Trail Conditions: Fair
Snow Cover: Varying ice base - Warm up so SNOW depth varied too
Date of Report: February 20, 2022
TRAIL CONDITIONS VARIED
WARM UP & HEAVY TRAFFICE
February 20, 2022 – 8:25am 21 – High 38 – Low tonight 7
Big warm up today with a low of 7 tonight. Trails are going to really soften up. Will be breakdown of trails especially in the open areas where the evil sun does it’s damage. POTENTIAL FOR SNOW STORM Monday – High of 15 & Low of 6 PLUS potential of 3 inches of SNOW. PLUS the same for Tuesday with High of 11 & Low of 0 PLUS 5 inches of SNOW! You better be DOIN’ THE SNOW DANCE!
Groomer Tracking Systems (GTS) shows groomers back out grooming last night. Here are the trails groomed:
North of Eagle River
- Trail 10/13 from groomer barn to the connect with the Conover trails
- Wisconsin River bridge crossing of Trail 10/13 that heads west
- Trail 10 & 7 heading west to the connect with the Sayner trails – including Uncle Kent club trail
- Trail 13 heading north toward Buckatabon Lake/Bauers Dam connect with Conover trails
- Trail 17N
- Trail 1 to the northside entrance to Eagle Lake trail
West & South West
- Trail 70 from behind the Dairy Queen in town to Cty Hwy H
- Trail 17S from Honey Bear Restaurant intersection to Trail 7 aka Paint Ball Field turn.
- Trail 7 aka Paint Ball Field that heads west (right) off Trail 17 to Sugar Camp connect near Kathan Inn
East & South
- Trail Atl 13 heading south of Eagle River all the to the Three Lakes connect
- Trail 10E main trail to Three Lakes connect. Chanticleer Inn trail to the Eagle Lake entrance, Grampa Grahm (1) & 9 mile trail NOT GROOMED
The trails have high traffic. If riding today today be aware of the icy sections in corners & straight aways’. Tons of traffic so Slow Down, Ride Right & Watch for Oncoming Sleds
Catfish & Eagle lake trails marked & OPEN. Stay by the orange reflective barrels. DO NOT think the entire lake is safe. Several sleds have gone in the water this season far from the barrels.
Please KEEP DOIN’ THE SNOW DANCE!
See ya on the trails!
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15 riders on 14 sleds left Monday morning at 9:30am from the Ice Castle in Eagle River on the yearly weekday away. This year is a 5 day trip.
We headed west on Trail 70 to 17S to 7 aka Paint Ball Field making our way west heading to Park Falls. Stopped for lunch at the Bear Bar at the entrance to the Lake Tom SnoFleas trails near Lac du Flambeau. Headed from there to Minocqua & west. Arriving in Park Falls at the Northern Lights Motel for the night. Rode a little over 100 miles. Trails were Fair to Good to Very Good. Especially in Price county. That evening the Price county Snowmobile Association was having their monthly meeting at the Northern Lights Motel. Got to talk to many of the drivers.
Tuesday we headed north to Washburn the town in Bayfield. A bit of a struggle as there were many detours & re routes in Ashland county. But we arrived safe & sound in the late afternoon at the Washburn Inn overlooking the Big Lake! Along with a great big appetite. Another day of about 100 miles. Mostly Good trails with some Fair & a bit of road running.
Wednesday we headed from Washburn toward Bayfield. When Tom & I had sled issues we turned around & headed back to Vallhalla Bar & Grill to wait for the utility truck & trailer to pick up Tom’s sled. Rode back on my sled double back to the motel in Washburn. Rest the group headed north to Bayfield putting on about 80 miles. Good trails P.S. Vallhalla Bar & Grill has terrific pizza. The same evening went back with the group for dinner. Food was fantastic!
Thursday morning we left Washburn heading back to Park Falls & a return visit to the Northern Lights Motel. Took a slightly different route back. To avoid the re routes & detours. We rode double back for most of the trip. Switched out the last leg of the ride with a rider. Riding her sled. She rode double with Tom. Little under 100 miles with Good trails.
On Friday, left Park Falls for Eagle River. Price county doing a fantastic job. Trails were Very Good to Excellent all the way through Price county. Heading west into Oneida county. Then Vilas. Stopped for lunch at Musky Bill’s. Very crowded. Then east toward home. All conditions of trails & as we got closer to Minocqua heavy, heavy traffic. Many sections of SNOW fall as we rode. Later in the day winds picked up. Just west of Eagle River winds caused white out conditions & some tough riding. Crossing the great swamp just west of Sportsman’s Chalet 4 of us lost sight of the trail location & ended up getting stuck in deep snow. Rest of the group made it to the Sportsman’s. Then the iron men of the group came back to dig us out & get us back on trails. Eventful day. Over 100 again on Friday.
Home safe & sound after an adventurous ride with the last of the buried sleds home safe & sound after dig out on Saturday.
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