Snowmobile Trail Report

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Updated: 2/26/2015

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: (2/25) Temps for today and tomorrow will be in the single digits with lows below zero. Thursday temps will be in the teens and in the 20's over the weekend. Looks like a nice week ahead of us for riding.
    •  Gogebic Range Trail Authority Trails: (2/25)
      • Trail 2 from Ironwood to Wakefield: is groomed and is in good condition
      • Trail 2 from Bessemer to Marenisco: is groomed and is in good to very good condition. 
      • Trail 8 to Tula: will be groomed this afternoon, watch for a truck crossing going across the trail just after Tula Tracks.
      • Trail 160:  is in good condition. There is still logging on 160 so watch for logging trucks. Logging trucks do have the right of way.
      • Trail 11 N: will be groomed this weekend. Watch for the detour around a large water hole.
      • Trail 11 S: Closed due to logging.
    • Lake Gogebic: (2/25) Trails are in very good condition with a new cover of snow this morning of about 4-inches, more expected off and on today. Temps are expected to warm up to the 20’s for this upcoming last weekend in February which should make for some very comfortable riding. Just a quick word of warning; DNR and police are ticketing anyone riding the highway, all highways, in our area along with riding on the railroad tracks or anywhere you know you’re not supposed to be. This includes riding through Bergland on the highway between JW’s and the gas station or riding from the gas station north along the highway to get to the trail connect. VERY IMPORTANT: Watch for the reroute where trails 1, 102 and 8 West meet, north of Merriweather going west for about 5 miles. Watch for changes and signs. YOU CANNOT USE THIS AREA FOR ANY RIDING. This reroute will continue to the end of the season. You may also want to top off your gas if headed north through this area as the reroute will add an extra ten miles (there and back) to your trip with no gas stops between Lake Gogebic and Konteka. 
    • Watersmeet: Our groomers are running daily and trails are all groomed. All trails are in good condition. Please follow the orange barrels and stay on trail going across Cisco Chain.
    • Ontonagon/Silver City/White Pine: 18" base. With temps from ~20 to ~30 we did not do any grooming 2-25-15, groomers will be out today and tonight.
      • Trail 12 Ontonagon to Greenland: groomed and in good condition, ice on corners.
      • Trail 12 Ontonagon to Trail 1: groomed and in very good condition.
      • Trail 101: groomed and in very good condition.
      • Trail 1 north to the Porkies from trail 12: groomed.
      • Trail 1 from the Ski hill to Lake of the Clouds: groomed. Over 12″ base at lake of the clouds.
      • Trail 11 from Trail 1 to 11 north: groomed with a base over 24″
    • Bruce Crossing: (2/25) 20" base. We had about five inches of snow yesterday but the wind blew hard so it is drifted pretty good in places.  It should be some pretty good riding even with the cold temps. Watch for icy corners, some of them have gotten quite slick. We are grooming nightly if the conditions allow.
      • Trail #3 north to Rockland is in excellent condition.
      • Trail #8 from Ewen to trail #3 South is in very good to excellent condition.
      • Trail #3 south from the grade to the CC road is in very good  condition.
      • Trail #8 from the trail #3 south intersection to Trout Creek is in excellent condition.
      • Trail #8 from Trout Creek to Sidnaw is in excellent condition.
      • Trail #8/15 from Sidnaw to the trail #109 intersection is in excellent condition.
    • Twin Lakes/Greenland: (2/19) 36+" base. WOW another whole inch of snow in the last 24 hrs. again.  This VERY VERY COLD weather is continuing but I’ve been asking the riders and apparently they are staying warm enough.  Now getting back to what this trail report is all about.  It has been all in glory for the riders.  We’ve had enough new snow often enough that our club’s trails are fantastic (anyhow this is what the riders are telling me).  Our  grooming schedule has not missed a beat. Our groomer operators are very worthy of a thumbs up.  This extreme cold is very hard on the groomers.  So far, no big break-downs and for that we are VERY fortunate.
  • Houghton County & Keweenaw County: 25-39" cover. The snowmobile trails from Twin Lakes to Copper Harbor are open.  The groomers are out and the trails are in good to very good condition. Trail 122 to Gay is closed for logging until further notice.  Alternate routes to Gay are trails 124 and 133. The CopperDog 150 sled dog race will be held on portions of the snowmobile trail system February 27 through March 1.  Please use caution and be courteous.
  • Baraga County: We did not groom last night due to the cold temps and by the end of the day the temps will be more rider friendly,  please dress warm but enjoy! Please use caution on all the trails and pay attention to the 2 different logging areas on trail #8
    • Big Bay Trail #14: Base 12-18" Good to very good condition
    • Alston Trail #15 to #8/15 to #109: 8-16" base. Good condition. This trail is in good shape, just watch some of the hills have some ice on them so use caution.
    • Nestoria Trail #15 to #8: 8-16" base. Good condition. Please pay attention to the logging areas on this trail.
    • Chassell Trail #15 North: 8-16" base. Good condition. This trail has been groomed and in pretty good shape.  Closer to Chassell there is some water on the trail. please use caution.
    • Sidnaw: (2/25) We had about five inches of snow yesterday but the wind blew hard so it is drifted pretty good in places. It should be some pretty good riding even with the cold temps. Watch for icy corners, some of them have gotten quite slick. We are grooming nightly if the conditions allow.    
      • Trail #3 North to Rockland is in excellent condition.
      • Trail #8 from Ewen to trail #3 South is in very good to excellent condition.
      • Trail #3 South from the railroad grade to the CC road is in very good condition.
      • Trail #8 from the trail #3 South intersection to Trout Creek is in excellent condition.
      • Trail #8 from Trout Greek to Sidnaw is in excellent condition.
      • Trail #8/15 from Sidnaw to the trail #109 intersection is in excellent condition. 
  • Iron County:
    • Iron River: (2/13) 10" base. All trails are being groomed on a regular schedule. Please use caution on our trails because of icy conditions due to the cold. Ride safe on our trails and keep the track side down!!!
      • Trail #2 to Watersmeet and trail #107 are in good to excellent condition.
      • Trail #111 to Amasa and Trail #15N to Sidnaw are in good condition. 
      • Trail #15S to the Wisconsin border is in very good condition. 
      • Trail #116 to the George young complex is in good condition.
    • Crystal Falls: (2/22) The trails have a 10" base. All trails are being groomed regularly.
      • The North (#16) & South (#2 & #113) trails from Crystal Falls to Iron River are in excellent condition.  There is some logging on the South trail, but only for about 1/4 mile, west of Pentoga. 
      • The trail from Crystal Falls to Amasa (#111) is in fair condition. The swamp areas are still rough.
      • The Amasa to Republic (#18) trail is in excellent condition.  
      • The trail from Crystal Falls to Sagola (#16) is in fair condition with rough spots in the swamps.

Central Upper Peninsula - By County

  • Marquette County
    • Marquette: Trails are groomed and in good to excellent condition.
    • 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: 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: Trail is groomed and in good to excellent condition. 
      • Trail 14, South From 310 to Marquette: Trail is groomed and in good to excellent condition. 
      • Trail 14, Big Bay to Halfway: Trail is groomed and in good to excellent condition. 
      • Trail 310 Alt, From Trail 5 to Trail 14: Trail is groomed and in good to excellent condition.
  • Dickinson County: (2/21) 8" base.  We are grooming most days with most of the trail in very good condition. All trails are getting at least 4 grooms per week, some more.  There are  areas of logging on trail 115. We expect that some of the logging will be completed in the near future but they may be hauling for some time. You can skip some of the logging by using the powerline rights of way to the next logging road (Miners Rd.) if headed South go rt on Miners Rd. If headed North use Miners Rd past logging turnoff, to powerline and go left.   Use caution, it is not groomed and not marked but you will see tracks. 
  • Menominee County: (2/24) Freshly groomed, trails are in excellent condition.
  • Alger County:
    • Munising: (2/24) All trails were groomed last night.  Lots of fresh snow over the last 24 hours and it is still coming down. We have approximately a foot of new snow over the last week. Trail reports are of flat smooth trails. Have a great day and safe riding sledders.
    • Grand Marais: (2/18) Trails are in Very Good to Excellent condition! Flat and smooth with a good base. Groomers are out nightly to keep those trails just like you like them flat, smooth, fast... Enjoy! 
    • AuTrain: (2/25)   It is a dream of winter. As the weatherman said, we are in a "tranquil period" that is rather cool (cool?!). It is clear, cold, and calm. On the grooming front, the local team has the Big Bay Club filling in to groom tonight while they wait for John Deere to come in tomorrow to fix the tractor. They hope to be out on Friday, back to grooming. It has been rough for them between mechanical issues and road closings. Apparently they cannot groom when the roads are closed in the area. I am hopeful for a weekend with great conditions.
  • Delta County: No report available
  • Schoolcraft County:
    • Seney: 10" base. We are grooming around the clock with the Tucker so watch for the groomer on trail 431 during the day. The last storm with high winds caused a lot of drifting. Mel said portions of the trail were drifted shut. He groomed to Shingleton last night. Munising picked up the 4 miles from Shingleton to 422 for us. 422 hasn’t been groomed since the groomer broke down. The parts were supposed to arrive yesterday but when they didn’t Don made some calls to find out they were on back ordered and we weren’t told; Can anything else go wrong? Well the parts were a temporary fix until the new bogie wheels came in which FedEx called about yesterday and they will be delivered this afternoon. At least this way they only have to fix it once. They guys are on standby for when they arrive. Not sure how many hours that will take but when they are done with the bogies they have to put the track back on which I know took over an hour last time with 6 guys. As soon as it’s complete it will be on the trail head to Shingleton. As always, I’ll keep you posted.
    • Manistique: (2/24) 6" base. With the past week and 3-5” of new snow, trails are improving overall. Traffic volumes are very heavy throughout. 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; expect some choppyness at bridge crossings and corners.
      • 2 North/41 North to Jack Pine trailhead: Heavily traveled; expect some choppyness at bridge crossings.
      • 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 in great shape but also has 1 area with active logging (some plowed trail).

Eastern Upper Peninsula - By County

  • Luce County Warmer temperatures predicted for this weekend. Due to the new snow we received and colder temperatures the trails are staying on good shape. We do not groom in the village, and the curfew in the village is 11 P.M. to 7 A.M.
    • Trail 9: Groomed and in very good to excellent condition.
    • Trail 45: Trail is in very good to excellent condition
    • South Trail 9/2 to Epoufette/Trout Lake: Trail is in very good to excellent condition. 
  • Chippewa County:  
    • Sault Ste Marie: (2/24) 8" base. Trails overall are in excellent shape and groomers are out on a daily basis.
      • Trail #8 - Brimley to Sault: Base 4-7 inches -Trail is in Excellent 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 5-9 inches -Trail is in Excellent Condition. When going across the bridge in Brimley make sure you go with the flow of traffic!
      • Trail #8 - Raco to Naomikong: Base 6-10 inches – Trail is in Excellent Condition. Lots of snow out here but blowing and drifting snow in the open areas.
      • Sault Ste Marie City Trail: Trails #497, #449 parts of #8 & #49: Base 5 – 7 inches – Trail is in Excellent condition. The new relocated trail to the Casino is working out good. 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 3 – 7 inches – Trail is in Excellent 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 3-6 inches – Trail in good to excellent condition. There is less snow the farther south you go but enough to ride.
      • Trail #480 & #472 Kinross to Raco/Rudyard: Base 4-7 inches trail is in excellent condition!
      • The Downtown Trail is signed and groomed starting the 16th of January.  
    • Paradise: Man folks, this is getting ridiculous. It is 21 below zero this morning....stupid cold again!!! The sun is shining though:) Nothing new to report for the trails. They remain in excellent condition. It is supposed to warm up for the weekend into the 20`s. I`m really ready for that!! Groomer Chris
    • Eckerman: Heat wave coming this weekend.  Temps in the low 20s.  Temperature was 30 below last night.  I guess no snow melted!   Our “Fun Run” is in full swing.  Buy your tickets at any participating merchant and get those stamped by March 7.  Dinner and prizes at the clubhouse on March 7!   We have 27 inches of settled snow showing on the snow gauge in the yard.  What else can I say?  Lots of snow, cold weather and flat trails.  Our snowmobiling weatherman John Dee says that Lake Superior is now frozen over except for small portions of the north shore.  Because of the ice we will be losing our lake effect snow from the north and west.  We will have to exist with the two feet we have on the ground!  It is a hard job, but we will make do!!!  The system snows have been going south and east where they don’t really appreciate it.  What are you waiting for?  Get up here and ride! The log trucks have left trail 2 from the Carp River Truck Trail to Rexton.  The trail is now being groomed!  Enjoy the ride.  There seems to be more than enough snow most everywhere to make for great riding now.  I read that the tree line is up if you want to go to Mackinac Island.  You won’t be disappointed with our trails!  Yes there are some bare spots showing where you need to ride the roads and the new groom isn’t holding up as long as we would like it to,  but it doesn’t get much better than this! Get those trucks and trailers pointed due North!!  Remember we have hundreds of miles of forest roads just waiting for you to explore. Be careful off trail, the snow is deep enough for you to get stuck but not deep enough to cover the stumps!   
    • Drummond Island: (2/25) 6" base. We have  13 inches of snow on the ground on the snow gauge right now. I am upgrading the conditions to Good! The temps have been below O lately so dress accordingly. West End of the Island : The west end is in good to great shape. East end of the Island: The east end is being groomed today and is also in good to great condition. We do have a few areas of logging going on right now so watch for log trucks on the trails. Note: it only takes 10 mins for hypothermia to set in once your feet get wet and you are a long ways out there! * Let it Snow * Let it Snow * Let it Snow * 
  • Mackinac County:
    • St Ignace: Last weekend in February is here already, and for all indications it will be the absolute best of the season. The trails were excellent last weekend, and then we added 6-12" of fresh good system snow on top Tuesday, so I guess we call this excellent+. The forecast this weekend is just about ideal, with cold nights, and 20d days = frozen trails and fantastic riding. Groomers are running great, and will be running a full schedule for the coming week. Great snow+ great trails + great weather = Great weekend of fun. Head on up! -- Neil VP Straits Area Snowmobile Club    
    • Curtis: (2/24) 10" base. 
      • Trail 45 to Newberry: good to excellent condition
      • Trail 2 to Gould City, Engadine & Naubinway: good to excellent condition
      • Trail 43 to Germfask: good to excellent condition
    • Les Cheneaux/Cedarville/Hessel: (2/18) 6" base. Some snow the last few days, all of our trails have been groomed or panned. We are upgrading to good to excellent!!! More snow would be appreciated so do your snow dance. Waterholes are frozen, all trails are rideable. Dress warm and enjoy. Be alert and ride safe.