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Trail Report – : Western UP, Michigan – December 20, 2019

Reporter:Western U.P. Snowmobile Report
Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: Base snowfall 36
Date of Report: December 20, 2019
Area Report:

Western U P Snowmobile Trail Report— 12/20/19




Trail Condition: Very Good

Last Groomed: December 19th, 2019

Base Snowfall: 36+”

Reported On: December 19th, 2019 @ 9:16am


Overall Story:

Thursday 12/19 9:00 am CST:   All of our open trails were groomed overnight Wednesday into Thursday.  We hope to groom them again tonight, they were found to be flat and in excellent condition. The weather is warming a bit Friday-Sunday, do we all remember what happens to snowmobile trails when it gets warm?  THEY GET BUMPY FAST!  If you are not a fan of rough trails get out early and be back before dark.  Groomers will head out as soon as temperatures cooperate.  We do have a few trail closures noted below, but we hope to open one of them this coming weekend if everything comes together.

WARNINGS AND NOTICES:   TRAIL 160 IS CLOSED DUE TO BRUSHING ISSUES.  If you get caught riding the trail you better be brushing or you’ll receive a ticket.


Trail 2 from Hurley to Ramsay US-2 Crossing:

Overall rating:  Very Good

Last groomed 12/19/19.    Please do not ride on side walks near Holiday and try to keep noise down in town.


Trail 2 from Ramsay Crossing to Wakefield:

Overall rating:  Very Good

Last groomed 12/19/19.  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: Very Good

Last groomed 12/19/19.  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: Very Good

Last groomed 12/19/19.  Tremendous snow depth on this trail.  It is an unplowed county road and is a treat to ride!


Trail 160 from Walmart to Montreal River (WI):

Overall Rating:  CLOSED – Opening before Christmas!

Trail needs tremendous amounts of brushing and signing.  It is CLOSED, so if you are on it on your snowmobile you better be under direction of the club or you will get a ticket.  PLEASE stay on the trail through the farm fields


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

Overall Rating:  CLOSED


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


Gogebic Area Grooming  12/20/19

Trails are being groomed daily in most of the Lake Gogebic Area.   Trails are all reporting in good condition.

We received over a foot of snow so far this week and our temp this morning was 12 degrees.   Temps are going to warm up this weekend, but look to drop back down early part of next week.

Groomers are reporting all trails in the Lake Gogebic Area to be in very good  to good condition and wet spots have frozen over.

Trail 1N:   Good to very good

Trail 1S:  Gogebic Area Grooming and their volunteers were out for 2 days clearing Trail 1 on the West Shore.  There is enough snow to make snow bridges to get across the wet and washed out areas and hoping to have this trail open by Christmas!

Trails 13 North and South All trails on South end being groomed and very good to good.

Past the Root Cellar, there is more logging. You will have to travel on East Shore Rd approximately 2 mile further then before to get back onto trail 13.  A new reroute will take place.  Please follow the signs marked 13.   (Permanent Re-Route for the 2019-2020 Season).


 Trail 8W between Bergland and Wakefield – most all wet spots have closed over.  Good condition.


 Trail 8W:   is open and snow cover is good.


 Trail 102: trail 102 has been broken and there is a lot of snow.   There is a new reroute about 4 miles before

trail 11.  The trail is marked well and the reroute was a very nice turn out.     (Temporary Re-Route)


 Trail 100: Logging is happening between Stagecouch Rd and the Slate River (very end of Lake Gogebic)   Marshall Creek Bridge has been fixed so you can get to Marenisco from trail 100. (Permanent for 2019-2020 season)


 Trail 1 from Trail 100 to Trail 8Closed until further notice as logging is taking place until the end of December.     You still can access the Gogebic Lodge and we plan to maintain it up to the Lodge, so we can get up and run.

Please stay on the trails,  respect private property, do not drink and drive, and above all else, drive safely.  The signs on the trails are there for rider’s safety so please DO NOT remove or destroy them.



Watersmeet U P Thunder Riders


Dec.17, 2019

We will be grooming daily as long as the temps and snow conditions permit.

Trail #3 from the Wisconsin border to Paulding, good condition, north end has a logging project so please use caution and respect the loggers

Trail #2 west of Watersmeet, good  condition, may have a small water hole that is passable about 20 miles west of Watersmeet

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

Trail #13 south to Cisco Chain, good condition