Gunflint Trails

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.

Trails and Grooming Back to Normal

Date: 
02/04/2016
Recent Snowfall: 
2 - 4 and more this weekend
Recent Grooming: 
last night and today
Current Trail Conditions: 

It has taken more than 6 weeks to get the trails open and grooming to resume regular routes. DNR workers from Two Harbors spent several days helping cut trees and brush on the Gunflint Snowmobile Trails. They have never seen such downfall in all their years is what they told the Cook County Snowmobile Club. WELL...that is past us and the trails are really shaping up for great riding this weekend.

The groomers are out if force and can concentrate on grooming trails as the snow is starting to build up. Recent snowfalls are helping fill the trails as three groomers were working this week to catch up. All the trails got groomed with some getting several passes over them. One groomer has been to the end of the Gunflint Trail some 58 miles from town. The other two worked Mid-Trail, the Expressway and Gunflint Trail. Bleuberry and Swamper are starting to shape up pretty well too.

The Groomer has not crossed Devil Track Lake as the last snowfall showed a lot of stress to the ice and slush has appeared on many area lakes. Colder weather and time should help to freeze that up.

Come out and join the fund raising Fun Run Poker Ride this weekend (Feb. 6th). Sign up at Hungry Jack Lodge or the Clubhouse which is a short ride away (parking at the old airport) on the Merridian Road. Follow signs or the second left off the South Shore Drive. Ride across Devil Track Lake, cross South Shore Drive and then in another mile take a right off the trail. Clubhouse is half mile on the left. $20 entry fee. Ride or drive to Gunflint Pines, Gunflint Lodge, Windigo, Trail Center, Hungry Jack Lodge and the Clubhouse for a card. Be back to the Clubhouse by 5:30. Cash prizes, games, food, BYOB and a dance will follow. Come see the new Snowmobile Clubhouse on the Merridian Road off the South Shore Drive.

Vintage snowmobile display at each event this year. Bring a sled, show it off and maybe win a prize!!