Snowmobile Trail Report

Updated: January 14, 2021

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: Please use caution while riding you will encounter so wet spots and icy spots. We need more snow. Please stay on marked trails riding on unmarked trails can result in the clubs losing easement for the trails. Please be respectful. Early season riding..
    • Gogebic Range Trails: (1/11) Groomed all trails Friday 1/8, grooming now paused once more awaiting more snow. 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: poor to fair condition last groomed on 1/9/2021
      • Trail 2 from Ramsay Crossing to Wakefield: poor – hills are very icy last groomed 1/9/2021
      • Trail 2 from Wakefield to Marenisco: poor to fair last groomed 1/9/2021
      • Trail 8 from Wakefield to Tula Crossing: poor to fair last groomed 1/9/2021
      • Trail 160 from Walmart to Montreal River (WI): poor to fair last groomed 1/9/2021
      • 11S (Wakefield, MI to Winchester, WI): fair to good last groomed 1/9/2021
      • 11N (Wakefield, MI to South boundary Rd/White Pine): closed due to off trail riding.
    • Lake Gogebic: (1/12) Lake Gogebic Area trails are reporting to be thin, flat and in fair to good condition. Use caution as a trail could be excellent in one spot and challenging in the next instant. According to our groomers, one good plowable snowfall is going to push our trails from good to EXCELLENT conditions. Snow is in the forecast with up to 6’ anticipated on Thursday , another 6” forecasted on Friday and for most of next week. Mild temperatures will be with us through the weekend and then drop into the teens next week.  
    • Watersmeet: (1/5) Groomer went out last night and covered Trail 2 east to trail 3 North intersection, Trail 3 north up past Bond Falls to the turn around and Trail 3 south to the Wisconsin border. Really hurting for snow but we flattened it out. Trails are rated fair. Today the groomer will run Trail 2 west to Trail 1 south intersection and Trail 13 south to Cisco Lake. Like the whole up we need more snow. Groomers will probably sit in the barn until next week when we’ll take another look at conditions
  • Ontonagon County:
    • Ontonagon/Silver City/White Pine: (1/8)
      • Lake of the Clouds – groomed and in great condition.
      • South Boundary Rd., Trail 11 groomed and in great condition.
      • Trail 1 from White Pine to Silver City city is in poor condition (low snow). It is rideable, use caution, there is a water hazard that is marked and you can go around it.
      • Trail 12 from White Pine to Ontonagon has good, bad, and a few ugly spots; but is rideable.
      • Trail 12 to Greenland is ok, it has been groomed except along the highway.
      • Trail 137 rail bed has been groomed but thin on snow.
      • Trail 13 from 101 to Rockland is groomed and in great shape until you cross the Victoria Bridge.
      • Rock hill has not been groomed because of lack of snow.
      • Trail 101 is groomed and in excellent condition.
    • Sidnaw/Bruce Crossing: (1/4) 6″ cover. Everything has been groomed at least once but we do not have enough snow for a normal grooming schedule.
  • Houghton & Keweenaw: (1/14) Snowmobile trails are in early season condition throughout the Keweenaw. Trail grooming has been suspended due to low and snerty conditions.  They are in full conserve mode in order to preserve the trails.  They will resume as soon as we get snow. MDNR Trail 133 is closed but has signed reroutes and MDNR Trail 134 to Copper Harbor is OPEN. Trail Closures: The trail section from Dollar Bay to Lake Linden (portion of Trail 3) and the Freda Trail (Trails 121 & 120) will be closed the entire season for repair.  Trail 124 from Phoenix to Gay is temporarily closed for logging.
  • Baraga:(1/10)
    • Big Bay Trail #14: 6-8″ Base. Fair Condition Groomed 1/2 Getting dirt spots in town. Please ride with caution!
    • Alston Trail #15 to #8/15 to #109: 6-8″ Base. Fair Condition Groomed 1/3 Some plowed section of trail, active logging, watch for gravel and dirt spots.
    • Nestoria Trail #15 to #8: 6-8″ Base. Fair Condition. Groomed 1/3 Some plowed section of trail, active logging, watch for gravel, rocks and dirt spots.
    • Sidnaw Trail 159 to #8-15: 6-8″ Base. Fair Condition Groomed 1/3 Some plowed section of trail, active logging, watch for gravel, rocks and dirt spots.
  • Iron County
    • Iron River: (1/12) We are not grooming our trails due to low snow conditions. We have about 6 inches of snow and need at least a foot of snow to start grooming. If you are out on our trails beware of swamps that may not be frozen due to above normal temps, and obstructions in trails that may have occurred since the operators did the run thru on the trails. We can not get out with the groomers until the temps cool down and we get snow!!! We will update this report when we start grooming so get out there and do your snow dance!!!
    • Crystal Falls: (1/13) The temps have dropped and things are freezing up, but we still do not have enough snow to groom. Until we get snow, we will not be grooming. Trail#16 to Sagola is opened from Crystal Falls to M95 only! From M95 East, the landowner has closed trail #16 in Sagola, from Sunrise Rd. to Wells Grade Rd. due to reckless and rude behavior of certain riders last season. There is no connection to Trail #5. Now everyone has to suffer, due to the actions of a few. Look on Tri County Snowmobile clubs map on east edge for details.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: (1/14)
    • Big Bay Trails: 1/1 Groomed, thin base
    • Hiawatha Trails: Not enough snow.
    • Moose Country: 12/31 Groomed, thin base.
    • Trenary Northern Trails: 1/1 Open water holes.
    • UP Central: Not enough snow.
  • Dickinson County: (12/30) We have gotten 3-4 inches overnight December 30th, 2020. We will be opening the gates for our trails over the course of the next few days. We will not be sending the groomers out yet as we still need more snow. If you go out it will be very early poor trail conditions. We will keep you posted as conditions changes. Think Snow and do the snow dance!
  • Menominee County: No report available.
  • Alger County:
    • Munising: (1/13) Poor overall conditions No snowfall WANTED SNOW Overall Trails across our system remain Poor with dirty snow and rocky patches. We wish we had better news after 2 1/2 weeks of no snowfall but as of now we are still in a long waiting game. On the good side the ground is staying frozen so when we do get snow none will be lost. Forecast is calling for rain/snow Friday followed by snow Saturday and Sunday but only a few inches. Who knows, maybe we will get lucky and it changes to measurable amounts. For now Grooming Operations will remain on hold until we see a substantial amount of snowfall. While we wait the crew has continued doing upgrades on the club owned equipment and work around the shop. Please hope for the best, continue the snow dances and Stay Tuned for updates! Past 24 hour Grooming Operations: NONE, On-Hold IMPORTANT National Forest Closure Notice! – STAY ON GROOMED TRAILS in the Stevens Lake F-16 crash site area. These are Trails 7 to the North and East, Trail 2 to the South and Trail 411 to the West. Notice from the National Forest important for those who venture off-trail: “Just a heads up to remind riders to stay on trails especially around or near the crash site they can be fined or imprisoned if caught inside perimeter thanks”
      • 8 East – Shingleton: Poor No new snow, thin rocky patches, dirty snow with minimal base. Panned 12/31/2020
      • 8 West – Chatham: Poor No new snow, thin rocky patches, dirty snow with minimal base. Panned 12/31/2020
      • 7 South – CR440: Poor No new snow, thin rocky patches, dirty snow with minimal base thinning as you head south. Panned 12/31/2020
      • 7 North – Christmas: Poor No new snow, thin rocky patches, dirty snow with minimal base. Thin and rocky as you approach Christmas. Panned 12/31/2020
      • 419 East – Wetmore: Poor No new snow, thin rocky patches, dirty snow with minimal base. Ungroomable. Open Creek crossing between Munising and Wetmore. Not enough snow for culvert yet.
      • 419 West – Munising: Poor No new snow, thin rocky patches, dirty snow with minimal base. Some corners are large patches of frozen water – ride with caution. 
      • 418 – Au Train: Poor No new snow, thin rocky patches, dirty snow and minimal to no base. Panned from AuTrain East 12/31/2020
      • 417 Brownstone Jnct: Poor No new snow, dirty snow cover, very rocky and no base. Extremely rocky, large rocks and un-groomable. 
      • 422 – Miners Castle: Poor No new snow, some thin rocky patches, dirty snow and minimal base. 2 mile stretch along H-58 has no snow cover along guard rail sections. Panned 12/29/2020 WATCH FOR CARS/TRUCKS With low snow conditions vehicles are still traveling out the the Miners Castle overlook. Stay alert for vehicles once you enter the groomed section of Miner Castle Road.
      • Wetmore Spur: Poor No new snow, thin rocky patches, dirt snow with minimal base.
      • 8 North – Shingleton: Poor Snow deepens to a few inches  from 2 to 7 miles North of Shingleton but still dirty and unfavorable. Panned 12/29/20
    • Grand Marais: (1/9) Unfortunately nothing has changed here in regards to snow amounts or trail conditions. It’s been a fairly warm week (low to mid 30s) Groomers haven’t been out and won’t go out until we get more snow which isn’t predicted until later next week. It was fairly busy between Christmas and New Years so what snow we did have is most likely pretty bad. Sorry folks. We just keep hoping Mother Nature figures out it’s time for snow. 😢🤞
  • Delta County: Minimal snow cover.
  • Schoolcraft County
    • Seney: (1/10) 2″ Base. Fair Conditions. We groomed 431,43 and 440 and along side of M-77 yesterday, along M-77 the trail is thin until you get up by the park and ride. From there trail 431 is in fair condition. The lower part of 43 is in poor condition until you hit County Road 450 from there north the trails in fair condition. Trail 440 is in fair condition also. Your going to run into some icy corners and some bare spots along the trail so be careful. We need more snow with the warm up this week we’ll see how trails hold up. (WE HAVEN’T GROOMER SINCE 1/3/21 DUE TO THE LACK OF SNOW WE ARE WAITING JUST LIKE ALL OF YOU SORRY WHIS WE HAD BETTER NEWS)
    • Manistique: Minimal snow cover.

Eastern Upper Peninsula – By County

  • Luce County: (1/12) THE GATE IS STILL CLOSED AT COUNTY RD 500 THAT CROSSES THE SWAMP TO THE FALLS. There is just no other way to slice it or sugar coat it.  The trails are poor.  The lack of snow and warmer temperatures has just deteriorated what was there.  Granted there is a spot here or there but that is it.  If you are going out for a ride PLEASE DO SO WITH CAUTION DUE TO THE CONDITIONS.  The snow is about 6-6 inches deep.  We want to emphasize Extreme CAUTION!!  Your safety is our priority!
    • Trail #45: The gate East of County Road 500 that crosses the swamp is still closed.  Please see the note above. Poor
    • Trail 9: Not much to say here but Poor
    • Trail 2: There is not much snow South and we have not been that way since Dec.29th Poor
  • Chippewa County
    • Sault: (1/3) Overall, all trails are in poor condition. We really need more snow and cold temps to freeze the wet areas. We will not be grooming any trails until we receive more snow and colder temps. Please ride with extra caution! 

      • Sault Ste. Marie to Brimley, Trail #8 – Poor- thin with dirt showing in corners
      • Brimley to Raco, Trail #8 Poor- thin snow When going across the bridge in Brimley make sure you go with your the flow of traffic! Blowing and drifting occurs when you first leave Brimley. Watch for trail change going south just before getting to Raco.
      • Raco to Naomikong Trail #8 [where Paradise meets us], Trail #8 – no report
      • Mission Hill trail #889- Poor- dirt showing in corners
      • Sault Ste. Marie City Trail, Trails #497, #449, parts of #8 & #49 – Poor 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 – Poor- still a lot of wet areas, some are as deep as 3-4’ use extreme caution here!!! Make sure you follow reroute once you cross bridge going south at 7 Mile road .
      • Kinross loop & south to Pickford, Parts of Trail #49, #472, and #494 – Poor
      • Kinross to Raco & Rudyard, Parts of trail #472 & #480 – Poor  There is a long stretch of road riding along Ploegstra Road before you get to the Spile Adam area where it is down to pavement.
    • Paradise: (1/13) 30 degrees this morning and cloudy. Man……I know everybody is wishing for snow. I have been scanning all the weather reports and it just doesn`t look so good for us. They are calling for SE winds the next few days and thats not good for us to get any lake effect. They are saying maybe a couple of inches for this weekend and then things will change begining Sunday or Monday. I sure hope they are right, we are MORE than ready! We do still have 5-6 inches on the ground just FYI. Sorry to be the bearer of more bad news, if I could fix it I would, its killin us UP here! We have been keeping busy out to da barn, welding, sanding and painting up the drags. Yesterday a handful of us went out on trail #8 south of town and fixed a  bridge that was in need of a little repair. Thought I would jump on here just to keep in touch. LET `ER SNOW!!!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!! Groomer Chris
    • Eckerman: (1/13) Our trails are sh**ty right now. We have about 3 inches of snow. No real base. 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: (12/31) We are just getting started here. We only have about 5 inches of snow on the ground right now and that just isn’t enough for our conditions. Probably one more good snow fall and we would be in much better shape. They were going to go out today and attempt to pan and check on the water holes and trees that may have fallen due to this wind we had. The groomer will most likely break through most of the waterholes but the good news is we aren’t expecting them to be as bad as they have been in the past as it was a dryer fall this year. Keep your fingers crossed and get your snow dance boots out!
  • ​ ​Mackinac County
    • St Ignace: (1/11) Hello to all out there in internet land. I know some of you have been clamoring to get your dose of UP trail report here, and I am sorry this is so late in the season, but hey, there isn’t really anything to report on that front. I wanted to take a bit of time and post to let you know about what is going on here. First, the weather: Ya, right now texas has more snow then Iggy does. No really. We have maybe 3in on the ground, and will lose some of that over the next few days. Forecast is doing a minor polar vortex thing happening this coming weekend, and it will turn maybe 10d colder. A touch of snow on Friday, will help. Long term forecast isn’t really clear on precip next week, but we are going to need a major storm got get things going. Good news is there is frost in the ground, so the snow will stick, and we can do an ice base when possible. Second, club info: Things are ready to go around here. HUGE thanks to our regulars who came up to brush and sign amid the pandemic. It is kinda weird, but we got it all done. That weekend has pushed me to the final decision that we will only have 1 brushing and signing weekend from now on. We will need to get another trailer, and a bit more gear, but doing it all in 1 day is making so much more sense now. It will still be the same time of year, but we may jump back and forth between the 2 weeks looking for good weather. That discussion will happen at a later date. Groomers are all prepped and ready to roll. There is news on that front. I recently have been pushing for a new tractor from the DNR. It kinda worked, and in late November we were shipped a new-to-us 2006 model Deere 8230T. Visually, it is very similar to our other 2 machines, but it setup a bit different, and does not have enough hydraulic ports for our drag requirements. Good news is has more HP, so we will see how that works out. Yes, that means we now have 3 groomers. The ‘new’ one is in Iggy, were we can keep an eye on it for now. 05 has been stationed in Epoufette, and 06 has now been permanently stationed in Trout Lake. We hope that splitting up the runs some will make for shorted trips for the volunteers and redundancy on the grooming operation. There has been more than once that we have been tasked with grooming all 101 miles of trail with 1 machine, and this will make that much more manageable.
    • Curtis: (1/3) 3″ base. Trails are in Fair 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: (1/13) trails are ready,  We need you to do Your SNOWDANCE, MOST  TRAILS ARE NOT RIDEABLE SO USE CAUTION., THERE ISN’T MUCH BASE AND THERE ARE ROCKS JUST BELOW THE SNOW IN MANY AREAS,   .4-6 INCHES OF HEAVY WET SNOW THAT WE COULD PACK WOULD MAKE  THINGS MUCH BETTER  WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE NEXT 10 days doesn’t look that great either.
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