Trail Conditions: Early Season
Snow Cover: 2-12 inches
Date of Report: January 6, 2021
Snow base (in inches): 2-12 inches
Status (Closed, Open, Partially Open): Open, early season
Condition (Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent): Fair to Poor
Trails throughout the county are still in early season condition with spotty snow coverage in some areas. Heavy traffic over the holidays took a toll on the snowpack but groomers are doing their best with what we have. Be aware that there are still places with exposed rocks and gravel so ride carefully. Trail conditions seem to be best in the north and central parts of the county.
Just a reminder to all to please respect private landowners and stay on the trail. Stay on the trail or stay home!
The same trouble spots still remain:
- The Grand View and Mason areas didn’t receive much snow and sled traffic could damage farm fields. Please use caution.
- Trail 1 along the South shore is rough but passable.
- Trail 1 to Bayfield and Legendary Waters Casino are currently closed. The trail into the City of Bayfield will not open this year, but we’re hopeful for next year. The trail to the Casino is currently being worked on and will provide an update when it opens.
Namakagon Trail Groomers: Our groomers may try to go out again on Thursday. Trails are rideable but poor condition.
Barnes Barnestormers: The base we had got pretty beat up over the New Year’s weekend, especially close to town. We have groomed trails 7-17 around the Town of Barnes, 31 south to Sealy Fire Lane and trails 17-18 will be done tonight. 31 north is in poor condition unsure if we will groom that section. Expect to see bare spots, exposed rocks and gravel. There is a 1.5 mile of plowed section on 31 south (just south of 43 Rd) logging in that section. Overall poor to fair riding conditions.
Drummond SnoJacks: Drummond groomer is down with mechanical issues and in for repair. Trails in poor condition.
Iron River: Iron River area trails are in poor shape. They will all be groomed by the weekend. The tri-County corridor is in very good condition from Brule to Forest Road 241 (Ashland County grooms from there to Ashland).
Frosty’s Vintage Riders: Trails held up decent over the weekend considering the lack of snow, groomed yesterday but there are now plenty of areas with little to no snow, overall conditions fair to poor.
Washburn Valhallers: We groomed the Moquah spur on 1/4/21 (Trail #63, 31 and 33) to Valhalla and it remains in good shape. There is more snow towards Valhalla and some exposed rocks toward Moquah so riders should use caution. We are grooming Trail #13 from Valhalla to Washburn today, 1/5/31. This trail remains in decent shape but the snow does get thinner towards Washburn. We will not groom #13 between Washburn and Ashland until we get more snow. It remains rideable as of 1/5/31 but is thin. We continue to groom Trail #31 around Valhalla and this trail remains in good riding shape.
South Shore– Port Wing, Herbster & Cornucopia: Have had some groomer issues, but will borrow the Iron River groomer and make a pass through the area today 1/6/20. Trails will still be rough but rideable, need more snow!
WAINO – Waino Riders will have trail 1 done before the weekend.