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Eastern U.P. Conditions

Eastern Upper Peninsula – By County

Luce County:

  • (1/6) THE GATE IS STILL CLOSED AT COUNTY RD 500 THAT CROSSES THE SWAMP TO THE FALLS.  We wish we had more to tell you, however due to the lack of snow there is just not much going on.  We are unable to get out and groom.  The temperatures will remain above freezing, hoovering around 34 degrees the next couple of days. If you are going out for a ride PLEASE DO SO WITH CAUTION DUE TO THE CONDITIONS.  You can ride but be aware there are potential unseen obstacles under the snow.  The snow is about 10-12 inches deep, but it will take more to cover them up completely.  We want to emphasize CAUTION!!  Your safety is our priority!
  • Trail #45: The gate East of County Road 500 that crosses the swamp is still closed.  Please see the note above.
  • Trail 9: We repaired the washout on the trail between M-123 and 3 Mile on New Years Eve. There are hazard markers out. There is also a bit of grass still poking through from M-123 up to 3 Mile and coming out of town from the staging area because of lack of snow and traffic.  There is not enough snow on this portion of the trail to cover it all up and obtain a good stable base.
  • Trail 2: There is not much snow South and we have not been that way since Dec.29th

Chippewa County:

    • Sault: (1/3) Overall, all trails are in poor condition. We really need more snow and cold temps to freeze the wet areas. We will not be grooming any trails until we receive more snow and colder temps. Please ride with extra caution! 

      • Sault Ste. Marie to Brimley, Trail #8 –
      • Brimley to Raco, Trail #8 Base 3 inches –
      • Raco to Naomikong Trail #8 [where Paradise meets us], Trail #8 –
      • Mission Hill trail #889-
      • Sault Ste. Marie City Trail, Trails #497, #449, parts of #8 & #49 –
      • Sault Ste. Marie to Kinross, Trail #49 –
      • Kinross loop & south to Pickford, Parts of Trail #49, #472, and #494 –
      • Kinross to Raco & Rudyard, Parts of trail #472 & #480 –
    • Paradise: (1/7) 20 degrees this morning under a clear blue sky. This is the first morning in the last 4 that it has been in the 20`s. The day time highs have been into the 30`s so ya`ll can guess what the trails look like. We do still have around 5-6 inches of snow on the ground though. It does look like the weather will turn around by mid to late next week. Not sure if we`ll be able to salvage MLK weekend. Its usually a big weekend for us. We`ll need a foot plus for this to happen. Needless to say, we haven`t got the groomers out since last Saturday. We have been busy out to da barn just working on stuff. I`m headin out there today to sand and paint on the drags some more. Ain`t no fun but something to do. I am NOT in a good mood cause of this weather. The blankety blank weather guessers seem to be enjoying this crap but don`t they realize we live UP north cause we like the snow? I wish they would keep their opinions to themselves!!! Just thought I would jump on here since I haven`t been giving you any updates in the last few days. Hopefully the next report will be more positive. LET `ER SNOW!  Groomer Chris
    • Eckerman: No Report Available.
    • Drummond Island: (12/31) We are just getting started here. We only have about 5 inches of snow on the ground right now and that just isn’t enough for our conditions. Probably one more good snow fall and we would be in much better shape. They were going to go out today and attempt to pan and check on the water holes and trees that may have fallen due to this wind we had. The groomer will most likely break through most of the waterholes but the good news is we aren’t expecting them to be as bad as they have been in the past as it was a dryer fall this year. Keep your fingers crossed and get your snow dance boots out!

​ ​Mackinac County:

    • St Ignace: No report available.
    • Curtis: (1/3) 3″ base. Trails are in Fair condition with the exception of a portion of trail 43 to Germfask, which still has a area closed due to water. The detour is rerouted to the county road and is signed. Rides are urged to read the signs and not to rely on the cell phones.
    • ​Les Cheneaux/Cedarville/Hessel: (12/30) Update 12/30/20  trails are ready,  We need you to do Your snowdance, most  trails are rideable but  use caution., There isn’t much base and there are rocks just below the snow in many areas .4-6 Inches of heavy wet snow that we could pack would make  things much better  weather forecast for the next week isn’t that great either
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