The Millinocket Trail System, although easily reached from
I-95, offers miles of wilderness riding, often right from the parking lot or
motel. I.T.S. 81, 83, 85, and 86 cross through the area.
Combine that with local trails and the Baxter State Park perimeter road and
your talking of mile and miles of great riding. The
Interstate Trail System (I.T.S.) extends thru the Katahdin and Millinocket area
allowing snowmobile enthusiasts to access 540 miles of maintained trails. Travel
time to reach the Millinocket Trail System ranges from 1 hour from Bangor
International Airport to as much as a 1 day drive from Boston and Quebec.
The I.T.S. system in the Millinocket area also
enables snowmobilers to gain access to over 500 miles of maintained club trails
for those who prefer less traveled trail conditions. This represents
approximately 1,040 miles of trails to ride, certainly more than the average
snowmobile visitor can handle on a long weekend. A view of the
map for the Millinocket area helps the reader to plan his vacation before he
arrives to the area.
Not only does this allow the snowmobiler to
access such winter scenes as Mt. Kineo on Moosehead Lake, Mt. Katahdin in the
Baxter State Park Area, but also points further north in the Aroostook County
Maine has one of the largest and best developed
trail systems in the country with over 9,000 miles of groomed trails including
2,500 miles of I.T.S. main arteries. Part of the Northeast Snowmobile Trail (N.E.S.T.),
which originates in Pennsylvania, runs thru Maine and into Canada.
Northern Timber Cruisers Snowmobile Club maintains 85 miles of I.T.S. 86 which
not only includes the grooming of the trails, but also the maintenance of 13
bridges that allow the Tucker Snow Cat and the Bombardier groomers to smooth the
trails a day after hundreds of snowmobiles have passed over the trails. The
section of I.T.S. 86 maintained by the Northern Timber Cruisers Snowmobile Club
allows the snowmobiler to leave the clubhouse and travel to communities such as
Greenville (100 miles), Rockwood (85 miles), Jackman (140 miles), and East
Millinocket (26 miles). Aroostook County communities and Canada are also
accessible from the Millinocket Trail System.
Maintenance of the Millinocket Trail System
begins in September when the weather begins to cool. Trails are cleared of over
hanging brush and fallen trees. Gravel is brought in to fill in holes where
large rocks have been removed. Some 13 bridges are inspected and the decking replanked as necessary as well as the supporting structure. Trails are marked
caution and warning signs, stop signs, trail identification signs, and various
directions to places to eat as well as places to stay. A four wheel ATV is used
by the club to travel some of these trails in the fall months to facilitate
travel and maintenance. The two grooming machines are given complete mechanical
preventive maintenance checks.
Trails have to be re-routed so as not to conflict with paper company timber
harvesting operations. Large sections of of trails have been lost due to this
fact and it has proven to be a job of great magnitude to clear these 10 feet
wide trails thru the woods. Land owners are contacted every year to gain
permission to use these areas and to promote good communications between the
club and the land owners.
here for a chart of destination points and their distances.