Snowmobile Trail Report

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Updated: February 16, 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: (2/8) 18" base. We’ve seen about 8-14″ + of new snow since Tuesday 2/7 A.M.!  We are working to pack in all the new snow as quickly as possible!  Trails are shaping up great!!
      • Trail 2 from Hurley to Ramsay Crossing: Good.
      • Trail 2 from Ramsay Crossing to Wakefield: Fair.
      • Trail 2 from Wakefield to Marenisco: Good
      • Trail 8 from Bingo’s to Tula Crossing: Very good.
      • Trail 160 from Walmart to Montreal River (WI):Overall Rating: Scheduled bridge completion is 2/15, this is an active construction site please say out! 
      • Trail 11N (South Boundary Rd) /11S (Winchester, WI): CLOSED.
    • Lake Gogebic: (2/14) Overall conditions are fair.Bad news for this upcoming President’s weekend; 40’s for highs from Friday thru Tuesday the 21st. The only good news is we’re expecting temps to be around normal from Tuesday thru Thursday with chances of some lake effect snow. Nighttime grooming should still be possible (hopefully) thru most of the week with possibly some daytime grooming for a couple of days midweek. Hopefully that will get the trails set up enough to get us thru the next warm spell. That said, expect wet holes to reopen, again, over much of our trail system. Please stay away from any rivers or streams entering Lake Gogebic and surrounding areas. I took a walk down the road from the Hoop to the Merriweather bridge and there’s actually open water under the bridge right now! I can only imagine that it will open up even more over this upcoming weekend. This most likely goes for any rivers or creeks in the area along with swampy areas.If you still plan on coming up contact a Forest Service office in the area for maps to all UNPLOWED, only, Forest Service roads that you can ride. There is an office in Watersmeet, between Ironwood & Bessemer and also in Ontonagon. And hey, why not bring a fishing pole along and try a day of ice fishing on this upcoming free fishing weekend? You’ll be able to relax and work on your tan – in the middle of February! How often can you say you did that in the U.P. in the middle of February? I’m not going to even comment of upcoming weather past this weekend at this time – I’m crossing my fingers that winter comes to stay at some point.Posted by Carolyn at the Hoop As previously posted, please stay on the trails in Bergland. You are not allowed to ride the hwy. through town and may be ticketed.
    • Watersmeet: (2/11) Trails are good to excellent! 8+ inches of snow last week makes all the difference in the world! We still have a marked wet spot on Trail #2 west of Trail #13 south. Our trail system has numerous bridges and large bumps can form by these bridges in between groomings. For your safety please remember this when riding and be prepared to slow up and cross the bridges at a reasonable speed!
      • Trails 3 N to Bond Falls: Very Good
      • Trail 3 S to WI: Very Good
      • Trail 2 W of Watersmeet: good - one signed wet area west of trail 13S
      • Trail 2 E of Watersmeet: Very Good
      • Trail 13 S: very good
    • Ontonagon/Silver City/White Pine: (2/14) Got in the 40's here yesterday, made the trails a bit soft, but otherwise held up pretty good, trail 12 going east out of Ontonagon has been ruff cause we had a groomer down, but should be groomed tonight. suppose to be cold with a little snow next few days, so trails will be good, by the weekend its suppose to start warming a bit, hopefully not to warm, can't groom unless it's under 32 degrees. we still have 2-3 feet of snow on the ground. Remember if there's good snow by you there's a lot more here and fewer riders , WE still have lots of lodging available , including our lakefront chalets, and 3 bd. rm suite, all sleep up to 8 , we are located right on trail#12 , and just a mile from food and gas ..
    • Bruce Crossing: (2/12) It has warmed some so the trails are not holding as well but there is plenty of snow on them for a good ride. Watch for a wet area about two miles north of Bruce Crossing that opened up all of a sudden. 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. YOU COULD CAUSE THIS MAJOR TRAIL TO BE CLOSED IF YOU CONTINUE! Please ride on your own side of the trail and STOP at the stop signs!
      • Trail #3 North to Rockland: good. Some icy spots and at least one wet area, but much better on the north end. 
      • Trail #8 from Ewen to trail #3 North: good
      • Trail #3/8 from Bruce Crossing to the trail #3 South intersection: Fair with some thin spots
      • 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: (2/16) 36+" cover. Sounds like "maybe a couple warm days coming weekend but looking, so far that temp will drop below freezing at night which means our grooming can be on its nightly schedule. Our drivers do a great job “BUT” trail #3 is the ONLY TRAIL from Greenland to Houghton so is very heavily traveled. Our club only grooms as far North as Toivola. There is a counter on the trail in Twin Lakes and in the month of January it totaled 14,057 sleds and the paddletracks chew it up real quick.
  • Houghton County & Keweenaw County:(2/16) 35" Cover. Snowmobile trails from Twin Lakes to Copper Harbor are open and trails are in fair to good condition with a base ranging from 24-36 inches.Trail 122 is closed for logging.  You can still access the Dreamland trail from Lake Linden but DO NOT go beyond.  You can take Trail 124 to get to Gay.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. 
  • Barage (2/16) Last night grooming was way better than the night before. Now you need to watch out for icy corners and bare spots on the trails. Temperatures are going to be warm again by the weekend so you better get out and ride. Please make sure if you do ride that you use caution and watch for hazards on the trail. Please stay on marked groomed trails. *Respect private property. Please watch for groomers on the trails.  
    • Big Bay Trail #14: 14-18" base. Good to very good condition. Will be logging on about a 1 1/2 of trail - signs are posted 
    • Alston Trail #15 to #8/15 to #109: 10-12" base. Good condition. Got the Groomer out and groomed the trail back. Great improvement with all the new snow.
    • Nestoria Trail #15 to #8: 8-10" base. Good condition. Made it all the way!!  Please pay attention to the reroute on this trail, reroute is groomed and ready for you to ride on. Trail is getting better Please use  caution and don't forget to stop by Canyon Falls.
    • Chassell Trail #15 North: 8-10" base. Good condition. Still be cautious of water holes and slushy areas. 
    • Sidnaw: (2/12) 22" base. It has warmed some so the trails are not holding as well but there is plenty of snow on them for a good ride. Watch for a wet area about two miles north of Bruce Crossing that opened up all of a sudden. 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. YOU COULD CAUSE THIS MAJOR TRAIL TO BE CLOSED IF YOU CONTINUE! Please ride on your own side of the trail and STOP at the stop signs!
      • Trail #3 north to Rockland: good. Some icy spots and at least one wet area, but much better on the north end. 
      • Trail #8 from Ewen to trail #3 North: good
      • Trail #3/8 from Bruce Crossing to the trail #3 South intersection:  Fair with some thin spots.
      • 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: (2/6) 8-12" base. Trails are in very good to excellent condition. Iron County trail system is OPEN... & GROOMED!!   Over all the trail system is looking pretty good right now.  Would be a great week (or) weekend to come up and hit the trails.  Additional snow is in the forecast for Tuesday.   :-)
      • Trail 2, Trail 116, Trail 16, Trail 113, Trail 18, Trail 107: Very good condition
      • Trail 15N: Good to very good condition. There is a re-route where trail #111 & trail #15 meet.. please stay on the new trail and follow the signage.
      • Trail 15S: Good condition. 
      • Trail 111: Fair condition. watch for logging in a couple areas on this trail
    • Crystal Falls: (2/13) 6" base. Trail #2 and Trail 16 between Chrystal Falls and Iron River have been groomed and are in good 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, is good. Trail #16 to Sagola will be groomed tonight.
      Trails will be groomed as needed.The temps this coming weekend are warming up, so we will not groom sticky snow. 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.

Central Upper Peninsula - By County

  • Marquette County:  
    • Hiawatha Trails: (2/16) 
      • Seg 1 Gwinn-Cty Rd 438: open,full 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 to excellent condition
      • Seg 2 Clowry-Ishpeming: open, groomed and in good to excellent condition
      • Seg 3 Clowry-Nestoria: open, groomed and in good to excellent condition
      • Seg 4 Clowry-Triple A: open,  groomed and in good to excellent condition
      • Seg 5 Republic-Silver Lake: open, groomed and in good to excellent condition
      • Seg 6 Silver Lake-Sagola: open, groomed and in good to excellent condition
      • Seg 7 Silver Lake-Kates Grade: open, groomed and in good to excellent condition
      • Seg 8 Republic-Fence River: open, groomed and in good to excellent condition
      • Seg 9 Ishpeming-Republic: open, groomed and in good to excellent condition
    • UP Central: 
      • Seg 1 Carp River-Casino: open, groomed, good to excellent condition
      • Seg 2 Casino-Whitefish: open, groomed, good to excellent condition
      • Seg 3 Whitefish-Autrain Jct: open, groomed, good to excellent condition
      • Seg 4 Autrain Jct-Christmas Jct: open, groomed, good to excellent condition
      • Seg 5 Autrain Jct-Chatham: open, groomed, good to excellent condition
      • Seg 6 Harvey Spur: open, groomed, good to excellent condition
    • Big Bay Trails: (2/11)  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, very good
      • Trail 14, South From 310 to Marquette: groomed, good
      • Trail 14, Big Bay to Halfway: groomed, good
      • Trail 310 Alt, From Trail 5 to Trail 14: open, groomed, very good
  • Dickinson County:(2/14) Looks like Mother Nature is at it again. It is going to be warm this weekend (in the high 40’s). We are grooming tonight and tomorrow and will suspend grooming after that until we see colder temperatures. If your looking to ride, try and get out before the weekend. Ride safe and THINK SNOW!! When traveling through Norway to get gas, please follow signs as we have re-routed around the Norway Myr. There is orange fence up where we have been able to travel through in the past. We now go behind the businesses starting at Dairy Queen.There are many private landowners that allow us to use their property during the season, so PLEASE STAY ON MARKED & GROOMED TRAILS ONLY! Otherwise we can lose our partnership with our landowners.
  • Menominee County: (2/7) Trails are groomed and in very good condition. 
  • Alger County
    • Munising: (2/15) GROOMING OPERATIONS: All machines are up and running again. Trail 8, Trail 7 North, 419 East and Trail 422 to M-28 groomed today. Trail 8 and Trail 7 South being groomed tonight.
      • Trail 8 - Good to very good
      • Trail 7 South - Good to very good (grooming in process)
      • Trail 7 North - Very Good to good as you approach Christmas.
      • Trail 419W (Munising-Christmas) - Fair to good. Moguls in the naarrow trail sections
      • Trail 422 (Miners Castle) -  Good to Very Good. 
      • Trail  419E (to Trail 8) - Very Good
      • Trail 419 (Wetmore-Munising) - Fair to Good. Moguls forming quickly
      • CAUTION FOR TRAIL 7 South:
        Mogul Hazard just south of Doe Lake Road (3.5 miles south of Trail 8) has been reduced. Stop signs still in place due to underlying trail condition. Reduce speeds here and ride with caution.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 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.

    • Grand Marais: (2/13) 13" We have had a lot of new snow in the last week and groomers are out every night working on the trails, there has been a lot of traffic on our trails and it makes it hard to keep up, but we are out every night working on keeping them great. Also keep in mind that with the groomers being out during the day be careful on the corners
    • AuTrain: (2/11) Sounds like yesterday's traffic has not yet been repaired around Christmas, but everyone is happy with conditions overall. Assume that things may deteriorate quickly because of temps, but the base is good. Grooming will be important. 
  • Delta County: No report available. 
  • Schoolcraft County
    • Seney: (2/16) 10" base. 6 more inches of snow today.Expect trails to be rough with moguls and blown out corners this weekend. We haven't been able to keep the trail smooth with the traffic this year even with our double grooming efforts. We have had many complaint of rough trails. This is a holiday weekend coming up that typically has an increase in traffic and we are down to one groomer so double grooming is not going to happen. Compounded on this is the weather forecast. In order to groom both trails each day we would need to run around the clock but 40 degree temps will not allow that and we will be forced to only groom at night. 
    • Manistique: (2/7)  OK! Here's an update on the trails in our area: 41 North and South (Haywire Grade) are in very good shape. 413 is getting prepped for the relic ride this upcoming W/E and is in good shape even with a lot of traffic.The 7 trail on our western side is in Very good shape down to Big Spring. The 2 West trail from Manistique to the 7 Juction is fair to good with this new snow and there are still some wet areas on the pipeline . Trail 2 EAST is in Good shape; the Juction of 2 and 421 going into Gulliver is where things remain static: Going into Gulliver is fair to good but the new snow has improved this qiute a bit. The 2 East trail going through Bear Creek Swamp is CLOSED and is not advised to travel. (Open water and swampy areas exist.) the only way east is to take the Manistique River Road north to M77 cross M77 and intersect with the 43 trail to Curtis(South) or Germfask(North) ALL bases are still recovering from the past warm weather. Please respect the trails for those behind you... 

Eastern Upper Peninsula - By County

  • Luce County: (2/15)We do not groom in the village, and the curfew in the village is 11 P.M. to 7:00 A.M. Received more snow last night and it is still snowing today
    • Trail 9: Pine Stump: .Trail is in very good condition. 
    • Trail 45 Falls: Trail is in very good condition. There is over a foot of new snow that has fallen in the past 2 days.  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 2 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: (2/11) A street closure due to a collapsed building in Brimley causes short diversion of trail #8. When turning west off M-221 in downtown Brimley the first block of the trail is moved just south of the street across from the Bay Mills Laundry facility and portion of their driveway. Follow the signs. Trails are in good to excellent shape. We still have one down but our new Pisten Bully has arrived and is being put to work even though the new drag is not here yet.  
      • Trail #8 - Brimley to Sault: Base 3-6 inches -Trail is in good to excellent Condition.
      • Trail #8 - Brimley to Raco: Base 3 – 7 inches -Trail is in good to excellent condition. Trail going west off M-221 is moved to south of street as building roof next to road collapsed and county closed road. 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 – 7 inches – Trail is in good to excellent Condition.
      • Sault Ste Marie City Trail, Trails #497, #449 parts of #8 & #49: Base 3- 6 inches – Trail is in good condition. Wet areas by casino are frozen and groomed. 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 3 – 6 inches – Trail is in good to excellent Condition. The wet area just south of Soo on powerline is frozen and groomed.  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 2- 6 inches – Trail in good to excellent condition. Watch for trucks driving on trail.
      • Trail #480 & #472 Kinross to Raco/Rudyard: Base 3 – 5  inches – Trail in good to excellent condition. Watch for reroute signs just west of Kinross. Portions to Rudyard in good condition. 
      • 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: (2/16) 18 degrees this morning, cloudy and a light snow is falling. Friday is supposed to be like winter and then the ball drops. "They" are saying highs around 40 starting on Sat. and lasting for the next 4-5 days.....bummer. Lows at night will be around freezing. Nuff on that, lets do the trails......Groomers Mike and Gerald are both heading out to hit the Pine Stump trail #8 with 2 machines today. They will get er wiped back into shape. Not sure if me or somebody else will hit the Falls trail #45 tonight, but it will get done. We will run the South trail #8 tomorrow morning. Not sure on the rest of the schedule but I`m heading out to the barn after I get done here and will find out. Short an sweet, thats what I gots fer ya`s today.Groomer Chris
    • Eckerman: (2/11) 20" base. 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.*** All ours trails are doing good. Groomers went out last night.
      • Trail 47 from Strongs to Raco is good
      • Trail Strong’s to Trout Lake is good
      • Trail 474 to Hulbert is good 
      • Trail from Rudyard to Trout Lake is good..
    • Drummond Island: (2/13) The quarry has plowed half of the quarry haul road (trail 492)….. Please stay on the groomed part of it and watch for vehicles. Feb 12, 2017 It’s Amazing what a little snow does!!! Finally our trails are back to great conditions with just a few minor issues…. if it wern’t for those I would rate the trails as excellent.
      • West End: This area is in Good to Excellent condition with the exception of that mile stretch where the rock are along the Canoe Bay shore is still a bit thin but the groomer didn’t hit any rocks in that area . It is currently snowing…. with a possibility of up to 5 more inches today.
      • East End: This end is leaps and bounds better. Most of it is in good to excellent condition even the Plains area. You can actually do the whole loop now! There is currently a logging operation on the trail 493 (the plains area) for 7 miles. This logging will continue all winter. Ride with caution if you go out there!
  • Mackinac County
    • St Ignace: (2/16) So it is a nice 20d this morning, but the bad news is that is the coldest we will see for the foreseeable future. Trails as of this morning are a 9.9/10 and just plain fantastic. Some areas are low snow, but are still covered and flat and super fast. On the RR grade the base is thin, some ice under and topped with 3-4” of packed workable snow. Everything in the woods is in really good shape. Todays rides will be full of nothing but smiles.That’s the good news, the bad news is the forecast. And it is a tough one to swallow, as this will be the 3rd major meltdown that the EUP as seen this winter. Temps are going to start to climb tonight and by tomorrow it will be in the 40’s which is expected to stick around. NOAA is saying we have a 90% chance of much above normal temps through the 25th, and a 75% chance of being above normal temps through March 3rd (which is the longest that forecast is going out).
      . -- Neil   VP Straits Area Snowmobile Club    
    • Curtis: (2/12) 8" base. Trails are in good condition All trails were groomed last 24/48 hours
      • Trail 45/457 Curtis to Mc Millan /Newberry Reroute east of Curtis 2 miles to Sandtown rd. 457 south toward Gould city reroute to North Gould City rd. south for 3 miles/ rest of 457 South to Gould city in good condition.
      • Trail 2 to Blaney Park Good condition.
      • Trail 2 west from Blaney park to Gulliver is closed, to wet. reroute for trail 2 west would be trail 43 to Germfask and the Manistique river road south and west toward Gulliver/Manistique. 
      • Trail 2 east to Naubinway good.
      • Trail 43 to Germfask good.
    • ​Les Cheneaux/Cedarville/Hessel: (2/7) 3" base. FAIR TO GOOD IN MOST AREAS IN THE WOODS****LATEST UPDATE****We are now grooming some areas of our trail system.  Where trails run along side the road, there is very little snow or none at all.  In the woods it is Much better!!   The roads are still bare,  trails are passable**** KEEP UP YOUR SNOWDANCE.  WE STILL COULD USE MORE SNOW.  BE EXTRA ALERT IN THE WET AREAS!!!   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!!!