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Western U.P. Trail Report – Western U.P. Bureau – 02/20

Lake Gogebic Webcam

Lake Gogebic Webcam

With our spring like temps our trails took a beating. We will have a few more days of warm weather and then back to temps in the 20’s with some snow. Friday it looks like we will have winter back again with 3-5 inches of snow and winds gust to over 40mph. Hopefully we will get enough snow to repair our trails. We will keep you updated.

Gogebic Range Trail Authority

GRTA reports- overall conditions are poor.
Our trails were last groomed on the 15th. We have lots of bare spots and water.

Trail 2 from Hurley to Ramsay Crossing is fair.
Trail 2 from Ramsay Crossing to Wakefield is poor.
Trail 2 from Wakefield to Marensico is fair.
Trail 8 from Bingo’s to Tula Crossing is good.

Trail 160 from Walmart to Montreal River (WI)
Overall Rating: Scheduled bridge completion is 2/15, this is an active construction site please say out! We need immediate help brushing and signing this trail. We cannot groom it without DNR signing/brushing approval so it is a critical task to get this completed. We need people during the week and the weekend. Please contact us (info@gogebicrangeta.org or facebook us)so we can include you on the planning conversation(email).

Trail 11 N & 11S are closed.

The Gogebic Area Grooming trail report
February 19th, 2017 -overall conditions are fair.

Unfortunately, the weather report is looking very bleak at this point with highs reaching into the 50’s Monday & Tuesday with a chance of rain. However, temps return to more normal levels by the end of this week with reports coming in of a possible snow storm! I have seen it turn around in the past after these kinds of warm ups, so there’s still hope. If you are still planning on riding the trails watch out for icy conditions, especially on corners. Also, watch out for those darn water holes we’ve been fighting with all winter that will have probably opened back up again. Conditions are too warm to even get a groomer out on the trails at night for the next few days so I’m pretty much just going on what snowmobilers are telling me. Obviously, there will be more snow on our trails that run back through the woods where the shade coverage will prevent too much melt off. Otherwise look for some bare conditions on corners and near road ways, where salt gets pulled onto the trails. Please stay away from streams, creeks and swampy areas as they will not be safe.

If you still plan on coming up contact a Forest Service office in the area for maps to all UNPLOWED, only, Forest Service roads that you can ride. There is an office in Watersmeet, between Ironwood & Bessemer and also in Ontonagon.
Posted by Carolyn at the Hoop

As previously posted, please stay on the trails in Bergland. You are not allowed to ride the hwy. through town and may be ticketed.

U.P. THUNDER RIDERS OF WATERSMEET REPORT

Trails are going down hill fast, we have very warm temps causing bare spots. We made it through the last warm up so we should make it through this one. We’ll need more snow, hopefully that will come next weekend
Use caution as wet spots may appear
Trail 3 North to Bond Falls – fair/poor
Trail 3 south to WI – fair/poor
Trail 2 west of Watersmeet – fair/poor
Trail 2 east of Watersmeet – fair/poor
Trail #13 south – fair/poor

PLEASE STAY ON MARKED TRAILS RIDING ON UNMARKED TRAILS CAN RESULT IN THE CLUB LOSING EASEMENT OF THAT TRAIL AND YOU POSSIBLE GETTING A TICKET….

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February 20, 2017 |

Western U.P. Trail Report – Western U.P. Bureau – 02/14

Lake Gogebic Webcam

Lake Gogebic Webcam

We are looking at some warmer weather again this weekend. The good news is it should still be cold enough at night to get out and groom weather permitting.

Gogebic Range Trail Authority

GRTA reports- overall conditions are fair to good.
Grooming will continue from this morning until Thursday. After that the club will pull groomers off for the weekend thaw. The weight and the motion will cause the snow to melt fast.

Trail 2 from Hurley to Ramsay Crossing is good.
Trail 2 from Ramsay Crossing to Wakefield is fair.
Trail 2 from Wakefield to Marensico is good.
Trail 8 from Bingo’s to Tula Crossing is very good.

Trail 160 from Walmart to Montreal River (WI)
Overall Rating: Scheduled bridge completion is 2/15, this is an active construction site please say out! We need immediate help brushing and signing this trail. We cannot groom it without DNR signing/brushing approval so it is a critical task to get this completed. We need people during the week and the weekend. Please contact us (info@gogebicrangeta.org or facebook us)so we can include you on the planning conversation(email).

Trail 11 N & 11S are closed.

The Gogebic Area Grooming trail report

Overall conditions are fair.

Bad news for this upcoming President’s weekend; 40’s for highs from Friday thru Tuesday the 21st. The only good news is we’re expecting temps to be around normal from Tuesday thru Thursday with chances of some lake effect snow. Nighttime grooming should still be possible (hopefully) thru most of the week with possibly some daytime grooming for a couple of days midweek. Hopefully that will get the trails set up enough to get us thru the next warm spell. That said, expect wet holes to reopen, again, over much of our trail system. Please stay away from any rivers or streams entering Lake Gogebic and surrounding areas. I took a walk down the road from the Hoop to the Merriweather bridge and there’s actually open water under the bridge right now! I can only imagine that it will open up even more over this upcoming weekend. This most likely goes for any rivers or creeks in the area along with swampy areas.
If you still plan on coming up contact a Forest Service office in the area for maps to all UNPLOWED, only, Forest Service roads that you can ride. There is an office in Watersmeet, between Ironwood & Bessemer and also in Ontonagon. And hey, why not bring a fishing pole along and try a day of ice fishing on this upcoming free fishing weekend? You’ll be able to relax and work on your tan – in the middle of February! How often can you say you did that in the U.P. in the middle of February?
I’m not going to even comment of upcoming weather past this weekend at this time – I’m crossing my fingers that winter comes to stay at some point.
Posted by Carolyn at the Hoop

As previously posted, please stay on the trails in Bergland. You are not allowed to ride the hwy. through town and may be ticketed.

U.P. THUNDER RIDERS OF WATERSMEET REPORT

Trails are in good condition.

We still have a marked wet spot on Trail #2 west of Trail #13 south.
Trail 3 North – Good.
Trail 3 south to WI – Good.
Trail 2 west of Watersmeet – Good – one signed wet area west of Trail 13 south.
Trail 2 east of Watersmeet-very good.
Trail #13 south – very good.
THINK SNOW!

Our trail system has numerous bridges and large bumps can form by these bridges in between grooming. for our safety please remember this when riding and be prepared to slow up and cross the bridges at a reasonable speed!

PLEASE STAY ON MARKED TRAILS RIDING ON UNMARKED TRAILS CAN RESULT IN THE CLUB LOSING EASEMENT OF THAT TRAIL AND YOU POSSIBLE GETTING A TICKET…..

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February 14, 2017 |
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