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Katahdin Woods, Patten, Maine


Grooming: Skate and Classic
Lighted? N
Distance: 40
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Description: Over 40 KM of trails, based in the Katahdin Woods and Waters Recreation Area adjacent to Baxter State Park, with two ski in primitive community huts as well.

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Conditions Date km groomed Comments Submitter
Excellent2016-03-0525+Grooming was a pleasure today with 5-6 inches of nice powder, we have packed powder conditions with track set and double track around the old River Road Loop. Try ski to Haskell Rock for a picnic! Blue sky , great trails along a world class river. Now is the weekend to come up and check out the Proposed National Park Lands!
Susan Adams
Excellent2016-03-0525+Grooming was a pleasure today with 5-6 inches of nice powder, we have packed powder conditions with track set and double track around the old River Road Loop. Try ski to Haskell Rock for a picnic! Blue sky , great trails along a world class river. Now is the weekend to come up and check out the Proposed National Park Lands!
Susan Adams
Excellent2016-02-1030K8-10 inches of fresh powder groomed and set classic track . The Orin Falls Messer Pond Road , apps 4 miles one way was also packed for skate skiing . We will have free hot chocolate and Somemores riverside this sunday from 10 am till 2 pm. Please join us! Snow shoe or ski in. One hut still has a night or two with space over vacation week. lunksoos@gmail.com. Bowlin Camps and Matagamon have a few cabins a few nights still open.
Susan
Excellent2016-01-2215Packed powder. Double track set yesterday down along the river on the old river road loop. Single on the IAT to allow for some skate skiing. Some we areas have started to freeze up but many on our engrossed trails, ponds and the river may still not be solid . Use common sense. Stay on the groomed trails otherwise. Mark groomed all the way to Haskell Rock yesterday and in to Stair falls. Should be set up perfectly this morning. come ski. For directions and winter ski maps go to www.katahdinwoods.org .
Susan
Excellent2016-01-1810+Perfectly groomed and double track set on the Old River Road Loop , with an extension in towards the Oxbow Picnic Area on the north end of the Yellow Loop. The rest of the Yellow Loop is still engrossed and there are multiple wet areas, where the water has still not frozen. Use caution on any engrossed trails and when off trail. Track was also set into Stair Falls and to Haskell Hut. We are still working on a wet section after Haskell Hut , so trail is only broken after that , no grooming.
Susan
Call in sick2016-01-1420-22 inches of powder received at Matagamon in the last storm. Packed about 15 miles and groomed and set track on the entire old river road loop which gives you app 5 miles of blissful skiing , much of it along the East Branch of the Penobscot River. Tomorrow we will head back and groom to Haskell Rock which will offer set track for over another 10 + miles .
Susan
Fair2016-01-12This is more of a damage report and we should have an awesome trail report by thursday after receiving 1.75 inches of rain this past weekend and seeing 10-12 inches of snow predicted for tonight ! Today we checked on the Old River Road Loop , the IAT Trail into Haskell Hut and the MPOF Trail into Big Spring Brook Hut from Matagamon. We could not get all the way into Bowlin Bridge on the K Comp trail due to an area not refrozen yet and a very large tree down at the other end. The Good News is that We managed to maintain at least 95% coverage on the trails . There is a very firm packed base, too hard to set track. We are set for the snow predicted tonight. The plan is to start grooming first thing thursday morning beginning with the Old River Loop Trail and moving on to Haskell Hut and then to Haskell Rock on to Big Spring Brook Hut . We will also be able to groom into Stair Falls now that the wet areas have frozen . There are still a few wet areas, including a beaver flow just after Haskell Hut entrance. Caution should be exercised to keep from getting wet feet! If anyone would like to come up for some skate skiing , please connect with us in advance and we may be able to help you out with most of the old river road loop and beyond . lunksoos@gmail.com Maps can be found at www.katahdinwoods.org/visit See you on the trails! Susan and MarkSusan
Good2016-01-06Groomed 10k on the 6th. The skiing is great ! Waiting on the weather on Sunday and will groom more trails when it gets cold again.
Mark
Good2016-01-0425 Grooming again tomorrow. Packed powder. 14 inches of new snow in the past 10 days. For up to date trail conditions and hut info contact us at lunksoos@gmail.com.Maps and directions at www.katahdinwoods.org. Come ski the Northwoods and check out some of the lands of the proposed National Park. Guided ski and stays at Mt.Chase Lodge ,Mt.Chase Maine.Susan
Excellent2016-00-2712 We made it thru the recent weather events with flying colors . Mark worked his magic and the old river road loop was awesome with a nice set track . Warm weather will soften things up even more . It was groomed into the KComp trailhead but no track set yet . Come enjoy. I skied about 6 K today around the old river road loop and it was one of my best skis so far this season. Sun,snow, great glide, beautiful views of the next national park in Maine !(fingers crossed) come check it out. Hut openings weekdays and a few weekends still .
Susan Adam

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