Snowmobile Trail Report

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Updated: 3/30/2015

Upper Peninsula Snowmobile Trails officially open December 1st and are groomed 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: (3/18) Our temps for this week will be highs in the 40's and lows in the 20's and cooling down for the weekend.   
    •  Gogebic Range Trail Authority Trails: (3/18) Groomers are not grooming at this time. We need lower temps and some more snow. There is open dirt on the trails in places and trails are in poor condition. Streets are all bare. 
      • Trail 2 from Ironwood to Wakefield: 
      • Trail 2 from Bessemer to Marenisco:
      • Trail 8 to Tula: Watch for a truck crossing going across the trail just after Tula Tracks.
      • Trail 160: There is still logging on 160 so watch for logging trucks. Logging trucks do have the right of way.
      • Trail 11 N: Watch for the detour around a large water hole along with some smaller water holes.
      • Trail 11 S: Closed due to logging.
    • Lake Gogebic: (3/18) "I think it's safe to say that snowmobile season is over for this season. It is suppose to be cooler for this weekend, but just for a couple of days with a chance of flurries. I won't say that there isn't a chance for a late March snowstorm, but I do not think the groomers will be able to go out anymore due to the wetness at this point of the season."  
    • Watersmeet: (3/18) Well, it is that time of the year....the temps are on the rise. The snow has melted and the groomers stopped running March 8th. Without a good amount of new snow, this looks like we may be done. If conditions become favorable again, we can groom until the last day of March or even into April, weather and DNR permitting.  
    • Ontonagon/Silver City/White Pine: (3/17) 0" base. Grooming is done for the year.  Thank you riding our trails.  See you next season.
      • Trail 12 Ontonagon to Greenland: 
      • Trail 12 Ontonagon to Trail 1: 
      • Trail 101:
      • Trail 1 north to the Porkies from trail 12: 
      • Trail 1 from the Ski hill to Lake of the Clouds: 
      • Trail 11 from Trail 1 to 11 north:
    • Bruce Crossing: (3/15) Most of the railroad grade portions of our trails and anywhere the trail is out in the open is mostly gone, down to bare ground.  It may be better in the woods areas but the snow is really going down fast.   There is also lots of water in some areas. If we get a storm in late March we will see what can be done but as of now our groomers are parked and waiting.
      • Trail #3 north to Rockland is in poor condition.
      • Trail #8 from Ewen to trail #3 South is in poor condition.
      • Trail #3 south from the grade to the CC road is in poor condition.
      • Trail #8 from the trail #3 south intersection to Trout Creek is in poor condition.
      • Trail #8 from Trout Creek to Sidnaw is in poor condition.
      • Trail #8/15 from Sidnaw to the trail #109 intersection is in poor condition.
    • Twin Lakes/Greenland: This is our “close to the end of the season” report.  Our club DID groom out of our Twin Lakes area on Sat the 28th.  We received 4 new inches of snow to groom into the old snow on the trail and reports coming back said they were in table top mint condition.  The grooming went as far as conditions would let them go. Beyond where they would quit grooming, it is still rideable for a distance.  From Twin Lakes Trail #3 south to the hwy 38 junction and north to Toivolva. Since Keweenaw quit grooming, the DNR out of Baraga gave our club permission to groom all the way to South Range.  Trail 109 was groomed about 15 miles and the #13 loop  was groomed  for about 13 miles (not quite to the Sleepy River Bridge) Definitely the end of a season but there is still a little riding that can be done by going where the snow will let you go. 
  • Houghton County & Keweenaw County: 9-27" cover. This is the final trail report for the winter of 2014-2015 in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula.  Although there is still snow, the trails are in late season condition and the groomers are done grooming for the season. The Keweenaw Trails Services thanks everyone who helped with our winter recreation program and we look forward to opening the trails again on December 1st.

  • Baraga County: (3/16) The in town trails are not even passable anymore after the weekend of sun and warm temps. Not sure what is left in the woods but just watch for bare spots where the sun has been shining and some slushy areas on the trails.  Please use caution on all the trails and pay attention to the 2 different logging areas on trail #8
    • Big Bay Trail #14: fair condition
    • Alston Trail #15 to #8/15 to #109: fair condition.
    • Nestoria Trail #15 to #8: fair condition. Please watch out for logging on this trail which are marked with signs.
    • Chassell Trail #15 North: Fair condition. 
    • Sidnaw: (3/15) Most of the railroad grade portions of our trails and anywhere the trail is out in the open is mostly gone, down to bare ground. It may be better in the woods areas but the snow is really going down fast. There is also lots of water in some areas. If we get a storm in late March we will see what can be done but as of now our groomers are parked and waiting. 
      • Trail #3 North to Rockland is in poor condition.
      • Trail #8 from Ewen to trail #3 South is in poor condition.
      • Trail #3 South from the railroad grade to the CC road is in poor condition.
      • Trail #8 from the trail #3 South intersection to Trout Creek is in poor condition.
      • Trail #8 from Trout Greek to Sidnaw is in poor condition.
      • Trail #8/15 from Sidnaw to the trail #109 intersection is in poor condition. 
  • Iron County:
    • Iron River: (3/16) 0" base. It is time to close the gates in our area.  The snow is gone on most of our snowmobile trail system.  We will start closing the gates to keep 4 wheeled vehicles off of private property.  Please respect the landowners wishes so we can continue to keep our snowmobile trails open in the future.  Trail #2 is a state owned rec trail and is open to 4 wheeled vehicles.
      • Trail #2 to Watersmeet and trail #107:
      • Trail #111 to Amasa and Trail #15N to Sidnaw: 
      • Trail #15S to the Wisconsin border:
      • Trail #116 to the George young complex:
    • Crystal Falls: (3/16) Due to the warm weather we are having the week of March 9th, we will not be doing anymore grooming until the weather turns cold again. The weather has stayed warm and our trails are in poor shape. We have not done anymore grooming. 
      • The North (#16) & South (#2 & #113) trails from Crystal Falls to Iron River:
      • The trail from Crystal Falls to Amasa (#111):
      • The Amasa to Republic (#18):
      • The trail from Crystal Falls to Sagola (#16):

Central Upper Peninsula - By County

  • Marquette County: Trails were last groomed 3/8 & 3/9
    • Marquette: Trails are groomed and open.
    • Gwinn/Sawyer/Little Lake: Trails are groomed and open.
    • Crossroads: Trails are groomed and open.
    • Harvey: Trails are groomed and open. Little snow.
    • Deerton: Trails are poor.
    • Clowry: Trails are groomed and open.
    • Ishpeming: Trails are groomed and open.
    • Silver Lake: Trails are open.
    • Au Train: Trails are groomed open.
    • Big Bay Trails: (3/22) 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.
      • Trail 14, Big Bay to Anderson’s: Not groomed, poor condition. 
      • Trail 14, South From 310 to Marquette: Closed
      • Trail 14, Big Bay to Halfway: Not groomed, poor condition. 
      • Trail 310 Alt, From Trail 5 to Trail 14: Not groomed, poor condition.
  • Dickinson County: (3/16) It is time to close the gates in our area. The snow on the trail is patchy with no snow where there has been plowing. You could damage your snowmobile  by riding on what is left of the trail. Four wheel vehicles are not allowed on private land. Please respect our landowners so that we may continue to have snowmobile trails.
  • Menominee County: No report available.
  • Alger County:
    • Munising: (3/17) All trails groomed  last night  except the 419 behind county garage due to swamp like conditions.  Trails are a little rough right now as it has been warm and raining on and off but with this cool spell should be back in shape very soon.  Have a great day and safe riding sledders.
    • Grand Marais: (3/12) Quick update from the Groomers: they plan on grooming every night until the end. There's still plenty of snow out there! 
    • AuTrain: (3/17)  According to the stalwarts on sleds today, Ridge Road is bare, between 8 and 417. Other trails are not too bad. They seem to know what to expect and are not disappointed. 
  • Delta County: No report available
  • Schoolcraft County:
    • Seney: (3/18) 8" base. So I start with the standard spring condition updates. We groomed 43 and 8 last night all the way to 422, 422 to H58, and 431 last night. It is still getting in the 20’s at night so the trails are able to set up at night. There is a bare spot on trail 8 already and some corners close to town are getting bare. The snow during the day is soft with the warmer temps. You cans still ride into town. We are not grooming south anymore nor trail 422 from H58 to castle rock.
    • Manistique: (3/11) 6" base. With the past week of warmer weather, trails are beginning to deteriorate. Traffic volumes are very heavy throughout the weekend and lighter on the weekdays. Overall: Good. 
      • 2 west to 7 north to 413 to Jack Pine trailhead: Heavy traffic and groomed.
      • Trail 413: heavy traffic and groomed.
      • The Spur off trail 7 into Big Springs: is well used and groomed.
      • 41 north to Shingleton and trail 8 junction: heavily traveled; groomed every 24-36 hours; bridge crossings and corners showing traffic “wear and tear”. 
      • 2 North/41 North to Jack Pine trailhead: Heavily traveled; but holding up well.
      • 2 East to M77 (Blaney Park): Well traveled; good snow coverage throughout the 48 mi stretch with 3 separate areas of active logging in progress(parts of trail are plowed).
      • 421 trail into Gulliver Trailhead: is good.

Eastern Upper Peninsula - By County

  • Luce County: (3/16) Lots of traffic this past weekend on the trails. Our staging area and trails leaving Newberry are now dirt from the warm weather. The South trail is breaking down fast and in many areas is just dirt. The two north trails have snow. Trail #45 between M-123 and CR 500 there is a lot of mud and some water. We will be grooming if the temperatures get cold and new snow hit the ground.
    • Trail 9: Groomed and in fair condition.
    • Trail 45: Trail is in fair condition
    • South Trail 9/2 to Epoufette/Trout Lake: Trail is in poor condition due to lack of snow. 
  • Chippewa County:  
    • Sault Ste Marie: (3/18) 4" base. The snow or icy snow crystals are still very good north of M-28 with less around Kinross with a few dirt spots.  We did do some grooming last night and this morning so they should be in fair condition thru this weekend.  The plan is to groom northern trails once before the weekend.  It may be the last weekend to find them groomed.   The thing to remember is road shoulders will be melted off is plan your routes accordingly. Trails overall are in FAIR to POOR condition, groomers will go out if it gets cold enough at night.
      • Trail #8 - Brimley to Sault: Base 2-4" Trail is in Fair Condition. Watch for logging trucks the last 1 mile before Brimley, they are using the grade to haul, so a portion is plowed. 
      • Trail #8 - Brimley to Raco: Base 1-5" Trail is in fair Condition. 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 3-9" Trail is in fair Condition. Icy snow crystals.
      • Sault Ste Marie City Trail, Trails #497, #449 parts of #8 & #49: Base 1-4" Trail is in poor to fair condition. 
      • Trail #49 - Sault to Kinross: Base 1-4" Trail is in poor to fair Condition. 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 1-5" Trail in poor condition. There is less snow the farther south you go but enough to ride.
      • Trail #480 & #472 Kinross to Raco/Rudyard: Base 1-4" Trail is in poor condition.
      • The Downtown Trail is signed and groomed starting the 16th of January.  
    • Paradise: 8 degrees this morning and a crystal clear sky. The Northern Lights have been out the last couple nights too. It is supposed to get up into the 30`s for highs and 20`s for lows the next couple days. This will help our trails. They are FLAT but hard as a rock. I groomed to the Falls last night and that is what I found. Groomer Gene also went to Pine Stump last night and its the same thing. We are gonna keep grooming thru the weekend and that will probably be it. Groomer Chris
    • Eckerman: 20" cover. We were out grooming the trails last night.  Most areas are holding up well.  Getting in and out of towns is a problem everywhere.  Strongs and Hulbert are probably the best access.  Don’t expect perfect conditions.  There are bare spots and connector roads are bare.   We still have over 20 inches of snow in the woods and if you are willing to trailer to snow and hit the two tracks that were not a part of the snowmobile trails you will have some good riding.   Wanting to get that last ride in?  Now is the time!!
    • Drummond Island: (3/12) 3" base. West End of the Island : The west end is in poor shape. Some spots are getting thin because of the warm temps. East end of the Island:  The east end is also in poor conditions with some spots getting thin….. also this end is especially prone to having water on the the trails and some major water holes as it warms up. Be very cautious of the water holes and running water on both ends of the Island. We do have a few areas of logging going on right now so watch for log trucks on the trails.
  • Mackinac County:
    • St Ignace: The end of the season is upon us. I have been in the tropics for the last few days, but returned to 5" of fresh heavy snow and horrible roads to great me. Everything is covered again, and looks nice out there - but really no riding unless you have a beater sled (which just passed the office). Locals have told me that the last week has been uneventful - and cold, which further ticks me off that we has one week of warm weather that ruined the whole end of the month. Oh well, that is what Mother Nature can do to us I guess. 
    • Curtis: (3/13) 6" base. We had rain this morning and trails are in poor condition.
      • Trail 45 to Newberry:
      • Trail 2 to Gould City, Engadine & Naubinway:
      • Trail 43 to Germfask: 
    • Les Cheneaux/Cedarville/Hessel: (3/21) 2" base. TRAILS CLOSED, THERE IS STILL SOME SNOW IN THE WOODS BUT YOU CAN’T GET TO IT WITHOUT BREAKING SOMETHING.