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 Grooming Report – December 27, 2016

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
  • ITS111
  • 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 !

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Trail Grooming Report – December 27, 2016

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

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Trail Report – December 13, 2016

Monday’s snowstorm only dropped about 5-6 inches of very light powder snow. So we now have about 10 inches on our trail system (more at higher elevations??).

We have received a lot of calls today wondering if we have started grooming yet. The answer is “NO”. We need about 18 or 20 inches before we start grooming so that we don’t damage our equipment.

Last year we reluctantly went out to groom (with inadequate snow) and between the three Groomers and the drags we did over $1,500 worth of damage in ONE NIGHT OF GROOMING!

Our cats weigh about 12,000 lbs and the drags weigh an additional 3000 lbs. We will compress 18 inches of snow down to about 8 once we make the initial “pass.”

Please ask Mother Nature to give us some more snow and we will get out and start our season as soon as she makes the additional snow deposits!! No sense in damaging our equipment just to satisfy a few early season riders. Thanks!

 

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Snowmobile Trail Preseason Maintenance

Cutting new sign backer boards

Every fall we put out hundreds of trail signs. Before we do, the signs must be repaired, mounted on backer boards and the sign posts cut and painted.

Prepping trail signs in the Sign Shop

Our new higher visibility blue sign posts

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Snowmobile Trail Maintenance – November 10, 2016

Waterhole before repair

Lots of heavy duty trail improvements were accomplished this fall, including fixing this waterhole with a new culvert, and grubbing out rocks and stumps in other locations.

We got two bad rocky corners grubbed out and a much needed culvert put in today on our 109 trail at the steep hill leading to the scenic clearcut area! We had issues all last season on this part of the trail! The approach to the steep grade was also built up to eliminate a dip which made it almost impossible to groom flat!

These projects cost bg up front, but pay off in the long run with less grooming requirement and those fantastic “Jo Mary” trail reports.

Waterhole repair in progress

Below, the way a trail bed “should be”…

Waterhole after repair

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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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