March 23, 2013

Snowmobiling: Endless winter a blessing to snowmobilers

By Cathy Genthner

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Historic Pittston Farm in the North Woods is among Maine’s many locales that continues to offer access to first-rate snowmobiling as adequate snow cover should last well into the spring.

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NAME: East Side of Mount Katahdin

LOCATION: Aroostook County

LOCAL CLUB: Rockabema Snow Rangers Snowmobile Club

CONTACT: Kenneth Perkins, president, 528-6102-7097

WHAT’S OFFERED: Beginning on ITS-81 in Patten, head north to Shin Pond for some of the best views of Mount Katahdin in Maine.

"Dad let me tinker on them and ride them around the warehouse. It was great fun and I learned to take them apart and put them back together. We never owned a sled, as dad always had a new 'space' sled that needed to go through the break-in period before it was issued to a warden in the field," said Symmes. "I'd like to go back to the good old days when they made single-cylinder sleds that today are used mostly by ice fishermen. Those sleds did a lot less damage to the trails because they didn't go 100 miles an hour. That is why I don't like to ride on the main ITS trails. I like riding on the local trails or riding off-trail because of all the wildlife you see. You see deer in the cedar trees at Matagamon Lake. I like going slower because you see more and there is less chance of an accident."

Patten's trails are on the east side of Katahdin, giving snowmobilers a view of the Appalachian range. Snowmobilers are riding on land that was an integral part of Maine's logging history.

"The view from the trail is just breathtaking. If you've never experienced it, you've got to do it," said Symmes. "The Patten is the best-kept secret snowmobiling area in Maine. The trails don't get a lot of use and traffic. I don't know why there isn't a lot of use, but I am glad there isn't." 

Cathy Genthner is the owner of River Bluff Camps, located off of ITS-83, and is licensed by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to guide snowmobile trips. She can be reached at:


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