Snowmobile Trail Report

 

Updated: January 20, 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: (1/17) Trail Condition:  Excellent Last Groomed: January 17th, 2020 Base Snowfall: 36″ Reported On: January 16th, 2020 @ 9:09am Overall Story:  VERY GOOD TO EXCELLENT  Friday 1/17 8:30 am CST: -20 below zero last night! We are down one groomer but this crew embraces challenges, our Tucker has been on the trails for 24 hours straight and will wind up grooming nearly 30 hours straight before it’s inside for a quick thaw today before trails are groomed tonight through Sunday. Trails are in fantastic shape!! December 2018 we groomed 800 miles. December of 2019 we groomed almost 2,500 miles, woofta! We continue to receive an inch or so of snow every other day since last week.WARNINGS AND NOTICES:   We are begging riders to ride off trail legally as there are 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.
      • Trail 2 from Hurley to Ramsay US-2 Crossing: Overall rating: EXCELLENT Last groomed 1/16/2020.    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: GOOD TO EXCELLENT Last groomed 1/16/2020.  The entire stretch is in excellent condition!  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: GOOD TO EXCELLENT Last groomed 1/17/2020.  There is logging 4 new traffic pattern on the northern end due to a plowed section. Please Yield to logging traffic, they are working and you are playing!
      • Trail 8 from Wakefield to Tula Crossing: Overall Rating: GOOD TO EXCELLENT Last Groomed 1/17.  There is 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 1/16.  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!  There are several scenic vistas on the trail such as Bald Mountain “NORTH” lookout viewing Madeline Island/ mouth of the Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior,  the Bald Mountain “SOUTH” lookout viewing Gogebic Range (Powderhorn, Copper Peak), the Montreal River Gorge look out and finally the amazing Superior Falls Waterfall Complex.  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: GOOD TO EXCELLENT Last Groomed 1/13, planned for tonight 1/17. A couple icy areas remain rough due to freezing the trail in. 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: (1/14) All trails in the Lake Gogebic Area are being groomed nightly and are in GOOD to EXCELLENT condition!  
      •  Trail # 1N: Bergland to White Pine. This trail is being groomed nightly and is reported to be in excellent condition.
      • Trail # 1S: South from Marenisco to Wisconsin Border: This trail is being groomed daily and is reported to be in excellent condition.
      • Trail # 8 from Bergland to Wakefield. Good to excellent. Groomed daily and all hazards and wet spots are gone!
      • Trail 102 from Bergland to Trail #11, Groomed daily – good to excellent!
      • Trail # 13North from Bergland to 101:  This trail is being groomed daily and is reported to be in good to excellent condition.
      • Trail # 13south of Root Cellar to trail 2 is in open and in good condition.
    • Watersmeet: (1/14) Trail Condition: Good To Excellent Last Groomed: January 14th, 2020  Base Snowfall: 20″  Reported On: January 14th, 2020 Thunder Riders are grooming daily and the trails are in very good to excellent condition.
      • Trail #3 from the Wisconsin border to Watersmeet very good condition, Watersmeet to Paulding very good condition. We have 2 logging project on this trail one north of Forest Rd 5250 (trail 150) and the other is north of Bond Falls Rd so please use caution and respect the loggers.
      • Trail #2 west of Watersmeet to Trail #1 south, very good condition
      • Trail #2 east of Watersmeet to Trail #107, very good condition
      • Trail #13 south to Cisco Chain, very good condition
  • Ontonagon County:
    • Ontonagon/Silver City/White Pine: (1/20) Greg and mikey were out all night grooming we have anywhere from a foot to 2 feet of fresh snow on our trail system..
    • Sidnaw/Bruce Crossing: (1/18) We have several inches of fresh snow and we are grooming our normal schedule, every evening, with the help of our friends to the north. Keweenaw Trails Services has loaned us a groomer to use while our machine is being repaired. 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 TO EXCELLENT.
      • Trail #8 from the trail #3 South intersection to Trout Creek is GOOD TO EXCELLENT.
      • Trail  #8 from Trout Creek to Kenton is GOOD TO EXCELLENT.
      • Trail #8 from Kenton to Sidnaw is GOOD TO EXCELLENT.
      • Trail #8/15/109 from Sidnaw to Bob Lake is GOOD TO EXCELLENT.
  • Houghton & Keweenaw: (1/20) Snowmobile trails are in good to very good condition throughout the Keweenaw. Over the weekend, the Keweenaw received nearly 30 inches of lake effect snow making for good riding conditions. Trails are being groomed throughout the day.  
    • Valley Sno Drifters trail from Lake Linden to Dreamland Restaurant & Bar is OPEN!
    • The Portage Lift Bridge is open to snowmobile traffic. 
    • Trail 133 around the Gay stamp sands is closed for logging.
    • Trail 3 from Dollar Bay to Lake Linden and the Freda Trail (south of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge) 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: (1/17) Please use caution! Stay off the railroad tracks!

    • Big Bay Trail #14: 3-12″ base. Good condition. Please use caution. Some wet spots.
    • Alston Trail #15 to #8/15 to #109: 3-12″ base. Poor condition. Groomer made it from M38 to Trail 12. Lots of water Please use caution.
    • Nestoria Trail #15 to #8: 3-12″ base. Good condition. Some water spots, use caution.
    • Sidnaw Trail 159 to #8-15: 3-12″ base. Good condition. Logging on trail. Use caution. Please stay on the new trail system.
  • Iron County
    • Iron River: (1/15) 12″ base. Our trails continue to be in good condition but the warm temperatures will start to change conditions. Beware of slush during the daytime which will turn to icy conditions at night. 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!!Trail #111 to Amasa has been groomed. Use caution on this trail due to logging and water. It will be groomed on a lighter schedule until we get more snow. Trail conditions will improve as we get more snow!
    • Crystal Falls: (1/10) 5″ base. Another heavy snow has caused problems on the trails. The rain and warm weather prior to the snow, caused a lot of wet areas. Everything needs to freeze back up. There are wet areas on Trail #113 between Mastodon and Stager Lake Rd. you need to watch out for. Also on Trail #2 between Wagner Lake Rd. and Bates Gastra Rd. Trail#16 to Sagola is opened but not yet groomed, the swamps need to freeze. There are wet areas just outside of Crystal Falls, along the powerline near Lake Mary Rd. also between the bridges and Hope Mine Rd. From Sagola at M95 to Wells grade road, trail#16, wet areas there also. It just opened up Tuesday, it was closed due to logging, until the end of December. Trail #111 and #18 from Crystal Falls to Amasa, then east to Republic is open and groomed but the swamps need to freeze.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:  
    • Trenary Northern Trails: (1/19) Groomed and in excellent condition.
    • Moose Country: (1/18) Groomed and in good condition. 
    • UP Central: (1/7) Groomed and in good condition. Trail 8 & 417 have water holes
    • Big Bay Trails: (1/20) Good condition. cleared and groomed on Trails 5 & 14; Trail 310 CLOSED: logging
  • Dickinson County: (1/16) 15″ base. Most of the system has been groomed a number of times and is good condition. We are grooming trail sections daily by determining what is needed where. The cold weather has helped and most of the spots that were wet have now frozen.
  • Menominee County: No report available.
  • Alger County:
    • Munising (1/17): GOOD TRAILS HIGH TRAFFIC Overall trail conditions are very good. Grooming operations were getting good results again last night. High traffic weekend so expect conditions to deteriorate after grooming. Ride with caution on the Au Train River Bridge (see below warning). Please ride responsible making sure everyone arrives at your next destination. Enjoy the Trails and Ride Safe! Past 24 hour Grooming Operations: Trail 7 from Christmas to CR440, Trail 8 from 7 miles north of Shingleton west to Trail 417, and Wetmore Spur TRAIL 418 AU TRAIN RIVER BRIDGE – SLOW DOWN and cross the Au Train River bridge with caution. The bridge is very icy and we had railing damage sustained from a groomer sliding against it. Caution tape is applied to the damaged areas with the repair process in progress.
      • 8 East – Shingleton Very Good Light Light new snow, flat with a hard base, groomed Friday, scheduled for grooming Friday night. Ride with caution by the Doty Bridge, a large hole has developed on the west side. We keep filling it with snow but until we have colder temps it will continue to return.
      • 8 West – Chatham Very Good Light new snow, flat with a hard base, groomed Friday, scheduled for grooming Friday night.
      • 7 South – CR440 Very Good Light new snow, flat with a hard base, scheduled for grooming Friday night.
      • 7 North – Christmas Very Good Light new snow, flat with a hard base, scheduled for grooming Friday night.
      • 419 East – Wetmore  Good Light new snow, flat with a hard base, dirty snow between Munising and Wetmore and can get rough quickly in this area, scheduled for grooming Friday night.
      • 419 West – Munising Good Light new snow, flat with a hard base, scheduled for grooming Friday night.
      • 418 – Au Train  Good Light new snow, good base, thin and sugary just east and west of Au Train, groomed Wednesday night. Scheduled for grooming Friday night to Au Train from the west. Getting rough until we can get a groomer over the Au Train River. See bridge warning below: SLOW DOWN and cross the Au Train River bridge with caution. The bridge is very icy and we had railing damage sustained from a groomer sliding against it. Caution tape is applied to the damaged areas with the repair process in progress.
      • 417 – Brownstone Jnct. Good Light new snow, flat with a good base, groomed Wednesday and scheduled for Friday night.
      • 422 – Miners Castle Very Good Light new snow, flat with a good base, groomed Wednesday night.
      • Wetmore Spur Very Good  Light new snow, flat with a good base, groomed Thursday night.
      • 8 North – Shingleton Good Light new snow, flat with a good base, groomed Thursday night and scheduled for Friday night.
    • Grand Marais: (1/20)From Phil-From Phil – for the Sunday late run 443 and 88 East side of M77. They were roughed up pretty good from the long weekend… But with the good snow from earlier in the weekend they groomed up really nice. I reworked several of the corners to get them flatter.Thanks! for everyone that chose Grand Marais and the Crazy 8 trail system to enjoy your long M.L.K. weekend. 
  • Delta County: (1/16) 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: (1/16) 10″ base. Excellent condition. The groomers went out last night and got the trails ready for the weekend. The trails are in great shape. IT IS SNOWING!!! The logging on trail 431 is all done. The logging on trail 8 (4 miles east of the Bear Trap) is done. Remember, stay right, stay safe! Dave Biggs Secretary/Treasurer
    • Manistique: No new report available.

Eastern Upper Peninsula – By County

  • Luce County: (1/20) The madness has slowed down.  It was a bit of a challenge over the weekend trying our dead level best to keep things smooth.  We did groom every trail, but it may not of looked like it at times.  We pushed , bladed and packed the best we could.  You may of encounter smooth sailing for a while and then got to a part where you thought what the heck happened here.  It was not for lack of effort.  We get back after it this afternoon and evening.  The details for the trails are detailed below.  We Take Pride in Your Ride!! Our plan is to take Wednesday night off to catch up on some sleep.
    • Trail 9/2/473: (Great) (South of Newberry) There is a water hole 3 miles south of M-28 at 4 corners partially frozen, but still a little water moving.  We will groomed the South trail last night over to Trout Lake last night and will groom back to Epouffette tonight.   
    • Trail 45 Falls: (Great) 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.  We groomed it last night and will hit it again tonight.
    • Trail 9 North: (Great) We groomed it last night and will hit it again tonight.
    • Trail #498 off of Trail 9 NE over to the Northstore for gas was groomed last night and will hit it again tonight. 
  • Chippewa County
    • Sault: (1/15)  Good. 3″ base. Trails are open and we have groomed all the way to the western end of our system. Trees are hanging low and many are broken and lying on the trail. Use caution, especially near wet areas.

      • Sault Ste. Marie to Brimley, Trail #8 – Base 3 inches -Trail is in good Condition.  
      • 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. Brushing was completed Thursday. Thank you to DNR and volunteers. 2018 Trail change just east of Salt Pointe Rd.  Moved trail out of twisty section back to old straight route, about 2.5 miles.  Different trail just east of Raco going to M28 Still cleaning up brush from storm in western areas.
      • 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. Brushing is ongoing.
      • Kinross to Raco & Rudyard, Parts of trail #472 & #480 –Base 3 inches – Trail in fair Condition.  Major brushing was completed Thursday. Watch for reroute signs just west of Kinross.
    • Paradise: (1/20) 25 degrees this morning and partly cloudy. We sure didn`t get all the snow the weather guessers were calling for this past weekend. We picked up around 6 inches outa the foot “they” were calling for….bummer. We ran our 2 groomers almost around the clock this past weekend. The snowmobiliers I talked to all seemed happy. I will report all of our trails at fair-good. There are some icey spots that are just fair but most of our system is good. We will keep at it this week but the weather looks like its gonna warm up into the mid 30`s which isn`t gonna help our cause none. About all I have to report for today. Keep checking back and I`ll keep you informed.LET `ER SNOW!!!!! Groomer Chris
    • Eckerman: (1/11) 6″ base. Good condition. All our Trails are open and they have been groomed on Friday night. 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. We would like to Thank all the Volunteers and the DNR for helping to get our trails open!!! Rex Hyrns, President of the Chippewa Snow Chasers.     
    • Drummond Island: (1/20)  Trails are in good condition. The 6 inches of snow we got Saturday made a big difference! The snow base varies from place to place! The west end of the island is in really good shape! The water holes are froze in now. The snow is a bit thin along the south shore though! The east end of the island is another story! There are still water holes there that we are breaking through! Do not go between the Maxton plains and Glenn Cove that’s the worst area! Lots of water holes and little snow, through that area! This cold weather should help! You go to Marblehead if you come from the other direction though! Get your best snow dance boots on and start dancing your boots off!  And add an extra flare for some cold weather too!
  • ​ ​Mackinac County
    • St Ignace: (1/16) Halfway through January already. We received 3 in of very light fluff last night which made everything look great. It is a bit crunchy and icy underneath that. Trails are in good to very good condition right now. Snow is a bit light South of Moran, so the RR grade will show wear and tear this weekend without fresh stuff. Last I heard, all of the water has frozen up, except the flowing one in the middle of the caffey, and the deep one on the Cut River trail. Both those trails will be groomed on Friday night, so I will post a report on those when I get it. The caffy is long, but shallow, and the caffey is short, but 1.5ft deep. Just be cautious and you will be OK. I have only groomed St. Ignace once, and it is still too thin to groom again. Getting to the shell stations on both ends is doable, but a bit dicey, use caution. Showchasers and TASA have connected with good trails to the North and West, Cedarville is still a crap shoot with the swamp, and their Northern trial was still closed with trees last I heard, so I dont recommend riding East just yet. Big weekend storm?? They are now calling for Friday night of 1-3, and an addition 3-5 by noon on Saturday. Not good timing for grooming for sure, but the snow is needed. If we get good snow, and after a groom, I would put our triail into very good condition. It is going to get tore up fast on Saturday without a groom, but after that they will be in great shape. I will caution that every forecast last weekend was to get 8in of snow, and get got…. a trace. So lets see where this goes. — Neil VP Straits Area Snowmobile Club 
    • Curtis: (1/13) 8″ cover. Trails are in good condition.  As of Friday night, the Curtis trails are cleared and opened. The groomers were out grooming Saturday and Sunday and will continue. Wet areas are at a minimum. The south trail is only partially groomed due to water but hope to have that fixed up on Tuesday.
    • ​Les Cheneaux/Cedarville/Hessel: (1/19) Just groomed trail #47 from M-48 to DeTour Village and back . About 8 ” fresh snow yesterday. The trail cleaned up nice.
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