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Western UP, Michigan

Reporter: Western U.P. Snowmobile Report
Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: 36-20
Date of Report: January 17, 2020
Area Report:

Western U P Snowmobile Trail Report— 1/17/2020

 

Gogebic Range Trail Authority – Snowmobile & ORV Club Trail Report

 

  • Trail Condition: Excellent
  • Last Groomed: January 17th, 2020
  • Base Snowfall: 36″
  • Reported On: January 17th, 2020 @ 8:05am

Groomer Report

Overall Story:  VERY GOOD TO EXCELLENT

Friday 1/17 8:30 am CST:   -20 below zero last night!  We are down one groomer but this crew embraces challenges, our Tucker has been on the trails for 24 hours straight and will wind up grooming nearly 30 hours straight before it’s inside for a quick thaw today before trails are groomed tonight through Sunday.  Trails are in fantastic shape!!  December 2018 we groomed 800 miles.  December of 2019 we groomed almost 2,500 miles, woofta!  We continue to receive an inch or so of snow every other day since last week.

WARNINGS AND NOTICES:   We are begging riders to ride off trail legally as there are 1-million acres of public land east of Wakefield to off trail ride on – please only ride legal areas!  The Ottawa National Forest is 990,000 acres and much of it open to cross-country riding (no trail/road) if there is 6″ or more of snow.  Several restricted areas, contact the forest for further information. Call 906-932-1330

Trail 2 from Hurley to Ramsay US-2 Crossing:

Overall rating:  EXCELLENT

Last groomed 1/16/2020.    Please do not ride on sidewalks near Holiday and try to keep noise down in town.

Trail 2 from Ramsay Crossing to Wakefield:

Overall rating:  GOOD TO EXCELLENT

Last groomed 1/16/2020.  The entire stretch is in excellent condition!  Featuring a brand new section to enjoy this season, the club eliminated Prospect road route and moved the trail completely into the woods eliminating 1.5 miles of road route.  PLEASE STAY ON THE TRAIL AND RESPECT THESE LANDOWNERS!

Trail 2 from Wakefield to Marenisco:

Overall Rating:  GOOD TO EXCELLENT

Last groomed 1/17/2020.  There is logging 4 miles east of Wakefield.  Please yield to logging traffic, they are working and you are playing!

Trail 8 from Wakefield to Tula Crossing:

Overall Rating: GOOD TO EXCELLENT

Last Groomed 1/17.  There is a new traffic pattern on the northern end due to a plowed section.  Please follow the new route for the remainder of this season.

Trail 160 from Wal-Mart to Montreal River (WI):

Overall Rating:  EXCELLENT

Last Groomed 1/16.  There is logging about 1/2 way north on the trail, YIELD TO LOGGERS AND GIVE THEM RESPECT – IT’S THEIR LAND!  All detours now fixed and trail 100% open!  STAY ON THE TRAIL!!!!!!   This is our most scenic trail and is a treat to ride!  There are several scenic vistas on the trail such as Bald Mountain “NORTH” lookout viewing Madeline Island/ mouth of the Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior,  the Bald Mountain “SOUTH” lookout viewing Gogebic Range (Powderhorn, Copper Peak), the Montreal River Gorge look out and finally the amazing Superior Falls Waterfall Complex.  Stay on the trail in the farm fields.  Over 25 landowners are involved to make this trail a reality, please respect them and ride responsibly.

11S (Wakefield, MI to Winchester, WI):

Overall Rating:  GOOD TO EXCELLENT

Last Groomed 1/13, planned for tonight 1/17.  A couple icy areas remain rough due to freezing the trail in.  PLEASE YIELD TO ANY AND ALL LOGGING TRAFFIC.  There is a short section of dual use the landowner (Keweenaw Land) has graciously approved us to use along with them.  It is private land and we are guests, please act like it.  THANK YOU to all the people who have helped brush this trail!  You made our groomer operators day twice over by helping brush the trail for us.  This is what makes snowmobiling great!!

11N (Wakefield, MI to South boundary Rd/White Pine):  Closed due to off trail riding.  Seeking local community support with ideas on how to reopen it.  200 yards of private property closed this 25 mile trail.

GOGEBIC AREA GROOMERS 1/14/2020

Gogebic Area Grooming, Inc. Trail Report

 

  • Trail Condition: Excellent
  • Last Groomed: January 14th, 2020
  • Base Snowfall: 36+”
  • Reported On: January 14th, 2020 @ 9:58pm

Groomer Report

January 14, 2020

All trails in the Lake Gogebic Area are being groomed nightly and are in GOOD to EXCELLENT condition!  Our forecast is cold and snow daily and John Dee is showing 12-24” between Jan 18-24th!    Great riding going on right now!!

Currently:

  • Trail # 1N:   Bergland to White Pine.  This trail is being groomed daily and is reported to be in excellent condition.
  • Trail # 1South from Marenisco to Wisconsin Border:  This trail is being groomed daily and is reported to be in excellent condition.
  • Trail # 8:  from Bergland to Wakefield.  Good to excellent. Groomed daily and all hazards and wet spots are gone!
  • Trail 102from Bergland to Trail #11, Groomed daily – good to excellent!
  • Trail # 13North from Bergland to 101:  This trail is being groomed daily and is reported to be in good to excellent condition.
  • Trail # 13south of Root Cellar to trail 2 is in open and in good condition.

As always, ride safe and enjoy our area. All the Grooming Clubs have been busting their butts off to fight Mother Nature once again. So don’t hesitate to join a club that you visit. We sure do appreciate it and also need it to make this possible.

 

U.P. Thunder Riders Trail Report 1/14/2020

 

  • Trail Condition: Good To Excellent
  • Last Groomed: January 14th, 2020
  • Base Snowfall: 20″
  • Reported On: January 14th, 2020 @ 10:10am

Groomer Report

Thunder Riders are grooming daily and the trails are in very good to excellent condition.

Trail #3 from the Wisconsin border to Watersmeet very good condition, Watersmeet to Paulding very good condition. We have 2 logging project on this trail one north of Forest Rd 5250 (trail 150) and the other is north of Bond Falls Rd so please use caution and respect the loggers.

Trail #2 west of Watersmeet to Trail #1 south, very good condition

Trail #2 east of Watersmeet to Trail #107, very good condition

Trail #13 south to Cisco Chain, very good condition




Snowmobiling Information

MICHIGAN’S UPPER PENINSULA SNOW

Winter lays a white blanket across the hills inviting all to come outdoors and play; Snowmobile down endless groomed trails. Michigan is a snowmobiler’s paradise, boasting more than six million acres of state and federal lands along with hundreds of miles of privately owned trails.

It’s Snow Time for Michigan Snowmobilers. Michigan ranks among the top eight snowmobiling states in the nation. It’s first in sheer beauty, with thousands of miles of groomed and ungroomed public trails. They span whole regions of countryside, winding across rolling fields, then plunging down woodland ravines up into deep pine forests, from town to town in Michigan.

If wintry trails beckon you, Michigan has it all. In fact, a growing number of hotels, motels and resorts offer door-to-trail proximity.

No agency has been more active in transforming Michigan into a haven for snowmobile enthusiasts than the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). They are the creators and guardians of Michigan’s major trail network through the state park system.

Snowmobiling is becoming more and more a family sport. Safety is paramount. Most accidents occur when drivers override their headlights at high speeds on remote trails. Alcohol is frequently a factor. When you snowmobile in Michigan, observe state laws. Protect the environment and your own safety by sticking to established trails. Use common sense and courtesy. And enjoy!