Sled heads, just got back last week from our first early season trip that we try and do every year.. I know this report comes as a current meltdown seems to be happening, but either way thought that I should post due to the lack of posts.. We rode half-day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and we put out about 350 miles..
We traveled up to the UP to Watersmeet on December 8 and stayed through the weekend. Watersmeet had about 6 inches of snow on the ground enough to get to the forest roads and head north. The further north you rode, the more snow that piled up. We got into about 10 to 12 inches of snow by Mass City. We rode Sidnaw, Kenton and the Sturgeon River Gourge in the national forest down to Lower Lake dam had plenty of snow on the forest roads.
We accessed very little trail, rode mostly forest roads but it was a perfect week we only saw maybe 10 sleds in the UP. Cold temperatures definitely set up nice for the trails that we did cross we did not run into too much water at all matter fact we didn't run in any water.
What gets me is nobody was reporting up to the week that we went, but we knew from contacts in the local area that we had enough snow to ride out of Watersmeet and head north and we know from 15 years plus riding in the UP that the further north we would travel the more snow you run into from the lake effect belts.
Either way we had a blast unfortunately it seems like the warm temperatures are hosing what was a great start. The locals said this is the third time this year they've had measurable snow and lost it, I sure hope that this year has great positive things coming for the snowmobiling industry to support everyone up north. I will post some pics of our ride last week. Peace...