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Trail Report: Western UP, Michigan – December 21, 2016

Trail Conditions: Poor
Snow Cover: Base 14 inches - Past 24hr : 0
Date of Report: December 21, 2016
Area Report:

We have milder weather for the next several days. Our temps will be in the 30’s for highs and high teens to 20’s for the lows. They are calling for some today 1-3 inches.

The Gogebic Range Trail Authority reports:

Trail 2 from Hurley to Ramsay: Good to very good condition. Water hole remains on access trail to Ramsay (Ore House / Keystone Bar). 2-5″ of base
Trail 2 from Ramsay Crossing to Wakefield: Variable, Good to Poor condition. Ditches need more snow on Prospect Rd., ascent to Indianhead from Blackjack has very low snow conditions and is very icy, ride with extreme caution. The club is working with Indianhead to get snow brought to the top of the hill so we can push it down and reestablish a base. The descent from Indianhead to Wakefield also has low snow conditions, ride with caution. The trail from the Krist Gas Station around Sunday lake is drifting badly and the club is working to get that pushed back to provide safer riding and grooming potentials. 0″-2″ of base
Trail 2 from Wakefield to Marenisco: Good Condition. Some low snow spots, but the trail was dozed wider this year due to logging operations (Morgan Mine Rd.) which has resulted in a very nice trail! The bypass around the Great Lakes Rd. swamp remains, the club is working to freeze that up ASAP. 2-5″ of base
Trail 8: Good condition. Needs more snow, skegs still hitting rocks here and there. 2-5″ of base
Trail 160: The bridge project is 100% approved through all environmental review boards. Project is currently being processed for bidding. Expected opening date February 2017. Trail is closed currently south of the bridge. The club is working to get signing and brushing approved so we can begin maintaining the trail for local access.
Traill 11N/11S: Closed for the season. Not enough volunteer labor stepped up to help reopen the trail

Lake Gogebic Area Groomer Report

• — Trail Condition: Poor
• — Last Groomed: December 19th, 2016
• — Base: 14″
• — Past 24hr: 0″
• — Reported On: December 19th, 2016 @ 8:52pm
Groomer Report
December 19th, 2016

Trails 1 North to White Pine, 13 South and 8 East were all groomed today; however, trails are in rough condition at this early date. Grooming efforts will continue as allowed. A lot of wet conditions also continue, even with the below zero temps we’ve had. Our extreme cold temps will be returning to more normal numbers after today, possibly a little too warm. If temps rise too close to 30 degrees we’ll be forced to do nighttime and early morning grooming only. However there is more snow in the forecast through this next week.

If you’re planning on being up here over Christmas day be aware that all restaurants in the area will be closed for that day as well as early closing on Christmas Eve.

That’s all for now, keep checking back for more updates as conditions change.  Have a safe ride!

U.P. Thunder Riders of Watersmeet Groomers Report:

• — Trail Condition: Fair
• — Last Groomed: December 19th, 2016
• — Base: 7″
• — Past 24hr: 0″
• — Reported On: December 19th, 2016 @ 5:28pm
Groomer Report
All trails have been groomed and are in fair condition but we need more snow. December 20th we will be leaving the groomers in the barn and wait for the next round of snow (which should be this week)
If you choose to ride the trails now remember it is early in the season and there will be some wet areas, rocks, gravel and other obstacles that are not completely covered by snow yet

Please stay on trails, riding on unmarked trails can result is the clubls losing easement for the trail. So Please stay on trails