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Traverse City Trail Report – 01/12

TRAVERSE CITY AREA UPDATE via Ranch Rudolf – 1/12/18 trail update: It’s very disheartening to report that the work of some wheeled vehicles have made things much more challenging. Please note the sign stating this is a groomer maintained trail and someone still felt it was ok to drive down it.

We had a very light rain/mist from approx 4pm to 8pm last night. Lost some snow. Luckily, we had a lot of snow to start with, so there is still a good amount on the ground, especially in the woods with more tree cover. It’s currently 16 degrees and expected to remain cold. It’s lightly snowing now, nothing significant expected, but at least it will now be cold enough to maintain anything new. Snow that we have it very crunchy/hard packed. Trails are probably categorized poor to fair at best. The biggest problem is there really isn’t enough snow for groomers to run, but with the ruts from wheeled vehicles they may have to try to smooth them back out, which will dig up dirt in some spots. Hoping this is the only trail that took a hit from a vehicle.

Currently groomers are not running, but groomer drivers and GTASC officers are talking right now about the best resolution for the trails. Will update you as to when groomers head out, whether it be today, this weekend, or when… stay safe out there and have fun, but please have a little respect for the sport, the trails, and the hard work all these club members put in to maintaining them


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Monday March 19th, 2018 - 7:24 am

Grand Traverse Area Snowmobile Club

The next GTASC meeting will be held tomorrow evening. The meeting will be held at Ranch Rudolf and will be begin promptly at 7pm. ... See MoreSee Less

Monday March 19th, 2018 - 7:23 am

Grand Traverse Area Snowmobile Club

The staging area at the Fairgrounds has been permanently closed due to vandalism! ... See MoreSee Less


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I sure hope it was not snowmobiles who did this

Terrible, I doubt it. Most snowmobilers love the sport and wouldn't harm anyting!

Justin Hamill

This is sad ... As we love driving up for the day from Pentwater to fairgrounds to go riding for the day ... It's easy access ... For us off of 37 ...such a shame for those of us who truly love the winter activities ...

I would bet my last dollar it was not snowmobilers. We live in Traversee and use that staging area all the time . I'm sure they will find some place else for us. If not Becky, just a little bit up the road is our shop and I bet my husband wouldn't mind if you parked there it is not too far from the trails. But no porta potty 😣


How disrespectful! Immature kids get a life!

We will have to figure out how to access the one close to Peegios Becky Adkins...no way was it snowmobilers....had to be punk ass kids...

What was vandalized?

I hate to say it but it's probably all the young kids I have seen out in the valley the past few days. I have seen a huge rise in the number of trucks running the trails and it's all young fresh drivers tearing everything up.

Is this just inside the fairgrounds?? If so I’m sure you can use the open lot by the bmx track. That’s where we usually meet for the sxs rides.

Not sure who did it but I'm pretty sure it was kids. This has been an ongoing problem for years, that is why the green gates were installed. What a lot of people don't know is that the fairgrounds is privately owned. The Fair bought some property across the road a couple of years ago, we are considering using that for the staging area.

That totally stinks, I think there are some folks causing problems in that area ran across a jeep destroying my trail after it was groomed a couple weeks ago.😥

Joey McMullen the BMX track is on the fairgrounds property so that is out of the question and you can't get to trail from there unless you go down Nimrod and pick the trail up in the valley.

Is there still snow on the trails?

I have been grooming that section of trail from the ranch to the fair grounds all winter and every time I do it has been driven on by vehicles from just light tracks to foot deep ruts. It is very irritating that people keep doing this. All the groomer drivers are volunteer and strive to make the trail safe for everyone but these people constantly destroy the trails and nothing is enforced to deter them from doing it. It makes it unsafe for the snowmobile riders. I think if the dnr or whoever put up some trail cams they could easily catch who does this.



If a wheeled vehicle is on a snowmobile trail that crosses private property, they are tresspassing.

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Friday March 9th, 2018 - 11:26 am

Grand Traverse Area Snowmobile Club

We have about a foot of snow on the ground. Groomers will be out tonight packing it in! ... See MoreSee Less


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Bill Sweet Clint Byrd

Eric Aichinger

Sweet, heading out in the AM

Scott Stephanie Alger Volz

Brent Sowers Christine Anderson Sowers

Jacob, Nick

Jonathan Yettaw

Brian McClymont!

Glenn McGrath

Pat Byrnes Jeff Snover saddle up!

William Carr

Even Matt Gareto

Kellie Little

Nice! We may head up tomorrow, did the trails survive today?

Any snow left? I’m heading that way. Can anyone tell me where a staging area or parking area is?

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Saturday February 24th, 2018 - 8:26 pm

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Trails are almost non existent in Traverse City. More warm temps in the forecast. We are hesitant to put the sleds away just yet but it looks like our very short season may be over. I will post again if we see an improvement in the weather. For those of you who did get a chance to ride with us this season, thanks for your patronage! One of these years I’m sure we will see a good winter again. Remember we also rent boats during the summer on East Bay and delivery. We look forward to the next season. ... See MoreSee Less

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