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Trail Report – : Western UP, Michigan – January 6, 2020

Reporter:Western U.P. Snowmobile Report
Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: 32
Date of Report: January 6, 2020
Area Report:

Western U P Snowmobile Trail Report— 1/6/2020

Gogebic Range Trail Authority – Snowmobile & ORV Club Trail Report

  • Trail Condition: Good
  • Last Groomed: January 06th, 2020
  • Base Snowfall: 32″
  • Reported On: January 06th, 2020 @ 7:44am

Overall Story:

Monday 1/6 7:00 am CST:   Lots of traffic this past weekend.  Grooming was never ending and the warm temps allowed the trails to whoop up fast each day.  There remains one water hazard 1 mi east of Wakefield on trail 2 just before 2/8 intersection.  It has been reduced to one small area and should freeze up after tomorrow’s cold.  Trails remain full of snow and it good to very good condition!  GOOD NEWS:  TRAIL 11S HAS BEEN APPROVED TO REOPEN!  We will send the groomer down it ASAP to get the freezing started!

WARNINGS AND NOTICES:   We are begging riders to ride off trail legally as there are 1-million acres of public land east of Wakefield to off trail ride on – please only ride legal

 Trail 2 from Hurley to Ramsay US-2 Crossing:

Overall rating:  GOOD

Last groomed 1/5/2020.    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 1/5/2020.  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: GOOD

Last groomed 1/5/2020.  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:  CLOSED!

We hope to open it by the weekend.  Gogebic Area Grooming

 Trail 160 from Walmart to Montreal River (WI):

Overall Rating:  GOOD

Last Groomed Saturday 1/4.  Open but with temporary reroutes.  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:  OPENING SOON!  Please feel free to ride in the meantime!

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


Gogebic Area Grooming  12/26/19 

Thursday, January 4, 2020

The New Year is off to a good start with cold temps and daily snow in the forecast starting on Sunday.  John Dee is forecasting that we could get from 12-24” Jan 6-11 and he’s usually on the money – so let’s keep our bets with him.     Groomers have been out on the trails and have done a great job getting trails back in shape after last week.   Trail 8 West is closed till further notice.


  • Trail # 1:   Bergland to White Pine.  This trail is being groomed nightly and is reported to be in fair to good condition. A few wet spots on the trail still exist and is advised to use caution when traveling.

Trail # 1:  South towards Marenisco from Trail # 8 (Ethelwood Grade).  This trail was packed in with just the groomer and a drag will be going down it tomorrow 1-3-20. However, where the trail comes out onto the “closed” trail 8. A huge water whole is making it impossible for trail sleds to pass through to get towards Hoop N Hollar. We will be working on these holes very soon to get it to freeze. From Logging site to Marenisco on trail # 1 use caution as the water spots are still open.

Trail # 1 South from Marenisco to Wisconsin Border:  This trail is being groomed daily and is reported to be in good condition.

Trail # 8 East from Bergland to Ewen.  This trail is being groomed daily and is reported in good condition.

Trail # 8:  from Bergland to Wakefield.  Currently closed, trail has a few wet spots that are making impassable for trail sleds. We will be working on this as soon as we can. Our neighboring club to the west Gogebic Range Trail Authority even offered to help make this safe and passable. We will both keep you posted on progress with Trail 8 west.

Trail 102 from Bergland to Trail #11,  Has been packed down with just the groomer to fill in the wet spots. We will be out daily on this trail to get it back into shape.

From Trail # 1 that goes to White Pine to the intersection of Trail #102 is very wet and in bad condition. Use extreme caution when ride that section of trail. We are attempted to freeze those bad spots in but can’t keep up with the flow of water.

Trail # 13 North from Bergland to 101:  This trail is being groomed daily and is reported to be in good condition. Only one semi wet spot but is being filled nightly.

Trail # 13 south from Bergland to Root Cellar. This section of trail is 90% ridding on East Shore Road.

Groomers have been out fixing/repairing areas with open water.    Still some wet areas – use caution.

Watersmeet U P Thunder Riders

Reported On: January 2, 2019

Groomer Report

Grooming daily and the trails are in very good condition, but we do have some water areas West of Watersmeet on Trail #2. Please ride with caution on this 30 mile stretch of trail.  We are doing the best we can with these water areas, they are difficult to deal with.

Trail #3 from the Wisconsin border to Watersmeet very good condition, Watersmeet to Paulding good condition with 1 wet area that is passable, 2 logging project on this trail one north of Forest Rd 5250 (trail 150) and the other is north of Bond Falls Rd so please use caution and respect the loggers

Trail #2 west of Watersmeet, good  condition but several wet areas, the worst wet area is in the Tunnel it is full of water about 8-12 inches it has a concrete bottom so you won’t get stuck .

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

Trail #13 south to Cisco Chain, good condition