Gogebic Area Grooming, Inc. Trail Report
- Trail Condition: Poor
- Last Groomed: February 13th, 2017
- Base: 2"
- Past 24hr: 3"
- Reported On: August 30th, 2017 @ 10:51am
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, \the 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!
. *If you’d like additional information about our area please contact The Lake Gogebic Area Chamber of Commerce at 888.GOGEBIC or www.lakegogebicarea.com. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope we see you soon – for those of you already up here have a safe ride!
*Gogebic Area Grooming really needs your support at this time more than ever. You can be a part of our grooming efforts with a sponsorship of $25 for single, $30 for family and $75 for businesses. However we’d greatly appreciate a donation of any amount. These can be sent to:“Gogebic Area Grooming” at “115 Hoop ‘N Holler Rd / Merriweather, MI 49947” or you can find sponsorship pads at most businesses around the lake with our map boxes, where you can also deposit donations. All map money is intended to benefit the grooming efforts in our area. If you mail your sponsorship or donation to the above address be sure to include contact info, as well.
Poor Trail Complaint