Snowmobile Trail Report

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Updated: January 19, 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: (1/18) If our temps aren’t below zero they are 30 or above. We just can’t seem to get a break. Our temps for this week are not looking good. Temps from Wednesday through Saturday are going to be in the 40’s with a chance of rain on Friday. Just when things were shaping up nice. Hang in there our temps will get back to normal next weekend.
    • Gogebic Range Trail Authority: Since Monday with our warmer weather our trails have held up pretty good (surprisingly). Roads are now bare, please follow the trail signs and stay on the trails. We expect a steady deterioration of the trails as we head through the weekend. Grooming will be put on hold until weather permitting. We expect by the weekend the trails will be in marginal to poor condition throughout the system. Hang in there our temps will be back to normal the middle of next week so we hope to get things back in shape. We will keep you posted. Trails 11N,11s, and trial 160 are closed. Hopefully, the southern half of 160 will reopen the middle part January
    • Lake Gogebic: With our warmer temps our groomers will only run at night weather permitting. We still have lots of snow so with this warmer weather if it stays cloudy our snow should hold up. Sorry I don’t have better news but we will keep you posted. PLEASE DO NOT RIDE THE HWY. IN BERGLAND FROM JW’S RESTAURANT TO THE GAS STATION!!! YOU WILL BE TICKETED. YOU MUST TAKE THE TRAIL AND CROSS AT ANTONIO’S RESTAURANT TO ACCESS THE GAS STATION. 
    • Watersmeet: Trails are in good condition and holding up well but we do have some warm temperatures in the forecast. If we are not under 30 degrees we will be suspending grooming. This will be made on a daily basis. Please stay on trails, riding on unmarked trails can result is the clubs losing easement for the trail. So Please say on trails…..
      • Trails 3 N is good.
      • Trail 3 S to WI is good.
      • Trail 2 is good but we do have some rocks mixed in with the snow as you head west out of Watersmeet.
      • Trail 13 S is good.
    • Ontonagon/Silver City/White Pine: (1/18) Stupid warm temps!! Although hasn't hurt us much yet, still grooming every night, but getting into towns and crossing roads suck cause roads down to pavement, calling for warm temps next few days, with temps above freezing at night which means we can't groom until they drop below freezing, calling for snow all next week, hope they're right!! Traffic has been light all week, and looks to be light this weekend, perfect time to come up!! Remember if there's good snow by you there's a lot more here and fewer riders cause snow everywhere really spreads the traffic out, especially up here. 
    • Bruce Crossing: (1/18) 18" base. Trails are doing well but the temps are not helping us at all, I will call all of our trails GOOD for now but it looks like we may have to suspend grooming if the weather doesn’t cool off some. Please do not climb the “Military Hill” from the highway, US 45, to the fence, we have ongoing erosion issues there and the hill climbers are adding to the problem. Please ride on your own side of the trail and STOP at the stop signs!
      • Trail #3 North to Rockland: Good
      • Trail #8 from Ewen to trail #3 North: Good
      • Trail #3/8 from Bruce Crossing to the trail #3 South intersection: Good
      • Trail #3 south from the grade to the CC road: Good
      • Trail #8 from the trail #3 south intersection to Trout Creek: Good
      • Trail #8 from Trout Creek to Kenton: Good
      • Trail #8 from Kenton to Sidnaw: Good
      • Trail #8/15 from Sidnaw to the trail #109 intersection: Good
    • Twin Lakes/Greenland: (1/18) 36+" cover. So far our clubs trails are holding their own. Our grooming is done at night and it has time to set up before traffic the next day. Consequently, they hold up pretty good during morning hours but the paddletracks really get them chewed up by afternoon. Had some cloudy & some sun today-predicting down to 10 degrees tonight. No new snow for 3 days now-seems we go from one extreme to another.  We have plenty of snow in this area and thinking we’ll get thru all of this weather change OK.  Just hoping Mother Nature hears us asking for cloudy days to help us thru this.
  • Houghton County & Keweenaw County: 33" cover. Snowmobile trails from Twin Lakes to Copper Harbor are open and in good to very condition with a base of 12-24". There are some water holes near Canal Road in Houghton. The mat on the Portage Lift Bridge is down. Trail 122 is closed for logging.  You can still access the Dreamland trail from Lake Linden.  Use Trail 124 to get to Gay. Any trail usage should be done with extreme caution as there are wet spots, rocks, stumps, branches, and other hazards that have not been identified. Please remember to watch out for the groomers when your're out on the trails.  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: We did not groom last night cause it was just way too warm, grooming will depend on the temperatures.  We made it to the top of Moose Mtn. Yay!!  Slowly getting there so please be patient. Some areas are still lacking snow but everyday it is getting better.  Pease make sure if you do ride that you use caution and watch for water holes and rocks or even trees across the trail. 
    • Big Bay Trail #14: 12-18" base. Trail is very good. Beaver dam is now covered so just stay on trail when you go over it. Trail is looking gooooood. Will be logging on about a 1 1/2 of trail - signs are posted 
    • Alston Trail #15 to #8/15 to #109: 10-14" base. Trail is very good. The groomer was fixed and finished grooming the trail last night. 
    • Nestoria Trail #15 to #8: 8-12": base. Trail is good. We made it to the top of Moose Mtn.  Yay!!! Please pay attention to the reroute on this trail, reroute is grooomed and ready for you to ride on. Still waiting for more snow and colder temps to freeze up the powerline.  Needs snow there is alot of water, rocks, and soft spots. Please use caution if you need to ride this trail.
    • Chassell Trail #15 North: 8-12" base. Poor. We tried grooming last night and no go. The groomer broke thru a couple of times so we'll have to wait until we get some colder temps. We checked this trail and it still has alot of wet areas so no grooming it yet.  Please watch out for waterholes and some trees down closer to chassell.  
    • Sidnaw: (1/18) 18" base. Trails are doing well but the temps are not helping us at all, I will call all of our trails GOOD for now but it looks like we may have to suspend grooming if the weather doesn’t cool off some. Please do not climb the “Military Hill” from the highway, US 45, to the fence, we have ongoing erosion issues there and the hill climbers are adding to the problem. Please ride on your own side of the trail and STOP at the stop signs!
      • Trail #3 north to Rockland: Good 
      • Trail #8 from Ewen to trail #3 North: Good 
      • Trail #3/8 from Bruce Crossing to the trail #3 South intersection: Good
      • Trail #3 south from the grade to the CC road: Good
      • Trail #8 from the trail #3 south intersection to Trout Creek: Good
      • Trail #8 from Trout Creek to Kenton: Good
      • Trail #8 from Kenton to Sidnaw: Good
      • Trail #8/15 from Sidnaw to the trail #109 intersection: Good
  • Iron County
    • Iron River: (1/17) We have changed to an as needed  night time grooming schedule until the temps go back to normal. We are predicted to have above normal temps thru Sunday with highs in the 40s during the day and lows in the 30s at night. With the warm daytime temps be aware of slushy conditions which change to icy conditions at night.  Please use caution in these unusual conditions. Our trail system conditions are as follows:
      • Trail #107 to Kenton is in good condition. 
      • There is a large logging job on Trail #15N to Sidnaw.  This logging job has affected the intersection of trail #15N to Sidnaw and trail #111 to Amasa where the outhouse used to be.  The trails have been rerouted, so just follow the signing.Trail is in good condition.
      • Trail 15s to the Wisconsin border is in good condition. This trail also has a large logging job in progress.
      • Trail #116 to the George Young complex is also in good condition.
    • Crystal Falls: (1/17) We are having very warm temps during this week. Trails will be groomed if the conditions are good. If not, grooming will be on hold until the temperatures drop. We have lighted Trailhead parking and Port-a-Jons, at our Quanset Hut, located on M69 and trail #113 for your easy access to ride our trail system.
      • Trail #2 and Trail 16 between Crystal Falls and Iron River have been groomed and are in great shape. They are logging on trail #2 between Pentoga Rd. and Scott Lake Rd. watch for truck traffic.
      • Trail # 111 north to Amasa, and trail #18 to Republic, was groomed again today.
      • Trail #16 to Sagola will be groomed tonight. East of Lake Mary Rd. along the power line the swamp needs to freeze for the groomer, but sleds have no problem getting through.

Central Upper Peninsula - By County

  • Marquette County:  
    • Hiawatha Trails: Weather conditions not looking good for grooming the rest of the week.
      • Seg 1 Gwinn-Cty Rd 438: open, groomed and in good to excellent condition
      • Seg 2 Gwinn-Cascade: open, groomed and in good to excellent condition
      • Seg 4 Crossroad Spur: open, groomed and in good to excellent condition
      • Seg 5 Cascade-Ishpeming: open, groomed and in  good to excellent condition
      • Seg 6 Negaunee Twp Spur: open, groomed and in good to excellent condition
      • Seg 7 Mqt Mtn-Carp River: open, groomed and in good to excellent condition
      • Seg 8 Mqt Business Spur: open, groomed and in good to excellent condition
      • Seg 9 Gwinn-Chatham: open, groomed and in  good to excellent condition
      • Seg 10 Cty Rd 438-Arnold: open, groomed and in good to excellent condition 
      • Seg 11 Miller Creek Trail: open, groomed and in good to excellent condition
      • Seg 12 Finn Spur-Ridge Rd: open, groomed and in good to excellent condition
    • Moose Country: 
      • Seg 1 Republic-Clowry: open, groomed and in good condition
      • Seg 2 Clowry-Ishpeming: open, groomed and in good condition
      • Seg 3 Clowry-Nestoria: open, partial groomed and in good condition
      • Seg 4 Clowry-Triple A: open, partial groomed and in good condition
      • Seg 5 Republic-Silver Lake: open, groomed and in good condition
      • Seg 6 Silver Lake-Sagola: open, groomed and in good condition
      • Seg 7 Silver Lake-Kates Grade: open, groomed and in good condition
      • Seg 8 Republic-Fence River: open, groomed and in good condition
      • Seg 9 Ishpeming-Republic: open, groomed and in good condition
    • UP Central: 
      • Seg 1 Carp River-Casino: open, groomed, good to excellent
      • Seg 2 Casino-Whitefish: open, groomed, good to excellent
      • Seg 3 Whitefish-Autrain Jct: open, groomed, good to excellent
      • Seg 4 Autrain Jct-Christmas Jct: open, groomed, good to excellent
      • Seg 5 Autrain Jct-Chatham: open, groomed, good to excellent
      • Seg 6 Harvey Spur: open, groomed, good to excellent
    • Big Bay Trails: (1/17)  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. warm temps and poor freeze down at lower elevations make for poor conditions Use care heavy winds may downed trees or limbs please note on trail 14 south to Marquette is going to be fenced and soon will be open, please stay on trail if not it will be closed
      • Trail 14, Big Bay to Anderson’s: groomed, good 
      • Trail 14, South From 310 to Marquette: groomed, fair 
      • Trail 14, Big Bay to Halfway: groomed, fair 
      • Trail 310 Alt, From Trail 5 to Trail 14: open, groomed, good
  • Dickinson County:(1/18) 10" base. Trails are in good condition. It’s warm up here today, but we are out grooming the trails for the upcoming weekend. We could see some light rain on Sunday, but we will have to wait and see. We have had a lot of deer moving on the trails and some folks have hit them. The grade such as trail 2 are were we have seen most of the deer. Ride at a slower speed for your safety!!!
  • Menominee County: No report available
  • Alger County
    • Munising: GROOMING OPERATIONS: Trails 419E and Trail 8W, Trail 7/8 and Trail 7 into Christmas, Trail 7 to the Buckhorn, Trail 8E to 422 to Miners Castle Road groomed today. 419W from Christmas to Trail 8, Trail 8 to Shingleton being groomed tonight. Warm weather has grooming scheduled for only nighttime operations at this point. WARNING: Trail 8 has a very large dip that keeps developing at a closed road crossing approx. 1/2 Mile West of Trail 7 South. Groomer Operators regularly remove it but the high speed riding along that section have it return quickly. Be alert and use extreme caution in this area. CAUTION FOR TRAIL 419: Standing and flowing water creating a few soft spots in wet areas of the hills closer to Munising. RIDE WITH CAUTION. CAUTION FOR TRAIL419 (Munising Wetmore Connector) - Trail 419 connector is OPEN. Please use caution when riding. It's a congested area with driveway crossings. PLEASE obey all stop signs and give right-of-way to vehicles. 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 - soft snow with warm weather. 7-8' base.  
      • Trail 7 South - Good. 
      • Trail 7 North - Good. 
      • Trail 419W Munising-Christmas - Good. Still use caution due to a few soft spots closer to Munising. 
      • Trail 422 Miners Castle - Good. 
      • Trail 419E Wetmore-Munising - Open! Good.
    • Grand Marais: (1/12) 6" base. Trails are in good to excellent condition. Trails are still in good shape, we have received another 8″ of snow groomer are still running everynight
    • AuTrain: (1/18) The clear blue cloudless sky is a reason to be here! Riders are happy. 
  • Delta County: No report available. 
  • Schoolcraft County
    • Seney: (1/18) 6" base. Trails are in good condition. Trail 43/8 to Shingleton was groomed smooth last night and set up good.  Josh left early this morning in the John Deere to groom 431.  The mission is to get the corners cleaned and set good tonight when the temp drops and before the warm weather takes its toll.  Trails are good today but warm weather prediction for the week will take its toll.  The parking lots in town are already brown or bare.  With warm temps even at night after today don is suspending grooming after today until we get more snow or conditions will support grooming Trail 43/8 – the water hole that keeps rearing it ugly head is froze again.  Don is leaving the stop ahead and stop signs up for now.  The water is high there because of the beaver dam and it undermines the trail without notice so the signs stay up til we are sure it’s okay. The detour signs are up on 43 just outside of town are up until that area is froze in.  Please remember this is early season and we are still building the base Logging: Trail 43 south has logging going on for the last 2 miles off of ten curves road that will be going on all winter.
    • Manistique: (1/10) 4-8" base. This is the latest report from the groomers. It's snowing fairly hard now with 4-8 forcasted today and tonite......41 trail (North Haywire) and Jack Pine will be groomed again tonite (6Jan) 413 and south Haywire this PM as well; the 7 trail to Big spring is groomed daily and has water issues south of the 413 intersection. The 2East trail is clear and smooth to the Manistique River Road/421 intersection(421 is clear and groomed into Gulliver). Bear Creek Swamp is IMPASSABLE(don't even try) LOTSA water(both open and not well frozen yet)  

Eastern Upper Peninsula - By County

  • Luce County: (1/15) We do not groom in the village, and the curfew in the village is 11 P.M. to 7:00 A.M. Please remember our groomers are on the trail from afternoon to late in the night.
    • Trail 9: Pine Stump: Trail is in very good condition. Trail #9 gets a lot of riders on the weekend and ths trail by night is only in fair condition.
    • Trail 45 Falls: Trail is in very good condition. The trail is plowed from Skyline road to the east for 4 miles for logging. The logging operation will be going on for the next 3 weeks. Please watch out for logging trucks
    • South Trail 9/2 to Epoufette/Trout Lake: Trail is in good condition and we are grooming to Epoufette and Trout Lake. 
  • Chippewa County
    • Sault Ste Marie: We did not groom last night as it was too warm. According to weatherman it’s not supposed to get back below freezing until Monday. We will not be able to groom again until they do. All trails are still in good condition, but this spell of warm weather could reek havoc if it’s too warm to groom.  Let’s all hope they are wrong and it gets down to the twenties overnight.  Road shoulders are getting bare and this may open up again some of those wet areas that we just got frozen down. We made it thru those 3 miles of traditional wet trails of Soo to Kinross. 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 - Brimley to Sault: Base 3-5 inches -Trail is in good to excellent Condition.
      • Trail #8 - Brimley to Raco: Base 3 – 8 inches -Trail is in good to excellent 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 5 – 10 inches – Trail is in good to excellent Condition.
      • Sault Ste Marie City Trail, Trails #497, #449 parts of #8 & #49: Base 2- 5 inches – Trail is in good to excellent 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.
      • Trail #49 - Sault to Kinross: Base 2 – 5 inches – Trail is in fair to good Condition. Make sure you follow reroute once you cross bridge going south at 7 Mile road.
      • Trail #49, #494, #472 Kinross loop & South to Pickford: Base 2- 6 inches – Trail in good to excellent condition.  Watch for trucks driving on trails it seems to be the thing this year.
      • Trail #480 & #472 Kinross to Raco/Rudyard: Base 2 – 5  inches – Trail in fair to good condition. Will take a few mor passes with groomer make it smooth but descent shape and frozen. Watch for reroute signs just west of Kinross
      • The Downtown Trail: signed and city just put up cones in Portage Ave. Will be groomed in the near future.
    • Paradise: 32 degrees this morning and cloudy. Don`t think it got below freezing last night. This is whats gonna hurt our trails the most. Saw 40 yesterday and the sun was out....that don`t help none either!! I suppose while I`m on the bad news side I might as well tell you this. The swamp south of town is starting to open up. We will close the gates today....bummer....we just got it froze down. Please don`t go around the gates. If you do and get buried in there don`t expect us to come out and help. Not saying this to be mean....just saying DON`T GO AROUND THE CLOSED GATES!!! Now for alittle good news. Me an my buddy groomer Dave went for a ride yesterday, first ride of the season for both of us!! We rode the Point trail and went to the Falls. Both trails were in good shape but as the day progressed they got alitle choppy. Figured they would cause it was warm and the sun was out. Had a great time though and put on 70 miles. More good news is the Falls trail is holding up.....it has quite a few water holes in it ya know. Groomer Gerald was heading out to the barn to run this trail when we were heading home. We are running the Pine Stump trail and the Point trail today. We will keep grooming the south trail but runnin down the road to by pass the swamp for now. Our problem groomer is still down....wish I could swear on here cause I would let loose!!!! We had to order a special compression checker for this darn thing, its supposed to come in today, then we`ll get back on that. Soooo....if you are thinking about coming UP this weekend I say go for it. Just don`t expect perfect. I am still rating the trails as good, except the south swamp of course.    FAKE WINTERS SUCK!!!! Groomer Chris
    • Eckerman: (1/16) 16" base. The groomers all went out tonight. 
      • Trail 47 from Strongs to Raco is excellent.
      • Trail Strong’s to Trout Lake excellent.
      • Trail 474 to Hulbert is in excellent shape. With one ruff spot Hulbert Lake Lodge and 28. 
      • Trail from Rudyard to Trout Lake is great.
      • Trail 472 East of Sullivan Creek Road has one spot that we can’t get frozen in yet. We need experienced driver only to ride this area to freeze in. We do have a trail going around this bad spot.
    • Drummond Island: (1/17) So far the trails are holding up. Lets just hope this warm weather we have coming doesnt do to much damage.  The over all base varies from 4 inch to 12 inches. There is currently a logging operation on the trail 493 (the plains area) for 7 miles. This logging will continue all winter. I have upgraded the trails over all  as good but there are areas that are in poor shape and some in Excellent shape. Ride with caution!
      • West End: West end of the island is in Good to Excellent shape.
      • East End: Nothing much has changed from my last report on this end of the Island. I would caution that with this warm temps. they are predicting this end may suffer the most.  The east shore from the Marble Head look out to Glen Cove along the shore line is VERY poor. The shore line that continue’s to the Maxton Plains is Very Poor with little snow(and very little lubrication), lots of running water and logging. If you stay out of those areas the rest of this end of the Island is in great shape. You can go to Marble Head you just have to take trail 496 at Cornbeef Junction and return that way. Dont try to continue the loop. You will get wet and muddy.
  • Mackinac County
    • St Ignace: So the doomsday weekend is here. We had a great start going, a bit late, but were in great shape, and now a 10 day stretch that is absolutely horrible potential. I'm not going to sugar coat this for you guys, the trails are going to absolutely get hammered across the entire state over teh next 7 days - I don't care what optimistic forecast that you are reading. It is currently 36d, on our way to 40d today. Forecast for teh weekend is over 40d and rain on Saturday. Most of next week will be above freezing and with some rain. This look to improve for teh following weekend, and we are making plans to recover the trail after this hit. Current conditions are certainly ridable. In fact the groomer ran the North section of trails last night and everything from Brevort, to Trout Lake and CUt River and Rexton are in really really good shape. South of there we did not run, but trails are still in good shape. There are some brown spots showing, and the plowed areas of 471 are slick ice - passable but not fun at all. In and out of town from downtown gas and the Bridge connection - you will find side of bare road riding for sure. I planted a trail teh best I could, but I need lots more snow to fix up town any better. We are going to inspect the length of the RR grade tomorrow afternoon and if it will help - and not hurt anything we will run the South loop Friday night. That will be the only run out of Iggy for the foreseeable future - if it happens. The North loop is different, and very likely will see a run on Saturday night. It should hold up just fine over the next 48 hours. A touch-up run on Sat night, and then probably hold off until middle-end of next week. This is assuming that we don't get heavy rain on Saturday. The future plan is to stay in a holding pattern until things look like they will stay cold and firm up for a decent stretch. At that time we are planning a double run on everything to freeze it down into a smooth base, and it bill once again become a waiting game to get it topped with 6" of fresh for rideable snow. CONCLUSION: if this is the only weekend you have to come up here don't change your plans, just realize what you are getting into - late March type of riding. You should be able to get out of town, and ride North. If at all possible, and I can't believe I am saying this - ride NOrth of M-28 though, they have the snow to handle the warmup. (watch for holes and swamps though). If you can change your weekend plans, then hold off. Our trails are OK today but will be dieing a slow death, and traffic will only speed things along dramatically. Neil - VP Straits Area Snowmobile Club    
    • Curtis: (1/18) 
      • Trail 45 to Newberry: Swamp areas are wet. 
      • Trail 2 to Gould City, Engadine & Naubinway: Swamp areas are wet.
      • Trail 43 to Germfask: 
    • ​Les Cheneaux/Cedarville/Hessel: ***WET AREAS ARE STARTING TO OPEN UP  BE CAREFUL  IF YOU RIDE****LATEST UPDATE**.  AS SOON AS MOTHER NATURE  COOPERATES, WE WILL ATTEMPT GROOM AGAIN.   STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES  SOME SECTIONS ARE BEING GROOMED, OTHERS ARE RIDEABLE BUT NOT GROOMABLE AT THIS TIME. KEEP UP YOUR SNOWDANCE.  WE ARE READY TO GROOM WHEN WE GET  MORE SNOW.  THERE IS A REROUTE NEAR NUNNS CREEK,  FOLLOW THE TRAIL MARKERS AND YOU WON’T GET LOST.  Reroute is due to logging operations on Federal Forrest Land.  NEW BRIDGE IS INSTALLED NEAR THE DE TOUR END OF OUR TRAILS,   GATES ARE OPEN.  BE ALERT AND RIDE SAFE!!!