Snowmobiling in Maine's Majestic JoMary/Katahdin Region
Maine's finest snowmobile trails!
The JoMary Riders Snowmobile Club maintains over 100 miles of wilderness snowmobile trails with our three commercial-grade diesel powered groomers. Our trail maintenance staff has been recognized by the Maine Snowmobile Association as being "Trail Groomers of the Year."
The Club is located on South Twin Lake, eight miles outside Millinocket, Maine, and at the edge of the KI/JoMary multiple use forest that spans the high country known as Maine's famous 100 Mile Wilderness. The region lies between Mount Katahdin to the north, Moosehead Lake to the west, Sebec Lake to the south and the Penobscot River to the east.
From the parking lot on South Twin Lake one can ride for hundreds of miles through spectacular forests and over mountains without ever passing through populated areas. Nearly all the region's snowmobile trails are on level, wide, gravel roadbeds used by Maine's logging industry. These landowners thankfully allow use of their unplowed roads during the winter months for both our groomed trails and hundreds of miles of "off-trail" riding.
Along the way there are dozens of scenic spots, moose watching opportunities, and off-trail challenges such as riding to the top of Ragged Mountain.
Some of our fantastic groomed trail riding includes:
- The Katahdin Loop Trail - the Club is directly on the "Loop" which offers a highly scenic ride around the North and South Twin Lakes, Pemadumcook Lake, Millinocket Lake and Elbow Lake. The trail passes by the town of Millinocket, as well as many ponds, streams, ridge tops and scenic views of Mt Katahdin.
- The Pemadumcook Parkway - a fast and scenic alternate route from South Twin to ITS86, Abol Bridge and Kokadjo.
- The B Pond Trail - running deep into the 100 Mile Wilderness, and connecting to trails leading to Kokadjo, the historic Katahdin Ironworks and the 110 Connector between Greenville (via Gulf Hagas and the B-52 Crash site) and Brownville. There is even has a side trail to scenic Gauntlet Falls.
JoMary Riders Snowmobile Club's trail system links to several other groomed trail systems to provide riders with an endless variety of routes. Our trails link directly to these destinations: Millinocket; Kokadjo; Ragged Lake; Rockwood; Northeast Carry; Pittston Farm; Greenville; Jackman; Brownville; Schoodic Lake; Abol Bridge; Shin Pond; Chesuncook Village; Baxter State Park; Katahdin Ironworks; Gulf Hagas; and Nahmakanta
We welcome you to enjoy our trails, and hope you will join the JoMary Riders Snowmobile Club.
Support Snowmobiling and Fight with Us
We love to snowmobile and are willing to work hard to provide the best riding opportunities possible. But that takes major support from our landowners, our Legislature, and our business community.
Our Club must be heard. The Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA) must be heard. And you must be heard. That's where you come in. Every snowmobiler must make an ongoing effort to be heard - Not just by supporting a club or the MSA. The most effective way to protect your interests is for you to show up at Legislative hearings and industry meetings, writing to your Legislators, and writing to your newspapers.
Can our industry count on your support?
Thanks! See you on the trail.
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Jo Mary grooming activity started in “earnest” during the first week of January and has continued on a regular basis ever since. Here is a recap of our recent runs:
- On January 16 we groomed: the 111 to Ragged Mtn., the Ragged Mtn. trail, the Fire Tower trail, Parkway Scenic loop, Russell Point trail, and southern portion of the 109.
- On January 13 we groomed: ITS 109 to ITS 86, Black Pond trail, PP x-over, The Parkway w/Scenic loop, ITS 111, 109/111 x-over, Ragged Mtn. trail, 109S toward Medway, and the Downtown connector to the Wiley Bridge.
All of our trails are in GREAT shape even after the rain/warmth that we had last week. Everything was flat as a pancake prior to the rain and thankfully nobody rode our trails until it got colder. Then we groomed on the 13th to provide plenty of loose cooling/lubrication snow.
Please Yield to Groomers – Be Safe & Legal!
It’s not safe to blow by a groomer at any time, any place or at high speed! Please give the operators a break to do their jobs.
If you crash into to a groomer, it’s not gonna be a pretty sight for you! Pull over if you meet an oncoming groomer and either let the groomer go by or wait until the groomer stops and lets you go by.
The groomer is the “burdened vessel”. If you come up behind an operating groomer stay back at least 50 feet until the operator stops and lets you pass him. Do not cause an accident.
Busy Monday in Jo Mary Country:
- Made some minor repairs and adjustments on one of the drags
- worked on some Memorial signs which will be unveiled this coming Saturday when we dedicate a section of trail to Phil Grass
- Joe took one of the Skandics out to do some brushing on the 111
- Rick went out this afternoon to open up The Russel Point trail and groom the actual trail that goes up to the Fire tower off the Ragged Mtn trail.
Trail Direction Kiosk – January 15, 2017
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Tagged JoMary Riders, Katahdin Loop, Scenic Lookouts, Snowmobile Trails, Trail Funding, Trail Grooming
All 3 groomers were out last night until 1am, 2am, and 4am to provide all of you a rideable surface. Trails are hard, flat, and have some lube on them. The following trails were groomed last night:
- ITS 109 to ITS 86
- Black Pond trail
- PP x-over
- The Parkway and Scenic loop
- ITS 111
- ITS 109/11 x-over
- Ragged Mtn trail
- 109S toward Medway
- the Downtown connector to the Wiley Bridge
Two Jo Mary Groomers heading out on January 11, 2017
Grooming will resume Friday pm with the cold temps in the forecast. Should be a great weekend!
Mt Katahdin view on the PP Crossover Trail – January 10, 2017
Groomer trainee Nick riding on the PP X-over trail today that we groomed last night. Our operators love to checking out their finished product and see how well the trail rode. That’s how they keep getting better at what they do. Trail looks good in the picture! Nice view too!
Broke Gaunlet Falls Trail yesterday with just the Cat (below) to prep it for grooming as soon as the logging operation moves out! Three to four feet of snow to deal with – no problem for our Bombardier Sno-Cats!
Gauntlet Falls Campsite – January 10, 2017
Four Foot tall gateposts nearly buried by all our snow – January 6, 2017
Got Snow! Here are two 4 foot gateposts on the ITS 109 to show you some snow depth. You can barely see the reflectors at the top.
Tons of Snow for the Groomer on January 4, 2017
All three groomers went out last night. Congrats to Jack on his maiden solo run. We all experienced some huge wet snow flakes throughout the night. The following trails were groomed:
- ITS 111
- Ragged Mtn trail
- 109/111 x-over
- The Parkway including the scenic loop
We have been seeing a few Moose every night. Use caution. The Moose are finding the trails a lot easier to get around on already with our 30″-40″ snow depth (and growing every day). Groomers will be out tonight to finish the system. ENJOY THE RIDE
Two groomers went out Monday. Had to clean up more blow downs from the wind storm we had Sunday.
We groomed the following trails:
- ITS 109 to ITS 86
- P.P. x-over trail
- Black Pond trail
- Fire Tower trail
There’s alot of small helmet slappers that need to be cut, so you people who ride our system it would sure be appreciated if you could lend a hand. Two or three of us can’t keep the trails groomed and brushed properly by ourselves. It’s just becoming too much!
The Greenwood Mtn. trail, B-Pond trail and the Gaunlet Falls trail will not be groomed until the landowner (who is logging right now on a portion of the Greenwood trail) gives us the ok. They Do Not want to share the trail for safety issues, so we will adhere to their wishes!
More grooming will take place Wednesday when the temps cool off from today. We received some freezing rain snow mix last night which I don’t think hurt the trails?
If any body stops to cut a tree or branch, please throw it father off the trail and cut back enough so the groomers can get thru. Thanks in advance !
Black Pond Trail – Much better looking with snow on December 27, 2016
This looks great with snow, but check out the bare rock approach ramp put in by the state last year on the Black Pond trail. Fortunately this is in a high snow depth area. Unfortunately, the state used a 12 ft culvert which makes for a very narrow trail for our 10 ft groomer!
Black Pond trail courtesy of the State — too rocky and too narrow
Black Pond Trail showing how a 10 ft groomer fits over a 12 ft culvert