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Trail Report – : Western UP, Michigan – December 23, 2019

Reporter:Western U.P. Snowmobile Report
Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: Base snowfall 36+
Date of Report: December 23, 2019
Area Report:

Western U P Snowmobile Trail Report— 12/23/19


Trail Condition: Good To Very Good

Last Groomed: December 23rd, 2019

Base Snowfall: 36+”

Reported On: December 23rd, 2019 @ 12:52pm

Groomer Report


Overall Story:

Monday 12/23 12:00 pm CST:   DON’T FEAR THE HEAT!  Yes – it was 45 degrees yesterday.  Trails remain in very good to excellent condition system wide!  There is just so much snow on the trails it’ll take a lot of melting & rain to start making us nervous.  Our entire system has been groomed each night since last week Wednesday.  Trail 160 is now open!  Temps don’t look to be nearly as warm as last weekend and that is good.  Post Christmas riding should be the best it’s been in many many years.

WARNINGS AND NOTICES:   We continue to see a spike in off trail riding issues.  We had riders nearly cause a HAZMAT event by running over a Oil/Fuel distributors fill lines.  We had riders hit fences and take out fence posts a LONG ways away from trails.  We are begging riders, there is 1-million acres of public land east of Wakefield to off trail ride on – please save it for legal areas!  

Trail 2 from Hurley to Ramsay US-2 Crossing:

Overall rating:  Very Good

Last groomed 12/23/19.    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:  GOOD

Last groomed 12/23/19.  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 12/23/19.  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 12/23/19.  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:  OPEN – GOOD TO VERY GOOD

The trail was opened Saturday 12/21.  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:  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  No new report

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

Trail Condition: Good To Excellent

Last Groomed: December 21st, 2019

Base Snowfall: 12″

Reported On: December 21st, 2019 @ 5:53pm

Groomer Report

We are grooming daily.

Trail #3 from the Wisconsin border to Paulding, good condition, 2 logging project on this trail one north of Forest Rd 5250 and the other is north of Bond Falls Rd 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