Trail Report: Western UP
Reported By: WUPCVB
Date of Report: 02/24/2016
Trail Conditions: Fair
Snow Cover: 12-20
Area Report: Western U.P. Snowmobile Report
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TRAIL CONDITION REPORT
Our temps will be 32 today finishing off the work week with temps in the 20’s. We have snow showers in the forecast until Thursday. Saturday the temps are going to be warmer again with a high of 39 but getting colder at night and Sunday temps only in the 20’s.
For all areas:
PLEASE STAY ON MARKED TRAILS, RIDING ON UNMARKED TRAILS MAY RESULT IN THE CLUB LOOSING EASEMENT FOR THAT TRAIL.
Western U.P.Snow Shakers report from Feb.23rd.
Overall trail conditions are fair.
Trail 2 from Ironwood to Bessemer is groomed and is in good condition.
Trail 2 from Bessemer to Wakefield is groomed and is in fair to good condition.
Trail 2 from Wakefield to Marenisco is groomed and is in good condition.
Trail 8 from Wakefield to Tula is was groomed on the 22nd and will be groomed today. Logging is going on by the Tula tracks so please use caution.
Trail 160 will be groomed on the 25th and will update after the trail is groomed.
Trial 11N and 11S are closed this winter.
Just a reminder Trail 11 between Trail 11N and 102 is not being groomed due to the closure of 11N.
Lake Gogebic Area Groomers: Reported on the 21st.
The groomers are back at it however after the warmer weather they have their job cut out for them. All the trails are in pretty rough shape, we need more snow since we saw a lot of melting and refreezing over the weekend. Things look like they should shape up by the end of the week but we will keep you posted. Watch out for corners they may be icy…..
Trails 8W & 8E along with 1 North will be double groomed each day weather permitting.
Trail 102 logging is ongoing. Please use caution logging trucks have the right of way.
Trail 13 south of the Root Cellar logging has started here so please use caution.
I know some of you will not want to hear this but the way you ride on the trails dramatically impacts the condition of the trails. “Goosing” your sled on corners results in throwing all the snow off the corners, causing bare conditions and making the groomer have to spend extra time trying to plow snow back onto the corners. “Goosing your sled wherever you stop and start again creates moguls, sometimes into driveways. These are just a few things you can change to help keep the trails in good rideable condition. We appreciate the help you can give.
Continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety. No problems to report on any of our other trails at this time. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners.
*I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out.
MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS
The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles. The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit. A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00.
Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR.
Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles.
For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.
The U.P. Thunder Riders of Watersmeet report:
The trail system held up better than they thought it would. The trails are getting thin in the high traffic areas. We are starting to see rocks/dirt mixed with the snow. Corners are icy so use caution.
Trail 2 west of Watersmeet is fair- very good-just out of town we have dirt and few rocks mixed with the snow, the road area 4 miles west of Watersmeet is good it is snow covered. 10 miles west of Watersmeet the trail is very good.
Trail 2 east of Watersmeet to Trail 107 is fair/good dirt/rocks mixed with the snow until you get out of town.
Trail 3 north of Trail 2 to Trail 8 is good with icy corners.
Trail 3 south of Watersmeet to Land O’ Lakes WI – is POOR lots of dirt and rocks mixed with snow.
Trail 13 south of Trail 2 towards the Cisco Chain of Lakes WI – is good with icy corners. There is logging off to the side of the trail so use caution.
Please remember groomers are out both day and night, so watch for them, Please pull over or at least slow down and wait for the operator to signal you by whenever you see them.
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