Mother Nature can be cruel! A major thaw Thursday March 8th, really took a lot of snow away where the trails were thin. Strange as it seems with this record warmth, it snowed about an inch Wednesday night so today, it all looks wintry outside. We see only mild, mostly sunny weather in the week ahead.
Trails north of Route 4 are mostly open. We groomed our trails with snow cover on Sunday and Monday (tonight). We hope to maintain as many trails as we can through this coming weekend. Early next week is probably going to be the end of the season.
Riding to destinations east and south of Rangeley may be about finished. Look at web sites for places you may be interested in riding.
Water is an issue on some trails. Stop to assess water holes before trying to pass through them.
Riding is best from Oquossoc north into the higher terrain, to Bosebuck Camps and into eastern NH. You can park in Oquossoc and along Route 16 where the trail crosses. Also there is parking at the RLSC Groomer Barn on Loon Lake Road and at locations along Route 16 toward Stratton From there, you will find riding up and around East Kennebago Mt., Tim Pond, and the Kennebago Lakes. It is unlikely that you can park in town Rangeley and ride out. The Depot Street trail and the trail behind Moose Alley are in poor conditions if not totally bare in places. ITS 84 south of Rangeley Lake is no longer passable without extensive riding on bare ground. You can access off-trail riding up around the Four Ponds area by crossing Rangeley Lake and travelling up the Niboban or Samoset trails. Both continue to have snowcover.
Please be careful where you park your trailer, so that you do not create a hazard on the roadway or block any traveled logging roads.
Lake riding is generally good, especially after the surfaces soften.
Lake riding is never safe! If you are not experienced and comfortable with riding on lakes. Don’t do it! The Rangeley Lakes Snowmobile Club has no trails on any lakes, ponds, rivers or streams. We have plenty of trails to enjoy safely.