1/18: Elyssa from Katahdin Area Trails, will be joining us at the lodge as our designated “Trail Groomer” every Thursday this winter! Last Thursday, she and I (Lindsay) went over the entire system. Trails are all marked with pink, visible signs. Here’s a little description of what’s out there and accessible as of Thursday 1/18.

LODGE LOOP – this is a 1 mile loop that starts and finishes at the lodge. We do not yet have proper grooming equipment, so we are working simply with a snowmobile, BUT! It’s frozen, it’s flat and it’s ready for skiers and snowshoers. If you’re new to skiing, this is a really easy beginner trail! The second half is a shared snowmobile trail, but not alot of traffic. Enjoy crossing the bridge and the giant rock on the Carl Springhorn Trail. Then a great view of the lodge as you cross the frozen lake.

THE VILLAGE TRAIL – this trail can be accessed Shin Pond Village campground. Look for the pink sign! This trail is about 1/4 mile and I’d say “intermediate” skiers only. Great for snowshoes! There’s a steep hill in there to navigate. This trail connects to Upper and lower Stump Dump, then the lodge loop.

UPPER STUMP DUMP – snowshoes only. This trail is picked up from the Village Trail. There are a few spots that don’t yet have bridges, but a beautiful new addition to our network. It spits out onto our upper driveway which is also shared with snowmobiles. Or pick up Lower Stump Dump back down to the Lodge Loop to make some fun little loops

We are optimistic that we’ll have a groomer soon! Fingers crossed!

– 1/17: Penobscot River Trails to the first warming hut, Pines & Ridges, and to Link 2. After Link 2 is still closed until we get more snow. Groomed flat, no tracks.

– 1/12: Friends of Katahdin Woods & Waters and Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument have groomed  the Old River Road Loop (3.4mi) and the Messer Pond Road to Haskell Hut (4.6mi one way)