Snowmobile Trail Report

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Updated: March 23, 2017

Upper Peninsula Snowmobile Trails officially open December 1st and are groomed (weather permitting) until March 31st. Please check this report during the season for trail condition reports across the UP!

 

Western Upper Peninsula - By County:

  • Gogebic County & Ontonagon County:
    • Gogebic Range Trail Authority: Closed. 
      • Trail 2 from Hurley to Ramsay Crossing: 
      • Trail 2 from Ramsay Crossing to Wakefield: 
      • Trail 2 from Wakefield to Marenisco:
      • Trail 8 from Bingo’s to Tula Crossing: 
      • Trail 160 from Walmart to Montreal River (WI): 
      • Trail 11N (South Boundary Rd) /11S (Winchester, WI): 
    • Lake Gogebic: 
    • Watersmeet: (3/15) Trails are dirt now, but they don’t officially close until March 31 Thank you for riding our trails! THINK SNOW!
      • Trails 3 N to Bond Falls: 
      • Trail 3 S to WI: 
      • Trail 2 W of Watersmeet: 
      • Trail 2 E of Watersmeet: 
      • Trail 13 S: 
    • ​ Ontonagon/Silver City/White Pine: 
    • Bruce Crossing: Poor
      • Trail #3 North to Rockland: 
      • Trail 8 from Ewen to trail #3 North: 
      • Trail #3/8 East from Bruce Crossing to trail 3 South intersection: 
      • Trail #3/8 from Bruce Crossing to the trail #3 North intersection: 
      • Trail #3 south from the grade to the CC road: 
      • Trail #8 from the trail #3 south intersection to Trout Creek: 
      • Trail #8 from Trout Creek to Kenton: 
      • Trail #8 from Kenton to Sidnaw: 
      • Trail #8/15 from Sidnaw to the trail #109 intersection: 
    • Twin Lakes/Greenland: 
  • Houghton County & Keweenaw County:(3/23) 19" cover. Snowmobile trails from Twin Lakes to Copper Harbor are open and trails are in late season condition. Groomers are out today. We are unable to groom on Trail #3 between the Portage Lift Bridge and South Range due to extremely low snow cover but everything south of South Range is being groomed.  There are lots of areas that have bare spots and low snow cover so use caution.  Snow base ranges from 0 to 24” in the wooded areas. There is a beaver dam on South Freda that may let go soon so use caution.  The area is flagged. All of trail #122 is closed for logging. Remember when you’re out on the trails to watch out for the groomers.  They have the right away.  Use caution around logging areas.The Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau asks that you stay on the trails, STAY OFF THE ICE, respect private property, do not drink and drive, and above all else, drive safely.  The signs on the trails are there for riders’ safety so please DO NOT remove or destroy them. 
  • Baraga County:
    • Big Bay Trail #14: 
    • Alston Trail #15 to #8/15 to #109:  
    • Nestoria Trail #15 to #8: 
    • Chassell Trail #15 North: 
    • Sidnaw: 
      • Trail #3 north to Rockland: 
      • Trail #8 from Ewen to trail #3 North: 
      • Trail #3/8 East from Bruce Crossing to the trail #3 South intersection: 
      • Trail #3/8 West from Bruce Crossing to the trail #3 North intersection: 
      • Trail #3 south from the grade to the CC road: 
      • Trail #8 from the trail #3 south intersection to Trout Creek: 
      • Trail #8 from Trout Creek to Kenton: 
      • Trail #8 from Kenton to Sidnaw: 
      • Trail #8/15 from Sidnaw to the trail #109 intersection: 
  • Iron County
    • Iron River: (3/17) Our trails are all in poor condition with bare spots, slush, mud and water.  We will not be able to groom again until the temp goes below 30 degrees and we get more snow. Just a reminder to ATV/ORV riders.  The only multi use trail is Trail #2.  All of the rest of our trail system has private land.  Please stay off of these trails.  If you make a land owner upset and they take away our snowmobile trail easement we will have to close down the whole trail!!  Please respect these private land owners!!! There is a big logging job on trail #15N to Sidnaw.  We have had to reroute the intersection of trail #15N to Sidnaw and #111 to Amasa where the outhouse used to be.  The new trail is well marked so follow the signs.  We also have logging on trail #15S to the Wisconsin border and now trail #107 to Kenton.  Please use caution in these areas!!
    • Crystal Falls:

Central Upper Peninsula - By County

  • Marquette County:  
    • Hiawatha Trails: (3/23)  It will take a lot of snow to bring our trails back, done grooming for now.
      • Seg 1 Gwinn-Cty Rd 438: 
      • Seg 2 Gwinn-Cascade: 
      • Seg 4 Crossroad Spur: 
      • Seg 5 Cascade-Ishpeming: 
      • Seg 6 Negaunee Twp Spur: 
      • Seg 7 Mqt Mtn-Carp River: 
      • Seg 8 Mqt Business Spur: 
      • Seg 9 Gwinn-Chatham: 
      • Seg 10 Cty Rd 438-Arnold: 
      • Seg 11 Miller Creek Trail: 
    • Moose Country: Not grooming until we get snow. 
      • Seg 1 Republic-Clowry: 
      • Seg 2 Clowry-Ishpeming: 
      • Seg 3 Clowry-Nestoria:
      • Seg 4 Clowry-Triple A: 
      • Seg 5 Republic-Silver Lake:
      • Seg 6 Silver Lake-Sagola:
      • Seg 7 Silver Lake-Kates Grade: 
      • Seg 8 Republic-Fence River: 
      • Seg 9 Ishpeming-Republic:
    • UP Central: Not grooming
      • Seg 1 Carp River-Casino: 
      • Seg 2 Casino-Whitefish: 
      • Seg 3 Whitefish-Autrain Jct:
      • Seg 4 Autrain Jct-Christmas Jct: 
      • Seg 5 Autrain Jct-Chatham: 
      • Seg 6 Harvey Spur: 
    • Big Bay Trails: (3/19) Caution - Ride at your own risk .Please remember Stay on trails. Many of our State Trails are on PRIVATE land and we ride them because of the GENEROSITY of the land owners. DON’T abuse the PRIVILEGE. Snowmobile trails on Private Lands are closed to all and any traffic (ATV, dune buggy, trucks etc.). Please respect our landowners property or they will close even more of trail systems down. Thank you.
      • Trail 14, Big Bay to Anderson’s: All grooming suspended
      • Trail 14, South From 310 to Marquette: All grooming suspended
      • Trail 14, Big Bay to Halfway: All grooming suspended
      • Trail 310 Alt, From Trail 5 to Trail 14: All grooming suspended
  • Dickinson County: Our trails are officially closed for the season. Thank you to everyone who rode our system. A HUGE Thank you goes out to groomers, who made it possible with the snow we had to ride this season!
  • Menominee County: Closed
  • Alger County
    • Munising: (3/21) GROOMING OPERATIONS: Currently On Hold. All of Trail 8, Trail 422 to Miners Castle and Trail 7 South to Doe Lake Road were groomed in the last 72 hours. TRAIL CONDITIONS: Still Good March riding on the above groomed Trails. They are hard and flat with Light sled traffic loosening up the surface. Christmas end of Trail 7 is thin with icy, gravel/rock patches along with Trail 7 South of Doe Lake Road. Trail 419 from Munising out to a quarter mile South of Wetmore (where it cuts away from H-13) is partially bare with gravel and rocks. Basically access from Wetmore requires a few hundred yards of bare areas. Access from the Buckhorn area and Shingleton are fair. 

      CAUTION!  Trail 422 has a 3/4 mile section that will be shared with logging trucks. This is located between M-28 and H-58. Please ride with caution and give right of way. CAUTION FOR TRAIL 419: Standing and flowing water creating soft spots in wet areas of the hills closer to Munising. RIDE WITH CAUTION. CAUTION FOR TRAIL419 (Munising Wetmore Connector) - Trail 419 connector is CLOSED along M-28 in Wetmore at a Property owners request. Very little snow and very dirty. Please avoid the corner of H-13 and M-28 and use Prospect Street. IN TOWN TRAIL ETIQUETTE Private Property owners allow us to use their land for trail connectors. PLEASE respect the allowed use by staying on the trail, ride safely and stop at all driveways. PLEASE give vehicles the right of way, especially when they are trying to turn off of the major roadways. Remember Cars have the right of way and you are responsible for any related vehicular accidents. These connectors need annual approval so PLEASE ride with respect and courtesy so we can keep them open year after year!

      • ​Trail 8 - Good to Fair as you head West, flat hard base with some icy corners
      • Trail 7 South - Fair to poor as you head south. A few open area bare spots between the Buckhorn and Trail 8
      • Trail 7 North - Fair to poor. Thin areas as you approach Christmas.
      • Trail 419W (Munising-Christmas) - Fair to poor. Water holes and minor moguls. The first few miles out of Munising has minor moguls and wet spots. Watch for water holes on edges of trail here too. Fair Trail after that.
      • Trail 422 (Miners Castle) - Good, plenty of snow. Use caution as AWD cars are starting to try and get to Miners Castle. There may be some tire rutts showing up. 
      • Trail  419E (to Trail 8) - Poor to fair. Thin and bare areas as you leave Wetmore but good once you enter the woods. 
      • Trail 419 (Wetmore-Munising) - Poor. Very dirty with numerous bare areas and moguls. CLOSED from Wetmore toward Munising and the Road Commission Building. Use Prospect Street. Not grooming here due to lack of access - and snow.
    • Grand Marais: (3/11) 2" base. Trails are in good shape and have held up pretty well, trails 8 east towards pine stump has a pretty bad water hole that we are fixing please use EXTREME caution in this area,also 1/2 mile south of the airport on trail 443 is another water hole so please be cautious there as well, coming into town is pretty bad with little to no snow, snow is in the forcast for the next few days and are having the frequent white outs
    • AuTrain: (3/18) 0-3" base. Condition: from very good to rocks.
  • Delta County: No report available. 
  • Schoolcraft County
    • Seney: (3/20) 5" base. Spring conditions!  It rained HARD last night in Seney for about 45 minutes then lightly after that.  I don’t recall that being forecasted.  Todays high was 50.  To ride trail 431 you’ll have to trailer up to the park-n-ride.  County rd 450 is closed to vehicle traffic because there is an area that is really soft, bad, and need of repair.  A large truck got stuck in there a week or so ago and they hard a hard time getting it out.  Diehards can ride that way right now.  The first 1/2 mile or so the snow is really brown.  After that it gets better but you can’t get to the park-n-ride cause the road is closed.  Still lots of snow up north just have to get to it.  Town accesses will be bad everywhere.  FYI: Don has suspended till we get more snow or at least colder temps.
    • Manistique: 

Eastern Upper Peninsula - By County

  • Luce County: (3/20) We do not groom in the village, and the curfew in the village is 11 P.M. to 7:00 A.M. Please be cautious our trails are in spring riding conditions. We have stopped grooming the trails. The snow is getting too wet to groom due to warmer temperatures. There is still snow north of 4 mile road and in the woods for riding.
    • Trail 9: Trail is in March riding condition.
    • Trail 45 Falls: Trail is in March riding condition.
    • South Trail 9/2 to Epoufette/Trout Lake: Trail is in poor condition.  
  • Chippewa County
    • Sault Ste Marie: (3/23) Trails are in Poor shape except Raco area. Grooming is most likely done as if today. We did groom both east and NW of Raco in trail #8 last night. There will still be lots of snow around Raco for you few die hards that want to run on USFS roads but getting into towns will be rough. Big bare spots are starting to appear in open areas or at some crests of hills in most other trails they will continue to grow in size and number as the weekend progresses. There is no snow  on road shoulders. Big reroute around Raco this year. There is a change in the Soo to Kinross trail also. We have a new plowed parking area at the beginning of trail #8 under the International Bridge, which now has a all season porta John.  
      • Trail #8 - Sault to Brimley: Base 0-3 inches - Trail is in poor to rideable condition.
      • Trail #8 - Brimley to Raco: Base 0-3 inches – Trail is in poor to fair condition. Trail back to normal where collapsed building was. When going across the bridge in Brimley make sure you go with the flow of  traffic!  Blowing and drifting occurs when you first leave Brimley.
      • Trail #8 - Raco to Naomikong: Base 1-4 inches – Trail is in poor to fair condition.
      • Sault Ste Marie City Trail, Trails #497, #449 parts of #8 & #49: Base 0-2 inches – Trail is in poor to fair condition. We now have a marked & groomed trail going to Chippewa Motors.  It starts once you come out of the woods east of M-129 off #449.  It comes into their parking lot from behind if you need parts or service. City curfew is from 1 am – 6 am. Remember most City streets are open to traffic 20mph, stop at all intersections, and ride on the right hand side of street not on side walks. Watch for closed streets that are posted, mainly around the hospital, university, and state trunk lines.
      • Trail #49 - Sault to Kinross: Base 0 – 3 inches – Trail is in poor to fair condition. Make sure you follow reroute once you cross bridge going south at 7 Mile road. Wet areas reopened up. When the trail is running along roads make sure you go with the flow of traffic on the right side of the road.
      • Trail #49, #494, #472 Kinross loop & South to Pickford: Base 0 - 3 inches – Trail in poor to fair condition. Watch for trucks driving on trail.
      • Trail #480 & #472 Kinross to Raco/Rudyard: Base 0 – 3 inches – Trail in poor to fair condition. Watch for reroute signs just west of Kinross. Road shoulders bare.
      • The Downtown Trail: signed and cones up Portage Ave!  Big frozen snow banks, left from the big warm up, are hindering grooming parts of the route, but streets adjacent are open to sleds.
    • Paradise: (3/19) 31 degrees this morning when I crawled outa bed. It is now 40 at noon and kinda foggy and misty. All trails were run yesterday, just like I said. They all turned out about the same too.....kinda mushy and slushy. Kinda sad, but I think this is it. The trails are fading really fast with holes opening up and bare spots with dirt and grime. Good by to ANOTHER rotten winter season, this makes what....2 or 3 in a row now?? If some miracle happens I`ll get back on here but I think I`ll say SEE YA`S NEXT FALL. We will be posting on our Face Book page for upcoming brushing and signing weekends if anybody wants to come UP and help so check back every now and again. God Bless   Groomer Chris
    • Eckerman: (3/20) 6" cover. CAUTION****CAUTION Trail 47 Hulbert\Trout Lake Split going to Strongs…. ****LOGGING STARTED**** Logging on trail so trail is PLOWED to M123. Be careful their equipment is bigger than you. Remember speed limit in logging areas is 25.. So Please be Careful. ***REMINDER: Groomer’s are big so you need to give them room to do their job. So Please give them the room, you can get off the trail they can’t.. If you hit the groomer we have to call the POLICE to have a report made out. So please move off the trail don’t try to squeeze by them. So again I want to stress we will call the POLICE.***
      • Trail 47 from Strongs to Raco is poor
      • Trail Strong’s to Trout Lake is poor Coming out of Trout Lake is bare nothing but dirt.
      • Trail 474 to Hulbert is poor
      • Trail from Rudyard to Trout Lake is poor
    • Drummond Island: 
      • West End: 
      • East End: 
  • ​Mackinac County
    • St Ignace: (3/20) It is officially Spring, and the birds are singing and the snow has been melting. Well that last part has been true all winter, but it is official now. If you went and squeaked one last rind in then good for you, because after this week I think it will be quite difficult to find anyplace to ride. Our season is officially over here barring a winter hurricane type event, that that had better happen pretty quickly. There is only one more 'official' weekend left in the season and there is nothing in the forecast that makes me think that we will do any more grooming. There of course is still some decent snow out in the woods, just no place to ride to. So if you would like to put some miles on that way have at it, but there will be no getting anyplace for gas or anything else. All in all a look back at teh season will say that our trails were pretty decent, especially for what mother nature delt us. A look at the amount we groomed vs how good the trails were is fantastic, since our numbers are way way down again. I will post up final numbers where I have them calced, but I am guessing we are below 30% of normal milage years... again. Time to shift gears, and think about spring activities. Shine them up, and shelve things for next season. Stay tuned for a season wrap up at the end of the month. -- Neil
      VP Straits Area Snowmobile Club    
    • Curtis: (3/21) 0" base. Trails are closed now, most of our trails are on private land and are NOT open for summer time use of any kind .  Thanks have a great summer.
    • ​Les Cheneaux/Cedarville/Hessel: (3/22) 1" base. ***NOTHING HAS CHANGED***stay home until conditions improve.  We will regroup and try again next fall.  Have a good summer and THINK SNOW