OLD TRAIL UPDATE
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Hardy Country Snowmobile Club
Hi Everyone. Just thought I would give a quick update on what we have been up to and what is planned for this summer and fall.. We have been working for the past couple of months on finding a new route for 24 East from George Rd. to Auto Air Plus. We no longer have permission to use the existing trail. The good news is that the Merrill family and Green Acre Woodlands have given us permission to use their land for the new trail. We greatly appreciate this. We are almost done finalizing the new route and are hoping to be able to start construction of this two mile re-route in August. This might be overly optimistic as we still need to wait for some some permitting. The not so good news is that we really do not know if we are going to be able to complete this project this fall with the limited funds we have available. Unfortunately, we found out about the trail closure just after the deadline for applying for grant money for this type of project so the club is going to have to pay for the entire project ourselves. Normally for a project this size we would get assistance from grant money that is funded by your registration fees. While we understand the importance of this trail for connecting Hardy Country with Bridgewater, depleting our treasury to get this done could jeopardize our ability to groom the rest of our trail system as we would not have the money to keep our equipment running if we had a breakdown. We are certainly not giving up on trying to get this project done this year yet. We are still exploring all possible options for getting the tree work and extensive excavating done. I will post updates when we are ready for volunteer help for bridge building and tree removal. If you have any ideas or know someone with excavating and/or tree removal equipment please ask them to help the club!! We would also love to find a few members that would be willing to establish and coordinate a fund raising committee. If we could get our members to invest in our trail system we could really improve snowmobiling around Newfound Lake. I believe that with the right person leading the effort, we could demonstrate to snowmobilers the benefits to donating and investing in the club. This could be a great opportunity for someone to help out the club who does not live locally. Please contact us if you are able to help with fundraising. Respectfully Submitted, Dave Lloyd, Trail Master
Updated March 27, 2015 We lost a lot of snow with the rain yesterday. Heading out now to check trails. Trails in Hebron Center are getting pretty bare. The only good riding will be up in the high elevation. Recommend trailering to the playground in Groton and taking that trail up to Corridor 24 to Spruce Ridge. Please read previous posts as to what we needed to close earlier in the week.
Update March 23,2015 - We had to close down the trail behind the Hebron Store per landowners request as the snow coverage was getting thin in the field. This also required us to shut down the trail from Newfound Lake. If heading south on cor. 11 from Rumney you will have to use the Hebron Trial to the powerlines and 24 east to get back onto 11 south. Almost everything west of the Hebron store was groomed on Sunday night. The Conditions on the high elevation trails are still very good. Thanks to Jim Lerner who completed his first solo grooming trip yesterday. He did a great job and we are happy to have him on our grooming team. We recommend parking your trailer at the playground/field in Groton to access the best parts of the system. It is also still possible to park at the Hebron Store and ride south on cor. 11 to cor. 24 west to access the higher elevation trails. Grooming will continue as needed only on the western part of the system where there is still good snow cover. We will not be grooming east to Bridgewater as there is insufficient snow cover.
Update March 20,2015 - Like us on Facebook for more up to date trail reports! Hardy Country Snowmobile Club We are continuing grooming operations! Both groomers were out last night. Everything at this point is groomed; expect good spring riding conditions. See previous posts as to where the best riding is. We are also having a BBQ on Saturday, March 21st. We have plenty of food, so please stop by for a burger and hot dog! See the posting on the home page or on the events page or on Facebook for location and directions. Hope to see you there! We appreciate when you add your own trail reports and updates on our Facebook page as conditions can change fast this time of year. This helps both our grooming team as well as other riders. The sooner we know about hazards or poor conditions the sooner we can address problem areas. Feel free to share your concerns/suggestions on our Facebook page or you can email the club directly. firstname.lastname@example.org David Lloyd - Acting Trail Master.
Update March 16, 2015 Like us on Facebook for more up to date trail reports! Hardy Country Snowmobile Club We have continued grooming as conditions permit and will continue grooming this week. Primary 151 past sculptured rocks and up the power-lines, Jewell Hill, spruce ridge, Hood Trail, Atwell Brook, Kimball hill was groomed last night and there is plenty of snow up there in the high elevations. The conditions in this area are very good to excellent and the snow is still very deep. If you want to ride just the really good stuff we recommend trailering to either the Hebron Store or the ball field in Groton. Cor. 24 west (Hobart Hill) from the Hebron Store has held up well with good snow coverage up to and through the power-lines. There is also a trail groomed from the parking area at the field in Groton right up to Cor. 24 as well. 11 south to goose pond is getting thin and there are some bare spots with overall fair conditions. 24 East over to Bridgewater is also getting rough with bare spots and some ice with marginal to fair conditions but is certainly rideable. Please be cautious as you never know where hazards could appear as the water starts running. We appreciate when you add your own trail reports and updates on our facebook page as conditions can change fast this time of year.This helps both the grooming team and other riders. The sooner we know about hazards or poor conditions the sooner we can address problem areas. Feel free to share your concerns/suggestions on our facebook page or you can email the club directly. email@example.com David Lloyd - Acting Trail Master.
Update March 11,2015 - Like us on Facebook for more up to date trail reports! Hardy Country Snowmobile Club We were forced to cut back on our grooming operations a little bit this week because of the warm temperatures. Cor. 11 south to goose pond, Cor 11 north to Rumney and Cor 24 east over to Bridgewater was groomed Monday night and set up nice as the temps were cold. Tim French and Billy Mcpherson headed out to groom 151 north and 24 west last night after midnight however the temperature never got below freezing and they made the right decision to turn around after just a few miles as they felt they were doing more harm than good as our trails are still in really good shape with consistently good snow cover with only a few bare spots here and there. With the forecast for colder temperatures later in the week the plan right now is for Dave Lloyd and Jim Lerner to be out late thurs night grooming 151 north. Daryl Smith, Frankie Hobart and Tim French will be out grooming everything Friday night with Tyler Adams and Chuck Stata or Billy Mchperson to do it all over again on Saturday night. We expect good to very good conditions with small areas of "spring like" conditions for the weekend. We have not found any open waterbars yet but you should use caution as that could change over the next few days and unexpected hazards could show up at anytime. In case anyone was wondering why they have seen our groomers out over the past few days with rollers or nothing on the back at all it is because we have been relocating some of our equipment up to North Groton Rd. for off season maintenance and had to make several trips to get it all up there before we lose all the snow. David Lloyd - Acting Trail Master.
Update March 9,2015 - There is no denying that we are loosing snow fast and we expect to have quite a bit more melting this week. We still have very good to excellent trail conditions throughout the system and we will continue to groom everything this week. We are hopeful that we will be able to continue to groom throughout next weekend. I suspect that this is coming weekend will the last weekend we will be able to groom 24 east over to Bridgewater as we tend to lose snow fast on the south facing hills. However we still have plenty of snow up in the high country on the western part of our trail system and I have no doubt that we will continue grooming operations over there for at least 2 more weeks. We will be moving around our equipment and fuel to allow us to continue grooming up there. We will also be grooming the trail down to the park/ball field in Groton where there is parking available for trailers. We have a great team of new groomer operators that are not going to give up on this winter anytime soon so get out there and ride and enjoy the trails these last few weeks. Don't forget to check us out on facebook for more frequent reports and trail updates. We encourage you to post your own trail reports on our facebook page as well. If you come across a hazard or have any other suggestion, concern please share it with us on facebook or email the club directly. Thank you to Frankie Hobart, Daryl Smith, Tyler Adams, Chuck Stata, Billy McPherson and Jim Lerner for all of your time and hard work grooming this year. We are also very excited to to get Tim French back grooming for these last few weeks. We all owe a big thank you to Frankie Hobart who donated his time, equipment and welding expertise to perform a large repair on the Tucker. He was able to get the machine back and running the very same day. This could have been a season ending break without Frankie jumping in to help. Next time you break something and need welding done just call Hobart and Sons Welding. David Lloyd, acting Trail master.
Update March 6,2015 - Both Hardy Country Groomers were out last night and will be out Friday and Saturday nights. 11 south to goose pond and 24 west to Caanan groomed last night. 151 in Groton and 24 east to Bridgewater being groomed right now. Trails are setting up real nice! Updated March 4, 2015 Thank you to all that supported our dinner! We had a great turnout. We have been grooming every day this week. Trails continue to be very good, but with the slight warm up today, watch out for some slushy spots.
Updated February 27, 2015 Great week of grooming, thanks to the guys that were out every night this week! Plan on another good weekend of riding! Remember the dinner Saturday night, 5-7 pm at the Hebron Church- everyone who arrives by snowmobile gets a HCSC bumper sticker and the first 5 to ride in also will receive a 2015 state trails map!
Updated February 21, 2015 With the light fluffy snow and the windy weather, please be aware of snow drifts in the trails! In some areas like the power lines, in as little time as the second groomer pass, the trails may be snow covered again. The forecast is for some heavy wet snow this weekend which will help!
Update February 19, 2015 - Like us on Facebook for more up to date trail reports! Hardy Country Snowmobile Club What a wonderful sight to wake up to, a few more inches of snow! Grooming operations have been in full force again this week. All trails are good to very good, some even excellent. There is a fishing derby on Newfound Lake this weekend, so be aware there may be more bob houses out there than usual. The Hebron Village Store will be at the Hebron Beach selling refreshments and live bait!
Update February 14,2015 - Groomers are just headed in from grooming all day yesterday and all last night. Expect good to excellent conditions throughout the system. Have fun! We would appreciate feedback on trails and signs!
Update February 12,2015 - We keep getting these light fluffy snowfalls, but they sure do add up! We missed a night of grooming due to a starter failing in one of the groomers, but we worked around the clock to replace it and the groomers are in full force tonight! Trails are in good to very good, even excellent condition. With the solid base under powdery snow, use care on the corners. Be safe, have fun, and keep thinking SNOW!
Update February 9,2015 The snow is still flying. We have received about 6 inches of new snowfall over the past 24 hours with another few inches expected. We will continue to have the groomers out daily this week packing and grooming the new snow. The light fluffy snow will require a couple of passes with the groomer before it really sets up and we plan on having everything groomed at least twice before the weekend. We expect very good to excellent conditions throughout the entire system this weekend. Until the groomers get everything done this week there will be some really nice powder riding on top of a nice flat base. Enjoy. Use caution on Spruce RIdge as there are a few icy spots that can catch you off guard as the trail is nice and smooth overall. There will be a Spaghetti and meatball dinner this coming Saturday Feb. 12 from 5-7 at the Hebron Church. (Follow trail signs for the Hebron Store) The church is next door.
Update February 5 Another weekend is upon us! We have had steady snowfall most of the week, mostly light and fluffy, but the groomers have been out daily to pack it down to make sure it stays on the trails. Trail conditions are good to very good. We will be grooming the trails both nights this weekend as we expect it will be needed due to the light fluffy snow. Please feel free to contact the club via our email if you see any hazards that should be addressed. We are also continually trying to improve our signage, so again contact us with any locations you feel could be better. Have a great time out there!
Update January 30th Happy Friday! Both groomers are in full operation today and tonight! 24 East between Hebron and Bridgewater has improved with the snow this week and is ridable, but is still thin in spots and icy. Most of the trails are good to very good. The snow is falling now and we are expecting snow throughout the day as well!
Update January 27th, 7 pm Well, we did not get as much snow as we had anticipated! As of now, we have about 6 or so inches of light fluffy snow and the winds are howling! The groomer has been out all afternoon and is still out, working to keep as much snow on the trails as possible before it blows around. We will keep you posted on trail conditions and grooming operations! Maybe more snow Friday?!??
Update January 23rd Grooming operations have continued this week We got some rain, but the trails held up surprisingly well. 24 East towards Bridgewater still thin, icy. West side fair to good. The trails are icy, so please use caution!! If you venture out, please use extreme caution as there are hazards like water bars and thin spots. If you are out and see rocks, branches or other hazards, please help our groomers by moving them off the trail!
Update January 16th Grooming operations have continued this week! Trails are good to fair, higher elevation certainly makes a positive difference. Corridor 24 East towards Bridgewater is thin. Spruce Ridge is very rough, so please use extreme caution there. If you venture out, please use extreme caution as there are hazards like water bars and thin spots. If you are out and see rocks, branches or other hazards, please help our groomers by moving them off the trail! Hope to see you on the trails this weekend!
January 9, 2015 Grooming crews have been out all day today and are heading out again tonight to have all of our trails groomed for this weekend. Most trails are ridable with fair conditions, good conditions in higher elevations. If you venture out, please use extreme caution as there are hazards like water bars and thin spots. If you are out and see rocks, branches or other hazards, please help our groomers by moving them off the trail!
January 5, 2015 We received a few inches of much needed heavy wet snow Saturday night before it changed to sleet and rain. It was just enough to allow us to resume grooming. The first time out grooming is a very slow process as we need to fill in water bars and clear trees. The following trails have been groomed with variable conditions from fair to good. -Cor. 11 North from the Hebron Store to Coridor 24 East. -Cor 24 East from Cor 11 over to Bridgewater. With the cold temperatures and predicted snow showers we will continue grooming this week and should have most of trail system opened by the weekend.
December 23 2014 Unfortunately it looks pretty certain that the Christmas Eve rain storm is going to wash away any chance we had for riding this weekend in Hardy Country. We were just a couple of inches of snow away from having some decent riding. We did get out in the groomer over the weekend and started filling in some water bars and clearing some recently downed trees. We will resume grooming as soon as we possibly can. We are going to need some volunteer help to build a bridge in the coming weeks for the trail re-route around the washout out on Hardy Rd. We are still waiting for the excavator work setting the steel to be completed before we can complete the bridge. Please check back for an update when we will be doing this as we will need help.
December 15 2014 - Opening Day! The trails are officially open today for the season. Most of the gaits are open. There is some snow in the higher elevations but anyone attempting to ride this early should be very careful as the ground is still not frozen and there is open water bars just about everywhere. We will not be grooming this week as we need a little bit more snow before we can start grooming. Hopefully we will get a few more inches soon so we can start grooming.
APRIL 16, 2014 - Trails are CLOSED. Spring has sprung and the Hardy Country Trails are closed. Despite the dusting of snow we received last night, the rain and warm weather have ended the 2013-2014 snowmobile season. Let's hope for even more snow next year!
APRIL 8, 2014 Spring is working its annual agenda and the snow is melting. THE LOWER TRAILS ARE BECOMING THIN AND MUDDY, PARTICULARLY AROUND HEBRON VILLAGE AND THE COCKERMOUTH. PLEASE DO NOT RIDE ON THE LOWER TRAILS. Access to the trails is a privilege granted us by the landowners; abuse of this privilege will lead to trail closures and major breaks in our trail system. Please ride responsibly; there are locations where access can still be found to the high country; please trailer your sled to these rather than ruining property and our relationships with the landowners. Thank you. CHANGES WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON THE WEBSITE.
March 27, 2014 The groomers have been out and all the trails are groomed. THE SNOWMOBILING IS GREAT! (Thursday's groomer got lots of "thumbs up" signs from riders out on the trails). BUT HURRY! It looks like SPRING is ready to BREAK with some warm temperatures and rain coming so get out on that ride as soon as you can! CHANGES WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON THE WEBSITE.
February 21, 2014 Grooming operations have had to be suspended due to warm temperatures and rain since Thursday. Beware of slippery conditions on the trails as, according to the forecasts, the temperatures will drop with very little snow accumulation in the next week. Note: Rte 11 from Goose Pond to Bear Mtn Road has been reopened. CHANGES WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON THE WEBSITE.
February 14, 2014 We received between 12 to 14 inches of snow on the trails and the groomers will be out with rolls and drags. Please ride carefully as the groomers will be on the trails during the day as well as at night trying to cover as much of the trail system as we can for the weekend. Note: Route 11 between Goose Pond and Bear Mountain Road will be closed this winter due to logging operations. CHANGES WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON THE WEBSITE.
February 7, 2014 We received between 6 to 12 inches of snow on the trails, depending on location, and have resumed grooming operations. The trails have been rolled and groomers are now out with the drags to get trails ready for the weekend. Please ride carefully as snow cover is still a bit thin in spots. Note: Route 11 between Goose Pond & Bear Mtn. Road will be closed this winter due to logging. CHANGES WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON THE WEBSITE.
January 16, 2014 Because of the recent warm temperatures and rain, grooming operations are suspended until we get sufficient snowfall. Route 11 between Goose Pond and Bear Mtn. Road will be closed this winter due to logging. CHANGES WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON THE WEBSITE
January 10, 2014 The groomers were out this week and covered all of the trail system. There are some thin and bare spots due to the small amount of snow so use extra caution. Unfortunately, weekend weather doesn't promise the snow we'd like. We will continue grooming as the weather and the snow cover allows. RIDE SAFELY AND RESPECTFULLY! CHANGES WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON THE WEBSITE ___________________________________________________________________________ December 31, 2013 Sunday night's snowfall added some cover and the groomers were able to get out and roll much of the trail system. This year, there has been a greater amount of brush work from downed trees and limbs which has slowed our progress. We will continue grooming as the weather and the snow cover allows. BE PREPARED FOR EARLY SEASON RIDING with areas of thin cover, open water and minor washouts. RIDE SAFE AND RESPECTFULLY! CHANGES WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON THE WEBSITE OR CALL MILES AT 603-744-3831 OR WALT AT 603-744-6158 FOR INFORMATION. ___________________________________________________________________________ December 27, 2013 There is insufficient snow cover on the trails for grooming at this time. Riding is at own risk only; beware of thin snow conditions.