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

Join Us

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.


Our Latest News and Reports

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Trail Notice – March 8, 2016

The Jo Mary road was plowed today from Mile 6 (intersection with Johnston Pond road) all the way to Mile 12.5.

The 109 “Alternate” (Mile 12.5 to ITS 86) is still usable but PLEASE STAY OFF OF THE PLOWED ROAD!

Thanks!

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Trail Grooming Report – March 8, 2016

Snowing hard at the intersection of ITS-109 and the Parkway trail

Snowing hard at the intersection of ITS-109 and the Parkway trail – March 7, 2016

Yesterday was a great day because we received 3 to 5 inches of snow across our trail system! All three groomers were out on the trails last night.

This is what we groomed:

  • 109 North (including the Scenic Overlook portion)
  • Black Pond (Chesuncook club groomed their portion too)
  • P.P. X-over
  • Parkway trail (including the area thru the new clearcuts)
  • Parkway Scenic Loop
  • 109 South & “Downtown” trail
  • 111 Connector
  • Greenwood/Gauntlet Loop
  • B Pond
  • Jo Mary road from 85/86 south to Mile 9
  • Middle Jo X-over
The Penobscot River along ITS-85/86

The Penobscot River along ITS-85/86 – March 7, 2016

Grooming ITS-109 - night of March 7, 2016

Grooming ITS-109 – night of March 7, 2016

Grooming the PP X-over - night of March 7, 2016

Grooming the PP X-over – night of March 7, 2016

 

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Trail Grooming Report – March 6, 2016

Sunset from the 109 clearcut

Sunset from the 109 clearcut – March 5, 2016. Sorry about the dirty lense

On Saturday night, March 5, all three groomers were out again. We groomed the following trails:

  • 109 Connector (North)
  • 109 Connector (South)
  • 111 Connector
  • B Pond
  • Greenwood/Gauntlet Loop
  • Black Pond
  • P. P. X-over
  • Parkway
  • “Downtown” Trail
Heading north on the 109 (climbing Potaywadjo Ridge)

Heading north on the 109 (climbing Potaywadjo Ridge) – March 5, 2016

 

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Trail Grooming Report – March 3, 2016

ITs-109 Alternate Jo Mary Mt in the background

On the 109 Alternate…Jo Mary Mtn. in the background. – March 3, 2016

All three machines were out grooming the trails today and the trails are great! 95% of the icy trails sections are now snow covered with a heavy dense snow. Had to cut six big trees out of the trail today.

  • All trails except the P.P. X-over and the 109 to 111 x-over were groomed.
  • We also groomed the Jo Mary road from Mile 6 to Its 85/86.

The Jo Mary road was plowed by the landowner today so to get to B Pond you will need to utilize the Greenwood/Gauntlet loop trail.

Grooming will continue on Friday & Saturday nights for sure!

ITS-109 south end of Potaywadjo Ridge

On the 109, south end of Potaywadjo Ridge – March 3, 2016

ITS-109 north end of Potaywadjo Ridge

On the 109, north end of Potaywadjo Ridge. A snow covered hill in the background! – March 3, 2016

Grooming the Jo Mary road

Return groom on the Jo Mary road…flat as a pancake! – March 3, 2016

Many trees down due to the heavy wet snow and ice

Many trees down due to the heavy wet snow and ice. Cut them first, then pushed them out of the trail (very carefully) with the machine. – March 3, 2016

 

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Trail Grooming Report – March 3, 2016

JoMary snowmobile trail with fresh snow

Fresh snow on all the Jo Mary trails as the groomers head out on March 3

All three groomers headed out first thing this morning while temperatures were in the single digits. There is fresh snow on all trails, as shown in this pic of a rider who enjoyed a great “first track ride” early this morning.

Full report and more pics coming up shortly.

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Trail Grooming Report – March 2, 2016

The “storm” is almost over…we got 3″ of snow, then sleet & freezing rain before a short period of real rain.

End result is 2″ of heavy wet snow with temperature already back down to 32F and it’s currently snowing lightly. Low temp tonight predicted to be 3F.

So all of our icy areas (and the lakes) will now be snow covered and we will be able to groom the trails.

Higher elevations got more snow, less rain. Chesuncook Village is reporting 6″ new snow and no rain.

The long range forecast doesn’t look too good for next week, so if you have the ability to ride this weekend, DO IT!

All three of our machines will be out grooming all the Jo Mary trails on Thursday morning while it is still very cold.

Enjoy, this might be the last great weekend.

 

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Trail Rider Report – March 1, 2016

ITS 85/86 west of Nahmakanta Lake

Riding on ITS 85/86 a couple of miles west of Nahmakanta Lake – March 1, 2016. Is that Mt. Rainier in the background?

A few pics from Tuesday’s ride: the Jo Mary road, ITS 86 and Farrar Mountain Scenic Bypass trail. All were great even prior to the snow we received Tuesday night.

Farrar Mountain scenic bypass trail

First tracks heading south on the Farrar Mountain scenic bypass trail – March 1, 2016

Jo Mary road at mile 9 - March 1, 2016

Riding on the Jo Mary road at mile 9 – March 1, 2016

 

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Trail Rider Report – February 28, 2016

B Pond trail after Guernsey Brook

B Pond trail after Guernsey Brook, February 28, 2016. Looks like a normal winter

We did a trail inspection Sunday (96 miles) and found a wide variety of conditions. Here’s an update on our trail system:

  • The pic at top shows the B Pond trail…pure winter riding over there but with ice in a few places too. The pic immediately below is the big corner just prior to reaching the B Pond intersection where we meet Brownville & Kokadjo trail systems.
  • The Greenwood/Gauntlet loop was really nice as was the Jo Mary road from mile 6 to ITS 86.
  • The bottom picture shows the 109 about 3 miles from the South Twin parking lot. Basically glare ice with snow on the edges. It improved quite a bit after another 3.5 miles.
  • The 111 going west was very good in some spots and not so good in others. Some bare earth and ice but mostly snow after going over the ridgeline towards the Jo Mary Road.
  • The Parkway was a little bit of everything but at least it was FLAT!! (All the Jo Mary trails are flat).

Weather prediction is for 3 – 5″ of snow on Wednesday followed by a period of rain followed by cold temps for the following four days. Hopefully we will be able to get out and groom everything after the storm.

Icy B Pond trail

B Pond trail just 3 miles west of the normal looking B Pond trail (see above, at after Guernsey Brook), February 28, 2016. Icy corner is very dangerous!

scenic overlook on Greenwood Mountain

The scenic overlook on Greenwood Mountain on February 28, 2016 with Saddleback in the distance (Piscataquis County, not the one near Rangeley)

ITS-109 trail 3 miles from South Twin parking lot

ITS-109 trail where it connects with the Lincoln Ridge road, about 3 miles from South Twin parking lot.

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Trail Report – February 23, 2016

JoMary Riders Greenwood Loop Trail

Heading west on the Greenwood/Gauntlet Loop trail – February 22, 2016

Decided to go for a ride yesterday and check things out. From the groomer garage to Ragged Mtn. was a wide variety of conditions: snow, ice, dirt…not good.

But west of Ragged things got significantly better with very good coverage on the Greenwood/Gauntlet loop (see photo), B Pond and Jo Mary road. The 109 by Middle Jo Mary Lake was a sheet of ice for several miles.

The forecast is for 1 – 3″ of snow, then sleet, frozen mix and finally rain on Thursday with temps near 50 again. Maybe snow on Sunday. Keep fingers crossed and maybe March will return to winter!

 

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Trail Condition Update – February 18, 2016

Although much of our trail system is in good condition, with some fresh snow at higher elevations, we have made a decision and closed off a section of ITS-109 and a section of The Parkway Trail (6mi – 10mi). Follow the new signage we put up today which will reroute you around these BAD area’s that don’t have any snow. Some are all dirt/rocks, and solid ice. See photos for more details.

ITS-109

2nd Spring Road section of ITS-109 – all ICE (February 18, 2016)

Parkway Trail

At 10 mile on the Parkway Trail – Use the scenic loop (February 18, 2016)

Parkway Trail

At 6 mile on the Parkway Trail – use loop trail (February 18, 2016)

ITS-109

109 trail leading toward the scenic view clearcut / Closed not e-nuff snow all ICE (February 18, 2016)

 

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