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Trail Report: Superior – Douglas County, Wisconsin – January 10, 2017

Trail Conditions: Early Season
Snow Cover: 6-8 inches in most places. Fair to good Condition.
Date of Report: January 10, 2017
Area Report:

As is typical for this time of year, certain trail segments can be opened and others are not ready yet due to wetland crossings and/or have restrictions due to private land easements. It is critical that we respect the landowners who allow us to use their property. Please review the information below carefully before trail riding and confirm that you are using open trails. Please note that on certain trails only segments of that trail may be open at this time. We anticipate frequent updates as the clubs report in with trails they have checked. In all areas where the winter recreational trails are closed the clubs are actively working on the getting the trails open.

Douglas County received a good amount of snow over January 8-10.  We will be updating as clubs start to open trails.

Winter Trail Report 1/10/2017
NE Quadrant

Brule River Riders, Monday, January 9, 2017.

New Snow: 1-2 inches around Poplar and Hawthorne. With the exception of the southern portion of 235, all Brule River Rider Trails are open.

Snow cover is thinner to the West and South, better for trails to the East and North. Trails are fair to poor in the northwestern portion of our area. These trails include west of Amnicon Falls to Superior and north of Trail 4 to the 35 Trail Head and Trail 235. Trails in this northwestern area have not been groomed.

The rest of our trails (almost 100 miles) have been groomed in the last few days and are mostly in good early season condition. Some of Trail 24 south of Poplar is a bit thin and dirty but good enough to ride.
Good riding includes: Amnicon Falls, Poplar, Brule, Lake Nebagamon, Hawthorne, out to the warming shelter at Trail 41 and south of Brule to St Croix Lake on 27/2


All trails that were groomed last week are expected to be groomed at least once again this week. If we receive enough snowfall in the next couple days we will attempt grooming the western section of Trail 2 (Tri -County), the northern 15 miles of Trail 35 (Wild Rivers) and open the southern portion of Trail 235.

Trail 1: Open to Bayfield County and groomed one pass on January 3, 2017.

Trail 2: Trail has been groomed Brule to Amnicon Falls on January 5, 2017, with the trail in mostly good condition or better.

Trail 4: Groomed Brule to the Warming Shelter at the 4/41 intersection on January 5th & 6th.  Trail condition is fair to mostly good.

Trail 6: Trail has been groomed on January 5, 2017, on both sides of Lake Nebagamon.
Trail 18 Groomed January 6, 2017, through to Bayfield County: Rumored to be groomed in Bayfield County.

Trail 24: Groomed on January 2, 2017. The trail condition varies from fair to good condition. Bayfield 24, groomed on January 6, 2017 to Bayfield County Line, rumored to be groomed in Bayfield County. The upper end of Trail 27 & Bayfield 24 has been rerouted to get us off South Shore Grade Road.

Trail 27/27A: Groomed on January 6, 2017. The condition is at least good condition but snow levels drop off some to the south. Groomer driver reports tracks heading down Lake St Croix with no holes in sight.

Trail 35: Three miles groomed January 6, 2017, in conjunction with Trail 4 to the Warming Shelter. Unknown trail conditions to the north.

Trail 235: Gates are OPEN ON THE NORTHERN END ONLY to the first local business. Snow cover is thin.

Trail 635: Open to local traffic, Crews have been out packing and checking. Ice conditions on Lakes are unknown.

NW Quadrant

All winter use trails in this quadrant are closed at this time with the exception of:
The Saunders Grade
Gandy Dancer Trail
The Crosstown Route
Trail 0
Trail 28
Trail 66

SW Quadrant

All winter use trails in this quadrant are closed at this time.

Club update: Most of Trail 5 has been checked and gates will be opened by the end of the week (1-13.) The groomer will make an attempt to get through at that time.  Trail 9 has a culvert out and water issue, so remains closed. We are working on getting the gates open on Trail 925. The river is safe for ATVs and snowmobiles, perhaps not for the groomer just yet.

 SE Quadrant

#35 Wild Rivers Trail – Groomed and in good early season condition.

# 41s from #3 to Burnett co. line – Not groomed at this time

# 5 – From Trail 35 west to W. Mail Route – Not groomed at this time

27B – Groomed and in good early season condition.

27C – Not groomed at this time

Trail 3 – Trail received 3-4 inches of new snow. Trail is scheduled to be groomed on 1-11 or 1-12.

Trails 7
Trail 27
Trail 41N
Trail 541
Trail 41 between Hwy 53 & Trail 3

Trail 217 and Trail 17
Trail 217 – Trail is open and in fair condition.  Grooming planned for 1-11.
Trail 17N – (Fowlers Circle North) Open – Icy Base but is groomed and is planned to be groomed again on 1-11.
Trail 17S – (Fowlers Circle South) – Closed. Re-route work day scheduled for Saturday, January 14.  The trail may open after that.

Douglas County Ski Trails
The Ski Trails have not been groomed or tracked yet for the season. The ski trails have been cleared of new deadfalls and will be packed on the week of 1-2. Grooming and tracking is scheduled for Thursday, January 12.

City of Superior Municipal Forest Ski Trails are not open at this time.