Michigan Trail Report

Western U.P. Trail Report – Western U.P. Bureau – 03/09

For the next 10 days our temps will be in the 30’s and 40’s with the exception of Friday the 13th the high will be 29 and Saturday the 14th will be a high of 30. We have a slight chance of rain the next 10 days.

We still have snow in the woods but our towns are pretty bare. So if you plan to ride it is advised to trailer to Wakefield and ride from there.

Gogebic Range Trail Authority – Snowmobile & ORV Club Trail Report

• Trail Condition: See Report Below
• Last Groomed: March 07th, 2020
• Base Snowfall: 24″
• Reported On: March 09th, 2020 @ 9:33am
Groomer Report
Monday 3/9/2020 9:00 am CST Overall Story: Spring Conditions, poor to good
We had 50+ for two full days. We had a lot of traffic Saturday, but trails held up pretty well. Once things refreeze we won’t have much to groom within/near towns. Out in the woods the trails are pretty dang good yet, but at this time we don’t foresee grooming until new snows come. With that, the crew has taken one groomer down and installed our brusher to get out and hit wet areas before trails totally compromise. We are seeing substantial pooling of water on trails as well as some water holes opening back up. If you want to ride, trailer to Wakefield and head out via the lake. Town road routes are bare.
WARNINGS AND NOTICES: We are begging riders to ride off trail legally as there are 1-million acres of public land east of Wakefield to off trail ride on – please only ride legal areas! The Ottawa National Forest is 990,000 acres and much of it open to cross-country riding (no trail/road) if there is 6″ or more of snow. Several restricted areas, contact the forest for further information. CLICK THIS LINK FOR MAPS, scroll down to motor vehicle use maps.

Trail 2 from Hurley to Ramsay US-2 Crossing:
Overall rating: Fair
Last groomed 3/7/2020. 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: Fair to Poor
Last groomed 3/7/2020. This is a tight trail with tremendous amounts of traffic. Corners will get icy along with the hill climbs in between grooming. Snow finding operations went very well this week and the trail is once again in good to very good shape. This trail features 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: Fair
Last groomed 3/6/2020. Also in the best shape of the season. The section from Wakefield east to Highway 2 needs additional passes to finish cutting the deep inside corner bumps and widen the trail. We expect to get to that this week yet.

Trail 8 from Wakefield to Tula Crossing:
Overall Rating: Fair **SEE NOTE
Last Groomed 3/6/2020. The ditch trail on Gogebic Area Grooming’s side has had the water holes open up. Ride with extreme caution in north-side ditch!

Trail 160 from Walmart to Montreal River (WI):
Overall Rating: Fair
Last Groomed 3/6/2020. There is logging about 1/2 way north on the trail, YIELD TO LOGGERS AND GIVE THEM RESPECT – IT’S THEIR LAND! STAY ON THE TRAIL!!!!!! This is our most scenic trail and is a treat to ride! 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: EXCELLENT
Last Groomed 3/6/2020. Increased logging traffic is in the area for only 1/4 mile, PLEASE YIELD TO ANY AND ALL LOGGING TRAFFIC. There is a short section of dual use the landowner (Keweenaw Land) has graciously approved us to use along with them. It is private land and we are guests, please act like it.

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

Gogebic Area Groomers Report 3/03/2020

• Trail Condition: Good
• Last Groomed: February 18th, 2020
• Base Snowfall: 36+”
• Reported On: March 03rd, 2020 @ 10:14am
Groomer Report
March 2, 2020
Conditions in the Lake Gogebic Area remain good on the North end and fair to good on the South end of the Lake to the Wisconsin border. It’s currently 28 degrees and snowing and we’re forecasted for more snow this week. Snowfall this year is in excess of 140” and our trails still have a great base. Groomers will be out nightly when temps are below freezing. Riders are reporting good conditions and recommend to just ride early and plan your stop accordingly. Mother Nature is not done with this season just yet and you know what they say when March comes in like a lamb….
• Trail # 1N: from Bergland to White Pine is being groomed nightly and reported to be in good condition.
• Trail # 1 South: Towards Marenisco from Trail # 8 (Ethelwood Grade) is being groomed nightly and is reported to be in good condition.
• Trail # 1 south from Marenisco to Wisconsin Border is getting thin and reported to be in fair condition.
• Trail # 8 East from Bergland to Ewen is being groomed daily and it is reported in good condition.
• Trail # 8W: from Bergland to Wakefield. is being groomed nightly and it is reported to be in good condition.
• Trail 102 from Bergland to Trail #11 is being groomed nightly and it is reported to be in good condition.
• Trail # 13 North from Bergland to 101 is being groomed nightly and it is being reported to be in good condition. There is about 1 mile of logging going on and this trail always gets a lot of traffic.
• Trail 13 South is open, being groomed nightly and reported to be in good to Good condition.
• Trail #13 South from 100 to Trail # 2 is reported to be groomed daily and is in good to fair condition.
• Trail # 100 South end of Lake Gogebic is reported be groomed daily and is in good to Good condition.
Please stay on the trails, respect private property, do not drink and drive, and above all else, drive safely.

U.P. Thunder Riders Trail Report 3/6/2020

• Trail Condition: Fair
• Last Groomed: March 03rd, 2020
• Base Snowfall: 20″
• Reported On: March 03rd, 2020 @ 6:53pm
Groomer Report
Groomers were out on the trails March 2 and won’t be out again until we receive more snow. We do have an approaching snow storm headed our way and we’ve seen from guesstimate of 3-8inches so we’ll wait and see
Trails are fair to poor. Road areas are now thin, icy and bare. Gas stations are bare too
Trail #2 east of Watersmeet to Trail #107, fair/poor icy
Trail #2 west of Watersmeet to Trail #1 south fair/poor and icy
Trail #3 from the Wisconsin border to Watersmeet is OK, Watersmeet to Paulding fair with icy corners.
Trail #13 south to Cisco Chain, fair with icy corners


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A couple of good ole boys out kicking off the sledding signing season today! Charlie, Joe and Greg got out after it today on 160 starting a 27 mile long process. Join a club and come have fun! We've been making trails for guests to enjoy since 1973! Shout out to Sponsor AmericInn Hotel Ironwood MI for supporting our club! ... See MoreSee Less

A couple of good ole boys out kicking off the sledding signing season today! Charlie, Joe and Greg got out after it today on 160 starting a 27 mile long process.  Join a club and come have fun!  Weve been making trails for guests to enjoy since 1973!  Shout out to Sponsor AmericInn Hotel Ironwood MI for supporting our club!

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The good old boys. They stopped by to see if I wanted to help. Thanks good old boys.

Thank you!!

Thanks guys!

Tuesday September 8th, 2020 - 4:16 pm

Western U.P. Visitors Bureau

Incredible shot of Bond Falls in the #explorewesternup #puremichigan #michigansupperpeninsula @puremichigan ExploreWesternUP.com. Photo credit @shelbydiamondstar ... See MoreSee Less

Incredible shot of Bond Falls in the #explorewesternup #puremichigan #michigansupperpeninsula  @puremichigan ExploreWesternUP.com. Photo credit @shelbydiamondstar

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thank you for the share!! 😀

Tuesday September 8th, 2020 - 4:06 pm

Western U.P. Visitors Bureau

Hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Here's an image of the always incredible Bond Falls - at night!

Astrophotography is a never-ending journey into the unseen. We have fantastic tools at our disposal now to take a peek into the world beyond our eyesight limitations. That's what draws me to this.. and what drives me to experiment more and keep pushing boundaries.

For this shot - I took (4) 2-minute tracked sky images and stacked them. Then processed them in a program designed for deep sky objects taken with a telescope. This would be the equivalent to 8-minutes of data. What was able to be extracted from this was quite amazing to me. Those faint dust lanes on the outer edges of the Milky Way are now visible. I then took this processed shot and blended that with a long exposure shot of the foreground.

So the big question - is this real? Yes, it absolutely is. This can be done with one single exposure, if you wish. You just won't see this amount of detail or sharpness in the foreground. All of the images used to create this were taken from the same night, on the same tripod, without moving it 🙂


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THANK YOU for the share!! 😀 This is my favorite waterfall!

Love this! Bond falls is amazing!

Beautiful absolutely beautiful picture.

This is amazing!!





Beautiful picture 💕

Stephanie Mabry Kaleb Mabry Elijah Mabry

Zachary Schneider

My view last time I was there

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Tuesday September 8th, 2020 - 2:37 pm

Western U.P. Visitors Bureau

Timeline PhotosOnce again voted #1 Destination in the U.S. for Fall Foliage by USA Today readers! #FallColor #UPtravel ... See MoreSee Less

Monday September 7th, 2020 - 12:25 pm

Gogebic Area Grooming

Our trail project is completed for trail 8 north of Bergland. We ask people to please stay off with ATV’s and Side by Sides. The trail now is crowned to let water run on the edges of the trail instead of the center. More project to be completed very soon. Those leaves are changing color already😉 ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you so much! I hope more riders and trail abusers see these posts and are able to appreciate how much work go into trails and how few people actually do the work. We’ll see you in December.

Looks great thank you for your work.


Thanks for hard work

Tom Neumann

It's No Joke Motorsports 👍Can't wait to snowmobile❄

McKabe Memmel Michael Jante Brady Schmitz Nick Fritz

Danny Dwyer Rick Schmidt Frank Abramo

Looks Great.Thank you For the Hard work See you in January.

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Thursday September 3rd, 2020 - 9:53 pm

Gogebic Area Grooming

Finally getting some trail work done
with this Covid set back. This is trail 8 between Trail 1 and 102. This was a bad trail that water run off would cause dangerous trail conditions. With the trail now crowned and ditched with culverts, we should have a much safer trail. Think snow ❄️
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We are so fortunate to have such a great trip system. Thanks for all your hard work!!!

Thank you for making a great trail even greater.

Outstanding. That section has been a problem. You guys rock!

You all do amazing work. That’s what keeps us coming back.

Great choice for an upgrade👍👍❄️❄️

Great job guys thank you thank you thank you

Looks great! Thanks for your hard work!!!

Thank you for all your hard work and dedication! We appreciate all you guys do!

Great job you guys!

Thank you.All See you in January

Looks great

Thanks for the great work!

Thank you guys for all you do!

Thank You for your hard work . See you in February


Awesome Great work 👍

Thanks for all you guys do cya soon

Thank you!!

Nathan Lee Hennenfent wouldn’t it be cool to go up in the summer

Good job guys

Thank you!!!


Thank you!!

Thank you for all the hard work!

Nichole Haddican

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