Winter Activities

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Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling

PARKING, MILEAGE, SNOWMOBILE CLUBS, AND TRAIL REPORTS:

The parking ordinance in Millinocket limits street parking for snowmobiles and trailers to 30 feet past the center line of all main roads, on both sides. Don’t get a ticket and keep plow trucks from doing their work.

Places to Park:

Northern Timber Cruisers Snowmobile and ATV Club on the Millinocket Rd. has a large parking area, plus an overflow area across the Millinocket Rd.
North Woods Trading Post parking area (they are closed for the season) and across the Rd. in the dike parking area.
Rivers Driver’s/ Twin Pines has parking facilities for snowmobilers and trailers.
East Branch Snow Rovers Snowmobile Club and ATV has a large parking area for snowmobilers and trailers.
Motels with Parking next to the trails:
Baxter Park Inn
Pamola Lodge
Katahdin Inn & Suites
Hotel Terrace

Mileage Reference

For your convenience, estimated mileage between destinations is listed below. All mileage is approximate and will vary depending on trails, sleds, conditions, etc. Riders are responsible for calculating their own mileage, gas needs and safety.

From Millinocket  ITS 86 East

N.T.C. clubhouse to ITS 86 to ITS 83          21 mi
N.T.C. clubhouse to Central St. Motels   4 mi
Central St. Motels to Dolby          3 mi
N.T.C. clubhouse to Shin Pond Village via ITS 85 64 mi
Central St. Motels to Bowlin Pond Camps via ITS 85          39 mi

 From Millinocket ITS 86 West
N.T.C clubhouse to Millinocket Lake        7 mi
Millinocket Lake to Abol Bridge  12 mi

From Northern Timber Cruisers Clubhouse to:
5 Lakes Lodge    11 mi
Bowlin Camps    36 mi
Chesuncook       90 mi
Cole’s Moosehorn Cabins            25 mi
East Branch Sno-Rovers Clubhouse          14 mi
Libby Camps (Oxbow)    92 mi
Raymonds Country Store (Northeast Carry)         67 mi
Wildwoods Trailside Cabins, Lodge & Restaurant               50 mi
Whetstone Falls               30 mi
Patten 55 mi
Kokadjo               50 mi
Island Falls          65 mi
Matagamon Lake             63 mi
Greenville           100 mi
Houlton                100 mi
Pittson Farms    110 mi
Jackman               140 mi
Presque Isle       155 mi
Caribou                185 mi
Fort Kent             235 mi

 From Bowlin Camps to:
Lunksoos Base Camp via ITS 85 21.2 mi
Lunksoos via ITS 85 to Seboeis River Bridge to Lunksoos Road SnoMo trail             17 mi

 From 5 Lakes Lodge to:
The Rt. 11 crossing on the 111 connector Trail     17 mi
The B Pond Intersection               24 mi
The Intersection of the 109 and ITS 85/86             28 mi
Wildwoods Trailside Cabins, Lodge &
Restaurant where the 111 connector crosses route 11    10 mi

From Libby Camps to:
Shin Pond Village             30 mi
Chesuncook Lake House               50 mi

from Raymonds Country Store
to Chesuncook 25 mi

 

Snowmobile Clubs in the Katahdin Area

Benedicta:  Benedicta Sno-Gang, PO Box 39, Benedicta, ME 04733

Brownville Snowmobile Club, 84 Church St., Brownville, ME 04414
E. Millinocket, Medway: East Branch Sno Rovers, PO Box 296, Medway, ME 04460
Island Falls: Big Valley Sno-Club, PO Box 86, Island Falls, ME 04747
Millinocket:

Northern Timber Cruisers, PO Box 269, Millinocket, ME 04462
Jo-Mary Riders, PO Box 446, Millinocket, ME 04462
Twin Pines Snowmobile Club, PO Box 669, Millinocket, ME 04462
OxBow: Oxbow-Masardis SC, 1198 Oxbow Rd., Oxbow, ME 04764
Patten: Rockabema Snow Rangers, PO Box 898, Patten, ME 04765
Sherman: Molunkus Valley Sno-Drifters, PO Box 323, Sherman, ME 04776
Sherman Stn: Swift Brook Snow Riders, Rt. 11, Sherman Station, ME 04777
T5 R8: Bowlin Matagamon SC, 1489 Shin Pond Rd., Mt. Chase, ME 04765

 

Snowmobile Trail Conditions and Reports

 

Maine Snowmobile Association:   http://www.mesnow.com/WherestheSnow.html
Aroostook Country Trail Report:  http://www.mainerec.com/report.asp

Katahdin Region Snowmobile Trail Report:  https://www.neoc.com/snowmobile-trail-report-maine/

Forks Area Trails:  https://www.northernoutdoors.com/category/snowmobiling-maine/maine-snowmobile-trails/

 


Cross-Country Skiing

XC SKIING

 

Northern Timber Cruisers Trails

The Northern Timber Cruisers Snowmobile and Cross Country Ski Club grooms and maintains about 20 miles of wilderness cross country ski trails. It is one of the few areas that provides track set trails and scenic views based on a no use fee.  Some trails are wooded and protected on windy days while others are open and scenic.  There are groomed tracks for traditional style skiing to back country trails where you may be the first to make tracks through fresh snow. Skiers can choose from several prime cross country skiing locations, with each location featuring solitude and unparalleled scenery.

 

Volunteers, often associated with local snowmobile clubs, maintain the trails. Trails near Millinocket and East Millinocket are located on private timberlands owned and managed by Katahdin Forest Management and on a town lot in East Millinocket. These trails (overview map)occur in a working forest setting where multiple uses are welcome! Timber harvests periodically take place in the vicinity of these trails.

At the southern end of Baxter State Park, day use skiers make use of several hiking trails suitable for skiing originating out of the Abol Area. These trails are not groomed and offer a more backcountry type of experience.

 

The Northern Timber Cruisers Snowmobile and Cross Country Ski Club grooms and maintains about 20 miles of wilderness cross country ski trails. It is one of the few areas that provides track set trails and scenic views based on a no use fee.  Some trails are wooded and protected on windy days while others are open and scenic.  There are groomed tracks for traditional style skiing to back country trails where you may be the first to make tracks through fresh snow. Skiers can choose from several prime cross country skiing locations, with each location featuring solitude and unparalleled scenery.
MILLINOCKET AREA TRAILS:

The most actively maintained trails are near Millinocket. Volunteers with the Northern Timber Cruisers Snowmobile and Cross Country Ski Club groom and maintain roughly 20 miles of cross-country ski trails. Trails are normally groomed after each major storm (6”+ of new snow). Dogs are not permitted on the trails at either the Bait Hole or Clubhouse. Dogs are welcome at the Jerry Pond recreation area.

These track-set trails are available for your use without a fee. Donations to assist with maintenance costs are welcome and may be sent to the Northern Timber Cruisers, P.O. Box 269, Millinocket, Maine 04462-0269 with the notation, “Ski Trails”.

For more information on these wonderful trails, along with daily reports on skiing conditions, contact Don Nodine at 207-723-4329 … and make sure to thank him, he’s one of the trail systems’ originators, architects, groomers and a die-hard X-C skier!

BAIT HOLE TRAILS:

Located on Route 11, just 3 miles southwest of town, the Bait Hole (BH map) offers double-tracked and single-tracked ski trails with room off to the side for snowshoeing for roughly 3 miles of the trail. Impressive views of Mt. Katahdin may be seen from the shores of Elbow Lake. This trail system is very popular because it can be skied with minimum snow cover and the trails are wide, well-groomed and mostly flat with a couple of gentle hills making them suitable for skiers of all abilities. At the trail head are maps showing the easiest loops. The Bait Hole Loop is roughly 3 miles long and skiers can take short cuts or add side loops to reduce or increase the distance from 1 to 8 miles.

The Bait Hole gets its name from a small pond that baitfish were kept in, isolated from the larger nearby lake by a causeway built associated with the North Twin Dam. Large drifts can form near these causeways due to the strong winds coming across Elbow Lake. “No Wind Way” is a good option to avoid these drifts, and with the right conditions, the views are great from the causeways.

BAIT HOLE TRAIL DETAILS:

Parking for the Bait Hole Trail is roughly 3 miles south of Millinocket on the north side of Route 11.  (From I-95, Exit 244, take Route 11 South through Millinocket.)

Starting at the parking lot there are free maps and a color coded map showing the groomed trail.

North Twin Dam Loop – West or left to North Twin Dam and loop back — 1.6 miles. There is one steep hill by the dam.

Bait Hole Loop – West or left, then loops right (clockwise) continue on across causeways, north or right along Elbow Lake and then through the woods to Three Corners, then via Four Corners and return toward parking area, about a 3 mile loop.

No Wind Way / Causeway Bypass – Avoids wind, drifts and possibly low snow cover near the causeways.

Center Trail – This begins at the railroad tracks and can form a short 1 mile loop with No Wind Way. It is also a good choice for spring skiing, even into early April, to access the rest of the Bait Hole during low snow.

Four Corners – This is the starting point for several loop trails. Beaver Pond Inlet Trail leads to the Old Boston Trail and to Super Loop. Both trails either loop back or continue to the Golden Road.

CLUBHOUSE TRAILS: 

Another popular set of trails (NTC map) starts at the Northern Timber Cruisers Clubhouse which is 1.6 miles northwest of Penobscot Avenue in Millinocket on the Baxter State Park Road. These trails are completely separate from the snowmobile trails that tie into the Clubhouse and are also groomed with set tracks for traditional skiing. Light lunches are served from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekends at the NTC clubhouse.

There are three parallel trails going north from the clubhouse: A West, A East and K Trails. The A trail splits into A West and A East a short distance north of the clubhouse. Each route has occasional views of Mt. Katahdin and are generally well sheltered in the woods. Skiers may take 3 to 5 mile loops through the woods or may extend their trip up to as much as 9 miles round trip across Little Smith Pond and a wetland area which provide magnificent views of Mount Katahdin, to a warming hut on the far or northern side of the wetland or fen.

CLUBHOUSE TRAIL DETAILS:

Parking is available at the Northern Timber Cruisers Clubhouse.

A East – This trail comes out onto the K Trall. There are a number of moderate uphills as you head north.

A West – Goes northwest to B West, Little Smith Brook Pond and then to the C Trail to form loops. This trail has fewer hills.

B West Loop – Goes northeast to Little Smith Brook Pond then crosses the pond to A West and returns to the clubhouse to make a loop roughly 3 miles long.

C Trail – Connects A West and K Trail making a 5.5 mile loop.  Travel counter clockwise (A-East or K, then C, then A-West) to minimize steep downhills.

K Trail – This trail goes north from the Clubhouse, parallel and east of the A trail. There is a steep hill with a curve 300 yards north of the Clubhouse. A quarter mile form the Clubhouse, the K Trail becomes an unplowed truck road. This wide opening in the forest is a windy and very COLD when there is a north wind. 1.1 miles north of the Clubhouse the K Trail goes to the right and runs parallel and east of the truck road. (Big Rock), a large erratic, is on the right. The K Trail extends 0.7 miles as a separate trail parallel the truck road. The the truck road leaves the K Trail (goes northeast). The K Trail connects with the C Trail (which goes west to the A West Trail). The K Trail continues north, crosses a bridge then continues 1.7 miles to the warming hut. The Warming Hut is a 6’X8’ A-frame equipped with a woodstove. Visitors are welcome to stop and warm up! K Trail hills are steepest when going south.

The Bait Hole Trails (SEE NORTHERN TIMBER CRUISERS)

During the winter months the Bait Hole Recreation Trails offer easy to moderate groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The trail network is named after the pond west of the trail head where bait fish were once kept for fishing in nearby Elbow Lake. Moose and seasonal waterfowl can frequently be seen in this pond and nearby marsh. The trail network consists of 2 primary loops with a few additional connecting trails and short-cuts.

 

Hillcrest Golf Club

During the winter months we offer cross country skiing and snowshoeing on our beautiful golf course.

(Not consistently groomed; call first for information.)

 

 

New England Outdoor Center

 

Skiing at NEOC.  First things you first.  The trails are free and currently there are about 15 miles of groomed trails – XC SKIING. The trail-head is accessible from the NEOC/River Driver’s Restaurant parking lot.  You can stay with us and ski or you can drive in, park and ski for free.  Bring some friends. We also have ski equipment available if you need to rent equipment and skilled cross country and skate ski instructors available for lessons; if you call and book we can have someone available when you get here.

The ski trails adjacent to NEOC are expanding and currently there are over 15 miles of ski trails developed and groomed on Hammond Ridge and Blackcat mountain which form the southern landscape backdrop for NEOC.  Katahdin Area Trails working with funding from Organizations such as the Sewall FoundationThe Quimby Family Foundation is expanding the existing ski trail based and building on-site, world class Nordic ski trails. The original ski trail system was designed by preeminent designer and Olympian John Morton. The terrain, featuring views of Black Cat Mountain is a mix of exhilarating down-hills, invigorating up-hills and everything in between. Be sure to pick up a trail map and check-in with the front desk before heading out on the trails.

 

 

 

Whether you step forward with a hardwood frame and rawhide lacings or with a more modern shoe, the wide open terrain at New England Outdoor Center will provide hours of unlimited exploring and adventure.  Enjoy snowshoeing in Maine right from your cabin door, or skiing or snowmobiling.  Whichever winter sport suits you best.

 

Katahdin Woods and Waters

The North End/Matagamon entrance of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument offers nearly 25 miles of packed and groomed trails perfect for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The trails meander along the East Branch of the Penobscot River and through rolling forested terrain.
Grooming begins in the North End of the monument in early January. The trails offer a variety of routes for all ages and abilities. Trails are groomed for classic and, conditions permitting, skate skiing. Snowshoers and leashed pets must walk outside of the ski tracks.

East Branch Sno-Rovers Snowmobile Club

Baxter State Park

 


Snowshoeing

It’s like walking, but harder.


Dog Sledding

Have a dog? Have him pull you in a sled.  Much less work than snowshoeing.

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