Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: Base is 4 inches.
Date of Report: February 20, 2018
There was a warmup yesterday and today; cold at night, though. Trails still in good shape.
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We have a newly-plowed parking area at the beginning of Trail #8 under the International Bridge, which now has an all-season porta-john.
If you are staying in the Sault, please look at our list of supporters on our web page and give them your business. Please do that in all towns you visit. The grooming entities are all made up of volunteers who want you to support those who support us!
Remember, trail base is the amount of snow between your track and the ground below, not the amount of fluff piled up in the woods. 10 inches of snow compresses to less than an inch on the trail.
Sault Ste. Marie to Brimley, Trail #8 –
Base 3 – 5 inches -Trail is in good to excellent condition.
Brimley to Raco, Trail #8 –
Base 3 – 6 inches -Trail is in excellent condition.
When going across the bridge in Brimley, make sure you go with the flow of traffic! Blowing and drifting occurs when you first leave Brimley.
Raco to Naomikong Trail #8 [where Paradise meets us], Trail #8 –
Base 4 – 7 inches – Trail is in good to excellent condition.
Sault Ste. Marie City Trail, Trails #497, #449, parts of #8 & #49 –
Base 3 – 5 inches – Trail is in good to excellent condition. Trail is now groomed past casino down to the Antlers.
We now have a marked trail going to Chippewa Motors. It starts once you come out of the woods east of M-129 off #449. It comes into their parking lot from behind if you need parts or service.
City curfew is from 1 am – 6 am. Remember, most City streets are open to traffic 20 mph, stop at all intersections, and ride on the right-hand side of street, not on sidewalks. Watch for closed streets that are posted, mainly around the hospital, university, and state trunk lines.
Sault Ste. Marie to Kinross, Trail #49 –
Base 2 – 5 inches – Trail is in good to excellent condition.
Make sure you follow the reroute once you cross the bridge going south at 7 Mile Road.
When the trail is running along roads, make sure you go with the flow of traffic on the right side of the road.
Kinross loop & south to Pickford, Parts of Trail #49, #472, and #494 –
Base 3- 5 inches – Trail is in good to excellent condition. Watch for trucks on the trail.
Kinross to Raco & Rudyard, Parts of trail #472 & #480 –
Base 2 – 6 inches – Trail is in good to excellent condition. Watch for reroute signs just west of Kinross. Trail to Rudyard has been groomed, but logging is going on, too.
The Downtown Trail is signed, and snow and barrels are on the Portage Ave. Bridge.
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Every snowmobile adventure requires one very important element: snow! Averaging more than 120 inches annually, Sault Ste. Marie is a snowmobiler’s dream and the perfect hub from which to explore hundreds of miles of groomed trails across the Eastern Upper Peninsula and beyond.
Connecting a variety of small communities and running through national forests, state forest lands and snow-covered hills and plains across the region, touring the EUP by snowmobile is both exhilarating and awe-inspiring. Watch for the abundant wildlife and be sure to leave time for hearty lunches and dinners at area restaurants and taverns.
Most, but not all, city streets are open to safe snowmobiling and allow riders access to businesses and lodging. A break from the trail is equally exhilarating at Kewadin Casino or in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, where a local brew pub, wineries and restaurants await you. Be sure to put the first Saturday in February on your calendar, when the International 500 snowmobile race brings NASCAR-style excitement to the snowy city.