Snowmobile Trail Report

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Updated: 12/10/2018

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:(12/10) Wow, lots of traffic last weekend!  We have currently only groomed with a sled-drag Ironwood to Ramsay rail trail.  All other trails have been rolled at least once, excluding 11S and 160.  Trails are icy and have a thin base, but remain rideable.  The weather this week doesn’t look the best with temperatures in the low 30’s and lots of sun, good thing we have very short days this time of year.  We hope riders take it easy this week to try and save trails for this weekend, but regardless no new snow is forecast for 7+ days.  We have our groomer operator kick-off meeting tonight and will discuss our plan of action, which we’ll share tomorrow.    Remember, we are one of the few clubs that is 100% all volunteer including groomer operators.  We are blessed with a decent pool of exceptional civic minded volunteers who work tirelessly!  Thank you!! Early season conditions are defined as widely varying snow conditions from Excellent to Poor with open water hazards, skis sounding off on rocks and lack of snow to build snow bridges over mud holes.  We expect these conditions to persist for another two weeks looking at the long range forecasts.  See below trail breakdown for trail segment conditions
      • Trail 2 from Hurley to Ramsay US-2 Crossing: Good. Actively being groomed.  Corners are getting icy east of Walmart.  Please ride slowly through towns!!  Extensive drainage and trail repair work (paid for by your trail permits) has gone on the last three years and we’re really starting to see the results.
      • Trail 2 from Ramsay Crossing to Wakefield: Poor to Fair. Trail was packed 12/6.  Many water hazards have froze, but trails are now icy  TAKE IT SLOW on the corners through here.    We hope to have a new section of trail open up that will eliminate 1.5 miles of road route adding 1.5 miles of woodland trail.  We are close to completion!
      • Trail 2 from Wakefield to Marenisco: Fair. Trail was rolled 12/6 & 12/7.    Pack is about 2-4″, some spots 4-6″, a few small wet areas 1″.  The pipelines and power line sections have some very wet spots.  The trail is likely icy from the weekend traffic.  We will evaluate this week when we can get it groomed  There is logging 3 mi east of Wakefield that has the trail plowed for 3mi.  The logging crews left a packed snow base on their road, so it is not gravel or mud.  This is typical for the first couple weeks of December before Christmas.
      • Trail 8 from Bingo’s to Tula Crossing: Poor. Was rolled 12/5.  Several miles were plowed during hunting season leaving low snow conditions.  It is in decent shape, however Gogebic Area Grooming section of Trail 8 has a large water hole that opened up on Saturday.  Several sleds were stuck in it.  Please use alternative routes until we get cold temps to freeze these areas over.
      • Trail 160 from Walmart to Montreal River(WI): Poor. Has not been groomed, packed or rolled.  Lots of traffic over the weekend packed it in nicely, however it now is very rough.  We will discuss grooming plans tonight during our season kick-off meeting.
      • Trail 11S Wakefield to Winchester, WI: Poor. Has not been groomed, packed or rolled.  Has seen about 1/2 the snow the northern parts of our trail system has seen.  This section has some deep water holes and lots of mud.  We hope new snows allow us to head out down it to pack it in.  Caution is urged on the southern sections due to wet areas. 
      • Trail 11N Wakefield, MI to South Boundary Rd: Closed indefinitely.  Seeking local community support with ideas on how to reopen it.
    • Lake Gogebic: (12/5) Poor condition. Welcome back to Sled Season in the Lake Gogebic Area!  We do have snow, but are advising riders that it would be best to wait at least one more weekend before making the trip. Groomers were out yesterday on the East side of Lake Gogebic from Bergland to the Root Cellar (trail 13).  The Marenisco crew went down from Marenisco to the Ojibway Rd (trail 1).  Snow depth in the area ranges from 4″ to 10″.  Groomers are trying to pack and freeze down the wet areas.  Some of the higher ground trails like the rail grades are ride-able but very low snow.  Most swamps and water crossings are still open. The lake has froze, but it is NOT recommended to ride quite yet.   If you will be riding please us, extreme caution as stumps, rocks, and wet locations are everywhere.
    • Watersmeet: (12/10) Trails are officially open!! The gates are open. So please ride with caution! There is only about 3-5 inches of snow on our trail system and that is not enough to get the groomers out.  As soon as we get more snow we will be able to get out and start packing a base.
  • Ontonagon County
    • Ontonagon/Silver City/White Pine: (12/7) Poor to fair. We have just started packing, with abouth 6" along lakeshore, and 10-12" inland. Not a lot to work with yet, lots of water still, and brush sticking thru, cold temps this weekend will help. 
    • Twin Lakes/Greenland/Toivola: (12/6) 8" base. Early season riding conditions out there…………we’re packing down the new snow on parts of the main trails (especially Trail #3), but expect open water and mud in areas that still need time to freeze up. We had about 12″ of older snow in the higher terrain, and have gotten at least 8-10″ of new snow (Lake Effect Snow) yesterday and today. Be safe out there!
    • Bruce Crossing: (12/7) The trails are officially open but there isn’t quite enough snow to groom yet, we are watching things closely and will get out there as soon as we can.  There are many wet areas that are not frozen yet, mostly on Trail 3 North of Bruce Crossing.  We will not be able to get a groomer through this part of the trail until it either freezes up or we get a bunch more snow. 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!
  • Houghton County & Keweenaw County: (12/10) 13" cover. Snowmobile trails from Twin Lakes to Copper Harbor are officially open and in early season condition. The groomers were out over the weekend and panned.  They will go out again, once we have sufficient snow.  We will update you as soon as something happens. Trail 120 and 121 that goes around Freda is closed for the season and will not be reopened.  As well as trail 3 from Dollar Bay to Lake Linden.  You can still get to Dollar Bay by way of Hancock and to Lake Linden by way of Calumet.  Trails 122, 124, 133 are closed until the ground freezes, Currently the water holes are too deep.  Trails 132 north of Lac Labelle 133, and 134 are closed for logging and will reopen once they are done.  Trail 3 from Clear Lk Junction to Copper Harbor is TEMPORARILY closed for logging. It is scheduled to be opened by December 15th and will remain open for the remainder of the season. The Houghton/Hancock bridge will be closed until the end of shipping season, so the mat will not go down for a few more weeks. Any trail usage should be done with extreme caution as there is very low snow cover and there are rocks, stumps, branches, wet areas and hazards that have not been identified.  
  • Baraga County: (12/10) We have done some sections of trail groomed. We have sporadic amounts of snow in our area and a lot of water due to the wet fall in areas that typically is no water so please use extreme caution until we can get out there and freeze up the trails.
    • Big Bay Trail #14: Fair condition. Grooming only to where they are Logging at the end of our trail by Anderson corner so please use caution and watch for trucks.
    • Alston Trail #15 to #8/15 to #109: Fair condition. The groomer is going up the Selkey road to trail #159 (but bypassing the trail behind the state park) over to #109 only to S. Laird road to trail #12.  Will not be grooming all the way to Alston cause of the beaver dam issues past the Silver Mountain turn about 5 miles going twards Alston, so use extreme caution.
    • Nestoria Trail #15 to #8: Poor condition. On private property there is a gate closed until 12/16 cause of muzzle loader deer hunting
    • Chassell Trail #15 North: Poor condition. Some wet areas but for most part just need more snow
    • Sidnaw: (12/7)  The trails are officially open but there isn’t quite enough snow to groom yet, we are watching things closely and will get out there as soon as we can.  There are many wet areas that are not frozen yet, mostly on Trail 3 North of Bruce Crossing.  We will not be able to get a groomer through this part of the trail until it either freezes up or we get a bunch more snow.  USE CAUTION!  EARLY SEASON CONDITIONS! 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!
      • Trail #3 North to Rockland: Poor, very wet
      • Trail #8 from Ewen to trail #3 North: poor
      • Trail #3/8 East from Bruce Crossing to the trail #3 South intersection: Poor
      • Trail #3/8 West from Bruce Crossing to the trail #3 North intersection: Poor
      • Trail #3 South from the railroad grade to the CC road: Poor
      • Trail #8 from the trail #3 South intersection to Trout Creek: Poor
      • Trail  #8 from Trout Creek to Kenton: Poor
      • Trail #8 from Kenton to Sidnaw: Poor
      • Trail #8/15 from Sidnaw to the trail #109 intersection: Poor
  • Iron County
    • Iron River: (12/4) 5" cover. We've had just a couple of winter storms so far this season but not a lot of snowfall to report as yet. We will keep you updated when changes occur. Trail #111 is in tough shape between Amasa & Crystal Falls.  But it does get better between Amasa & Trail #15N.  Southern & Eastern trails are starting to get a little thin after this past week. Intersections & corners are low on snow and icy.  Northern & Western trails are rideable.. groomers are still grooming the trails as conditions allow.   
    • Crystal Falls: (12/7) 1" base.  We have yet to start grooming, we need more snow. The swamps on trail #16 heading east to Sagola need to freeze up. Also the wet areas on Trail #111 from Crystal Falls to Amasa, need to freeze before we take our equipment out. All the gates are open at this time. We will see what happens this week as far as snowfall and temperatures, to see if we can get out to groom. 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:  Trails are open and most are being groomed daily. Swamps are not frozen yet. Groomers report fair trail conditions throughout the area. 
    • Hiawatha Trails:
    • Moose Country: (12/10) Poor Condition. Grooming where we can. Trails are not good yet. 
    • UP Central:
    • Big Bay Trails:
      • Trail 310 Alt, From Trail 5 to Trail 14: 
      • Trail 14, Big Bay to Halfway:
      • Trail 14, South From 310 to Marquette:
      • Trail 14, Big Bay to Anderson’s:
  • Dickinson County: (12/2) We have some snow at this time. There is a lot of water out there. Our club meeting will be 12-4-18 at the Wauceedah Town Hall in Loretto, MI.   The trails are closed.
  • Menominee County: (12/4) Most of our area received about 5″ of snow on Sat. night/Sunday. That is 5″ of snow on top of—nothing. So that is our base. It’s thin. Where snowmobile trails are open, trails are thin.
  • Alger County
    • Munising: (12/9) Poor conditions overall. Do your snow dances! No new white stuff again this morning. Heaviest of the snow is still on the Northeast section of our trails , Miners Castle and Shingleton areas. Yesterday Operator Chris took the Pisten Bully and full size Dubie Groomer East and North on Trail 8 to 7 miles North of Shingleton where we meet up with Seney’s section of trails. There are a few deep waterholes that were broken through and packed in as good as possible with the limited snow. Today work will be done with the Pisten Bully, building a “shelf” along H-58 on the Wetmore Spur – use caution there.
      Unless Mother Nature surprises us, the machines will be tucked away as there is no new snow forecast for the next 7 days. We need the wind to shift out of the North to fire up that “Superior” Lake Effect Engine, she’s been warmed up and ready to go.
      • Trail 8 E - Poor. No fresh snow and a thin base with some rocky areas. Gates are OPEN in Shingleton. Ride with caution in 1/2 mile wetland section just North of Shingleton. Many wet areas are not frozen solid heading North of Shingleton and one right at the corner of Trail 41. Some of these are a foot or two deep.   
      • Trail 8 W - Poor. No fresh snow and a thin base with some rocky areas.
      • Trail 7 South - Poor. No fresh snow and a thin base with some rocky areas.
      • Trail 7 North - Poor. No fresh snow and a thin base with some rocky areas. Logging Operations from Ridge Road as you near Christmas. Watch for large trucks and give right of way.  
      • Trail 419E (to Trail 8) – Poor. No fresh snow and a thin base with some rocky areas.
      • Trail 419W (Munising-Christmas) – Poor. No grooming yet. No base. Very large holes and wet areas West of Munising. Plowed banks at driveways between Wetmore and Munising. TRAIL CLOSED leaving Munising toward Christmas from Brook Street for about 2 miles (Frog Hollow), impassable with large water and mud holes. Construction in this section is continuing as weather permits, watch for heavy equipment.  
      • Trail 418 (AuTrain) - Poor. No fresh snow and a thin base with some rocky areas.
      • Trail 417 (Brownstone Jnct) - Poor. No fresh snow and a thin base with wet and very rocky areas.
      • Trail 422 (Miners Castle) - Poor. No fresh snow and a thin base with some wet and rocky areas. Rough, Wet areas along the middle section of this trail, just south of H-58.  
      • Trail Wetmore-28 SPUR to Trail 422 - Poor. No fresh snow and a thin base with some rocky areas. Use Caution in areas of steep side hill conditions near East end.  
    • Grand Marais: (12/10) East tr 8 , VERY GOOD ! Once voted #3 Top Trails , in the Country ! This one has a variety of eye candy , in the form of Long wide stretches , BIG TREES , hills and curves , and places to jump off in fluff , and Romp it ! NOTE ! Logging is underway , just past PULL UP HILL , KEEP AN EYE PEELED FOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT !!! Groomer Ted…. Ran North Sunday, trail was in good shape to start, Elmer and Jack must have done a great job Saturday night. We could use a snow dance anyway. Trail is flat and bump free. Groomer Will….
    • AuTrain: No new report available. 
  • Delta County: No new report available. 
  • Schoolcraft County:  
    • Seney: (12/9) 1" base. We groomed slash panned Trail 43/8 Friday to the Bear Trap.  In some places there is probably 16 inches of snow and other places there was probably 8 to 10 inches.  There is  one detour up on the grade, the same one as last year. We are still packing in the base. It is still thin.  We groomed Petrol Rd. into Melstrand.  There is one water hole on Petrol Rd.  You have to ride thru it and it’s probably at least 10” deep and 6’ long.  On Tuesday we got 10” of snow in some spots, the snow got mixed in places with the sand so we had to cut deep enough into the trail to get the chatter bumps out left from the ATV’s. Friday there was 4-5” of new snow and we panned and packed in where it was set nice from our Tuesday efforts.  We had to groom in a few places that needed some structural cutting. We pushed back the snow from the road crossings to set the standard for the season. If maintained it should help with keeping the snowmobilers from dragging the snow back into the roads. We still need more snow, it was pretty busy here at the station all day Saturday.  There’s a slight warmup this coming up weekend so watch the reports. I will keep you updated as much as possible on here and if you’re on Facebook follow Seney Snowmobile Association or Mater’s Stop N Go for updates as well!  Hope to see you all soon! -Randy Dunn
    • Manistique: no new report available.

Eastern Upper Peninsula - By County

  • Luce County: (12/9) 
    • Trail 9: The gates are open. A groomer will be heading out on this trail this afternoon to do some panning.
    • Trail 45 Falls: This trail is closed from M-123 because the DNR is currently working on the Charcoal Grade and the gates are closed until hunting season is over December 16th. DANGER: The gate at CR 500 to the Tahquamenon Falls is open but the swamps are not frozen so please do not attempt to ride this trail!!!
    • Trail 9/2 to Epoufette/Trout Lake: please be careful the trail has a large water near the airport and one after the Rexton Store on trail #2. 
  • Chippewa County
    • Sault: (12/7) We got another 3-4 inches of snow the last couple days.  Lots of water on trails.  Will be panning going west from Soo as weather looks like it will stay cold enough for snow to stay .
      • Trail #8 - Sault to Brimley: 0-1" base. poor condition
      • Trail #8 - Brimley to Raco: 0-1" base. poor condition. 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.
      • Trail #8 Raco to Naomikong [where Paradise meets us]: 0-1" base. poor condition
      • Sault Ste. Marie City Trail, Trails #497, #449, parts of #8 & #49: 0-1" base. poor 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: 0-1" base. poor condition. 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: 0-1" base. poor condition. Watch for trucks on the trail. 
      • Kinross to Raco/Rudyard Trail #480 & #472: 0-1" base. poor condition.  Watch for reroute signs just west of Kinross.  Trail to Rudyard has been groomed but logging going on too
      • The Downtown Trail: signed and not open until after Christmas
    • Paradise: (12/7) Man, crawled outa bed at 0630 this morning and flicked the deck light on to let the dog out and was quite surprised!! We picked up a solid 5 inches last night!!! Wasn`t expecting that!! The weather guessers were wrong...imagine that. This is on top of the 4 we got yesterday. Got some more snow blowing to do today. Its also only 14 degrees out. Sooo.....after I finish my snow blowing work I have to run to Newberry for a few things and then I`ll meet with "da boss" this afternoon and we`ll come up with a plan. The only problem I see is its supposed to get warm and sunny starting tomorrow. "They" are saying temps to get up around 40, but lets hope not. Well....thats what I have for you this morning. Keep up the snow dances....they are working!!! LET `ER SNOW! Groomer Chris
    • Eckerman: No new report available. 
    • Drummond Island: (12/9) 3" cover. Poor condition. No grooming. Some sections of trails on private property are still closed due to muzzle loading.
  • ​ ​Mackinac County
    • St Ignace: (12/10)  We are in a holding pattern again. Early December weather and trail conditions are persisting lake the last several years after a promising November. Want to know where your snow is? Just look South, as the Southeast US got hammered with a 12" storm over the weekend. I have been looking at the current and long term forecasts and they are not real great. The El-Nino has been building, but hasn't kicked into full effect for us just yet - but the water/atmosphere coupling is going to ramp up over the next 2 weeks and we will be in full effect for the end of the December. What does that mean? Well we are looking at above to much above normal temps. What may be a bit different is we also should be in the normal to above normal precipitation range but that will be after the next 10 days which look to be fairly quiet except a small shot on Wednesday. That means we will have some snow storms, probably mixing with freezing rain, and will fight to keep the trails rideable. I know, not a great forecast, but it is what it is yet again. It isn't going to do any good to pan trails down this week, so we are looking at next weekend, to mid-next week and get some tracks turned just to clean things up and level the base out some (if temps will cooperate.) Right now, lets just start asking Santa for a big Christmas storm. Good luck, and may all of your last minute internet shipping be swift! -- Neil  VP Straits Area Snowmobile Club    
    • Curtis: No new report available. 
    • ​Les Cheneaux/Cedarville/Hessel: (12/5) HEAVY  WET SNOW, WARM GROUND AND LOTS OF TREE TUNNELS  WHERE THERE SHOULD BE TRAILS.  IF THERE IS A FAVORABLE CHANGE IN THE WEATHER,  WE ARE READY TO GROOM AND WILL LET YOU KNOW AS CONDITIONS CHANGE.  PRESENT BASE IS 2″ OF SLUSH AND SWAMPY AREAS ARE NOT FROZEN. NEW  TRAIL ROUTE IN PICKFORD AREA ON TRAIL 491  WILL ELIMINATE THE SWAMP IN THAT AREA,  BRUSHING IS DONE, SIGNING WILL BE COMPLETED THIS WEEKEND’ TRAILS ARE CLOSED   PLEASE DO NOT GO RIDING ON THE PRIVATE LAND THAT IS A LARGE PART OF OUR TRAIL SYSTEM OR WE COULD LOSE IT ALL.  THANKS FOR YOUR COOPERATION!!