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Weekend update 1/12

We're off to a great start, but every day this week gets warmer! The next 2 days are not going to help us much. Guess this is our January thaw. Most clubs in the area are asking riders to stay off the trails this weekend in hopes of preserving what base there is. We'd sure appreciate it too! Sunday turns cold again, and we will resume grooming efforts then. We now have all the materials gathered to replace the bridge on the powerlines on Rt118, just need to coordinate some equipment to put the steel in place. Once that is done, and the deck on, the trail can be opened. We do have great news to share-the online membership program is going to be available again very soon! You will once again be able to join our club from the convenience of your own home-or anywhere there is wifi! We hope you are as excited as we are to have it back, and we will share more details in a future news blast. No computer? No problem-you will always be able to join our club by sending in an application, or in person at the clubhouse. Our next meeting is this Saturday night at 7pm-preceded by a potluck supper at 6.............come join us!

Trails report 1/9

Good news-the tucker is back up and running, and grooming is taking place. The temps are on the rise, but it is packing in the trails well. There are still some areas of little snow cover, but overall the riding is good. We have everything in stock now to repair the bridge on the power line at Rt 118, and hope to get it done while the temps are double digits! Please remember that we have several trail closures this year, and they have been signed as closed-NO snowmobiling! If we have not groomed it, it is NOT open. Our new maps are at the printer, and hope to have them done soon. Parking for riding in the Baker River system is at the clubhouse and the extra lot just before it on the right-NO exceptions. Please do not drive past the clubhouse to park on any town or private road-this puts the club in jeopardy with landowners. Our next meeting is this Saturday night at 7pm-preceded by a pot luck supper at 6-come join us, and meet some fellow members! Trails closed this season are: N Dorchester Rd (P153) Whitcher Quimby Nichols Scheller Clough...and please remember there is no parking there, or any other area past the clubhouse that have access to the trails.

WEEKEND UPDATE 12/29

Jayne will be at the clubhouse Saturday morning from 9-12 for memberships. The grill is not open this weekend. We are one step closer to having Corridor 5 open from Shawnee's north! Thanks to Chris at CM Whitcher and his crew for getting this done. The rail bed was plowed for trucks to deliver material, so there is no snow on the ground, and none to work with. The bridge at the fish hatchery is still out, so there is no through traffic at that point-local access only. They are hoping to have the bridge ready in another week or so-we'll keep you updated. Construction on our bridge at the power line on Rt 118 is underway. Our trails have been opened up-we rolled, and are getting ready to groom them. Early season riding conditions exist, please ride with care! This bitter cold is slowing things down a bit-please be patient as all clubs get to their trails! Remember to like and check us out on Facebook! Trails closed this season are: N Dorchester Rd (P153) Whitcher Quimby Clough...and please remember there is no parking there, or any other area past the clubhouse that have access to the trails. Have a safe and Happy New Year!

12/22 Report

Snow is coming down, there is a good 5"-6" from this storm. The forecast is to change over to freezing rain, then all rain. There are 2 more storms on the radar for this weekend, and with any luck, we'll have just enough to be able to get the trails really open! Although the report from BOT listed Baker trails as open, not all trails are in good condition-we still have work to do. The bridge is still out (but repair has been started) on the power line at Rt 118, so you will not be able to cross over. The washout on C5 means the trail is closed at Shawnee's. Our neighbors, the Asquamchumauke club in Warren has a bridge out at the fish hatchery, so there is no coming south from there. Our project on the rail bed should start sometime next week. There was very little snow cover on the trails before now, and it was so light that it did not make for a good base. The rain coming should help firm things up. We will pack and roll trails starting Saturday, 12/23. If you do ride here this weekend, PLEASE keep in mind it is early season, and watch for trail hazards. It would be wise to keep your speed down. There were a lot of washouts up in the high country, and the more snow we get, the better we can fill them. There will be a work crew in the Rocky loop area tomorrow, Saturday, 12/23-please watch for them. All of the Hog Hill area will be open for riding this year. The clubhouse is not open this weekend, so that our volunteers may spend Christmas with their families. Ride safe and keep right! TRAILS CLOSED: Any trail off N. Dorchester Rd, including the road- P 153, Whitcher, Clough Rd area-NO PARKING or riding through there, Quimby (Lyme's trail), Scheller, Nichols Hill, All of us here at Baker River wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas!

TRAILS UPDATE 12/14

WEEKEND UPDATE ......TRAILS WILL REMAIN CLOSED There are still a couple of safety concerns that are being addressed: the washout on C5 on the rail bed in Wentworth, the bridge on the power lines on Rt 118, and a washout on Rocky. We got halfway through Rocky last weekend, and this weekend plan to finish it, as well as Little Rocky and C5 from the green camp to 10 mile.We will be clearing downed trees and other hazards on both days. Our tucker is a 5 man cab, but 4 fit more comfortably if you choose to ride along. Now that the ground is snow covered, we can reach these trails by sled, and if yours is registered, you are welcome to bring it to help. Chain saws and brush cutters would be helpful, but we do have some. A screw gun would also be helpful for signage and any rails that may need fixing on a bridge. We need guys to throw brush off the trail when cut. If any more information is needed, you can call 603-786-2770. We will have food back at the clubhouse for those who help out on the work crews. We are not the only club who will not be open this weekend, so please check before you ride-all clubs are doing their best, and have your safety in mind when making any decisions. We can finally see light at the end of the tunnel, thanks to ALL of the volunteers who have given up their time to help. Hopefully, this will be the last big weekend to address all the issues that are facing us, and we can all get out and ride the great trails we have!

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