From staff reports
WARREN – The Allegheny National Forest’s snowmobile trails will opened Friday, Dec. 16.
The only trail that will remain closed is Snowmobile Trail connector Number 12 (Marienville Bypass) because of flooding.
The Allegheny National Forest has about 365 miles of snowmobile trails in interconnected loops.
Only a limited number of trails will be groomed by the Forest Service and local snowmobile clubs. Grooming will begin when the ground becomes frozen and more snow is received.
The ATV/OHM trails will remain closed until the trails are solidly frozen and trail conditions are safe.
The National Forest will send out a media release and post information on the web when ATV/OHM trails open. The 2017 ATV/OHM annual and day passes should be available by December 21.
“With all the recent snow we’ve received, we can open the trails early for snowmobilers to enjoy,” said Forest Supervisor Sherry Tune. She asked users to:
- Stay on designated trails.
- Use caution when on the forest, because trail conditions vary due to the weather and other conditions.
- Remember that multiple groups use many of the trails, so snowmobilers may encounter vehicles, groomers, snowshoers, dog sled teams and skiers at any time.
- Be aware that motorized vehicles are not allowed on the Allegheny Reservoir once it is frozen.
Information on snowmobile trail conditions and the grooming schedule can be found on the Snowmobile Trail Condition Report, which is updated every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The first report was posted on Dec. 16 and can be found on the “Quick Links” section of the ANF website at fs.usda.gov/allegheny or by calling (814) 723-5150 and selecting option 2.