Trail Report: Western UP
Reported By: Western UP Convention & Visitor Bureau
Date of Report: 01/02/2015
Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: 6-10″
Area Report: Western U.P. Snowmobile Report
TRAIL CONDITION REPORT
With our cold weather, things are starting to improve. Cold temps and snow showers are in the forecast through the weekend but they do not give an accumulation.
The Gogebic Range Trail Authority Report:
Trail 11 South is still closed due to logging on Keweenaw Land. We have had groomers with drags out on Trail 2 from Hurley to Marenisco and it is in good condition There are some areas of water on the side of the trail but they should freeze up with the cold temps we have been having. Trail 160 was groomed and has some wet areas and there is logging on it as well. Trail 11 north has been packed by tractor and was groomed, but is in poor condition due to the wet spots. Beavers were very active this fall and with the amount of snow, the water has been insulated. It is important to stay on the trail because of this.
We have had reports of signs being removed from the trails. If anyone sees someone removing the signs please report them. The signs are there for a reason so please leave the signs in place. This is for the safety of the riders..
Lake Gogebic Groomer’s Report:
What a difference a few days of really cold temps can make. Groomers report that trail 1 south is in great shape, 13 south is much improved with the wet spots frozen over now, 8 west is still a bit tricky but should be improved soon, 102 is still not a good option but trails 1 north, 13 north and 8 east are in good condition. Weather conditions are very favorable for riding this weekend with lake effect snow on the way for Sunday and Monday’s high expected at -4.
We’ve got lots of snowmobilers in the area over this holiday period with families so please be cautious and watch out for other snowmobilers, especially the young ones. Always remember to ride in a single file on the trails and stay to the right..you never know who or what (deer) might be coming around the next corner.
You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info.
The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes back to the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this.
The Watersmeet Groomer’s report:
Groomers are running daily and the trails are in good to very good condition. There are areas with wet spots where caution is still needed! There is a lot of traffic, so be careful and stay on your side of the trail.
JUST ONE MORE REMINDER: PLEASE STAY ON MARKED TRAILS. RIDING ON UNMARKED TRAILS CAN RESULT IN THE CLUBS LOSING EASEMENT FOR THAT TRAIL AND IT CAN ALSO RESULT IN A POSSIBLE TICKET FOR YOU.
Call our snowmobile report at 800-522-5657 anytime.
or check our web site at www.explorewesternup.com
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