Gunflint Trails

Best conditions of the year

Recent Snowfall: 
Dustings with a total of about 12 inches the last 8 days
Recent Grooming: 
Three nights this week
Current Trail Conditions: 

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!!

For more trail reports and information, check out our website at   http://ccscridgeriders.wix.com/ridgeriders

 

Gunflint Trails Improving Every Week

Recent Snowfall: 
10 inches since Saturday
Recent Grooming: 
Sunday night into Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights
Current Trail Conditions: 

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.

Also for more information check out our new web site at http://ccscridgeriders.wix.com/ridgeriders

Ride safe and we hope to see you on the trails!!

Little new snow but FUN RUN this weekend

Date: 
02/05/2015
Recent Snowfall: 
3 - 6 possible this weekend
Recent Grooming: 
Everyday this week
Current Trail Conditions: 

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!!

Trails are getting better!!

Recent Snowfall: 
4 - 6 inches varying in areas
Recent Grooming: 
Tuesday and Thursday nights with plans for Friday night also
Current Trail Conditions: 

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 groomers are out!!

Recent Snowfall: 
several light snowfalls and more this weekend
Recent Grooming: 
Tues - Thurs - Fri nights
Current Trail Conditions: 

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 Reports

Date: 
01/19/2015
Recent Snowfall: 
Light Fluffy Snow 1 - 3 inches
Recent Grooming: 
Thursday and Friday
Current Trail Conditions: 

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.