Western U.P. Trail Report – Western U.P. Bureau – 03/06

It looks like the trails are pretty well shot…temps today will be in the 50’s with rain. Highs again tomorrow will be in the 40’s and back to the 20’s which doesn’t do a thing for us. Trails are overall poor. Lots of water and bare spots. If anything happens where we get dumped on and there is a 360 degree turn around we will let you know.

It is still possible to ride on county forest roads and in the woods where the there isn’t much sun but it will be here and there.

Sorry, I don’t have a better report but it is what it is.

Here are the last reports I received from the clubs.

GRTA reports-
Trail Condition: Poor
Last Groomed: February 25th, 2017
Base: 14"
Past 24hr: 3"
Reported On: February 27th, 2017 @ 10:35am

Trail 2 from Hurley to Ramsay Crossing rolled 2/24 Marginal to poor.
Trail 2 from Ramsay Crossing to Wakefield rolled 2/24,poor. Wet area near Blackjack Ski Hill has returned/repoened. Please ride cautiously! Trail is very icy.
Trail 2 from Wakefield to Marensico is good. Groomed 2/26
Trail 8 from Bingo’s to Tula Crossing is marginal condition, will be groomed early this week.

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-

Trail Condition: Poor
Last Groomed: February 13th, 2017
Base: 2"
Past 24hr: 3"
Reported On: March 02nd, 2017 @ 3:05pm

Groomer Report

March 2nd, 2017

Well, we have been receiving snow over the last few days, about a 3-inches each day, which should help cushion the trails. Right now we’ve been getting snow squalls off of Lake Superior off and on all day – sunny one minute, white out the next. Groomers will not be going out as we have to deal with some pretty serious wet areas on most of our trails. I know I’ve been hearing that everyone else is grooming all around us, but the thing to remember is that 99% of our trails run through wooded or swampy areas that will have wet areas, where as most of the trails in surrounding areas run on railroad grades and are easy grooming.. For the most part our trails cannot be groomed right now without serious damage to some very expensive groomers. The grooming entity to our west learned that lesson the hard way a few years ago when they had to have a groomer pulled out of a large wet area and it basically was torn apart by the time they got it out. Unfortunately, he one railroad grade trail we do have (8 east) is so exposed that the high winds have blown most of the snow off, making grooming a non issue.

Some riders who stopped in earlier today said they did make it across trail 8 west, although it did have some bad spots. This, however, was early in the day after a near zero night temp. Once we hit the weekend warm up look for this trail to become impassable again. The best option is still our northern most trails, 102, 1 north and 13 north, but keep speeds to a minimum as they will become pretty rough. You can still ride unplowed Forest Service roads – for more info on that you can stop at one of their offices in Watersmeet, Ironwood or Ontonagon.

I do believe this will probably be the last weekend for snowmobiling as highs in the 50’s are predicted for Sunday & Monday. I will keep you posted if we have any big weather changes later in the month. Ride safe!

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

Trail Condition: Fair
Last Groomed: February 28th, 2017
Base: 4"
Past 24hr: 1"
Reported On: March 01st, 2017 @ 4:38pm

Groomer Report

Report for Today; 18 degrees conditions are fair to poor but rideable. There are wet spots, thin to bare spots and good spots. Groomers will run March 2 & 3 to make the best of what we have. This may be it for the season. We have a warm up into the 50’s for Sunday and it looks like we will be warm next week too. The trails are rideable, but it’s back to the good, bad and ugly so make the best of it, it could be the last.