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Trail Report – : Superior – Douglas County, Wisconsin – December 27, 2019

Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: Warmer weather has packed snow. 14-18 inches base
Date of Report: December 27, 2019
Area Report:

Winter Snowmobile and All-Season Trails (As of 12/27/2019)

This week the region experienced an unseasonal warm-up.  The snow has compressed due to the warmer weather.  Clubs are still reporting good riding conditions through most of Douglas County. The weather, however, has created some wet spots. These spots are still passable, so please be aware as you are traveling through these areas. Clubs have been working diligently to get the trails open and approximately 80% of Douglas County trails are currently open. Clubs are still working on clearing trees, packing trail bases, and grooming.

PLEASE check the trail you intend to use is open and do not trespass on private property. It is critical that we respect the landowners who allow us to utilize their property.  It just takes one owner to deny the use of their land for a trail to be permanently shut down, so please be courteous and wait for the trails to officially open. 

The following all-season trails are currently open to ATV, UTV, and Snowmobiles: 

SW Quadrant 

All trails are closed at this time. 

SE Quadrant

Open trails: 
Wild Rivers Trail (Trail 35) – Groomed
Trails 27B & 27C – Groomed last week
Trails 41S – Groomed last week
Trail 41 (Snowmobile only between 35 and 3) – Not Groomed
Trail 41 WRT to the warming shack – Not Groomed (Watch for uneven trail surface East of Ellen Smith Road)
Trail 217, 17N – Groomed last week
Trail 17S – Not Groomed
Trail 7 – Groomed (not groomed at Commiskey swamp. There is a reroute around a wet area just west of Highway 27.)
Trail 27 – Groomed last week
Trail 3  – Groomed last week
Trail 5 – Groomed last week
Trail 727 – Groomed last week
Trail 541 – Not Groomed

NE Quadrant

Open Trails:
Trail 4 from Hawthorne to Brule (There is a reroute at the Wild Rivers Trail and Bennet Road) – Groomed last week between Bennet Road and Trail 24 (Please watch for logging operations between Highway P and 6 West and East of Pikes Peak Road.)
Trail 6 from Trail 4 to the West of Lake Nebagamon – Groomed last week up to 1/2 mile East of Lake Nebagamon (Please watch for logging operations)
Trail 24 from Trail 4 to the Tri-County Corridor – Groomed last week
Trail 1 from Trail 2 (TCC) to County Highway H – Groomed last week
Tri-County Corridor (Trail 2) from Brule to Superior – Groomed last week
Wild Rivers Trail (Trail 35) – Groomed last week
Trail 27/27A – Groomed last week
Trail 235 – Groomed from WRT to County Road E
Trail 18 – Groomed last week
Trail 24B – Groomed last week

Closed Trails:
Trail 4 from Highway L to the Warming Shack
Trail 635

NW Quadrant

Open Trails:
Gandy Dancer Trail – Groomed 
Saunders Grade Trail – Groomed 
Wrenshall Grade – Groomed 
Trail 0 – Groomed 
Trail 28 – Groomed 
Cross-Town Connector – Groomed
4/41 from the Warming Shack West – Groomed 

Click here for a downloadable map of open trails.

Cross Country Ski Trails (As of 12/27/2019)

Douglas County Ski Trails – All service roads and parking lots are plowed. All ski trails were packed on 12/25/19.  With the current weather conditions, tracks could not be laced on the ski trails.  Once more snow falls, tracks will be set and DCFD will update trail conditions. 

Superior Municipal Forest – Trails are soft due to the warm temperatures and overnight rain, but they are holding up. No grooming will take place until new snowfalls to avoid damage. Significant progress was made in clearing the yellow trail and continued trail clearing will continue on Friday. All trails remain open except for yellow at this time. 

Pattison State Park –  The Overlook trail was groomed and tracked on 12/20. Oak Ridge and River View were rolled but not groomed and tracked. Excellent conditions. No new update as of 12/27.

Brule River After Hours Trail –  12/22 – The entire trail system has been groomed and tracked except on the Sally’s “Classic-only” trail. The trail is still soft in areas that crews are still working on the snow base. Overall the trails are fairly smooth and will improve as temperatures drop. No new update as of 12/27.

For further information, please contact the Douglas County Forestry Department at 715-378-2219 Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm excluding Holidays.