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Trail Report – : Superior – Douglas County, Wisconsin – January 14, 2020

Reporter: nikky.farmakes
Trail Conditions: Excellent
Snow Cover: 16-18 inches base in most areas.
Date of Report: January 14, 2020
Area Report:

Winter Snowmobile and All-Season Trails (As of 1/14/2020)

Douglas County received two inches of snow Monday, January 13.  Clubs have been working hard to get the trail system open. Approximately 95% of Douglas County Trails are open.  Please note, deer have been reported on trails, so please keep an eye out while traveling. 

PLEASE check the trail you intend to use is open and do not trespass on private property. It is critical that we respect the landowners who allow us to utilize their property.  It just takes one owner to deny the use of their land for a trail to be permanently shut down, so please be courteous and wait for the trails to officially open. 

The following all-season trails are currently open to ATV, UTV, and Snowmobiles: 

SW Quadrant 

Open Trails
Trail 5 – Not Groomed
Trail 5A – Not Groomed
Trail 930 – Not Groomed
Trail 925 – Not Groomed
Trail 935 – Not Groomed

Closed Trails
Trail 9 
Trail 925

SE Quadrant

Open trails: 
Wild Rivers Trail (Trail 35) – Groomed South of Solon Springs, North is scheduled to be groomed on 1/16.
Trails 27B – Groomed
Trail 27C – Groomed 
Trails 41S – Groomed from Trail 3 to the County line
Trail 41B – Groomed from Trail 3 to the County line
Trail 41 WRT to the Warming Shack – Not groomed (watch for uneven trail surface)
Trail 217 – Grooming is scheduled for 1/15
Trail 17N – Grooming is scheduled for 1/15
Trail 17S – Groomed (Use caution on Creek crossings South of Lower Eau Claire Lake)
Trail 7 – Grooming scheduled for 1/15
Trail 27 – Grooming scheduled for 1/15
Trail 3  – Groomed 
Trail 5 – Groomed to South Mail Road
Trail 727 – Grooming scheduled for 1/15
Trail 541 – Not Groomed (Please watch for uneven trail surfaces)

NE Quadrant

Open Trails:
All trails are open and groomed two exceptions: Trail 635 is closed. Trail 4 west of the Cranberry Flowage (about 2 miles).  This section is scheduled to be groomed by 1/15. Trails are in excellent condition with a good base. 

Watch for logging on the following trails:
West end of Trail 6
Trail 4 between Trail 6 and Highway P
Trail 4 east of Highway F

Closed Trails:
Trail 635
 

NW Quadrant

Open Trails:
Gandy Dancer Trail – Groomed (watch for deer crossing between Moen Road and County Road BB)
Saunders Grade Trail – Groomed
Wrenshall Grade – Groomed
Trail 0 – Groomed 
Trail 28 – Groomed 
Cross-Town Connector –  Groomed
4/41 from the Warming Shack West – Groomed

Click here for a downloadable map of open trails.

Cross Country Ski Trails (As of 1/14/2020)

Douglas County Ski Trails – All service roads and parking lots are plowed. All ski trails are groomed on 12/31 but are in fair to poor condition. The trails have a good base. Now that new snow has fallen, the trails should be groomed by 1/17. 

Superior Municipal Forest – All trails have been groomed as of 1/10. The “flat” side of the Yellow Trail has had 2 grooming passes out to the end. The “hilly” side of the Yellow Trail is groomed only up to the 2nd bypass as tree work continues on that side of the trail. Check for the open sign on the ski shack as we are trying to staff the building until dusk when possible

Pattison State Park –  All trails were groomed and tracked on 1/9/2020.  Conditions are excellent with full track depth on the Overlook and Oak Ridge Trails. The Riverview Trail has full track depth for most of the trail, except for a few areas that have an uneven base. Please watch out for some debris scattered in areas from the windy conditions. 

Brule River After Hours Trail –  Main trail sections were touched-up on 1/9/2020 for skating and classic tracks. The Classic Trail has been freshly groomed and tracked. Skiing conditions are excellent, especially with fresh light snow starting to cover the trails. Trails will be touched up again before Saturday.  

For further information, please contact the Douglas County Forestry Department at 715-378-2219 Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm excluding Holidays.