Well riders...it looks as the last good riding came and went this past weekend. The groomers have been taken back to the shop for the season as night temperatures are staying above freezing and by a long shot too. It was 44 degrees at 5 am Monday. I rode the G-Trail and Blueberry trail up to the mid-trail area lodges Saturday. The trails were in good to great shape with a few patches of bare ground in a few corners but nothing that went across the whole trail. I thought these might be the best trails as they get a little less use and to my surprise they still had a lot of base and snow depth. The ride home to Devil Track was much faster and smoother as the X-Trail was in excellent condition considering getting more sun and it is in the open a bit more. Again a few bare spots but nothing to hinder a good ride.
As for the coming weekend....I don't believe there is going to be much for riding. There will be snow if you seek it and there will be a lot of bare ground in areas. The lakes will be able to be riden and areas off the grid also if you know where to go. It will be for the "Hard Core Rider" looking to test a sled or get the last miles in for the year. I will be on the border lakes using the snowmobile to chase the last of the fish willing to be caught. Ice conditions are safe with 30 plus inches on most of the lakes I drill holes in. Use caution riding the lakes as they tend to get a bit slushy right now and your sled wants to go one way and you go the other as a few unsuspecting riders found out this weekend.
Ride safe and until next season.........have a great year!!
The last rides could be a couple weekends away if the warm temperatures continue.There is still plenty of snow up over the hill on the Gunflint Snowmobile Trail system. Daytimes highs have made for the nicest riding weather of the year and freezing temps at night are keeping the trails covered in snow for now. The trails to the shores of Lake Superior and into Grand Marais are done at this time. It is a short trailer up to the parking lot at Devil Track Landing and off you go. Grooming will continue if night time temperatures go below freezing. Come on out and enjoy the last few weekends here as many of the resorts, restaurants and lodges up the trail will close for a few weeks begining in April to get ready for the spring opener. For current and up to date reports contact any one of the businesses in town or on the trail. It may surprise many that the snow is gone in Duluth and along the shore but is in abundance here up over the hill. See you out there as this is my favorite time to get out and get the last good riding in.
Snow keeps coming a little at a time. Three light snowfalls since last weekend helped add inches to the trails. The groomers are out three nights a week including one night over the weekend to help keep the trails in the best possible condition with the additional sleds out there. A solid base is in place and the cold temps of February really helped set that up. The State Trail continues to get good reviews from most riders as does the lower portions of the X and G trails. Always expect conditions to get a little bumpy near the mid-trail portions of those two trails as they merge and the congestion beats them up a bit. Farther up the G-Trail and off on the Blueberry you can expect great riding and little trafffic as you venture towards the border or over to the Grand Portage trail system. There is still plenty of snow to travel to and from the shores of Lake Superior and to get to the businesses in Grand Marais. Always be aware of your progress along the trail sytem to know your location and watch for signs. All major intersections are marked and posted. Be aware there are many off shoots that local riders use and they are not part of the system and are not marked. Be safe and watch for other riders at all times. Help is a long way away and a long time getting there. Hope to see you at the one of the stops along the way. Also....the end of the season Trout Derby is Sunday March 8th on Gunflint Lake. Watch for details during the Dog Days of Winter on the Gunflint Trail.
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Trail conditions have reached good to great status with the recent snowfalls. It is easy to say that travel into Grand Marais and down to the shore of Lake Superior is an option and getting around town is good too. Trails are being groomed all week and with the cold weather they are setting up with a good base. The State Trail report is good with plenty of snow and in great shape with some of the better riding from some of the people I talked to. Gunflint and Express trails are in good condition and get the most traffic or use. For a scenic and slower ride try the Swamper Trail but look out for Moose as they are all over it still, Many report the Blueberry trail to Grand Portage is in excellent condition and does not see a lot of riders (FYI). These are the best snow conditions of the year so come on out and ride the trails for your winter enjoyment. Watch for other riders and be safe. See you at one of the resorts along the way!!
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The trails got a much needed snowfall Tuesday night. Combined with the snow last weekend the trails have received about 10 inches of snow since the last report. The groomers were out late Sunday niight and into most of the day Monday to work out the bumps after a thiller of a ride for the Fun Run last Saturday. Nearly 160 sleds rode the trails for a huge success in the fundraiser for the Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club. Thanks to all the businesses for their support and the Fun Run Gals for putting it on.
Trails are improving as snow continues to build up. Most of the trails are in good condition in relation to snow quantity. Trail quality improves as more snow is available to fill in the rough terain. Groomers will work most of the week so keep your eyes up and watch for the orange machines leveling the trails anywhere at any time.
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Ride safe and we hope to see you on the trails!!
The trails are in as good of shape as they can be with the snow we have. Reports are from fair to good in areas. Lack of snow is the biggest problem as we need more to cover the rough terrain. But the groomers are doing what they can with extra time on the trail to smooth them out. 3 - 6 inches possible this weekend and that would be a treat.
The groomers were out in force this weekend for the upcoming FUN RUN fundraser for the snowomobile club. Sign up at the Landing or Hungry Jack Lodge starting at 9 am Saturday for a day of riding, fun, games and good food. The groomers were out every day this week and will be out in force on Friday to get the trails in tip top shape for the poker ride on Saturday. Expect extra traffic as groups from around the state have made contact and plan to participate in the ride. The Landing, Hungry Jack Lodge, Windigo Lodge, Gunflint Pines, Gunflint Lodge and Trail Center will round out the stops of the ride. Be sure to get signed up and stamp your card at each of these stops to get the worst or best hand of poker. Lots of prizes and fun for the whole family. End the ride at the Landing by 5:30 and enjoy the rest of the night eating, playing games and dancing with Earth Wind and Todd!! Hope to see you all out there and ride safe!!