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Caribou Bog, Orono, Maine


Grooming: Skate and Classic
Lighted? N
Distance: 10k
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Description: North of Bangor, trails in Orono Land Trust land host the annual Caribou Bog race.

Recently submitted reports

Conditions Date km groomed Comments Submitter
Good2017-04-03Excellent yellow glide wax skate conditions up to the top of Bangor Hill on the main trail if you were willing to walk past the pond. Might still be okay today.Susan
Good2017-03-31No April Fool ! Great spring conditions on the trails beyond the pond. Walk past the pond. All trails here have total coverage, are solid w/ a soft surface. Classic track good. No grooming needed. Suggest buffed paste wax on skis. Sat and Sun. should be great! Ski Club mem. Andy N.
Excellent2017-03-1820DP groomed all regular loops for skating and set track for classic with help from DS. JW set track on the smith farm loop, across the bog and associated loops, and tied into the Bangor City Forest Outer loop trail. So there is groomed classic skiing from the Bangor City Forest all the way to the Taylor Road (CBCA) Trails. Enjoy!JW
Excellent2017-03-18We went out into the bog, and really appreciated the classic tracks. Thank you to all the groomers!!Rissa
Good2017-02-23I was pleasantly surprised to find the ski trails in such good condition despite the warm temperature lately. Beautiful place to XC ski!
Eric
Good2017-02-2212Groomed out across the bog and associated loops. Set track on all newly groomed trail. Reset some track on regular loops.JW & White
Excellent2017-02-2010Regular loops groomed, tracks set.JW & JWhite
Excellent2017-02-17All main trails groomed. No tracks set.JWhite
Excellent2017-02-128Groomed all of the "normal" trails. The Smith Farm Loop is still a bit bumpy, but skiable. Same with the Bog itself. No tracks set. Otherwise everything is excellent. Gobs of snow tonight and tomorrow!Dan P.
Good2017-02-02Groomed the road out to the Bangor Hill Trails for skate. Coverage is really good and the only place to avoid is the railroad bed. We did not groom over Newman Hill since it looked like a decent classic track was forming. DC
Good2017-01-0112Groomed regular loops. Classic tracks set on all trails. Classic tracks became a little glazed by the end of the day with the warm temps. No additional grooming planned until after the storm on tuesday.JW
Good2017-01-01Great tracks! Red hardwax worked most places, but a covered klister would have been helpful in the more transformed areas. A bit soft for skating.
Greg Harkay
Good2016-12-31Really good skating! Firm and fast but smooth. Nice job with the grooming, JW! Getting it done before all that wet stuff froze solid seems to have been key.Greg Harkay
Good2016-12-3012Groomed regular loops for skating. No classic tracks set although we should have plenty of snow to set them after the next storm on saturday night.JW
Good2016-12-2010Groomed all regular loops. No track set, we need a little more snow. Good skating!JW
Good2016-12-195Groomed Dump trl, RR Bed Trl, Hedgehog, Upper Beaver, Caribou, Porcupine, and Bunny trail. No track set just groomed it flat for skating. Will try to groom out other trails tomorrow night.JW
Good2016-02-21Freshened up the grooming 1/21 pm. Generally similar conditions to earlier in the week, so skiers will still need to be on the lookout for the occasional root, rock, and patches of near-bare ground. The road bed is in excellent shape, and is the only place a classic track is set. No grooming was done on the RR bed, as the snow coverage is poor in the sunny areas. All in all, decent skiing considering the amount of snow and bone-dry forecast.Dan P.
Good2016-02-0710Refreshed surface this morning. Classic track set on driveway only.JW
Good2016-02-06Groomed 2/6 am. Most trails had no snow prior to this last storm, so we are essentially restarting - winter 2.0. Everything is groomed for skating - no classic tracks set (will need more snow...). The ground is not frozen well, so there are a few spots where the snow melted, but generally everything is skiable without concern for rocks, roots and debris. Enjoy!Dan P.
Fair2016-01-25Conditions are deteriorating and likely to continue the backwards slide with two days of 40+ degree weather. Road bed is holding up well, and some of the wider trails are all right, but dirt is popping up for sure. The RR bed will probably be unskiable by tomorrow due to lack of snow. Not much we can do about it grooming-wise.Dan P
Good2016-01-2410Freshened up the surface this morning. Classic still only set on the driveway.JW
Excellent2016-01-1710All usual loops groomed by Dan P this morning. No grooming on smith farm trail or out in the bog yet. No track set on classic trails, still need a little more snow, but double classic track set on the sides of most skate trails. Skiing is excellent.JW
Fair2016-01-03First grooming of the season 1/3 PM. Newman and Bangor Hills and road bed groomed for skating. Railroad bed and connector to road bed ungroomed due to beaver activity. Not enough snow to set classic tracks yet. Watch out for the occasional dirt clod or root. All around decent conditions for the amount of snow we have. Thanks to Penobscot Valley Ski Club for the new grooming equipment - more efficient to do and better results! Dan P.
Good2015-04-05Coverage still good. There are a few spots that receive a lot of sun that have burned through but the majority of the trail system still has a foot+ of solid base with 2 inches of new snow on top. Good classic skiing today.JW
Good2015-03-28Still great snowcover. Trails on the hill side are firm but not icey. Classic track still there. Used worn-down fish scale skis that worked great. Should be great on a cool day like Sunday.AN
Good2015-03-238Groomed the bog out to the railroad grade beyond forest ave. Set track, it looked pretty good. Ski it while its fresh! Did not groom regular loops.JW
Call in sick2015-03-1916Conditions are firm & fast. Plenty of base! Best skiing all year!!JW
Call in sick2015-03-1815+Groomed 3/18 am. Unreal out there! Everything is groomed for skate and classic. Groomed all the way past Forest Ave... tracks will probably blow in a little from the wind in the open areas. Grab your friends and family and bring them out - conditions are spectacular - ENJOY!!!Dan P.
Good2015-03-1312Regular loops groomed for skate and classic. Its quite hard out there, could have used a tiller to grind things up a little. Did not groom bog. Fresh snow due over the weekend. Will be Groomed again early next week.JW
Good2015-03-09Skate lanes were great when they had softened up around noon. Great sunny day outJSG
Call in sick2015-03-0515+Groomed 3/5 am. Everything is awesome. Classic tracks across the bog, across Forest Ave all the way to the railroad bed. All other trails are groomed as well. Skate lanes set in all of the normal places. You better get out and enjoy it - better skiing than we've had for years! Get your friends and neighbors to dust off their skis tucked in the corner of the garage and show them what a beautiful trails we have!Dan P.
Excellent2015-03-02Good skating even with the new layer of snow.JSG
Call in sick2015-03-01Unreal tracks Dan! 10 miles of double poling bliss this afternoon. Amazingly fast. Full parking lot...a lot people enjoying the outstanding grooming.Eric
Call in sick2015-02-26allGroomed 2/26. All the normal stuff is groomed for skate and classic. Classic tracks set across the bog and across Forest Ave. to the railroad bed. Conditions are unreal - I have never seen them better. Enjoy!Dan P.
Excellent2015-02-2116Groomed all loops for skate and classic. Bog trail is groomed with set track through to the railroad grade to the Bangor City Forest. The railroad grade has some trees leaning into it, but has been packed by snowmobiles. It is possible to ski from the city forest to the Orono Land Trust Newman Hill/Taylor Road Trail system.JW
Good2015-02-208Packed skate lanes. Will set classic tracks in the morning including across the bog out to Forest Ave. Tracks will be ready by noon.JW
Good2015-02-1616Packed Bog trail out to Forest Ave. Will try to connect to Bangor City Forest Trails next weekend if weather permits. Regular loops have drifted in places with a skied in track. Skating is patchy owing to drifting.JW
Excellent2015-02-1312Groomed regular loops for skate and classic. Ski it before it snows!JW
Excellent2015-02-0813Packed out across the bog. Track is set. Didn't make it too far out into the IF&W land due to blow downs, will try to push things out further next weekend. The bog skiing is excellent, best conditions out there in years.JW
Excellent2015-02-0710Groomed for skate and classic. Skate lanes are little uneven in places. Classic track will probably be a little soft today but should set up for tomorrow.JW
Excellent2015-02-05Groomed 2-5-15 pm. Looks great out there! Track set everywhere. Started o widen out for skate lanes but they're not ready yet. Enjoy!Dan P
Excellent2015-02-03allGroomed 2-3-15 pm. Everything is set with classic tracks. Fantastic conditions! No skate lanes yet (maybe later this week assuming we don't get dumped on again, which appears to be a possibility!) Enjoy!!!Dan P
Excellent2015-01-28Groomed everything for classic skiing except the Bog itself. Double tracked the road bed. No skate lanes anywhere. More snow Friday, so we'll try to get out this weekend, and maybe get some skating options. Going to scout out the Bog itself tonight - no guarantees, though.Dan P.
Excellent2015-01-2810Pushed out the groomed area from where dan left off this afternoon. Now the skate lanes have been opened up. They are little rough in places, but get out there and ski it! I apologize to the many skiers that had their night ski interrupted by my grooming activities.JW
Poor2015-01-256Groomed main loops. Very thin coverage. Bring your rock skis. Let us hope we get a big dump on tues-weds.JW
Excellent2015-01-16Skate skied the whole hill loop and everything was great with adequate coverage everywhere and broad groomed track. Didn't have to dodge any roots or obstacles. Lots of folks taking advantage of the nice sunny day.JSG
Good2015-01-15allEverything was groomed 1/15/15 evening (excluding the Bog, of course). Generally pretty good conditions, but still beware of a few shallow spots that remain. Not quite enough snow to set tracks. Enjoy before the warm-up and rain that is forecasted!Dan P.
Poor2015-01-062kmOnly place worth skiing is road bed. Other areas have too many rocks poking through snow. Road bed is decent but still risk of hitting dirt on bumps. Groomer tried woods trails but didn't work. Road bed dragged out. Need more snow!Dan P.
Fair2014-03-2210Will groom sunday morning. Most loops should be ready by noon, skate & classic.JW
Fair2014-03-17We skated today. The classic tracks are bomber, but the skate track is rutted, hard-packed and narrow in many places. Very fast but would avoid the steeper hill sections because of the above. J Graham
Good2014-03-1618Grooming in progress. Will groom Skate and classic lanes. Most loops should be completed by noon.JW
Excellent2014-03-149Tons of snow... Unfortunately the heavy snow has resulted in more leaning grey birches so bring your clippers. There is a classic track set on most of the usual stuff. There are no skate lanes. The bog was not groomed but there is a skied in track. Rain is forecast for saturday. We'll see what happens and probably groom again on sunday morning. Hopefully the snow reserves left on the sides of the trail won't crust up too much and can be pulled in to freshen up the surface.JW
Good2014-02-22Grooming in progress on the Taylor Road Trails. Should be done by noon. Turning out much better than expected. KL
Good2014-02-18We skated the loop and the hill. The broader trail leading up to the upper loop is very skateable but the upper loop is softer and narrow for skating. The classic track looks very nicely set all around. If you are skating I would recommend staying on the areas that are clearly groomed firmer and wider for skating or consider the Orono HS trails that were wide, packed and great yesterday.J Graham
Excellent2014-02-1720Groomed this morning out across the bog, IF&W, across Forest Ave, and connected to the Veazie Railroad Bed. Set track the whole way. This will allow skiers to ski from the Bangor City Forest ski trails to the Caribou Bog ski trails. Note: the Veazie railroad bed is packed but not groomed/no set track.JW
Excellent2014-02-16Groomed this morning for both classic and skate over the Bangor hill. Newman hill was groomed for classic only. Get out and enjoy the fresh snow.Dave C
Fair2014-02-1512Freshly groomed! Rain crust was difficult to break up but there is a set track to ski on all Taylor Road Trails. The bog and IF&W trail was packed with the machine but not groomed. Ski it now before the next storm moves in. Plenty more snow in the forecast. Trails will be groomed again tomorrow morning. Should be ready to ski again by noon on sunday.JW
Excellent2014-02-0718Skiing excellent, both skate & classic. Great caribou bog trail was groomed this morning with track set through as far as Forest Ave. Bog portions of the trail are quite rough and require additional snow. The IF&W portion of the bog trail is fantastic.JW
Excellent2014-02-0612Everything was groomed 2/6/14. Tracks set everywhere except RR bed where the snow was a bit too shallow. For the rest of the trails, there are only a couple areas where sticks poke through - nothing serious. Beautiful conditions - sunny and 20s for the foreseeable future - should be great skiing!Dan P.
Fair2014-01-268Freshly groomed. Despite additional snow, trails are still patchy in places. Conditions are worst nearest the trailhead. Track set on all groomed trails except access trail. Groomed: hog hill, bangor hill, pink trail, driveway, access road (except along bait pond), & newman hill. Not groomed: Piney Knoll, RR Bed, & the trail out to & across the bog.JW
Poor2014-01-25Not unexpected but the trails with the new snow were very spongy and slow for skating and there wasn't any set track for classic. There are places now hidden under the new snow that are little more than a thin sheet of ice that can break under the pressure of your poles. The weather was perfect and the landscape was beautiful. I hope to go out again tomorrow despite the conditions.David Carter
Poor2014-01-25Not unexpected but the trails with the new snow were very spongy and slow for skating and there wasn't any set track for classic. There are places now hidden under the new snow that are little more than a thin sheet of ice that can break under the pressure of your poles. The weather was perfect and the landscape was beautiful. I hope to go out again tomorrow despite the conditions.David Carter
Poor2014-01-248The Taylor Road Trails certainly took a hit from the warm weather and rain showers. Trails were groomed this afternoon (friday) with mixed results. Portions of the trails are in good/excellent shape and the skating should be decent, however there are many areas where water flowed across or along the trail and melted areas that refroze into uneven blocks. With some additional snow these areas can be shoveled and smoothed out. The forecast is calling for snow on saturday and we could get as much as four inches. This should be enough to smooth things out so look for better skiing in the coming week. In the mean time, bring your rock skis. There is no set track, but all the trails have been groomed wide with the exception of the railroad bed and portions of the road along the bait pond where the trail gets considerable southern exposure. The trailhead access trail is very thin, skiers should consider walking to where the trail enters the woods on Newman Hill before putting on their skis. Be careful on Piney Knoll as the trail is very rough on both sides of the hill.JW
Poor2014-01-248The Taylor Road Trails certainly took a hit from the warm weather and rain showers. Trails were groomed this afternoon (friday) with mixed results. Portions of the trails are in good/excellent shape and the skating should be decent, however there are many areas where water flowed across or along the trail and melted areas that refroze into uneven blocks. With some additional snow these areas can be shoveled and smoothed out. The forecast is calling for snow on saturday and we could get as much as four inches. This should be enough to smooth things out so look for better skiing in the coming week. In the mean time, bring your rock skis. There is no set track, but all the trails have been groomed wide with the exception of the railroad bed and portions of the road along the bait pond where the trail gets considerable southern exposure. The trailhead access trail is very thin, skiers should consider walking to where the trail enters the woods on Newman Hill before putting on their skis. Be careful on Piney Knoll as the trail is very rough on both sides of the hill.JW
Good2014-01-03All trails other than the trail across the bog are groomed (No grooming on IF&W trail, Forest Ave Xing, Railroad bed to the Bangor City Forest, etc.). There are still some trees/shrubs/branches leaning into the trail, so feel free to bring some clippers out with you and do a little clean up on your ski. Trails groomed for both skating and classic although skate lanes are narrow. Weather looks good for skiing this weekend. Get out before the rain on monday!JW
Good2014-01-03All trails other than the trail across the bog are groomed (No grooming on IF&W trail, Forest Ave Xing, Railroad bed to the Bangor City Forest, etc.). There are still some trees/shrubs/branches leaning into the trail, so feel free to bring some clippers out with you and do a little clean up on your ski. Trails groomed for both skating and classic although skate lanes are narrow. Weather looks good for skiing this weekend. Get out before the rain on monday!JW
Excellent2014-01-01 Best classic track in years; outside loop is clear and well groomed; thanks Dan!!!!!!!!!!Bucky Owen
Good2013-12-318Lots of dedicated folks out with clippers and loppers today - thanks! We have a hole punched through the ice storm damage all the way up Newman and Bangor Hills, and down to the RR bed. That whole loop has classic tracks set. It's going to be a while before we get to grooming for skate skiing - lots more icy branches to prune!Dan P
Good2013-01-08All conditions updates will be done through www.pvskiclub.org or our facebook page "Penobscot Valley Ski Club"Dan

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