»Western U.P. Trail Report – Western U.P. Bureau – 12/19
Western U.P. Trail Report – Western U.P. Bureau – 12/19
Gogebic Range Trail Authority
Reported On: December 19th, 2019 @ 9:16am
Thursday 12/19 9:00 am CST: All of our open trails were groomed overnight Wednesday into Thursday. We hope to groom them again tonight, they were found to be flat and in excellent condition. The weather is warming a bit Friday-Sunday, do we all remember what happens to snowmobile trails when it gets warm? THEY GET BUMPY FAST! If you are not a fan of rough trails get out early and be back before dark. Groomers will head out as soon as temperatures cooperate. We do have a few trail closures noted below, but we hope to open one of them this coming weekend if everything comes together.
WARNINGS AND NOTICES: TRAIL 160 IS CLOSED DUE TO BRUSHING ISSUES. If you get caught riding the trail you better be brushing or you’ll receive a ticket.
BASE SNOW FALL: This is current ground snow depth.
NWS Marquette, MI Next 24 Hours Snow Forecast: click here
Last groomed 12/19/19. Please do not ride on side walks near Holiday and try to keep noise down in town.
Trail 2 from Ramsay Crossing to Wakefield:
Overall rating: EXCELLENT
Last groomed 12/19/19. 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:
Last groomed 12/19/19. 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:
Last groomed 12/19/19. 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: CLOSED – Opening before Christmas!
Trail needs tremendous amounts of brushing and signing. It is CLOSED, so if you are on it on your snowmobile you better be under direction of the club or you will get a ticket. PLEASE stay on the trail through the farm fields. 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
CLOSED FOR THE SEASON DUE TO LOGGING OPERATIONS THAT THE CLUB WAS UNABLE TO FIND A REROUTE AROUND.
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.
Lake Gogebic Area Groomers
Tuesday, December 17th:
We received over a foot of snow so far this week and our temp this morning was 12 degrees.
Trails are being groomed daily in most of the Lake Gogebic Area. Trails are all reporting in good condition.
Trail 1S: Gogebic Area Grooming and their volunteers were out for 2 days clearing Trail 1 on the West Shore. There is enough snow to make snow bridges to get across the wet and washed out areas and hoping to have this trail open by Christmas!
Trails 13 North and South The drag went up 13 North and Marenisco’s Groomer went South on 13 breaking trails once more. Trail 100 and 102 also got hit.
Trail 8W between Bergland and Wakefield – still some wet spots. Use caution.
Trail 8W: is open and snow cover is good.
Trail 102: 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)
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 100: Logging is happening between Stagecouch 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)
Trail 1 from Trail 100 to Trail 8: Closed until further notice as logging is taking place until the end of December. You still can access the Gogebic Lodge and we plan to maintain it up to the Lodge, so we can get up and run.
Please stay on the trails, respect private property, do not drink and drive, and above all else, drive safely. The signs on the trails are there for rider’s safety so please DO NOT remove or destroy them.
Lake Gogebic Area has received a total of 84.5” of snow for the season and Keweenaw County has received 114.2″ of snow for the season.
Riders are all reporting good to great riding conditions!
Watersmeet U P Thunder Riders
Reported On: December 17th, 2019 @ 8:22pm
We will be grooming daily.
Trail #3 from the Wisconsin border to Paulding, good condition, north end has a logging project so please use caution and respect the loggers
Trail #2 west of Watersmeet, good condition, may have a small water hole that is passable about 20 miles west of Watersmeet
Trail #2 east of Watersmeet to Trail #107, good condition
Snowmobiling Season 2019-20 seems link it ended months ago not 2 days ago with all that's going on in our world right now.
We had a great season with some of the best conditions we've had in awhile. Then March came and the warmer temps ended our season March 3
We have a small but truly dedicated and hard-working team that spent countless hours to provide the best trails they could. Drivers and Trail Boss THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
And to all of you, thank you for your support and encouragement through the season is truly appreciated!
Thunder Riders always has projects going on throughout the year, and we encourage (need) you to get involved. We will be brushing trails throughout the Summer so let us know if you’d like to lend a hand, anytime at all! Just give us a shout right here! Again thank you to everyone who played a part in making this season a successful!
Stay safe and well we look forward to seeing you all next year! ... See MoreSee Less