not receive the snow and was harder hit by the warm weather. The forecast for the later part of this week is more warm temperatures accompanied by rain but then turning colder with some snow. The extent of the warm/cold cycle will determine the conditions for the weekend. Please be cautious. We know the edges of trails have been undermined by running water. The surface may look snow covered but will collapse quickly if touched dumping sleds and riders deep into trench. Also some of our trails may have ruts caused but flowing water and the light snow expected may cover these ruts up making the trail base look smooth when in fact it is not. Be cautious not to get a ski caught in these ruts. Know that some of the trails especially the DC line with southern exposures can have little or no snow.

The Equine parking area off Maidstone Lake Road has a large number of logs stacked on trailers as well as a piece of logging equipment. The parking area nearest the Maidstone Lake Access road is not usable as a result. The “back” parking area has been plowed and the trail from the parking area to Paul Stream Rd has be groomed. The gate at Brown’s Mill is open and a limited amount of parking is available at that location. Paul Stream Rd is a snowmobile ONLY trail. Other parking areas at Dennis Pond access and Stone Dam are open and maintained regularly but only when snowmobile trailers and trucks are not present. Use of these areas is one’s own risk. Please be courteous and park so others can use the areas as well. As a reminder Fishing Accesses are only for those enjoying the sport of fishing. Snowmobilers who are enjoying trail riding and not actually ice fishing risk having their equipment towed from these areas.

Connecticut Valley Sno-Riders Grooming Area
• From Guildhall Village Trail 2F to the Pipeline Jct EX 64
• From EX 75 on the 2F trail north on route F102 to Maidstone Lake
• From EX 532 North on the Lake Road to EX 55 on Route 98
• From EX 532 West on 102-A to EX 51
• From EX 51 North on 102-A to EX 42 on Route 102
• From EX 343 North to EX 501 on Highway Rte 105 (Stone Dam)
• From EX 51 North on Route 98 to EX 491 junction with trail head Rt F98
• From EX 491 North on Route 98 to EX 49 joining Route 102
• From EX 50 feeder trail F102 to Bloomfield
• From EX 402 to EX 532 the Route 1 trail
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