Chimney Pond has been below zero F. for several nights recently. Basin Pond is holding 12" of ice. The Roaring Brook Road and the Chimney Pond Trail are both good for skiing at this time, but the current weather forecast includes rain for Monday night. Rain in the winter is just plain wrong. The Saddle Trail has been broken out to the Tableland and waist deep or deeper snow lays at the approach to the Saddle, and Dudley Trails. Cross country skiing in the Togue Pond area is good. Skiiers should expect to meet snowmobile traffic on the Park Tote Road. The Logan Pond road was groomed for snowmobile traffic last night for the first time this year.
Trail conditions into South Branch Pond from Matagamon are fair with a soft snow cover over an icy base. The trail from South Branch to Russell has about 6 to 10" of snow and is bony in spots.
Baxter Park held a very successful Opening Day of Reservations on Tuesday, January 12. Deirdre Fleming covered the event for the Portland Press Herald. You can read Deirdre's great story here: http://www.pressherald.com/life/outdoors/if-youre-on-the-baxter-line-you-join-a-special-group_2012-01-22.html