Trail Report: Bayfield County
Reported By: Sue
Date of Report: 01/29/2016
Trail Conditions: Very Good
Snow Cover: 6-18 inches
Area Report: Trails #7 and #17 around the Barnes area were groomed Wednesday (1/27/16), the trails are in good to excellent condition. Trail #17 N also has been groomed, also in good to excellent condition. Trail #18W and #18E off of Moore Road is groomed and also in good to excellent condition. Trail #31N was groomed Monday and in good condition, once again use caution on this trail, brushing and trail cleaning operations are in process, use caution on trails. Trail #31S will be groomed on Thursday of this week, brushing and trail cleaning will continue, use caution as equipment will be in use.
In the Iron River area the trails are good and we were able to make 2 passes over our problem spots. Excellent snow conditions between Iron River and Port Wing all the way to Flag River. Freshly groomed Thursday night (1/28/16).
Due to an unforeseen equipment breakdown last week, the Cable area was not up to their usual standards. Last night both Barnes and Drummond have moved down into that area to assist with grooming. Groomers will be out Thursday and Friday where needed alongside of the Namakagon Sno Plane to do what they can before the weekend.
To the west in Drummond, all trails are still in great shape. This includes #63 to Lake Owen, #63 to Grand View, #7 to Barnes, #4 to Sanborn, and #6 towards Delta. Trail #4 to Sanborn is being groomed Thursday (1/28/15) and that completes the grooming of all trails.
In the Namakagon area, all trails are groomed, but with the warm weather they probably won’t hold up well with the traffic we get in some areas. Cross your fingers for more snow and cold temperatures to fill in the holes!
In the Mason area, Trail #4 is closed from Horstman Road to Mason, and Trail #63 is closed from Bibon Road to the Tri-County Corridor. You can take the new Trail #4 EAST of Mason to connect to Trail #9 in Ashland County, then north to the Tri-County Corridor. From Grand View, take Trail #63 north to Bibon Road. Cross over Bibon Road onto Wilson Road and follow it to Highway 63. Cross Highway 63 onto Brown Road and then follow the trail signs to Trail #9 in Ashland County. Take Trail #9 north to the Tri-County Corridor.
In the Northeastern part of the County, Trail #1 has had some rough spots which have likely worsened with the recent weather. Trail #1 from Stage Rd. to Mountain Rd. was recently cleared of brush and will hopefully be groomed soon. The trail to Legendary Waters Casino is groomed and open. Near Valhalla conditions are fair to good. Had some rain and snow on top so it is a little icy underneath, but trails are still ok.
Along the South Shore in Herbster and Port Wing, recent warm weather and rain has taken a toll on the trails. Trail #1 has been groomed from Herbster to Corny, still snow covered but will take a beating in this weather. A promising 4-5 inch snow fall in the Port Wing area was followed by 6 hours of rain. We lost everything we gained and a little more! Trails along the south shore are fair at best. Grooming will not resume until things firm up. Trail #1 between Highway 13 and Lenawee Road is open but will be plowed for the rest of the season.
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