Snowmobile Trail Report

 

Updated: February 21, 2020

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:
    • Gogebic Range Trails: (2/20) Trail Condition: Excellent Last Groomed: February 20, 2020 Base Snowfall: 30″ We received around 4-6″ of nice wet snow Monday night followed by a lot of drifting & Lake Effect snow that filled the trails in further.  This fresh snow has dramatically improved our moisture content in the trail bed giving it tremendous bonding ability back (So it stays put, flat!).    Some folks reached out concerned about their planned rides for the up coming weekend.  Our trail base remains 12″-24″+ of packed groomed snow.  It was over -10°F Sunday night and Tuesday night was also single digits below zero.  Trails will be GREAT this weekend, but as we all know the warmer it gets the easier the snow moves.  So get out early and home early for best riding.  We will head out early afternoons as temperatures allow to try and knock berms and bumps down for your rides back into town.  Constant grooming continues, long live winter! WARNINGS AND NOTICES:   We are begging riders to ride off trail legally as there is 1-million acres of public land east of Wakefield to off trail ride on – please only ride legal areas!  The Ottawa National Forest is 990,000 acres and much of it open to cross-country riding (no trail/road) if there is 6″ or more of snow.  Several restricted areas, contact the forest for further information.  CLICK THIS LINK FOR MAPS, scroll down to motor vehicle use maps.
      • Trail 2 from Hurley to Ramsay US-2 Crossing: Overall rating: VERY GOOD TO EXCELLENT Last groomed 2/18/2020.  Please do not ride on side walks near Holiday and try to keep noise down in town.
      • Trail 2 from Ramsay Crossing to Wakefield: Overall rating: Overall rating: FAIR TO EXCELLENT Last groomed 2/19/2020.  This is a tight trail with tremendous amounts of traffic. Corners will get icy along with the hill climbs in between grooming. We’re going to do some snow finding grooms later this week to add fresh snow into the base to help it hold for the weekend. This trail is featuring a brand new section to enjoy this season, the club eliminated Prospect road route and moved the trail completely into the woods eliminating 1.5 miles of road route. PLEASE STAY ON THE TRAIL AND RESPECT THESE LANDOWNERS!
      • Trail 2 from Wakefield to Marenisco: Overall Rating: EXCELLENT Last groomed 2/19/2020.  Also in the best shape of the season. The section from Wakefield east to Highway 2 needs additional passes to finish cutting the deep inside corner bumps and widen the trail. We expect to get to that this week yet.
      • Trail 8 from Wakefield to Tula Crossing: Overall Rating: EXCELLENT Last Groomed 2/19/2020.  In excellent condition, be aware of a new traffic pattern on the northern end due to a plowed section. Please follow the new route for the remainder of this season.
      • Trail 160 from Walmart to Montreal River (WI): Overall Rating: EXCELLENT Last Groomed 2/19/2020.  There is logging about 1/2 way north on the trail, YIELD TO LOGGERS AND GIVE THEM RESPECT – IT’S THEIR LAND! All detours now fixed and trail 100% open!  STAY ON THE TRAIL!!!!!!  This is our most scenic trail and is a treat to ride! Stay on the trail in the farm fields. Over 25 landowners are involved to make this trail a reality, please respect them and ride responsibly.
      • 11S (Wakefield, MI to Winchester, WI): Overall Rating: EXCELLENT Last Groomed 2/20/2020. We’re asking riders to spend some time and nip brush hanging on trail to help us. We were not expecting to have the trail open this season so we didn’t brush it. Now that we have it open, we still need brushing support. PLEASE YIELD TO ANY AND ALL LOGGING TRAFFIC. There is a short section of dual use the landowner (Keweenaw Land) has graciously approved us to use along with them. It is private land and we are guests, please act like it. THANK YOU to all the people who have helped brush this trail! You made our groomer operators day twice over by helping brush the trail for us. This is what makes snowmobiling great!!
      • 11N (Wakefield, MI to South boundary Rd/White Pine): Closed due to off trail riding. Seeking local community support with ideas on how to reopen it. 200 yards of private property closed this 25 mile trail.
    • Lake Gogebic: (2/18) 36+” Excellent Condition. President’s Weekend was super busy in the Lake Gogebic Area, however, all trails remain in good to excellent condition. The snow we received over the weekend was certainly welcomed, and today we woke up to about 2” of overnight snow. As of noon on Tuesday it’s still snowing and it doesn’t look like it’s letting up anytime soon. C-c-cold below temps move Wednesday, which is perfectly fine considering our forecasted weekend warmup that is looking more favorable on our end as we get closer in. Even if temps get into mid-30’s – they only hover there for a few hours, and the nightly temps are drop into the teens and 20’s, giving groomers an opportunity to get out at night and clean things up. We’ve received almost 140” of snow this season and currently trails have more than a 2’ base. Groomers got this – and they recommend that you just get out and ride early before the snow gets softs and starts moving around.
      •  Trail # 1N: Bergland to White Pine. This trail is being groomed nightly and is reported to be in good condition.
      • Trail # 1S: towards Marenisco from Trail # 8 (Ethelwood Grade) is being groomed nightly and is reported to be in good condition.
      • Trail # 1 south from Marenisco to Wisconsin Border is being groomed daily and it is reported to be in good condition.
      • Trail # 8 East from Bergland to Ewen is being groomed daily and it is reported in good condition, but gets moguls towards the night!
      • Trail # 8W: from Bergland to Wakefield is being groomed nightly and it is reported to be in good condition.
      • Trail 102 from Bergland to Trail #11 is being groomed nightly and it is reported to be in good condition.
      • Trail # 13North from Bergland to 101 is being groomed nightly and it is being reported to be in good condition.
      • Trail # 13 South from Bergland to Root Cellar is open, being groomed nightly and reported to be in good to excellent condition.
      • Trail #13 South from 100 to Trail # 2 is reported to be groomed daily and is in good condition.
      • Trail # 100 South end of Lake Gogebic is reported be groomed daily and is in good to excellent condition.
    • Watersmeet: (2/17) Trail Condition: Good to excellent. Last Groomed: February 17th, 2020 Base Snowfall: 24″ Groomers are running nightly, trails are in good shape. Groomers run once a day and typically at night, so towards the end of the day with lots of traffic trails are going to be rough until the groomer goes out again.
      • Trail #3 from the Wisconsin border to Watersmeet good but lots of traffic very  hard to hold a groom, Watersmeet to Paulding good. Both logging project on Trail #3 are done
      • Trail #2 west of Watersmeet to Trail #1 south, very good
      • Trail #2 east of Watersmeet to Trail #107, good but lots of traffic to hold the groom
      • Trail #13 south to Cisco Chain, good
  • Ontonagon County:
    • Ontonagon/Silver City/White Pine: (2/19) All trails groomed and in excellent shape.
    • Sidnaw/Bruce Crossing: (2/17) Trail Condition: Good Last Groomed: February 17th, 2020 Base Snowfall: 24″ One of our groomers is broke down but with the help of our neighbor, Keweenaw Trail Services, we have a loaner groomer to use while our machine is being repaired and we are grooming all of our trails every night. Thank you! 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! Watch for the groomers, they take up most of the trail and have the right of way! Please pull over and DIM your lights for them, they have a long night out there. Remember, you can get off the trail, the groomer can not. Please ride on right side of the trail, STOP at the stop signs and treat YEILD signs appropriately. 
      • Trail #3 North to Rockland is GOOD on the South end and GOOD on the North end.
      • Trail #8 from Ewen to trail #3 North is GOOD.
      • Trail #3/8 East from Bruce Crossing to the trail #3 South intersection is GOOD.
      • Trail #3/8 West from Bruce Crossing to the trail #3 North intersection is GOOD.
      • Trail #3 South from the railroad grade to the CC road is GOOD.
      • Trail #8 from the trail #3 South intersection to Trout Creek is GOOD.
      • Trail  #8 from Trout Creek to Kenton is GOOD.
      • Trail #8 from Kenton to Sidnaw is GOOD.
      • Trail #8/15/109 from Sidnaw to Bob Lake is GOOD.
  • Houghton & Keweenaw: (2/21) Snowmobile trails are in good to very good condition throughout the Keweenaw. Trails are groomed daily throughout the region.  

    • Valley Sno Drifters trail from Lake Linden to Dreamland Restaurant & Bar is OPEN!
    • The Portage Lift Bridge is open to snowmobile traffic. 
    • Trail 133 is closed for logging. The trail section from Dollar Bay to Lake Linden (a portion of Trail 3) and the Freda Trail (Trails 121 & 120) will be closed the entire season for repair.
    • Remember when you’re out on the trails to watch out for the groomers.  They have the right away. Please 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 rider’s safety so please DO NOT remove or destroy them.
  • Baraga: (2/21) Please use caution. Stay off railroad tracks! Please stay on marked groomed trails * Respect private property * Please watch for groomers on trails.
    • Big Bay Trail #14: 6-30″ base. Good condition. Please use caution. WATER HOLE on trail between Baraga and L’Anse.
    • Alston Trail #15 to #8/15 to #109: 6-24″ base. Good condition. Please use caution.
    • Nestoria Trail #15 to #8: 6-24″ base. Good condition. RE ROUTE IN PLACE ON OLD TRAIL 8 OVER MOOSE MOUNTAIN. Please use caution and follow signs. 
    • Sidnaw Trail 159 to #8-15: 6-24″ base. Good condition. Please stay on the new trail system.
  • Iron County
    • Iron River: (2/18) 16″ base. All of our trails continue to be in good to excellent condition. Beware of icy conditions. There is logging on Trail #111 to Amasa. There is standing water in the swamp areas on Trail #15N to Sidnaw. Also beware of trees on the trails. They can come down at anytime, and we have no control over this!! Our entire trail system is being groomed on a regular schedule. Trail conditions will only continue to improve as we get more snow!
    • Crystal Falls: (2/18) 12″ base. All trails are in Good to Excellent shape with plenty of snow base. Trail#16 to Sagola is opened and groomed. There are wet areas just outside of Crystal Falls, the trail is washed out, but you can cross it. Be careful while we get it repaired. Trail #111 and #18 from Crystal Falls to Amasa, then east to Republic is open and groomed. Our regular grooming days are as follows: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 #111 and #18 from Crystal Falls to Amasa then east to Republic; Groomed Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 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:  
    • Big Bay Trails: (2/19) Good condition. cleared and groomed on Trails 5 & 14; Trail 310 CLOSED: logging
    • Hiawatha Trails: (2/19) Groomed and in excellent condition. Trails 8, 32, 33 & Crossroads Spur cleared and groomed.
    • Moose Country: (2/17) Groomed and in good condition. 
    • Trenary Northern Trails: (2/19) Groomed and in good condition.
    • UP Central: (2/16) Groomed and in good condition. Trail 8, 14 & 417 cleared and groomed.
  • Dickinson County: (2/21) The system has been groomed many times and is good condition. We are grooming trail sections daily by determining what is needed where. We are finally able to groom the last wet swamp
  • Menominee County: No report available.
  • Alger County:
    • Munising (2/19): FRESH SNOW – GREAT TRAILS! Overall trail conditions are very good with a good amount of fresh new snow and great riding conditions. In general we have a great flat base with trails starting to set properly for us and only a few sugary, icy corners, mainly on Trail 419 in the hills behind Munising. High traffic areas near Wetmore and North of Shingleton are expected to get beat up between grooming runs. Keep the cold weather snow dancing going, Enjoy the Trails and Ride Safe! Past 24 hour Grooming Operations: Trail 7 from Christmas to Buckhorn Road, Trail 8 from 7 miles North of Shingleton west to Trail 417, Trail 417, Trail 418, Trail 419, Trail 422 and Wetmore Spur.
      • 8 East – Shingleton Very Good Approx. 3 inches of fresh snow, flat with a very good base, groomed Tuesday night.
      • 8 West – Chatham Very Good Approx. 3 inches of fresh snow, flat with a very good base, groomed Tuesday night.
      • 7 South – CR440 Good Approx. 3 inches of fresh snow, flat with a very good base, groomed Tuesday night to Buckhorn Road. (groom to CR440 in progress)
      • 7 North – Christmas Very Good Approx. 3 inches of fresh snow, flat with a very good base, groomed Tuesday night.
      • 419 East – Wetmore Good Approx. 3 inches of fresh snow, flat with a very good base, groomed Tuesday night. High traffic area so expected to get rough between grooming runs
      • 419 West – Munising Good Approx. 3 inches of fresh snow with a very good base, thin with some icy corners closer to Munising, groomed Tuesday night. 
      • 418 – Au Train Very Good Approx. 3 inches of fresh snow, flat with a very good base, groomed Tuesday night.
      • 417 – Brownstone Jnct. Very GoodApprox. 3 inches of fresh snow, flat with a very good base, groomed Tuesday night.
      • 422 – Miners Castle Very Good Approx. 3 inches of fresh snow, flat with a very good base, groomed Tuesday.
      • Wetmore Spur Very Good Approx. 3 inches of fresh snow, flat with a very good base, groomed Monday night.
      • 8 North – Shingleton Good Approx. 3 inches of fresh snow with a very good base, groomed Monday night. High traffic area so may get choppy between grooming runs.
    • Grand Marais: (2/20)  From Phil-Thursday AM. I did my Wednesday late run. our south run 443 and 88 East. However I did not do 88 East. 443 is smooth and flat. Excellent shape.
  • Delta County: (2/12) 12″ base. Trail condition excellent. Trail #411 has been groomed several times now. It goes from US 2 north to County Road 440. Trail is in very good shape.
  • Schoolcraft County
    • Seney: (2/21) 12″ base. Good to Excellent condition. We groomed (Trails 43, 431 and 440) last night. Trails are in great shape. Remember, stay right, stay safe!Dave Biggs Secretary/Treasurer
    • Manistique: No new report available.

Eastern Upper Peninsula – By County

  • Luce County: (2/21) We groomed all the trails last night.  We try to provide a honest, non bias opinion of the trails.  Everyone will have an opinion of the trail conditions depending on the type of snow or experience they have had riding in the past.  Please know that we are doing our very best everyday to lay the best trail down to give you an exceptional riding experience.  We will be grooming tonight and the rest of the week. The winds will continue to be gusty today at times.  It will warm up over the weekend and the conditions will change based on temperature, traffic and where the sun is hitting the most.  At night the temperatures will dip back down into the twenties.  The details for the trails are below.  We Take Pride in Your Ride!
    • Trail 9/2/473: (very good) (South of Newberry) The water that was running just south of M-28 has frozen.  Caution is still urged.  Stop ahead signs were placed at the area of caution. Grooming the rest of the way to Epoufette/Cut River and over to Trout Lake.  
    • Trail #45 (very good) There is one area of interest.  It is from Skyline Road for 3 miles that is plowed due to logging.  Please use caution when going through this area.  Coming out of town up the side of the road to the trail head is rolling and just about gone. The fresh snow will help. We will be grooming tonight and the rest of the week. 
    • Trail 9 North: (good) We will be grooming to the Pine Stump and Holland Lake the rest of the week.   The trail is narrow so caution as always is prudent.  
    • Trail #498 off of Trail 9 NE over to the Northstore for gas (good) We are grooming tonight and the rest of the week.
  • Chippewa County
    • Sault: (2/13)  Groomer operators took yesterday off due to warm temps but are back at it today. Thanks guys. There is now a plowed parking area at the beginning of trail #8 under the International Bridge, which  has an all season porta John.  Make sure you lock your vehicles and trailers.

      • Sault Ste. Marie to Brimley, Trail #8 – Base 3 inches -Trail is in good Condition but soft from warm temps.
      • Brimley to Raco, Trail #8 -good Base 3 inches -Trail is in good Condition. When going across the bridge in Brimley make sure you go with your the flow of traffic!  Watch for trail change going south just before getting to Raco.
      • Raco to Naomikong Trail #8 [where Paradise meets us], Trail #8 – Base  3 inches – Trail is in good condition. 2018 Trail change just east of Salt Pointe Rd.  Moved trail out of twisty section back to old straight route, about 2.5 miles. 
      • Sault Ste. Marie City Trail, Trails #497, #449, parts of #8 & #49 – Base 3 inches – Trail is in good condition. 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 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 – Base 3 inches – Trail is in good Condition except for wet areas. Make sure you follow reroute once you cross bridge going south at 7 Mile road. When the trail is running along roads make sure you go with the flow of traffic on the right side of the road.
      • Kinross loop & south to Pickford, Parts of Trail #49, #472, and #494 –Base 3 inches – Trail in fair to good Condition. Watch for wet areas on trail.
      • Kinross to Raco & Rudyard, Parts of trail #472 & #480 –Base 3 inches – Trail in fair Condition.  Last groomed today by driver Dave.
    • Paradise: (2/20) 8 degrees this morning with a real fine snow in the air. We have picked up over a foot of snow in the last couple of days….YEA!!!!!!!!!!!! Here`s a full run down of our trail system for this weekend…….Groomer Dave M. ran the south trail #8 yesterday and rated it at very good. The swamp south of town is even rated at good now. He is runnin the trail again today and figures it will go up to EXCELLENT!! Groomer Zach ran the Falls trail #45 last night and rated that at EXCELLENT!! Groomer Kevin ran the Point trails #452 and #453 and rated them at very good. He said one more run on them and they will go to EXCELLENT!! The Pine Stump trail #8 didn`t get run yesterday but will get run today. It too is rated at very good with heavy drifting in “siberia”. I`m sure after today it will go up to EXCELLENT!! Soooo….as you can see….I can FINALLY use my favorite word for the trails. We are a very picky bunch so it takes a lot to call them EXCELLENT. The forecasters are saying its supposed to warm up into the 30`s this weekend during the day but dip into the 20`s at night. With the lows in the 20`s I`m thinking it won`t hurt the trails any. It`s gonna be a PERFECT weekend to come UP and ride!!!!!!COME ON UP!!!!!!!!!!!! LET `ER SNOW!!!!! Groomer Chris
    • Eckerman: (2/20) 10″ base. Good condition. Tuesday night our Club took over grooming Trail 8 west to Gravel Pit Road. We are going to be grooming this the rest of the year. All our trails will be groomed again tonight and every night this weekend. Please be safe riding and have fun on the NEW Snow!! If you see a branch or tree down stop and cut it up or throw it off the trail. Please do not ride over them it makes it even harder for us to clean up. Carry a saw and help out the volunteers that have been cleaning the trails. Please be careful while riding. Let it SNOW!!! Rex Hyrns, President of the Chippewa Snow Chasers.
    • Drummond Island: (2/20)  4″ base. Trails are in good condition. The snow base varies from place to place on the island., anywhere from 3 inches to 2 feet!  Our conditions range from excellent in areas to good in others! The west is in good to excellent shape!  The only reason I say good is due to a Mile stretch along the shore on the south end of the island!  Great News!!! The east end of the island is in much better shape! Over all I’m rating it good to excellent ! Yeah!  Again there is an area along the eastern  shore line thats a bit thin but you won’t be disappointed!  Keep your best snow dance! It’s working!
  • ​ ​Mackinac County
    • St Ignace: (2/20) So finally able to engage the super highway status! Our trails are mint over every part of them. Zero issues to report, everything is flat and fast. We got that 6-8in on Monday which topped everything off perfect and we are even starting to store snow on the side of the RR grade for those mid-march weekends. This weekend’s temps are going to be in the mid-30s, so I have to assume that trails are going to get tore up pretty good. Groomers are scheduled to run on Saturday night to fix it up. Not sure if we have a sunday night drive out of Iggy right now, but it will run on Monday evening if not. Going to be busy out there this weekend, so ride safe, be courteous and have a blast.  — Neil VP Straits Area Snowmobile Club 
    • Curtis: (2/19) 8″ cover. Trails are in good to excellent condition with the exception of a portion of trail 43 to Germfask, which still has a area closed due to water.  The detour is rerouted to the county road and is signed.  Rides are urged to read the signs and not to rely on the cell phones.
    • ​Les Cheneaux/Cedarville/Hessel: (2/21) Trails are in good to excellent condition. 6″ base. 4 PLUS INCHES OF FRESH SNOW!, OUR TRAILS ARE GREAT , RIDE BUT USE CAUTION. WE ARE GROOMING AND THE SIDES OF THE ROAD ARE BETTER, TRAILS ARE  GOOD TO EXCELLENT -USE CAUTION!!  ALL TRAILS HAVE  been Groomed.   WE WOULD STILL LIKE MORE SNOW!!!REMEMBER TO RIDE RIGHT AND BE CAREFUL!     KEEP DOING YOUR SNOW DANCE!!
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