Trails continue to improve as we keeep getting small snowfalls several times this week. Sledders report trails being O.K. in most areas considering the lack of snow. At times some of the trails can be considered good. Reports say that the Blueberry trail to Grand Portage is in GOOD condition. I have had two reports both saying the same thing. The State Trail is also getting good reviews but riding down to the shore of Lake Superior or into Grand Marais is very light with snow and in most cases not recommended. It can be done but there is very little snow near Hwy 61....FYI.
The club purchased a Bobcat with a front end brusher this fall and we have been widening many parts of the trail as time permits. This is the biggest addition to the club in many years. The trails will continue to improve over the next couple of years as we work to get the trails to state standard widths.
For more trail condition reports visit the clubs website at www.boreal.org/RidgeRiders
The trails are in pretty good shape considering the lack of snow. All trails have now been groomed with the X and G trails several times and in the best condition. The groomers are grooming several times a week and will have been out three times this week. Expect ground cover to still be sticking up out of the snow in areas and feeling a rock in a few places due to trail conditions. Moose are still very heavy on the Swamper Trail so use caution exspecially at night.
Trail signs are in place and it is your responsibility to be looking at all intersections, turns and crossings for traffic and keeping track of your location. All major trail intersections have large trail map signs with your location marked with "you are here" markers.
Use caution starting Monday Jan. 26th on the X-Trail as the Beargrease sled dog race will be using the trail system going up to Trail Center and back. This is a multi-use trail so slow down and give way to the dog teams this week.
For more information on trail conditions and reports check out the snowmobile clubs site at www.boreal.org/RidgeRiders
Snow conditions are better than expected. Trails are covered with a nice base and very few rocks were found when I traveled the G Trail Friday. Conditions are considered to be "FAIR to Good" in different parts of the trail system depending on where you are. The Swamper Trail has only been rolled as of this past weekend so it is rough and recomended not to travel if you are looking for a trail ride. If you want to see a moose and wouldn't mind a slow bumpy jaunt then this is for you. It is littered with tracks as I was three moose Friday afternoon. The groomer is going out during the week on a regular schedule now but we could use more snow. We had 1 - 3 inches Sunday night in different areas. Reports from riders coming up the State Trail from Tofte were very good. I talked to a group at the Devil Track Landing and they were pleasantly surprised with the conditions. Also check out the Cook County Ridge Riders website for more trail condition reports.
From the Cook County Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club: The groomers are out doing some grooming, the stakes are up on the lakes and mid trail has about a 12+ base. Conditions are good from Devil Track up to the end of the trail! So pack your sleds on the trailer and head up book a stay and come ride!
For up-to-the-minute information, visit the Ridge Rider's Facebook page: Cook County Snowmobile Club - Ridge Riders.
Be safe everyone!