With the start of snowmobile season tomorrow, the Allegheny National Forest has released some information for the outdoors enthusiasts.
The first big piece of information regarding snowmobile season is the obvious lack of snow.
They advise that sufficient snowfall will be needed to make the trails usable, and at this time they are not doing any snow or grooming reports until sufficient snowfall has been achieved to start opening the trails.
When the trails open, there will be some new changes to keep in mind.
Forest Road (FR) 141 and FR 262 (Longhouse Scenic Drive) will be open to snowmobile use this winter. These roads were closed last season due to construction.
New Connector Trail # 38 (The Lewis Run Snowmobile Bypass Trail) is located east of Marshburg, PA on both private property and National Forest System lands. The new 5.5-mile trail segment provides an alternative route to the main 1A trail that utilizes FR 455. It begins at Pine Acres Country Club and ends at the intersection of forest roads 188 and 455. The Willow Creek Snowmobile Club secured permission for the trail from the private property owners and oil and gas interests, including the Bradford Area Golf Association (Pine Acres Country Club), Minard Run Oil Company, First America Energy, and Lyme Timber. The new trail will enhance user safety and experiences by providing an additional opportunity that complements the existing trail system and provides snowmobilers with convenient access to amenities like parking, fuel, and food.
Allegheny National Forest contains approximately 365 miles of interconnected snowmobile trails, and when conditions permit another 52 miles of trails are used for both snowmobiles and ATV/OHMs.
Multiple groups enjoy the wintertime trails, and everyone is asked to exercise caution as trail users may encounter vehicles, groomers, snowshoers, dogsled teams, hikers, and cross-country skiers at any time.
Trail users are reminded to;
Stay on designated trails
Practice Leave No Trace Principles
Plan ahead and prepare for variable trail and weather conditions
And please remember that motorized vehicles are not allowed on the Allegheny Reservoir once it is frozen.
The snowmobile trail map and condition reports will be available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/allegheny/recreation/wintersports.