Trailmaster's Monthly Trail Report

 
February 2020
All Trails are now closed to ATV’s/UTV’s for snowmobile season. The only exception is ATV’s/UTV’s outfitted with snow tracks and registered as a snowmobile.

Well it’s snowmobile season again and the trails are starting to look good. The trails need at least 12 inches of snow to allow for a safe and fun snowmobile ride. We will be looking for people to help with trail setup and grooming this snowmobile season. Without property owners’ consent there would be no trails for people to ride. Take the extra time now to look over your sleds and make sure they are ready for some fun in the snow without the headache of being stuck out in the winter wonderland walking when you should be riding.

THE TRAILS ON THE WEST SIDE OF TOPSHAM ARE OPEN FOR SNOWMOBILE USE, EXCEPT FOR TRAIL 2, 2A to BRADLEY POND, AND 2B to BOWDOIN DUE TO OPEN WATER AND THIN ICE.

THE TRAILS ON THE EAST SIDE OF TOPSHAM ARE OPEN FOR SNOWMOBILE USE.

ALL RIDERS ARE REQUIRED TO STAY 25 FEET AWAY FROM ALL POWER POLES AND GUIDE WIRES.

THE ATHLETIC FIELDS, PARKING LOTS, AND SCHOOL GROUNDS OF MT ARARAT HIGH SCHOOL ARE OFF LIMITS TO SNOWMOBILES. THE TOWER AREA AND TOWER ROAD ARE ALSO OFF LIMITS TO SNOWMOBILES.

Snowmobiles are not allowed on Trail #1B as this is an ATV only trail.

The parking area across from the HS bus garage is hit or miss for parking due to construction. Please use the parking area directly across RTE 201 to park and use bike path for trail access.
Please stay on established trails; if not we could lose the use of the trails all together. Please use Marked Bridges to cross WET, STREAM or Marsh areas on the trails. Failure to do so will result in sections of the trail being CLOSED permanently by landowners.























Access to and from Lisbon falls on Trail #1C is not possible anymore due to a closed gate on the Ward Rd.
Operating an ATV in wetlands, marshes, rivers, and streams is illegal in Maine.
Dirt bikes and UTV’s over 60” wide are not allowed on CMP Property period. This is a CMP rule that the club has no control over.  The following trails are on CMP property #1A, #1B, RACE TRACK, #1C, #2, and #4 from RT.196 to RT.24. Any dirt bike or UTV over 60” caught on these trails will be charged with criminal trespass.
 Land Owners have the right to stipulate what can and cannot be operated on the trails that use their property. If these stipulations are not followed the club will lose the use of that land owners property. Individuals damaging or abusing their property will result in the loss of all trails for everyone.

Please stay off the trails during and just after heavy rains. This cuts down on the damage that has cost our club a lot of time and money to keep the Land Owners happy. Please ride safe out there on or off our trails, fun is to be had without getting hurt. Enjoy the ride this summer and always respect the land on which you ride and the land owners which allow us to ride.

Permission required. A person may not operate an ATV on the land of another without the permission of the landowner or lessee. Permission is presumed on designated state approved ATV trails or in areas open to ATVs by landowner policy. A landowner may limit the use of a designated state-approved ATV trail on that landowner's property through agreements with the State or an ATV club to address environmental, public safety or management concerns. Written permission of the landowner or lessee is required on cropland or pastureland or in an orchard. As used in this subsection, “cropland” means acreage in tillage rotation, land being cropped and land in bush fruits, and “pastureland” means acreage devoted to the production of forage plants used for animal production.

The Speed limit is 5 MPH on the Trail behind J&S, this is to help the trail stabilize due to soft soil.
 The Speed limit is 15 MPH in the power lines behind the rehab complex on Rte. 196, if this speed limit is not followed the trail will be closed permanently.
 The Speed limit in residential areas like Bay Park and Topsham Crossing is 15MPH to help keep dust and noise to a minimum.
All ATV trails are operated on privately owned land, individuals damaging or abusing their property will result in the loss of all ATV trails for everyone.
TRUCKS AND CARS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON ATV/SNOWMOBILE TRAILS IN THE STATE OF MAINE WITHOUT LAND OWNER PERMISSION.

RESPECT LANDOWNERS - STAY ON MARKED TRAILS AND ONLY MARKED TRAILS AND OBEY ALL POSTED SIGNS. USE IS A 
PRIVILEGE, NOT A RIGHT. RIDE AT OWN RISK.
While riding please wear proper protective equipment and keep speeds at a safe level. Ride Smart, Ride Safe, Ride Sober.
Again, if you’re out on the trail please bring a pair of clippers or even a small saw to help cut back the new growth from the trail. Every snip helps.

Regulations specific to TTR's Trails

The Speed limit is 5 MPH on the Trail behind J&S, this is to help the trail stabilize due to soft soil.

The Speed limit is 15 MPH in the power line behind the tattoo shop on Rte. 196, if this speed limit is not followed the trail will be closed permanently.

The Speed limit in residential areas like Bay Park and Topsham Crossing is 15MPH to help keep dust and noise to a minimum.

All ATV trails are operated on privately owned land, individuals damaging or abusing their property will result in the loss of all ATV trails for everyone.

Again, if you’re out on the trail please bring a pair of clippers or even a small saw to help cut back the new growth from the trail. Every snip helps.


THINK AND DRIVE

1. Make sure your registration is up to date. Properly attach your Registration stickers.

2. Check your helmet. Invest in a new one if it’s damaged by any dents or cracks.

3. Give your ATV a twice-over. Check that all equipment, including brakes, lights, engine, and tires are in good condition and functioning properly.

4. Familiarize yourself with local regulations and bylaws regarding ATV usage.

5. Get your emergency kit ready to go, including any or all of the following: blanket, snacks/food, waterproof matches, a whistle, insect repellant and sunblock, a flashlight, spare fuel, tea or coffee, water/water purification tablets, duct tape, signal mirror, tool kit, first aid supplies, rope, flares, spare keys, a sharp knife, and/or compass.

6. If your children want to ride, ensure they have completed the ATV safety course. If you haven’t ridden before or could just use a re-fresher, do the same. Don’t let your children use adult-sized ATVs.

7. Consider taking a first aid course. It doesn’t hurt to be prepared.

8. Get yourself in the mindset for a great riding season. Have fun!


Golden Rules for Safe ATV Operation

1. Always wear a helmet and other protective gear.

2. Never ride on public roads – another vehicle could hit you.

3. Never ride under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

4. Never carry a passenger on a single-rider vehicle.

5. Ride an ATV that’s right for your age. The CPSC age/size guidelines are:

Age 6 and older Under 70cc

Age 12 and older 70cc – 90cc

Age 16 and older Over 90cc

6. Supervise riders younger than 16; ATVs are not toys.

7. Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.

8. Take an ATV Rider Course; to enroll call toll free (800) 887-2887.


Land Owners have the right to stipulate what can and cannot be operated on the trails that use their property. If these stipulations are not followed the club will lose the use of that land owners property. Individuals damaging or abusing their property will result in the loss of all trails for everyone.


TRUCKS AND CARS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON ATV/SNOWMOBILE TRAILS IN THE STATE OF MAINE WITHOUT LAND OWNER PERMISSION.


RESPECT LANDOWNER’S - STAY ON MARKED TRAILS AND ONLY MARKED TRAILS AND OBEY ALL POSTED SIGNS. USE IS A PRIVILEGE, NOT A RIGHT.

RIDE AT OWN RISK.

While riding please wear proper protective equipment and keep speeds at a safe level. Ride Smart, Ride Safe, Ride Sober.




Trailmaster Charlie Parkinson

Assistant Trailmaster
Tim Doyle