Gunflint Trails

It is spring riding

Date: 
03/08/2017
Recent Snowfall: 
1 - 2 inches Tue - Wed
Recent Grooming: 
Tuesday night and groomers going out Fri and Sat night
Current Trail Conditions: 

There is not much for good news. Little new snow, hard snow,water freezing and creating icy patches. There are trees coming down with the wind so use caution. Estimate there is an average of 10 - 15 inches of base for the most part. There are many bare spots, rocks are showing up but mosr are small areas and we navigated them last weekend. Ridiing will be fair at best this weekend with cold temps and icy conditions. The lakes for the most part have little to no snow. Groomers are going out Fri and Sat nights to do what we can with what we have. They reported pushing 20 trees off the trails Tuesday night while out grooming. State trail toward Finland was pretty good last weekend. Lutsen reports fair snow above the snow line and Grand Portage says trails are ridable. Don't expect good or great conditions. Use caution as there are hazards on all the trails. Call "Sky Dan" for up to the minute reports 218-370-0645

There is snow to ride on

Date: 
02/24/2017
Recent Snowfall: 
None
Recent Grooming: 
Wed and Thur night
Current Trail Conditions: 

Hello riders - there is snow and as reported....it is not great but doable. 15 - 20 rigs in the lot here at Devil Track. Talked to the guiys grooming and the people at Skyport Lodge for todays ride. Reports are that there are bare spots, hard snow and it is a bit rough. Lakes are glare ice except around the edge. For the most part there is enough snow from Devil Track to where the X and G trail merge. Plenty of bare and thin spots throught the mid trail area with the southern exposure 28 miles inland.

With that all said...we are sending out 3 groomers tonight to help pull snow in and smooth things out. We will be grooming tomorrow night (Sat) also. There is a chance of a little snow (1 - 2 inches) this weekend. Snow is reported for most of later next week. 

Riding the trail into Grand Marais is not advised but there should be some good snow on most of the State Trail towards the Lutsen area. Reports are they have pretty good trails as of today. There is a vintage ride there this weekend.

For updates...call Skydan 218-370-0645

Well....put it on hold for a few days

Date: 
02/20/2017
Recent Snowfall: 
NO snow.....1/2 inch of rain
Recent Grooming: 
Unable due to temps
Current Trail Conditions: 

Hey riders.....rain today and on Wednesday and then cooler temps Wed night. For the most part there is plenty of snow but the groomers are unable to go out and fill in the corners and some of the bare spots due to warmer temps. The lakes are very wet and the trail snow is mush. More damage to ride on it now so better to wait until after Thursday morning. Plans are to groom Wednesday night and a new report will be posted. 

Snow maybe getting thin to get to town after this until more snow hopfully arrives. There is a good base from Devil Track to the X and G trail junction then it gets thin to mid trail lodges. 

More to come.For up tp the minute reports call Skydan 218-370-0645

Great condition continue of the trails

Date: 
02/16/2017
Recent Snowfall: 
A dusting this week
Recent Grooming: 
M - T this week with grooming going out tonight (Thur) and F-S nights also
Current Trail Conditions: 

All reports are positive on trails conditions this week. Snow is holding with no temps above freezing yet this week. Expect warm temps in the upper 30's Sat and maybe Sun, Trails to the shore are still holding well so travel into town is not a problem. Access to hotels, motels, pubs and restauraunts very good. The Expressway, Gunflint, Lullaby. Swamper and Blueberry trails are all groomed and will get most attention this weekend on the Expressway and Gunflint as they are most traveled. Look for a huge turnout at the annual snowmobile drag races at Hungry Jack Lodge Saturday starting around 11am. This is something to see. Anyone can enter, all classes of sleds. Look for the vintage races along with some new high power out of town boys showing their stuff. It is all for fun, Tophys to be given also. Register between 9 and 11am. Always ride with respect to others. YOU DO NOT OWN THE TRAIL!! There are hazards on every trail and conditions change throughtoout the day

We have the most and the best snow in MN

Date: 
02/12/2017
Recent Snowfall: 
Another 6-8 inches in the past 4 days
Recent Grooming: 
W-T-F-S nights and early tomorrow monring (Mon)
Current Trail Conditions: 

Trails are holding up great. Plenty of new snow on top of 10 - 24 in bases. Incredible conditions and the most snow make for best trails todayin the state. Trail access to Grand Marais is good. Many good to great reports from riders on the trails in Lutsen and up the Gunflint Trail. The trails in Grand Portage are some of the best for many reasons. We will hold up with the week of warm weather and will have plenty of snow into the middle of March. Ride with care. Hazards exist on all the trails and conditions change throughout the day. Call Skydan for up to the minute reports, issues or concerns. 218-370-0645

trails in great condition

Date: 
02/08/2017
Recent Snowfall: 
8-12 inches fresh snow
Recent Grooming: 
Grooming regular schedule with Thur/Fri and Sat nights this weekend
Current Trail Conditions: 

The Gunflint and Expressway trails are in great condition. Reports that the Blueberry Trail to the Grand Portage area was very good this week. Our groomers are out more this year than ever to better the riding experience for all riders. There has been about a foot of fresh snow in the past week. Base ranges from 10 - 25 inches on the trail. Always ride with caution as hazards exist on all trails and conditions change throughout the day. Please respect other riders and ride knowing you are not alone on the trail. Have fun and enjoy the best snow in Minnesota. 

Plenty of SNOW

Date: 
01/27/2017
Recent Snowfall: 
none
Recent Grooming: 
Several days this week with groomer going out Friday and Saturday nights
Current Trail Conditions: 

The Gunflint and Expressway Trails are in very good condition. There is an average of 6 - 20 inches of base on the trails. Maybe a thin spot in a couple corners. The snow is holding up well and temperatures are starting to drop. All trails have been groomed with the X ane G trails getting groomed again Friday and Saturday nights. There are signs on the trails warning of the John Beargrease Dog Sled Race but we will not see dogs this weekend as the race starts Sunday in Two Harbors. Expect dogs after Monday. We are expecting 5 - 8 inches of fresh snow by Monday night.

There are always hazards on the  trails so ride in control and at safe speeds at all times. Enjoy the best, and the most snow in Minnesota right here. Traffic has already started to pick up all day Friday so ride with respect to others.

trails holding up

Date: 
01/22/2017
Recent Snowfall: 
none
Recent Grooming: 
Grooming Thu Fri and Sat night
Current Trail Conditions: 

The trails are holding up well with the warm weather and mists of rain. Bases of 6 to 15 inches are common along the trails. The groomers are heading out early Monday and will continue thru the week There are always hazards on the trails so ride with caution and enjoy the great winter wonderland.

Trail grooming continues

Date: 
01/12/2017
Recent Snowfall: 
4-6 inches depending location
Recent Grooming: 
Trails are getting groomed as conditions permit. Gunflint Trail most recently.
Current Trail Conditions: 

There are been wet areas that have not froze over yet, trees have come down and the lakes do not have enough ice for the groomers to cross. Use caution as you ride but there is good snow from Grand Marais up to the mid-trail area, The Gunflint Trail has been groomed many times. The Expressway is difficult due to the lake crossings and is not in as good of shape. The markers have been put out across Devil Track Lake. Blueberry trail to the Grand Portage trails has been cleared and groomed.

The State Trail will be groomed Friday night and an additional trail will see grooming Saturday night. Most likely the Gunflint Trail and the Expressway down to Tressel Pine Lake. The mid-trail area will be groomer Saturday night also.

Ride safe and use caution as there are many hazards if you ride off the groomed trail.

Gunflint Snowmobile Trails and Spurs

Date: 
01/07/2017
Recent Snowfall: 
6+ inches
Current Trail Conditions: 

The Gunflint Snowmobile trail system has been cleared, brushed and groomed. We are now being groomed at least 4 times a week.

The Grand Marais area to Greenwood area has received the most snow with a 12+ inch base and trails are in good shape. From Greenwood north there is less snow, approximately 8" base but are stil in good condition. Then the farther up you go past Gunflint Lake the less snow there is.

The swamps and creek areas are still wet areas and there is still not enough ice on the lakes to cross/groom yet. Cross with caution.

 

It Ain't Over Yet!!!

Date: 
03/15/2016
Recent Snowfall: 
Expected 6 - 12 inches
Recent Grooming: 
Not Able Due To Temps
Current Trail Conditions: 

This may comes as a surprise but we still have plenty of snow for that last ride. Trails have a few bare spots and a couple rocks showing but there is good snow on most of the trail. It is advised to plan on trailering up over the hill and ride from there as it is bare in town and part way up the hill.

Forecast weather is calling for freezing temps this weekend and a possible 6 - 12 inches of snow Tuesday night thru Thursday. Keep an eye on that weather channel and plan for some fun riding should that happen! Resorts and hotels still have bookings and there are rooms available if you should need one.

Expect the trails to be settling with the warm temps we have had and they have not been groomed due to those warm temperatures. The lakes have plenty of ice for riding over but as of now there is little snow on them. Expect that to change by the weekend.

Spring riding is here and those who want one more ride will find it here and only here on the Gunflint Trail in Grand Marais.

Warm weather and spring sledding

Date: 
03/08/2016
Recent Snowfall: 
None
Recent Grooming: 
Too warm this week
Current Trail Conditions: 

A warm weather pattern has set in this week making it too warm for the groomers to go out on the trails. Expect the snowpacked trails to settle and show a few dirt/rock patches up around mid-trail although grooming last Saturday only showed a couple thin spots. It is doubtful any grooming will get done this week as night time temperatures are not dipping low enough. Spring time riding is not out of the question as there is a good base of snow on the trails yet. Reports of three feet of snow off the trail were report last weekend. It looks as though  the State Trail going into Grand Marais is done for now. It is advised to trailer up over the hill and set out from there.

Expect the lakes to have areas of water on the top. It looks wet on Devil Track today with ice thickness being safe for riding with 20 plus inches. The hard core, die hard, last ride of the season may be upon us very soon,. If you are looking for that ride, come on up and get 'er done. Ride safe, enjoy the weather and have a blast.

Plenty of snow left!!

Date: 
03/01/2016
Recent Snowfall: 
1 - 4 inches
Recent Grooming: 
5 days a week
Current Trail Conditions: 

The trail conditions are holding up great. Grooming last weekend showed plenty of snow on the trails and no bare spot showing anywhere. Estimated base of 6 - 20 inches on all the trails this week. Groomers are out in force covering all our trails for the best weekend of riding this year. Three groomers were out Monday morning and will go out again Wednesday. Grooming will continue over the weekend Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Expect warmer temeratures in the upper 20's, great trails and fewer riders as the season is winding down. This could be the best you will see all year on the Gunflint Trail System.

Come on up to Gunflint Lake Sunday morning March 6th for the end of the year annual TROUT DERBY fishing contest!! Registration begins at 9am and all fish have to be in by 2pm. There is a cash prize for the biggest trout and prizes for 2nd and 3rd place. There will be raffles, door prizes and food on the grill for everyone. You can join the club Sunday or pay to fish in the contest if you are not a member of the club yet. Everyone is welcome so bring the family and enjoy the nice weather we are expecting.

Don't forget about the Windigo snowmobile drag races Saturday March 12th on Poplar Lake. Registration at 11am in the Lodge and races begin at noon. The staff at Windigo will have food and a dance to follow Saturday night. Plan to spend a great weekend up the trail as a lot of activities will be going on!!

Follow us on facebook at cook county snowmobile club-ridge riders or call for a recorded trail report at 218-387-9392 or you can call Dan 218-370-0645 for up to the minute information. Be safe and see you there!!

 

Gunflint Trails in Excellent Condition

Date: 
02/17/2016
Recent Snowfall: 
4" to 8" with more possible Thursday and Friday
Recent Grooming: 
Monday and Wednesday early morning
Current Trail Conditions: 

Trails are in excellent condition with a 15 - 20 inch base. Grooming is on a regular schedule now. Monday and Wednesday early mornings the groomers head out. Then groom Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights starting @ 8pm. Ride with caution at all times. If trails are rough it is from a lot of sleds riding that day hard into the corners and on the gas going out of them. What can ya do?

Saturday February 20th are the snowmobile drag races at Hungry Jack Lodge. Racing is open to anyone for a small entry fee. Riders under 18 need a parent to sign the waiver. Registration begins at 11am with racing at noon. There will be several classes with a trophy provided by Hungry Jack Lodge for each class.

Bring your vintage snowmobile to display during the drag races. Hungry Jack Lodge is providing a prize for best of show. Let's see if we can get some interest in this event and it could lead to a bigger and better event in the future.     i                                                                                                                                                                        .   We hope to hold the annual trout derby on Gunflint Lake Sunday March 6th but stay tuned if conditions go south real fast the location could change.

Follow us for trail reports and more on face book. cook county snowmobile club - ridge riders. Also a recorded trail report is available at 218-387-9392 or call Dan at 218-370-0645 with any questions or concern.

Trails are GREAT!!

Date: 
02/10/2016
Recent Snowfall: 
6 - 8 inches
Recent Grooming: 
Wednesday
Current Trail Conditions: 

The Gunflint Snowmobile Trails are all in great shape!! Recent snow and regular grooming has them the best this year. Grooming is in progress today on the mid-trail system with the remaininig trails being groomed regularly on Monday and Wednesday morning, Thursday and Friday nights. Beginning this weekend we will be grooming Saturday night on the Gunflint and Expressway snowmobile trails. Snow base on the trails vary from 20 - 30 inches. Call for recorded reports 218-387-9392. Follow us on facebook at cook county snowmobile club ridge riders. Call Dan at 218-370-0645

The Fun Run was a great success last weekend with 156 participants in the poker ride.The newly finished Groomer Shack seemed to handle the crowd well. Raffles, food and dancing were all an added bonus. Thanks to all who supported the club and came out for our fund raising event. Many thanks to the Fun Run Ladies, Andrea, Sam and Jill who all did a great job.

Come on up to Hungry Jack Lodge Saturday Feb. 20th for the snowmobile drag races starting around 11am. Forrest and the gang will have plenty of room for everyone to warm up inside the lodge and food will be available all day. Racing is open to everyone with kids having a parent there to sign a waiver. Get that sled hopped up and join the racing fun or just come out to watch the action.

Bring your vintage sled for display to the drag races at Hungry Jack Lodge Saturday Feb. 20th. Prizes to be awarded!!

Stay tuned for the season ending fishing contest Sunday March 6th. Location TBD due to ice conditions and reports between now and then.