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Trail Report – : Western UP, Michigan – December 26, 2019

Reporter:Western U.P. Snowmobile Report
Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: Base snowfall 36
Date of Report: December 26, 2019
Area Report:

Western U P Snowmobile Trail Report— 12/26/19




Trail Condition: Good To Very Good

Last Groomed: December 23rd, 2019

Base Snowfall: 36+”

Reported On: December 23rd, 2019 @ 12:52pm

Groomer Report


Overall Story:

Monday 12/23 12:00 pm CST:   DON’T FEAR THE HEAT!  Yes – it was 45 degrees yesterday.  Trails remain in very good to excellent condition system wide!  There is just so much snow on the trails it’ll take a lot of melting & rain to start making us nervous.  Our entire system has been groomed each night since last week Wednesday.  Trail 160 is now open!  Temps don’t look to be nearly as warm as last weekend and that is good.  Post Christmas riding should be the best it’s been in many, many years.

WARNINGS AND NOTICES:   We continue to see a spike in off trail riding issues.  We had riders nearly cause a HAZMAT event by running over a Oil/Fuel distributors fill lines.  We had riders hit fences and take out fence posts a LONG ways away from trails.  We are begging riders, there is 1-million acres of public land east of Wakefield to off trail ride on – please save it for legal areas!  


Trail 2 from Hurley to Ramsay US-2 Crossing:

Overall rating:  Very Good

Last groomed 12/23/19.    Please do not ride on sidewalks near Holiday and try to keep noise down in town.


Trail 2 from Ramsay Crossing to Wakefield:

Overall rating:  GOOD

Last groomed 12/23/19.  The entire stretch is in excellent condition!  Featuring a brand new section to enjoy this season, the club eliminated Prospect road route and moved the trail completely into the woods eliminating 1.5 miles of road route.  PLEASE STAY ON THE TRAIL AND RESPECT THESE LANDOWNERS!


Trail 2 from Wakefield to Marenisco:

Overall Rating: Very Good

Last groomed 12/23/19.  There is logging 4 miles east of Wakefield.  Please yield to logging traffic, they are working and you are playing!


Trail 8 from Wakefield to Tula Crossing:

Overall Rating:  Very Good

Last groomed 12/23/19.  Tremendous snow depth on this trail.  It is an unplowed county road and is a treat to ride!

Trail 160 from Walmart to Montreal River (WI):

Overall Rating:  OPEN – GOOD TO VERY GOOD

The trail was opened Saturday 12/21.  STAY ON THE TRAIL!!!!!!   This is our most scenic trail and is a treat to ride!  There are several scenic vistas on the trail such as Bald Mountain “NORTH” lookout viewing Madeline Island/ mouth of the Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior,  the Bald Mountain “SOUTH” lookout viewing Gogebic Range (Powderhorn, Copper Peak), the Montreal River Gorge look out and finally the amazing Superior Falls Waterfall Complex.  Stay on the trail in the farm fields.  Over 25 landowners are involved to make this trail a reality, please respect them and ride responsibly.


11S (Wakefield, MI to Winchester, WI):

Overall Rating:  CLOSED


11N (Wakefield, MI to South boundary Rd/White Pine):  Closed indefinitely.  Seeking local community support with ideas on how to reopen it.  200 yards of private property closed this 25 mile trail.


Gogebic Area Grooming  12/26/19 

Lake Gogebic Area is experiencing a bit of a warm-up after our Christmas holiday – but looks like 12/26 is the worst and temps drop back below freezing on Friday and there’s a big storm coming in on Saturday.    We’ve received so much snow that a little melt is ok – as it will help to compress some of the snow on the trails as well as the lake and with colder temps on the horizon –  that will help firm wet spots and help ice conditions.    Gogebic Area Groomers report good overall conditions and were out over Christmas filling in some of the wet problem areas on our trails and will be out nightly when temps are below 30 degrees.   There are some areas where water it showing – but the cold temps will help out.

Trail 1N:   Good to excellent.   White Pine to Silver City is fair with a couple wet spots appearing with the warm temps.   There is a bridge out in Silver City, but you can carefully navigate around.  Lake of the clouds is excellent and groomed last night.

Trail 1S:  crews were out brushing and signing and got the trail opened up.    They made snow bridges – just use caution with our warm temps today.

Trail 1S from Trail 100 to Trail 8: Closed until further notice as logging is taking place until the end of December.

Trail 8 West:   Groomers were out filling in wet spots over Christmas – use caution.

Trail 8 East:   Gets thin past Ewen.  There are 2 logging areas on Trail 3 North between trail 2 and 8.  (near Bond Falls Area)

Trails 13 North:  good condition.

Trails 13 South All trails on South end are reporting good.

    • Past the Root Cellar, there is more logging. You will have to travel on East Shore Rd approximately 2 mile further then before to get back onto trail 13. A new reroute will take place. Please follow the signs marked 13. (Permanent Re-Route for the 2019-2020 Season).

Trail 102 (South Boundary Road) is in excellent shape and groomed last night.  There is a new reroute about 4 miles before trail 11. The trail is marked well and the reroute was a very nice turn out. (Temporary Re-Route)

Trail 100: Logging is happening between Stagecoach Rd and the Slate River (very end of Lake Gogebic) Marshall Creek Bridge has been fixed so you can get to Marenisco from trail 100. (Permanent for 2019-2020 season)

Please stay on the trails, respect private property, do not drink and drive, and above all else, drive safely.   Be mindful that there are a lot of families and kids on the trails this week.  The signs on the trails are there for rider’s safety so please DO NOT remove or destroy them. 



Watersmeet U P Thunder Riders


Reported On: December 26, 2019

Groomer Report

Groomers haven’t been out since Sunday, we had mechanical issues Sunday & Monday then to warm to run Tuesday and yesterday and don’t think we’ll be able to run today either due to warm temps. We are at 36 degrees right now.