Video: Snowmobiling to the Maine Ghost Trains

From Explore New England

Have you seen the mysterious Ghost Trains of Eagle Lake? This pair of massive locomotives have sat at idle, hidden deep in the woods of Northern Maine since the 1930’s and makes for an intriguing snowmobiling adventure; as detailed in this Explore New England short film.

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Join us as we ride Indy-Polaris Sleds across 15 miles of freshly powdered Trails; Starting from Lake Millinocket & ending our journey next to Eagle Lake in Aroostook County – Home of the abandoned Ghost Trains. How they ended up here, has been a source of speculation among sledders for decades.

These Steel Locomotives are remnants of the early logging industry; engines like these were used to carry logs 13 miles from Eagle Lake to Umbazooksus Lake. From there, the logs were dumped into the water & driven south to Lake Chesuncook, which feeds into the West Branch of the Penobscot River. Now the locomotives sit silently among the snow & trees, accessible only via a snowmobile trail.

Photos Snowmobiling Millinocket Maine

Heading Up Ragged Mtn. Trail
Parkway Scenic Loop
PP X-Over Trail
On Ragged Mountain
ITS 86, Painted Rock
Trail to Rainbow Lake
109 to 111 X-Over trail
Parkway Scenic Loop Trail
Overlook on the 109
March 2014 109 Trail
Gauntlet Falls Bridge
Wildwoods Trail
Mt. Katahdin from the 109
Ragged Mtn. Trail
Off Trail near the 109
Intersection of 109, ITS 86
West Branch Penobscot River on ITS 86
Pollywog Stream, Rainbow Lake Trail
Greanleaf Mtn. Trail
Gauntlet Falls Trail
Scenic Loop, Parkway trail
5 Lakes Lodge & sleds
B Pond Mt. Katahdin from Saddleback Mtn.
Parkway Trail
Northern Restaurant, Abol Bridge ITS 86
Greenleaf Mtn Trail
P.P. X-over Trail
View from Ragged Lake Trail
Heading Up Ragged Mtn. Trail

Snowmobiling in Millinocket Maine – SnowGoer pg. 32 Oct 2015

The Team featured in SnowGoer Magazine, Pg. 32, Oct 2015 - Photo: Richard Levasseur
The Team featured in SnowGoer Magazine, Pg. 32, Oct 2015 – Photo: Richard Levasseur

We loved our trip with Debbie and Richard Levasseur from 5 Lakes Lodge in Millinocket, Maine.  And some photos that Rick took that day actually made it into the Oct 2015 copy of SnowGoer Magazine.  If you have a copy, check out page 32 for “Magic Carpet Ride.”

“Riding in the shadows of Mount Katahdin in the rural backcountry of central Maine is scenic and serene.”

Download a complete PDF of the article “Magic Carpet Ride”.

Welcome to

Snowmobiling in Maine at Mount Katahdin and South Twin Lake.
Ray and Sarah Pasanen – Snowmobiling in Maine at Mount Katahdin and South Twin Lake.

We would like to welcome you to Maine.  Where the winters are one of the best times of the year for enjoying our outdoors!  From skiing and snowshoeing to ice-fishing and, of course, snowmobiling!

Mainers have been snowmobiling since 1908* and have never looked back.  The North Maine Woods have thousands of miles of groomed trails that are perfect for the whole family as a day excursion or a nice, week-long outing!

Maine Snowmobiling Information

Use our site to find answers to your questions about trails, lodging, dining and much more.  Find photos, stories or videos about the topics in which you are interested and, when you go, go prepared!

A snowmobile, also known as a motor sled or a snowmachine, is a motorized vehicle designed for winter travel and recreation on snow. It is designed to be operated on snow and ice and does not require a road or trail but most are driven on open terrain or trails. Snowmobiling is a sport that many people have taken on as a serious hobby.

Older snowmobiles could generally accommodate two people; however, most snowmobiles manufactured in the last twenty-five years have been designed for a single rider. Snowmobiles built with the ability to carry two riders are referred to as “2-up” snowmobiles or ‘touring’ models and make up an extremely small share of the market. Snowmobiles do not have any enclosures, except for a windshield, and their engines normally drive a continuous track at the rear. Skis at the front provide directional control.

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