Snowmobile Trail Report

Updated January 20, 2022:

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:

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  • Gogebic County: (1/20) We received about 4″ of new snow yesterday.  Temps will be in the teens on Friday and Saturday with a chance of snow on Saturday.  Sunday will only be in the single digits for temps. Groomers are out so please use caution while riding and remember the groomers have the right of way. Please stay on marked trails riding on unmarked trails can result in the clubs losing easement for that trail.
    • Gogebic Range Trails: (1/20) All GRTA trails are being groomed tonight.  11S was groomed last night into this morning and is being missed tonight, good powder ride for tomorrow though! Trails have improved dramatically with a day and a half of steady snow. We have a few more days ahead and cold temps along with three groomers running every night.
    • Lake Gogebic: (1/20) All of 12" of snow in the higher elevations. Trails are filling in nicely. A much needed snowfall...
    • Watersmeet: (1/20) Base: 14" Trails are in good to excellent conditions. Groomers will be running daily starting Jan 5, 2022 Our whole trail system is in good to very good condition Ride Safe and stay on the RIGHT SIDE of the trail!
  • Ontonagon County:  
    • Ontonagon/Silver City/White Pine: (1/20) All 3 groomers were out making great trails!! Thanks to Kevin, wyatt kurt and groomer Mikey trails are beautiful with a foot of fresh snow.​​
    • Sidnaw/Bruce Crossing: (1/7)  Trail Condition: Good Last Groomed: January 06th, 2022 Base Snowfall: 14" The trails are in good condition for the most part, there are just a few areas where the snow is thin. We will groom every evening/night, conditions allowing.
  • Houghton & Keweenaw: (1/20) Houghton County has received a total of 78.19″ of snow for the season and Keweenaw County has received 151” of snow for the season. Trails are in good, but there is some considerable drifting in some areas. Please ride with caution.
    • Portage Lake Lift Bridge is open.
    • All trails have been groomed within the last 24 hours, except for High Rock Spur Trail. (1/20/22)

SNOWMOBILE TRAIL CLOSURES TRAILS: Trail 120/121 Freda Loop and Trail 3 from Dollar Bay to Lake Linden will be closed for the season due to the extensive damage from the 2018 flood. The trail from Hancock to Dollar Bay and from Calumet to Lake Linden will be open so both towns will be accessible.  For real-time trail grooming updates download the Groomer Tracker App!  Sign up for the Keweenaw trail system with a portion of the fees shared to support our local trail grooming club!​

  • Baraga: (1/18) ~Stay on the Trail, Respect private property, Don't drink and drive, and Give the groomer the right of way ~ 
    • Big Bay Trail #14: Conditions: Very Good. Date Groomed: 1/17/22 Snow Base: 24". 
    • Alston Trail #109 to #12: Conditions: Good.  Date Groomed: 1/18/22.  Snow Base: 20".  Trail Notes: Groomer is out now.
    • Nestoria Trail #15 to #8: Conditions: Good.  Date Groomed: 1/18/2022.  Snow Base: 20". 
    • Chassell Trail: CLOSED FOR 2021/2022 SEASON 
    • Sidnaw Trail 159 to #8/15: Conditions: Good.  Date Groomed: 1/18/2022.  Snow Base: 20".  Groomer out now 
  • Iron County
    • Iron River: (1/13) Trail Condition: Fair, Last Groomed: January 13, 2022, Base Snowfall: 6" Groomer Report: All trails are in fair to good condition and are being groomed on a regular schedule.   Trail conditions will continue to improve as we get more snow!! Please use caution while riding our trails.  Safety should always come first!!!  Our regular grooming days are as follows: Trail #16 from Crystal Falls, West to Iron River and Trail #111 and #18 from Crystal Falls to Amasa then east to Republic; Groomed Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Trail #113 and Trail #2 From Crystal Falls South to The Brule River, then west to George Young Cut off: Groomed Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Trail #16 From Crystal Falls East to Sagola: Groomed Tuesday and Thursday. This trail does not connect to trail #5 East of M95. That section is closed by the landowner at Sunrise Rd.  We have lighted Trailhead parking and Port-a-Jons, at our Quonset Hut, located on M69 and trail #113 for your easy access to ride our trail system.
    • Crystal Falls: (1/18) Trail Condition: Good To Excellent Last Groomed: January 18th, 2022 Base Snowfall: 5" We have finally gotten more snow to groom today. All trails are being groomed and in good shape.  Our regular grooming days are as follows: Trail #16 from Crystal Falls, West to Iron River and Trail #111 and #18 from Crystal Falls to Amasa then east to Republic; Groomed Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Trail #113 and Trail #2 From Crystal Falls South to The Brule River, then west to George Young Cut off: Groomed Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Trail #16 From Crystal Falls East to Sagola: Groomed Tuesday and Thursday. This trail does not connect to trail #5 East of M95. That section is closed by the landowner at Sunrise Rd. We have lighted Trailhead parking and Port-a-Jons, at our Quonset Hut, located on M69 and trail #113 for your easy access to ride our trail system.

CENTRAL UPPER PENINSULA - BY COUNTY

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  • Marquette County:  
    • Big Bay Trails: (1/20) Big Bay to Marquette is groomed and in good condition Big Bay to Anderson's corner is groomed and in good condition Big Bay to moose country trails is groomed and in good condition
    • Hiawatha Trails: (1/16) Trails are in excellent condition. Trails 7, 8, 32, 33 & Crossroads Spur groomed.
    • Moose Country: (1/17) Trails are in good condition. Trails 8, 18, 32 & 82 groomed.  CAUTION: logging on Trail 5.
    • Trenary Northern Trails: (1/20) So the trail is a bit rough right now. Donnie is out smoothing it out now. We have been struggling with putting operators in the seat with everyone's schedules. If anyone is wanting to learn how to groom and willing to help out, we would love to train a few more people to run the groomer. We are very flexible with everyone that helps groom. If you would be interested in helping out, let us know. The trail should be groomed every night the rest of this week. Ride right, and be safe out there.
    • UP Central: (1/18) Trails are in excellent condition. Trails 8 & 417 are groomed.
  • Dickinson County: (1/19) Grooming Iron Mountain route tonight. Groomer Lee says plenty of snow and everything is setting up nice!
  • Menominee County: (1/20) Jim on the trail today saw 9 deer 1 partridge 2 wolf tracks 1 coyote track & 2 snow shoe rabbit tracks 6 Miles apart beautiful day for grooming nice snowfall.
  • Alger County:
    • ​Munising: (1/20) Good overall conditions. GOOD SNOWFALL and WORKIN’ OVERTIME! Four to six inches of new snow fell over the last 24 hours with the trail system in an overall very good condition, good in towns and near roadways. Groomer Operators Al and Chris were working overtime in the Big Deere yesterday and last night, both getting very good results with the new snow. Operators Les and Jim were working extra miles with our smaller club owned Deere getting the same good results. We are currently working out a plan with our neighboring club Trenary Northern Trails (TNT). They offered to cover some trail grooming on the west side until the Bully is back up and running. Its a hydraulic brake issue and these larger repairs do not happen fast with the required grant process so hang in there. It’s extra work but everyone will be doing what they can to keep the trail grooming un-interrupted. Still more Snow is in the forecast so get out and ride safe, stay right and enjoy the great riding conditions! Keep doing the Cold Weather Snow Dancing and Stay Tuned for updates! Past 24 hour Grooming Operations: Trail 8 from West Trail 417 intersection East to 7 miles North of Shingleton, Trail 7 from Buckhorn Road North to Christmas, Trail 419, Trail 422 to Miners Castle, Wetmore Spur.
      • 8 East - Shingleton Very Good 4 to 6 inches of new snow with a good base. Last Groomed: 1/19/2022
      • ​8 West - Chatham Very Good 4 to 6 inches of new snow with a good base. Last Groomed: 1/19/2022
      • 7 South - CR440 Good 4 to 6 inches of new snow with a good base. Last Groomed: 1/17/2022 to CR440, 1/19/2022 to Buckhorn Road
      • 7 North - Christmas Good 4 to 6 inches of new snow, good base. Thinner in the hills as you approach Christmas. Last Groomed: 1/19/2022
      • 419 East - Wetmore Good 4 to 6 inches of inches of new snow with a good base from Trail 8 North into Wetmore, good along M28 entering Munising. Last Groomed: 1/19/2022 
      • 419 West - Munising Good 4 to 6 inches of new snow with a good base, fair snow cover in 2 mile Frog Hollow section off of Brook Street last Groomed: 1/19/2022
      • 418 - Au Train Good 4 to 6 inches of new snow. good base to the East. West 5 miles has a fair base, thinner along Lake Superior near AuTrain. Last Groomed: 1/18/2022 
      • 417 - Brownstone Jnct. Good 4 to 6 inches of new snow. mainly good condition but thinner base on the North end so stay alert for an exposed rock or two. Last Groomed: 1/18/2022 
      • 422 - Miners Castle Very Good 4 to 6 inches of new snow with a good base, marginal snow cover on 2 mile section of H58. Last Groomed: 1/19/2022
      • Wetmore Spur Good 4 to 6 inches of new snow with a good base. Watch for a few moguls that develop along M28 near narrow sweeping curve. Last Groomed: 1/19/2022
      • 8 North - Shingleton Good 4 to 6 inches of new snow with a good base. Last Groomed: 1/19/2022
    • Grand Marais: (1/20)  We had a groomer down last night so Emmett hit the north trail and Jeffery the west. Below is Emmett’s report and we’ll have an update later on the game plan for today. From Emmett-My first Tucker groom. Don’t mean to be a bully but it sure laid down a perfect groom. I finally graduated.

  • Delta County: (1/6) Got a 6 inch base now and holding up well. 
  • Schoolcraft County:​
    • ​Seney: (1/19) Trail Condition: Excellent.  Last Groomed: 1/19/2022.  Base Snowfall: 14".  Groomer Report: All trails are in great shape! Trail 431 north of town through the swamp is open now.  We did groom it and we still have a few wet areas through it just as you leave the ball fields in town. Keep and eye out for them. We do have loggers on trail 431 just north of the park and ride and they have the trail plowed down for about a mile. Once you hit Danaher Plains Rd north its in good shape all the way to trail 9. Trail 440 is in great shape the loggers are out now. Trail 43 south of town to Ten Curves Rd is in good shape. Trail 43 to the north to trail 8 is in good shape. Trail 8 going to the Bear Trap is in good shape. Petrol Lane heading to Melstrand is in good shape. Our groomers are running daily so keep an eye out for them. Remember Ride Right and Stay Safe.
    • ​​Manistique: (1/20)  Trail Report: #2 PB is in for deice and routine maintenance. 400 went down last night(hydraulic leak somewhere under the cab). Recon and repair tomorrow. There is chop in major corners on all trails. The approaches to bridges on 41 have chop as well. Adjusting for downed machine will alleviate SOME grooming shortfalls but not all. Ride safe Ride right Ride sober Prez...
      • 7 north to 411 junction is not groomed since the snowfall.
      •  7south from the 2west is groomed and is good
      • 2west from Manistique out to the 7 is groomed and besides the thin to nonexistant bases in town is good.
      • From town to Jackpine on 41 is groomed and good
      • 2east will be groomed in the AM.
      • 413 is groomed and good

EASTERN UPPER PENINSULA - BY COUNTY

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  • Luce County: (1/18) EMERGENCY ALERT:  There have been truck and trailers parked in the Landing Zone at the corner of the Charcoal Grade and Laurel Lake Rd.  This space is POSTED LANDING ZONE!!  The space was created by the DNR for Emergency Helicopter Medivac  situations in the event of an accident.  Please do not park in the Landing Zone!  Traffic Hazard:  When leaving the staging area in town and going past the Logging Museum snowmobiles must ride with the flow of traffic.  This means if you are going North ride the East side of the road and when returning South ride the West side of the road.  Ride with the flow of traffic.  Please and Thank You!  Stay on the Trail!! Ride Right and Be Safe!! Please be respectful of private property, howbeit it fields or peoples front yards.  Curfew in the Village of Newberry is 11:00pm to 7:00am.
    •  Trail 9: Groomed Sunday night and will groom tonight.  Good to very good! 
    • Trail 45: Groomed last night and will groom again tomorrow night.  Good to very good.   CAUTION AREA!!!!  There is logging off of Trail 45 before Camp Snort. 
    • Trail 9/2 South: Groomed last night to H-40 in Rexton and we will groom down to Cut River today.                
  • Chippewa County:
    • Sault: (1/20) Base Snowfall: 8". Last groomed: January 20th, 2022 Good morning!  We picked up about 6″ of new snow Tuesday night into Wednesday which freshened up the trails. All have been groomed yesterday or will be today.  The only exceptions are the courtesy trail between Kewadin Casino and The Antlers restaurant and trail 49 south of 12 mile to about a mile norths of Gaines Hwy. There are still water issues in these areas. 49 is passable by sled.  Please follow our Facebook page for updates and photos as well. See below for each trail. City curfew is from 1 am – 6 am. Remember most City streets are open to traffic 20 mph, 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.  When the trail is running along roads make sure you go with the flow of traffic on the right side of the road.  Remember trail base is the amount of snow between your track and the ground below not the amount of fluff piled up in the woods.  10 inches of snow compresses to less than an inch on the trail.
      • Sault Ste. Marie to Brimley, Trail #8 – Excellent – groomed 1/19
      • Brimley to Raco, Trail #8 and #480 to just west of Spile Dam - Excellent – groomed 1/19 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. Watch for trail change going south just before getting to Raco.
      • Mission Hill trail #889 - Excellent – groomed 1/18
      • Sault Ste. Marie City Trail, Trails #497, #449, parts of #8 & #49 - Excellent-  Groomed 1/19 – overall in great shape . There is a WET AREA on the courtesy trail to The Antlers. DO NOT attempt to ride through there. Sleds are getting stuck in deep water and mud. All of the new snow will help and that shouldn’t be an issue much longer, we just need to get in there to check it out.  Be sure to stop at the stop sign on top of the hill by the tunnel. It is very difficult for groomers to stop when they are going up hill so please stop and stay off to the side.  We now have a marked 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 20 mph, stop at all intersections, and ride on the right hand side of the street, not on side walks. Watch for closed streets that are posted, mainly around the hospital, university, and state trunk lines.
      • Sault Ste. Marie to Kinross, Trail #49 – Fair to Poor – Fair (poor for about 2 miles where we cannot groom) –  will be groomed 1/20 – We can only groom to just south to 12 mile at this time when coming from the Soo. There was an open ditch where the bridge is out south of 3 mile mile that has likely frozen over enough for sleds but the groomer keeps breaking through so we are not grooming that section for now. There are also wet areas south of 12 mile. Gates are currently open but it will be bumpy since it’s not groomed much south of 12 mile. ***We did get a groomer from Kinross north to just before the beaver swamp so we are making progress here!*** Make sure you follow the reroute once you cross the bridge going south at 7 Mile road .
      • Kinross loop & south to Pickford, Parts of Trail #49, #472, and #494 - Excellent- groomed 1/19
      • Kinross to Raco & Rudyard, Parts of trail #472 & #480 - Excellent- groomed 1/19 There is a long stretch of road riding along Ploegstra Road before you get to the Spile Dam area where it is down to pavement when we do not have recent snow
    • Paradise: (1/20) 7 degrees this morning with a light snow. Looks like I picked up about 2 inches on my deck from last night. "They" are calling for a couple more today. Groomer Dave M. ran the South trail #8 yesterday and called it excellent! First time this year I`ve got to use that term and I`m picky when it comes to using it! He even rated the swamp south of town as good. We are runnin this trail again today. Groomer Kevin ran the Falls trail #45 and called it very good. He said it was pretty choppy on his way out but on his way back it was much better. After runnin it again tonight I`ll bet we can upgrade that one too. We had a minor issue with a machine so the Pine Stump trail #8 didn`t get hit yesterday but Groomer Mike C. is on it right now. All this new snow in the last couple of days has helped us out tremendously! By the end of todays activities I`ll bet we can move all trail ratings to very good to excellent! This weekend should be awesome! COME ON UP! LET `ER SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Groomer Chris
    • Eckerman: (1/18) Trail Condition: Good.  Last Groomed: January 16, 2022.  Base Snowfall: 6".  Trails are in good shape. It still may be slippery in the curves use care. Trail going North out of Rudyard is still rough with it being all roads. Just a little reminder for all you sledders it is a lot easier for you to get off your sled and move down branches. Please stop and pick up branches and cut up trees on the trails instead of just riding around them. Thank you! CAUTION****CAUTION ***REMINDER:  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.*** GROOMERS CAN NOT GET OFF THE TRAIL!!! YOU NEED TO MOVE OUT OF THE GROOMERS WAY!
    • Drummond Island: (1/19) The Snow Gods paid us a visit last night and left us some fresh snow! We now have almost 11 inches of snow on the snow gauge!
  • ​ ​Mackinac County:
    • St Ignace: (1/19) Quick trail update since we have finally gotten a little bit more snow last night and today. We only ended up with a few inches but it was enough to freshen the trails and fill in some problem holes. We do still have some problem that are signed so please follow stop signs even if they seem to be in weird places on the railroad grade. The wind has been blowing and drifting since last night and in some places it has helped give us extra snow and some places has wiped the trail almost clean. This has helped on the trail south into St Ignace and it's getting better with every little bit we can get. Snow gets better as you go north but our whole system is fair to good. Groomers are going out tonight to get the blowing snow packed down. We also seen today that Les Cheneaux Snowmobile club was able to groom over to where we change over at the corner of M134 and Mackinac trail, check their page if you plan to head east.

      ♦️ICE BRIDGE NOTE♦️ The Straits snowmobile club does not do the ice bridge to Mackinac Island. We have no input on when a tree line is put out or monitoring the conditions. Work is done by locals from the island, and it's not an official trail. Because of this, we won't report on conditions if they do get an ice bridge this year. If one does happen, there will be postings elsewhere from locals.

    • Curtis: (1/19)  Watch out as Rich is heading towards Newberry on trail 457/45. Last nights snow looks to be making it lay down nice. 43 to Germfask is going to get groomed later today also so it should be rideable after that, I’ll let you know when and how it turns out. Just finished trail 43, for a first groom it turned out pretty good, there are still a few wet spots north of H42 but overall fair to good.
    • ​Les Cheneaux/Cedarville/Hessel: (1/19)One of the best is back in Bully #18 today. Jim groomed trail 47 and 491, up to trail 49, and back to the barn. Groomer Scott is on his way to DeTour Village and back to the M-48 barn. Thank you to Jim Luke and Scott Lucy for running all the east trails today. Brian