Snowmobile Trail Report

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Updated: 1/26/2015

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: Temperatures will be in the 20's the beginning of this week with snow showers in the forecast.
    •  Gogebic Range Trail Authority Trails: They are down to one groomer but they hope to have one more up and running by Thursday. 
      • Trail 2 from Ironwood to Wakefield: In fair to good condition.
      • Trail 2 from Bessemer to Marenisco: Will try to groom today.
      • Trail 8 to Tula: is in good condition. 
      • Trail 160: is in good condition, but there is still logging activity so use caution.
      • Trail 11 N: is a little bumpy.
      • Trail 11 S: Closed for the season due to logging.
    • Lake Gogebic: The trails were not in top condition due to the warmer weather and traffic this past weekend, but with this cool down and snowfall they are looking better.
      The big news is a reroute over the area where trails 1, 102 and 8 west meet. Work will begin on Monday, Jan. 26th and run thru the remainder of the season. Watch for changes and new signing in this area.   
    • Watersmeet: The warm weather left rough trails, but temps are back in the teens and twenties and groomers were out nightly. The trails are good and there is plenty of good riding left, especially with snow showers in the forecast. Please remember groomers are out both day and night, so watch for them, please pull over or at least slow down and wait for the operator to signal you by whenever you see them. Groomers have the right of way. 
    • Ontonagon/Silver City/White Pine: 
      • Trail 12 Ontonagon to Greenland: Groomed and in very good condition
      • Trail 12 Ontonagon to Trail 1: Groomed and in very good condition. Water that was accross the trail along the high tension lines is now gone. 
      • 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: Will be groomed this morning.
      • Trail 11: Groomed. The logging is done so grooming the full 25 miles.
    • Bruce Crossing: (1/24) 20" base. This warm weather is taking a toll on the trails, riding is still good but there are some bumpy spots since the trails don’t set up very well after grooming.  It looks like the temps are starting to fall for a few days at least.
      • Trail #3 north to Rockland is in good to excellent condition.
      • Trail #8 from Ewen to trail #3 South is in good to excellent condition.
      • Trail #3 south from the grade to the CC road is in good to excellent 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 good to excellent condition.
      • Trail #8/15 from Sidnaw to the trail #109 intersection is in good to excellent condition.
    • Twin Lakes/Greenland: (1/24) 34" base. Trails are in good condition and groomed nightly.
  • Houghton County & Keweenaw County: 15-28" cover. The snowmobile trails from Twin Lakes to Copper Harbor are open. The groomers are out working on the trails and they are in fair to good condition. Trail 122 to Gay is closed for logging until further notice.  Alternate routes to Gay are trails 124 and 133. The protective mat is going down today on the Portage Lift Bridge between Houghton and Hancock. Please use caution as there will be workers installing the mat. Remember to watch out for the groomers when you’re out on the trails, they have the right of way!!
  • Baraga County: We did not groom on Friday due to the warm temps that we had but we did groom Saturday and last night so the trails are in much better shape.  Going to be cold all week so the trails will hold up better than last week. Some fresh snow would be nice but we'll make due with what we have. Please use caution when riding
    • Big Bay Trail #14: 12-18" base. Good to very good condition. Don't forget to go to Mt. Arvon - Michigans Highest Point
    • Alston Trail #15 to #8/15 to #109: 8-14" base. Good condition. This trail is in pretty good shape. 
    • Nestoria Trail #15 to #8: 8-14" base. Fair to good condition. This trail had a couple of soft spots on it so please use caution. Please pay attention to the logging areas on this trail.
    • Chassell Trail #15 North: 6-12" base. Fair to good condition. This trail has been groomed but there still are some wet areas that should freeze up this week. 
    • Sidnaw: (1/24)   This warm weather is taking a toll on the trails, riding is still good but there are some bumpy spots since the trails don’t set up very well after grooming. It looks like the temps are starting to fall for a few days at least.  
      • Trail #3 North to Rockland is in good to excellent condition.
      • Trail #8 from Ewen to trail #3 South is in good to excellent condition.
      • Trail #3 South from the railroad grade to the CC road is in good to excellent condition.
      • Trail #8 from the trail #3 South intersection to Trout Creek is in good to excellent condition.
      • Trail #8 from Trout Greek to Sidnaw is in good to excellent condition.
      • Trail #8/15 from Sidnaw to the trail #109 intersection is in good to excellent condition. 
  • Iron County:
    • Iron River: (1/12) 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!!! The temps have gotten cold, and our swamps are froze up now and trail conditions are as follows: 
      • Trail #2 to Watersmeet and trail #107 are in good to excellent condition.
      • Trail #111 to Amasa and Trail #15N to Sidnaw are now in good condition. 
      • Trail #15S to the Wisconsin border is in good condition. 
      • Trail #116 to the George young complex is in good condition.
    • Crystal Falls: (1/22) We are finally able to get our groomers through the swamps on Trail #16 from Crystal Falls to Sagola and Trail #111 from Crystal Falls to Amasa. The trails have a 10″ base.
      • 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 some rough spots in the swamps. 

Central Upper Peninsula - By County

  • Marquette County:
    • Marquette: 10" base. Trails are groomed and in good 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 fair to good condition. 
      • Trail 14, South From 310 to Marquette: Trail is groomed and in fair to good condition. 
      • Trail 14, Big Bay to Halfway: Trail is groomed and in fair to good condition. 
      • Trail 310 Alt, From Trail 5 to Trail 14: Trail is groomed and in fair to good condition.
  • Dickinson County: (1/22) 8" base. We are grooming most days with most of the trail in very good condition. There are still 2 short stretches of trail that have been packed only. There are  areas of logging on trail 116. We expect that the logging will be completed in the near future. You will have a great ride on Tri County Trails.
  • Menominee County: Due to warm weather and very high traffic this past week end, the trails took a tremendous beating. Our grooming has started for the week and it will take most of the week to repair and rebuild the trail system. Because of cooler day time temps and freezing temps at night, our trails will be back in excellent condition for the week end.
  • Alger County:
    • Munising: (1/22) Just off the trails and they all looked pretty good. We groomed everything except for Miner's Castle. It was quite a bit warmer last night and yesterday and that helped soften the trails to make them easier to work with.
    • Grand Marais: (1/24) Trails are in Very Good to Excellent condition! Flat and smooth with a good base. We are expecting chances of some snow every day through Monday with cold temps over the next few nights, in the 20's during the day. There is not much more to say, you cant beat Very Good to Excellent and no bad spots left out there. Groomers are running every night to keep it that way. 
    • AuTrain: (1/23) Riders have been very happy with most trails this week. Mother Nature is bringing a south wind with the famous "wintry mix" of snow, sleet, freezing rain in "patches". Right now wet, heavy snow is coming straight down, which sure beats what I scraped off the Jeep at 7:30 this AM. Should get colder later on Saturday, I hope.   
  • Delta County: No report available
  • Schoolcraft County:
    • Seney: (1/24) 6" base. We got a total of 6″ yesterday.  Trails are scheduled for grooming twice a day with the anticipated traffic due to the conditions down state.  All the detour signs are down and the swamps are open. Logging on 43 south is complete. We are rocking. Keep the track side down.
    • Manistique: 4-12" base. All trails are being groomed. Trail #2 east and west open and good. The further north the better the snow. As always Camel Riders area and Jackpine are very good. Big Springs is Good. 

Eastern Upper Peninsula - By County

  • Luce County: Weather forecast: DUE TO THE TRAFFIC ON OUR TRAILS ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AFTER THE TRAIL IS GROOMED IT IS BREAKING DOWN IN 2 HOURS. OUR GROOMERS SAW 300 TO 400 SLEDS THIS WEEKEND ON OUR THREE TRAILS SYSTEMS. IF YOU WANT A SMOOTHER RIDE WE ENCOURAGE RIDERS TO RIDE EARLIER IN THE MORNING OR SUNDAY THRU THURSDAY. PLEASE WATCH OUT FOR THE GROOMERS. WE MUST LEAVE NEWBERRY IN THE AFTERNOON OUR TRAILS ARE LONG AND IT IS TAKING 10 TO 12 HOURS TO REACH OUR DESTINATIONS. Weather forecast: Day time temperatures this week in the 20's and cold at night. Expecting 3 inches of snow by Thursday.
    • Trail 9: Groomed and in good to very good condition.
    • Trail 45: Trail is in good to very good condition
    • South Trail 9/2 to Epoufette/Trout Lake: Trail is in good condition. 
  • Chippewa County:  
    • Sault Ste Marie: 6" base. Trails overall are in excellent shape and groomers are out on a daily basis.  They got roughed up on Saturday with the temps in the 36 degree range and it was too warm run the groomers until about dark as they fell.  We run groomers on Saturday night and they were back in good shape for Sunday.  Weather was 10 below last night again and temps all week are supposed to be cold at night but up to teens in the day.
      • Trail #8 - Brimley to Sault: Base 3 – 5 inches -Trail is in Excellent Condition. Watch for logging trucks the last 2 miles before Brimley, they are using the grade to haul, so a portion is plowed.
      • Trail #8 - Brimley to Raco: Base 3 – 6  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 4 – 8 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 3 – 5 inches – Trail is Good to Excellent condition.  The wet spots have frozen over and trail is groomed all the way to the Antlers Restaurant and up to the I-500 Track.
      • Trail #49 - Sault to Kinross: Base 3 – 6 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 2 – 4 inches – Trail in Fair to Good condition. There is less snow the farther south you go but enough to ride.
      • Trail #480 & #472 Kinross to Raco/Rudyard: Base 2 – 6 inches – Trail groomed and in Poor to Fair Condition. 
      • The downtown trail: Signed but not groomed.
    • Paradise:

      This morning it is 6 degrees and partly cloudy with a beautiful sunrise.

      We had another BUSY weekend on the trails. I guess ya`ll down below just ain`t got the snow for the trails like we do!!! I know by the end of the day the trails were getting pretty choppy, but I bet every one of you saw a groomer out trying to make it better. Here`s a tip....come on UP on a Sunday, you won`t find a bump on our trails Monday thru Friday!! Its worth taking a day or two off from work. This is when I do all my ridin. The weather is supposed to be quiet for the next few days and then some snow moving in on Thursday. The temps are to remain cold also. Just not to much to write about on the trails. I am gonna keep them at excellent for now. I`ll be back on in a couple-few days to update unless something happens, otherwise, we are good to go.   LET ER SNOW       Groomer Chris

    • Drummond Island: (1/21) 2" base. We still have very little snow right now. Only 4-5 inches on the snow gauge. Due to a lack of snow in our area the groomer has not groomed the trails yet. * Let it Snow * Let it Snow * Let it Snow *

  • ‚ÄčMackinac County:
    • St Ignace: Great weekend for once, and onto another great week. Last weeks snow packed onto a fantastic trail and there are no major problems to report out there. The coming weeks temps look great to maintain what we have, mild in the day, and cold at night, with just a little mid-week snow. Too bad we are not getting the NYC storm, but we will do with what we have. Lake ice is forming fast, and looking much better for pond hockey, so stay tuned to where that will be - it WILL NOT be cancelled. The groomers are running great. Randy and I spend 4 hours Friday night repairing some stuff on #6 front blade, then another 12 hours on Sat fixing all that is wrong with big green drag. The result is all the blades are now back on and working great - we hope it stays that way after 6 lbs of welding rod!
    • Curtis: (1/24) 9" base. 6 inches of snow Friday morning, a mixture of snow and rain Saturday morning, but it’s turning cold again by Saturday evening. Trails are being groomed daily.  
      • Trail 45 to Newberry: fair to good condition
      • Trail 2 to Gould City, Engadine & Naubinway: fair to good condition
      • Trail 43 to Germfask: fair to good condition
    • Les Cheneaux/Cedarville/Hessel: 2" base. SOME  SNOW THE LAST FEW DAYS ,  WE ARE GOING OUT TO PAN/GROOM .-   WE ARE  UPGRADING  TO FAIR +MOST AREAS ARE GOOD!!! IF YOU MUST RIDE,  BE AWARE OF ROCKS HIDDEN BY THE LIGHT COVERING OF SNOW IN SOME AREAS.   WE COULD STILL USE MORE SNOW.