Mother Nature is once again and again fickle! We expected big snow Friday and got only a few inches. There was however, very heavy traffic over the weekend. The response to the Tri-State Reciprocity Weekend was amazing. Plus, we continue to be one of the few areas in Maine with good snowmobiling conditions, so there were lots of trailers in town. Trails are Open but may be icy in places. There are still thin spots, bumps and dips so use caution. The lakes may have some slushy cover and will be hard glare ice in places. Again, use caution! You can access the trails from all In-Town parking areas and from Oquossoc. All Rangeley and Oquossoc businesses are open.
Cautions on the Rangeley Trail System:
- ITS 84 at South Bog Stream has a logging operation on the trail. There is a marked temporary by-pass trail along the plowed road. Stay over and be alert and very cautious of vehicles (they have the Right-of-Way).
- ITS 89 heading past Gull Pond. Logging vehicles crossing the trail.
- Greeley Trail – (Connects with ITS 89) Shared use of the trail with logging operations for about one mile.
- Corridor 108 Trail between ITS 84 at Junction R 7 and Junction R5, There is a logging operation on the trail about one mile from the ITS 84 Junction (R7).
- Samoset Trail. We need more snow to pack it but you should be able to get through.
- Bemis Club Trail – (Connects the Mooselookmeguntic area to ITS 84 south of Oquossoc) Too little snow to pack/groom .
Trails connecting to the Rangeley Lakes Trail System may have marginal conditions. Check these club’s web sites for details.
- Eustis/Stratton: Arnold Trails SC
- Corridor 117: Slippery Sliders SC
Maps are available at local businesses and the Chamber of Commerce
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.
Trail Change Notices:
- ITS 84 has been rerouted again this year between Tim Pond Road and Camp 14. This is a longer trip (apx 9 miles one-way) to Bosebuck Mt. Camps and NH.
- The Arnold Trails SC will be grooming a connection just north of Kennebago Lake between ITS 84 and its Tim Pond Road Trail (ITS 89). This allows a scenic loop between Rangeley, East Kennebago Mt. and Oquossoc and a new route into Stratton and Eustis and points east.
- New Trail – Barn Trail. This trail runs between the Russell Cove Trail near the Airport, passed by the RLSC Groomer Barn (portable toilet there) and ends northwest of Loon Lake on the Cedar Swamp Trail. It is the shortest way between Rangeley Village and East Kennebago Mountain.