Rockabema Snow Rangers
FEBRUARY 5, 2013 -
All trails in the Rockabema trail system are open and except for a very few bare spots in the fields near Patten (and some icy places), the riding is excellent! Anyone looking for a good ride would do well to head for the Katahdin region of Northern Maine. Early heavy wet snows that caused headaches with downed trees now seem to be the reason our trails are holding up after the warm wet weather we experienced last week. Early on some areas of our system had so much snow that the large tractor groomers we use were pushing snow up over the nose, making it hard to pack. Up to 32" in places meant that we had a lot of base to rely on when we finally cleared the debris and started regularly scheduled dragging operations. Reports from sledders coming in seem to indicate that from Kokadjo on the west side of Katahdin, all the way to the Oxbow system to the north, is fairly decent riding, with the best being the Northern Katahdin region. Icy spots dictate that speeds must be kept down, and con trol maintained as much as possible to avoid some veryfrozen, hard landings.
ITS 81 has been broken out from Sherman Station to Lower Shin Pond, and from there to plowed road on ITS 81/85 (the Lane Brook Road), north of there with some brush left to be removed. The 10 mile stretch around Upper Shin Pond has NOT been groomed. ITS 112 connector trail from Patten west to ITS 85A has been opened up. Be advised that there is still heavy brush to be cut, but it is passable at a slow rate of speed. Also, this stretch has been rerouted to cross pasture land with MANY fences. STAY ON MARKED TRAILS to avoid deadly fence wire.
Please be advised to expect groomers anytime, anywhere. When encountering grooming equipment, always stop and wait for the operator to allow you to pass. Some of this equipment is massive, at 12 feet wide, and at times very unmanuverable.