Western U.P. Snowmobile Report
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TRAIL CONDITION REPORT
Our weather just can't make up it's mind if it wants to be spring or winter. This weekend out temps got up to 51 and today we have temps with highs in the 20 with sunshine. Our wind chills will be -10 to 0 today. We received about 3" of new snow since Sunday.
Our temps for this week are only going to be in the 20's but the weekend we will have a warm up again. Sorry to report these kinds of conditions but we can't change the weather.
For all areas:
PLEASE STAY ON MARKED TRAILS, RIDING ON UNMARKED TRAILS MAY RESULT IN THE CLUB LOOSING EASEMENT FOR THAT TRAIL.
Western U.P.Snow Shakers report from Feb.23rd. NO NEW REPORT
Overall trail conditions are fair. It does look like trail 2 from Ironwood to Bessemer was groomed. I have no official report from the Western U.P. Snow Shakers.
Trail 2 from Ironwood to Bessemer is groomed and is in good condition.
Trail 2 from Bessemer to Wakefield is groomed and is in fair to good condition.
Trail 2 from Wakefield to Marenisco is groomed and is in good condition.
Trail 8 from Wakefield to Tula was groomed on the 22nd and was suppose to be groomed on the 23rd but I have no new report. Logging is going on by the Tula tracks so please use caution.
Trail 160 will be groomed on the 25th and will update after the trail is groomed.
Trial 11N and 11S are closed this winter.
Just a reminder Trail 11 between Trail 11N and 102 is not being groomed due to the closure of 11N.
Lake Gogebic Area Groomers: Reported on the 25th.
After our warm weekend with a lot of traffic trails are not good. Groomers will be able to go out today but at this point it is a battle with a lot of damage done to the trails over the weekend.
Trail 102 logging is ongoing. Please use caution logging trucks have the right of way.
Trail 13 south of the Root Cellar logging has started here so please use caution.
I know some of you will not want to hear this but the way you ride on the trails dramatically impacts the condition of the trails. “Goosing” your sled on corners results in throwing all the snow off the corners, causing bare conditions and making the groomer have to spend extra time trying to plow snow back onto the corners. “Goosing your sled wherever you stop and start again creates moguls, sometimes into driveways. These are just a few things you can change to help keep the trails in good rideable condition. We appreciate the help you can give.
Continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety. No problems to report on any of our other trails at this time. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners.
*I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out.
MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS
The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles. The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit. A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00.
Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR.
Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles.
For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.
The U.P. Thunder Riders of Watersmeet report: NO NEW REPORT
Sorry to report, the trails are thin so at this time we have suspended grooming.
We have fair trail conditions at this time and 40 degree temps in the forecast for Saturday.
We need 5+ inches of snow before we return to grooming.
This does not mean the trails are not rideable, we just can't groom. Spring riding has come early for Watersmeet....
Trail 2 west of Watersmeet conditions are icy and fair for 12-15 miles then it turns into good riding.
Trail 2 east of Watersmeet to Trail 107 is fair dirt/rocks mixed with the snow until you get out of town.
Trail 3 north of Trail 2 to Bond Falls is fair with icy corners.
Trail 3 north of Bond Falls to Trail 8 is in good condition.
Trail 3 south of Watersmeet to Land O'Lakes Wi. is poor with lots of rocks and dirt mixed with the snow.
Trail 13 south of Trail 2 towards the Cisco Chain of Lakes WI – is good with icy corners.
Please remember groomers are out both day and night, so watch for them, Please pull over or at least slow down and wait for the operator to signal you by whenever you see them.
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