Trail Conditions: Excellent
Snow Cover: Base of 3"
Date of Report: March 18, 2020
UPDATE 3/18 – After high winds on Friday and cold temps over the last few days, groomers are reporting that all trails are now in good condition. Temps are supposed to stay close to or below freezing for a few days. Roads and shoulders are bare. Watch out for icy spots especially in corners and open areas as well as close to road crossings. There are a few dirt spots showing on some trails as well. There are some water spots starting to show near streams and ponds. Also, watch out for downed trees and branches due to high winds last Friday. Snow is in the forecast for Thursday into Friday.
We will only groom when temps are below freezing so some trails might only be done twice a week now. Please see below for each trail. There is still a lot of great riding to be had. Ride safe!
-There is now a plowed parking area at the beginning of trail #8 under the International Bridge, which has an all-season porta john. Make sure you lock your vehicles and trailers.
-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 the street, not on sidewalks. Watch for closed streets that are posted, mainly around the hospital, university, and state trunk lines.
-When the trail is running along roads make sure you go with the flow of traffic on the right side of the road.
-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.
News and Reports:
*Sault Ste. Marie to Brimley, Trail #8 –
Base 3 inches -Trail is in good condition
*Brimley to Raco, Trail #8 –
Base 3 inches -Trail is in excellent condition
When going across the bridge in Brimley make sure you go with your the flow of traffic! Blowing and drifting does occur when you first leave Brimley.
Watch for trail change going south just before getting to Raco.
*Mission Hill trail #889-
Base 3 inches – Trail is in excellent condition
*Sault Ste. Marie City Trail, Trails #497, #449, parts of #8 & #49 –
Base 3 inches – Trail is in good condition. There is a water hole just off the side of the trail near Seymour Road (close to the Kewadin Casino)
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 the 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 3 inches – Trail is in good condition. There are a few dirt spots and water spots in corners to watch out for.
Make sure you follow reroute once you cross the bridge going south at 7 Mile road.
*Kinross loop & south to Pickford, Parts of Trail #49, #472, and #494-
Base 3 inches – fair condition. However, there is logging taking place south of M80 toward Pickford so we are unable to groom there.
*Kinross to Raco & Rudyard, Parts of trail #472 & #480-
Base 3 inches – Trail in fair condition. There is a long stretch of road riding along Ploegstra Road before you get to the Spile Adam area where it is down to the pavement.
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.